Coconut Oil for Hair Growth
Coconut oil has benefits that improves the overall health of natural hair. Its antioxidants, vitamin E and other substances stimulate hair-follicles, and promote length.
Many of us have scrolled through social media admiring that Sister with the big, juicy curls and thought, “I want my hair to look just like hers.” Searching high and low for the perfect product: just to find out it didn’t work. Sometimes they're easy solutions to what we want— coconut oil may be the solution.
Natural hair has trouble retaining moisture, but coconut oil has the ability to nourish the scalp and hair, thus causing less breakage.
What’s inside coconut oil
Lauric acid makes 47% of the fatty acids in coconut oil. It has nourishing properties that absorb into your hair quickly, adding moisture to fight frizz and heal breakage. Coconut oil is also composed of these fatty acids: capric acid, caproic acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid, palmitic acid and stearic acid. They’re responsible for keeping natural hair healthy, shiny: providing manageability, strength and elasticity.
Coconut Oil is an ingredient that serves various purposes for natural hair.
How to use coconut oil
Coconut oil is an ingredient that can be used as: conditioner, detangler, hair mask, pre-wash or scalp treatment.
- Conditioner: after shampooing, apply coconut oil throughout your hair, detangle ends to roots.
- Detangler: section your hair, part with water, add coconut oil and detangle before styling.
- Hair Mask: rub coconut oil through your hair, let it sit for a few hours before washing it out.
- Pre-wash: apply coconut oil to your hair before washing.
- Scalp treatment: massage coconut oil into your scalp for (10-15 seconds) and leave it.
Try shampoos with coconut oil as an ingredient. This will naturally replenish moisture and add shine to your hair while also cleansing your scalp. Pre-pooing is an effective treatment if you’re looking to add moisture or shine to our natural hair.
Coconut Oil conditioners on the market help protect against damage by hydrating and detangling for softer, healthier strands. Cleanse your hair, and remove build up without the harsh ingredients. Co-washing is known to be very beneficial for those with natural hair. It is the act of washing your hair solely with a conditioner.
Looking for something light? Moisturizers with coconut oil allow you to add moisture to your hair, using a lightweight product that absorbs quickly into the hair.
Benefits of coconut oil for hair
Coconut oil is a natural detangler that absorbs quickly: strengthens the hair, moisturizes the scalp, reduces breakage, making hair less brittle. Less breakage results in longer, healthier strands.
How coconut oil is made
Coconut Oil is made by pressing fresh coconut meat or dried coconut meat (the white inside) also known as the Copra.
First, the coconuts are cut in half. It goes through a machine that shreds the coconut shells into thin pieces. The shredded pieces are soaked in water, then placed inside of a bag. The bag is put inside of a Cold Pressing Machine that squeezes the bag multiple times, until the coconuts are fully drained. The drained water and coconut shells are separated by a strainer. The coconut water sets overnight in a glass container. In the morning you’ll notice the coconut water is separated into 3 parts. Top: coconut cream (thick, creamy bubbly substance), Middle: coconut oil (light brownish color), and the Bottom: coconut water (white liquid substance). The coconut oil is separated from the milk and water using a filter. The cloudy coconut oil is put into a glass container using plastic wrap, with a slight opening on the top. It sits overnight allowing the moisture to evaporate off the coconut oil eventually turning it into our finished product which turns into a clear coconut oil.
Refined vs. unrefined coconut oil
Refined coconut oil comes from dried coconut meat that is refined by steaming. (Chemicals are not used in this process). Refined coconut oil refers to oil that has been through a chemical and heating treatment during or after the extraction process.
The quality of the oil may vary as a result of the severity of the chemicals used and the extraction process. Extraction process: removing the starch and nutrients to produce dried coconut meat). The finished product will result in the oil being clear and odorless.
Unrefined coconut oil also known as “virgin” or “extra virgin” coconut oil. The oil is derived from fresh meat that has been cold pressed. This treatment helps to retain the coconut smell, purity and natural taste. The coconut oil is 100% pure with no harmful chemicals or solvents used in the process. It can be labeled as “virgin, extra virgin, unrefined, raw or cold-pressed.”
2022 Coconut oil reviews
We have collected the most popular coconut oil reviews for around the internet , and here is what women had to say:
“Coconut oil is my go to oil. I have noticed that I can maintain moisture, manageability, lower frizz, and elongate my strands.”
“My hair loves coconut oil, I use it daily.”
“Coconut oil is my go to, my hair thrives off it.”
Natural hair influencer Linda: “Coconut oil keeps the hair soft, while maintaining your scalp it can help your hair grow thicker and longer.”
“I love pure coconut, it makes my hair grow.”
“Coconut Oil works for my hot oil treatments.”
Coconut Oil is a very popular ingredient, and its natural properties (antioxidants, fatty acids, and vitamin E) serve many benefits for natural hair. Easily retain moisture, and stimulate your scalp by using Coconut oil.
Remember with the right products and techniques your hair can grow!