Coconut oil is extremely versatile, with many uses beyond cooking and eating. It’s been used for centuries in tropical locations as a hair and skin moisturizer. Because of its rich, emollient texture and antifungal properties, coconut oil makes an excellent deep conditioner and dandruff treatment, especially for those with most sensitive skin. Plus, coconut oil has the added bonus of a fresh, natural tropical scent and no chemicals. Coconut oil is so effective on hair because it contains lauric and caprylic acid, as well as vitamin E, which easily penetrate into the hair shaft to repair it from the inside. With regular treatments, you’ll have less dandruff and your hair will be softer, stronger, shinier and more manageable. Coconut oil can even be used to effectively kill lice, as a natural alternative to other harsh chemical treatments.

Deep Conditioning

Hands down, coconut oil is one of the most effective hair treatments for dry, damaged, chemically treated or stressed hair. It also plumps up the hair strands, making fine hair appear thicker and fuller. It’s 100 percent natural, and free of any chemicals that can irritate the scalp. Even though it’s super moisturizing, it won’t leave your hair greasy and weighed down with the right application technique. Try this deep conditioning treatment up to four times a month for the best results.

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What You’ll Need

  • Organic virgin coconut oil
  • Shower cap
  • Warm towel or hair dryer
  • Wide-tooth comb

Procedure

  1. Start with freshly-washed, towel-dried hair
    The hair should be slightly damp, but not soaking wet.
  2. Take a few tablespoons of coconut oil for shorter hair, and more for long hair.

    If your coconut oil is solid, place the closed container in a sink full of warm water to melt it, or rub it between your hands to soften it and make it easier it to spread throughout the hair. Massage it into your hair from the midshaft to the ends, sectioning the hair as you go to make contact with all of the strands. Comb it through with a wide-tooth comb. If you have a dry scalp, apply some oil there, too. If your scalp tends to be oily, you can avoid it.

  3. Cover the hair with the shower cap and wrap it with the warm towel or simply use a hair dryer for a couple of minutes. Then, allow the oil to sit on your hair for at least 20 minutes, or up to an hour. (If you have very thick/porous hair, you may leave it on overnight.)
  4. Rinse your hair with warm water, then wash it well with shampoo to prevent the oil from weighing your hair down. There’s no need to follow up with conditioner, since your hair is already thoroughly hydrated.

Treating Dandruff

Dandruff if a common, chronic condition that plagues people of all ages. It appears as white or yellow skin that flakes from the scalp that range in size. Minor dandruff is typically caused by dry skin, and it’s easily managed with the right shampoo and treatment. Seborrehic dermatitis is another more common type of dandruff, and it’s caused by oily or irritated skin that flakes off. Other causes include malasezzia fungus, eczema, psoriasis and skin that’s sensitive to products and infrequent shampooing.[1] Coconut oil can help treat dandruff associated with dry or sensitive skin, along with regular cleansing with gentle shampoo, limiting the use of hair care products and eating a healthy diet that includes sources of healthy fats like olive oil, nuts and fish, and foods that are rich in zinc and vitamin B.


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