Coconut oil for Hair Growth
Moisturizes and Maintains Hair
For me Coconut oil was one of my secret weapons and personal favorites for hair maintenance. There was a time when I regularly used coconut oil to maintain my hair, keeping it strong and moisturized. In fact my whole family would use it as a natural moisturizer for skin and hair, since eczema runs in my family.
Coconut oil (CO) is Great for hair growth. For those of you who do not know, coconut oil is a Superfood, and can be applied directly onto the hair or it can be taken orally to help improve the health of your hair and your total body. Coconut oil contains Vitamin E, K, iron and many other minerals and vitamins. It is an antibacterial, an antiviral an antioxidant and so much more.
Coconut oil is great for moisture and moisture retention. Coconut oils contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals that are key to keeping your hair strong, nourished and moisturized. Coconut oil has the ability to penetrate our hair shaft and therefore conditioning and moisturizing our hair from within.
How Does Coconut Oil Protect Your Hair?
CO also coats the hair, protecting your hair strand from environmental damage. When CO coats our hair it also does not let moisture escape very easily and that keeps our hair moist and soft, which prevents split ends, breakage and overall damage of our hair.
When you apply coconut oil onto your hair strands, there is a fatty acid present called Lauric Acid. Lauric Acid easily binds to the hair protein protecting your hair from root to tip. This is very important for hair growth because when your hair strands are protected from damage and they remain healthy and strong, you hair will stay on your head longer. This will contribute to hair growth and thickness.
When your hair is not protected, it leads to breakage, split ends and damage to your hair. This causes it to break off or fall out. This obviously hinders the overall length and health of your hair. Similarly, when the root is protected and healthy, it will keep your hair strands of hair on your head longer, adding to the thickness, luster, softness and shine of your hair.
Antibacterial and Antiviral Properties
Coconut Oil has antibacterial and antiviral properties, which protect your scalp from unwanted hair conditions, such as, lice, dandruff, boils, eczema, psoriasis and that is only to name a few. If your scalp is healthy, your hair will be able to grow in an environment that contributes to health, and length. If these various hair conditions are also the cause of your hair loss or thinning, coconut oil can help cleanse your scalp and keep if free to grow hair and stop hair loss.
While CO is great at keeping unwanted scalp/hair conditions at bay, it is great at improving blood circulation. Improving the blood circulation of your scalp, will ensure that your hair follicles get an adequate amount of oxygen. Oxygen carries essential nutrients that your follicles need to promote hair growth of strong, healthy hair.
Coconut Oil for Styling Hair
Coconut oil is also great for styling, which is another reason why I use it so much. So instead of using hair sprays and gels, that may be full of chemicals, you can use an all natural and simple oil to style your hair, while adding nutrients to your hair and scalp. CO can be applied in its liquid state, but as it cools down it hardens. But it’s still soft, unlike those hair gels and sprays.
I personally use CO as a hair conditioner and a styler. Another very important part of my Hair Growth Journey regarding regrowth and strength of my hair.