Peruse a popular women’s magazine. Wander down the aisles of your local drugstore. You may feel overwhelmed by the incredible number of personal care products that promise a quick fix for everything from wrinkles to frizzy hair to discolored teeth. The beauty and personal care industry rakes in more than $250 billion globally each year. If you’re like most people, you’ve probably fed the industry by purchasing hordes of jars, tubes, and bottles of stuff that promised to make you look better—many of which just clutter up your bathroom drawers or dresser top.
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It might sound simplistic or even ridiculous that a single product —and an all-natural, inexpensive one at that—can address your many needs, but it’s true. That miracle product is coconut oil. Here we’ll discover twenty-four ways that coconut oil can stimulate hair growth, moisturize dry skin, minimize spider veins and cellulite, brighten your smile, and lots more. And the benefits don’t stop there.
When you include coconut oil in your daily beauty and body care regimen, you’ll not only improve your appearance, you’ll improve your health and vitality, too, naturally and safely. Rather than forking out money on questionable products that at best offer a coverup or temporary improvement, opt for a jar of extra virgin, organic coconut oil. You’ll soon look and feel your best, not only on the surface but deep within as well.
1. Strengthen hair
Long, lustrous locks are your crowning glory, but there is no magical pill, potion, or cream that delivers fast results to lengthen and strengthen your hair. A number of lifestyle habits can enhance or degrade the quality of your hair, so if your goal is to have long, healthy, beautiful tresses you should eat plenty of whole foods and healthy fats, while minimizing foods that are heavily processed or contain lots of preservatives. Because hair is made mostly of protein, it requires protein to grow strong; therefore, eating a diet that’s rich in high-quality protein is essential.
In addition, a combination of apple cider vinegar and coconut oil can improve the texture, shine, and overall health of your hair. If you color your hair, heat-style it, perm it, or expose it to damaging chemicals such as chlorine or water-softening agents, you may need some extra TLC to keep your hair looking great. Even natural, untreated hair is exposed to dirt, pollution, and environmental toxins every day that can damage its health and deteriorate its strength. Try this “secret weapon”:
1. Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar to cleanse your hair of impurities.
2. Follow with a deep-conditioning application of coconut oil to restore and balance the natural, healthy oils in your hair and on your scalp. You can allow the coconut oil to set on your strands for one hour or up to two days, depending upon how dry your hair is.
3. Shampoo and condition as usual.
By performing this regimen at least once per week, you can boost your hair’s health, strength, and appearance.
2. Defrizz hair
Dealing with frizzy hair is an annoying part of almost every curly-haired girl’s life. Whether you have naturally frizz-prone hair or have self-induced the problem with the excessive use of products and treatments, taming your wild tresses into sleek submission doesn’t have to be difficult, nor does it require a daily battle. Commercial defrizzing products often fail to deliver the desired results. They may leave hair excessively oily or greasy, or even further damage hair with chemical frizz-fighting serums. Luckily, coconut oil offers an outstanding way to improve the quality of your hair and remedy the frizzies safely, effectively, and naturally.
Depending upon the length of your hair, its texture, and the severity of damage (if any), the frequency and duration of your coconut oil treatments will vary. After one application, however, you will be able to determine how often you should repeat the process.
1. Fill a spray bottle with 1/2 cup of liquid coconut oil.
2. Prepare your hair by rinsing it thoroughly with water and towel drying it lightly to remove any excess water.
3. While your hair is damp, spray the coconut oil onto your hair until well saturated but not dripping.
4. Cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap, allowing your body heat to improve the absorption of the oil into the hair strands.
5. Leave the oil on your hair for 1 to 2 hours before shampooing, conditioning, and styling as usual.
Not only will coconut oil smooth the frizzies, it will add shine and improve your hair’s overall health.
3. Stimulate hair growth
Whether you’re trying to grow your hair longer or stimulate growth in areas of thinning hair, commercial products often fail to deliver the promised results. Additionally, these potions and lotions may be packed with harsh chemicals that can damage your hair or seep through your scalp and infiltrate your blood stream through the numerous veins that lie just below the skin of your scalp.
If seeking for a safe, natural way to stimulate hair growth, look no further than coconut oil. Its moisturizing properties help to maximum moisture retention at the base of the hair shaft. Coconut oil also stimulates collagen production, due to its lauric acid and capric acid that combine to promote the regeneration of skin cells and hair follicle production, which can help improve hair quality and encourage new hair growth.
Use this simple procedure to optimize hair growth by protecting the new hair’s structure and delivering powerful phytochemicals and vitamin E to the scalp:
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
Massage oil into your scalp and hair. Allow the oil to be absorbed for 1 to 3 hours, or up to a day if you have the time. Rinse, then shampoo and condition as usual. Repeat the process every 1 to 3 days to maximize results.
To support this topical application, consume 1 to 3 tablespoons of coconut oil per day. This enhances hair growth by enabling your body to better absorb the vitamins and minerals needed to maintain hair health.
Can your ponytail damage your hair?
Yes! Surprisingly enough, studies have shown that when the hair is repeatedly pulled into a ponytail, the strands of the hair are exposed to more stretching and breaking. Wet hair, which is weaker than dry, is more prone to damage.
4. Fight frizz on the go
After prepping and primping for an important meeting or big date, your image can be completely derailed by frizzy, unmanageable locks that look nothing like you planned. Humidity, heat, wind, and rain can wreak havoc on your tresses and cause frizz for even the most manageable hair. You can’t control the weather, so what to do when you’re trying to look your best but need to be prepared for the worst?
If you’re aware of high humidity or rain in the forecast, turn to coconut oil for a quick, natural solution.
- 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil for short hair and up to 1 teaspoon for long, thick hair.
Evenly distribute the oil on the ends and throughout your hair prior to heat treating and styling, to prevent frizz before it starts.
Stash a mini-bottle of coconut oil in your purse, your car, or your desk drawer to treat those pesky flyaway strands and bouts of the frizzies any time they strike. Simply warm 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil in your hands and lightly apply it to your trouble areas. This effective, on-the-go frizz-fighter is natural and free of damaging chemicals, and leaves your hair smooth, shiny, and luxurious.
Add essential oils to boost benefits
To boost coconut oil’s benefits and customize your hair treatment, try blending in a few drops of essential oil. Chamomile oil is good for dry, brittle hair, and an after-shampoo rinse of chamomile tea brings out highlights in blond hair. Lavender oil stimulates hair growth and helps ease the itching associated with dandruff. If your hair is oily, combine lemon oil with coconut oil or add lemon oil to your favorite shampoo.
5. Add shine to hair
Most commercial products intended to add shine to your hair contain chemicals that develop a reflective film on the hair shaft. This appears to add shine, but the effect rinses away with just one, or maybe a few, washes—and those chemicals can leave your hair feeling dried out or damaged. If you’re trying to restore a lustrous glow to your locks, you can enhance your hair’s health with coconut oil to bring out natural shine and highlights without chemicals and additives.
Coconut oil’s naturally occurring, deep-moisturizing properties due to high concentrations of lauric and capric acids not only treat hair with the nutrients necessary to achieve a healthy glow, but also help your scalp develop collagen to strengthen hair from root to tip. In this case, the most effective treatment you can find is also the safest.
1. In the shower, apply coconut oil to your wet hair.
2. Allow the oil to set for 3 to 5 minutes.
3. Rinse and shampoo as usual.
4. Follow with your regular styling method.
To improve the quality of your hair’s health and safeguard it from the elements it is exposed to every day, use this application 1 to 2 times per week. You hair will shine from within, not merely with a synthetic film.
Protein protection for your hair
A study published in the March–April 2003 issue of Journal of Cosmetic Science tested coconut oil, mineral oil, and safflower oil to see which offered the best benefits to hair. Researchers found that only coconut oil reduced protein loss in hair, thereby improving the quality of damaged hair and preventing future damage. What’s the secret? “Coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and . . . is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft.”