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What makes coconut oil a penetrating oil is it's low molecular weight. It also contains saturated fatty acids and Vitamin E which are beneficial to chemically-treated and natural hair. The benefits of using coconut oil on relaxed hair include:
- Moisture retention: Coconut oil is hydrophobic so it repels water reducing the amount of water that enters the hair strand. This makes it a good pre-poo treatment and good for reducing hair frizz in humid weather
- Protein restoration: By penetrating deep into each hair and helping to bind the natural protein structure of the hair it helps with reinforcing the hair fiber
- Dandruff prevention: This oil has antibacterial properties that help to protect the scalp against infections that can result in dandruff and itching
In addition to being a penetrating oil, coconut oil is also considered a carrier oil. This means it can be used to dilute essential oils which helps to carry the essentials oils onto the hair and scalp.
Here are some ideas on how to incorporate coconut oil into your hair regimen whether your hair is relaxed, colored or natural:
- As a detangler: Saturate your hair with coconut oil and use fingers to slowly remove knots starting from the bottom and moving upwards
- A hot oil treatment: You can heat the coconut oil up and use it on its own or mix it with other oils such as olive oil, or grapeseed oil
- As a sealant: After using applying a water-based moisturizer or leave-in conditioner you can apply coconut oil to your ends to seal in the just applied moisture
Have you tried using coconut oil on your hair?