How to Use Coconut Oil for Hair and Scalp
You've likely heard there were some benefits to using coconut oil for hair and scalp treatments.
As described in the first article, Coconut Oil Benefits, Uses and Sustainability, guest author, April Sheets, outlines how coconut oil is one of the best and most essential fats available to us.
She also describes how coconut oil is antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, and antibacterial, and increases our immunity and overall vitality.
Below she describes the benefits of coconut oil for hair and scalp and how simple it is to give yourself a coconut oil hair treatment.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented on Sustainable Baby Steps have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not replace personal judgment nor medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other complimentary modalities. Reading this website denotes your understanding and agreement to our full disclaimer.
Contrary to what marketers would have you believe, you don't need expensive beauty products to have soft skin and shiny hair.
The beauty business is a non-regulated, billion dollar industry based on profits and not necessarily your health. The government does not require human health studies for cosmetic and other personal care products before they are sold. You shouldn't blindly trust these companies and you don't need to be exposed to all of the unnecessary chemicals they add to their products when you have better options like coconut oil for hair, scalp, and even skin care.
Coconut oil is one of the most nutritious products you can put on your hair. It provides the essential proteins that nourishes damaged hair and maintains healthy hair.
In 2001, Princeton researchers conducted a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science, to investigate the different penetration attributes of coconut oil and mineral oil into hair fibers. The study showed that coconut oil fully penetrated the hair shaft while the mineral oil did not. They also found that since the oil fills the hair shaft it protects it from the damage of swelling and shrinking from being exposed to water.1,2
Coconut oil may also be beneficial for dandruff. Dandruff is generally caused by an outbreak of yeast, which may be treated by coconut oil's antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.
Simple Coconut Oil Hair Treatment
A coconut oil hair treatment is really very simple.
Before bed, just scoop out a couple of tablespoons of the oil and warm it slightly in your hands (it is solid above 75 degrees). Then massage it into your scalp and throughout your dry hair, making sure to cover it well. Make sure to sleep on an old pillow case or towel, and then wash your hair out in the morning with your normal routine. You will notice how soft it makes your hair and you will feel like you got a pricey spa treatment on your hair!
You can also add an essential oil to your coconut oil hair treatment, such as 1-2 drops of rosemary essential oil, which is great for hair and scalp as well.
Viola! It's that simple!
There's no risk to doing this more frequently, although sometimes washing the coconut oil out can be a challenge (tip: add shampoo to your hair before you get it wet!). Some people do it once a week, others only as needed. Experiment to see what works for you and then share your experiences in the comments below!
Where to Buy The Best Coconut Oil
The harvesting and manufacturing process of coconut oil is the most important aspect to research, whether you're eating it or using the coconut oil for hair treatments. It shouldn't be heated or highly processed in any way, especially because what we put on our skin and scalp gets absorbed into our skin - let's make it the best part!
This is why we love and support our affiliate, Tropical Traditions. They offer so much research and information, and many more natural, organic products for your health, too. Poke around on their website to learn more. (We personally use their Gold Label and I've never seen anything comparable.)
Plus, new customers who purchase through our affiliate links get a free book! And you support this website, so thank you!
Their book, Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people's lives, and how it can change yours, includes the research behind coconut oil benefits, over 100 testimonials from coconut oil users and over 85 recipes to incorporate these health benefits into your life easily.
April Sheets is a peaceful parenting, babywearing and unschooling mom of three, an alternative medicine and natural immunity advocate, and raw food loving, juicing enthusiast. She is a lactivist, intactivist woman "altruistically trying to save the world from itself." Learn more from Sheets at Primitive Mommy: Instinctual Eating, Parenting and Living.