This week begins our series on Oils and healthy hair growth. Let’s start the series with an Oil that is used all around the world, especially in tropical regions. It comes from a palm and is viewed as a sustainable resource for its fruit, outer shell, water, milk, and oil. Can anyone guess which oil we are talking about? Yes, none other than Coconut Oil. Coconut Oil is unique because it is able to lock in the moisture of your hair and keep the hair’s natural proteins intact. All of which are important to healthy hair growth. Keeping the hair’s natural proteins intact is very important for keeping your hair strong and preventing breakage.
Is Coconut Oil the only oil I need to moisturize my hair? Well, yes and no. Typically, you are supposed to use a water-based moisturizer and an oil-based moisturizer. Water-based moisturizers can penetrate the hair to seal the moisture in your hair. Oil-based moisturizers moisturize the outer cuticle of the hair to prevent dryness. Unlike other oils, Coconut Oil can work inside and outside the hair. Coconut Oil can penetrate the hair, help the hair maintain its natural moisture, and moisturize the outer cuticle of the hair. Although Coconut Oil has characteristics of a water-based moisturizer, it never hurts to supplement your Coconut Oil with a water-based moisturizing treatment. What are the other benefits of Coconut Oil? Coconut oil reduces damage to your hair. You can also get a lot of use out of your Coconut Oil. It can be used as a pre-wash moisturizing treatment and a post-wash moisturizing treatment. Coconut Oil is able to protect your hair’s moisture from water and air in the environment. Lastly, Coconut Oil helps give your hair that beautiful shine that we all love our hair to have!