Since I started hosting this giveaway for coconut oil, I’ve received numerous ideas from various sources on the multiple uses for coconut oil. Not only can it be used in the kitchen, but it may also be a potent beauty aid. It is known to be a really good, natural moisturizer, and some people even use it for shaving.
Coconut Oil for Hair
I never thought about investigating the benefits of coconut oil for hair health, but recently I discovered that it may definitely be something I should be looking into. Our hair contains natural oils that are virtually depleted over time by harmful, commercial shampoos. Even organic shampoos may contain detergents that rip our hair from natural oils that keep our hair healthy.
Many people condition their hair with commercial conditioners to combat this dry problem. The problem with conditioners today on the market is that they are full of parabens and sulfates that can seep into our bodies and wreak havoc on our immune system and hormones. What if we could find a conditioner that only contained one ingredient?
That’s where pure, organic virgin coconut oil comes into the story. Hair oils have been used for centuries, and I believe they are hosting a comeback (as proof by the recent article at The Fashion Spot). Our hair needs oil, just like our skin, despite what we are being told. Excess oil definitely creates a problem, but anything in excess always presents conflict. A balance of natural oil in your hair is key.
How To Use Coconut Oil for Hair Conditioning
I have never used a conditioner before in my life, but now I’m considering keeping coconut oil in my weekly routine. Here’s an example on how to use it for your hair, but remember, just like in diet and exercise, you are unique and everything depends on your body (so experimentation may be necessary).
Apply about a tablespoon of coconut oil to your hair (or more, deepening on how long your hair is). For a warm oil massage, heat the coconut oil on the stovetop very lightly (NOT hot!). Massage gently into your hair, combing it through completely. Let sit for 15 minutes and then wash your hair like normal.
Remember to choose a natural, organic shampoo to reduce the risk of dangerous additives and ingredients.
How Do You Use Coconut Oil?
I’m still looking for more suggestions on how one could use coconut oil, outside of the kitchen. Do you have any? So far I have received these tips:
- Grease door hinges with coconut oil to cease creaking (this WORKS!)
- Use in place of shaving cream (this also works, however I’ve only used it on my face)
- Moisturizer for the skin
- Great for adding to homemade toothpaste
Until next time, this is The Healthy Advocate.