Hair loss can happen for a variety of reasons, and it’s never any fun. Whether your hair is thinning due to hereditary reasons, stress, or a scalp ailment, there are many cures out there. Finding the treatment that’s right for your skin and hair can be daunting. As more data has come out on the hazards of chemical-heavy treatments, many people have made the wise move to natural remedies.
Coconut oil certainly sits high on the list of the best organic ingredients. For one, it’s relatively inexpensive and readily available. More importantly, the oil’s benefits are extremely versatile. Among many other pluses, coconut oil promotes skin health, it’s a psoriasis cure, and it’s a great all-around conditioner for frequent use. Most remarkable, however, are the oil’s positive effects on hair growth. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at coconut oil for hair growth. Also, we’ll explore the bigger picture: how to achieve hair growth naturally.
How does coconut oil support hair growth?
Adds Moisture and Keeps it in
More than many manufactured conditioners and cleansers, coconut oil does a great job sealing in the the moisture. This attribute helps keep your follicles strong and generally resistant to breaks.
Increases Blood Circulation
When coconut oil is massaged into your scalp, it improves blood circulation. When your scalp and follicles gets more oxygen, your hair grows more easily.
Coconut oil is rich in them, and they help lay the groundwork for healthy, lustrous hair. Among other vitamins and nutrients, Vitamin E and K stand out. Vitamin E, which is more well known, promotes healthy skin. Vitamin K helps prevents heart disease and builds resilient bones, in addition to helping with other important processes. Other beneficial ingredients include iron and fatty acids.
It’s a sad fact that your scalp and hair can be an ideal home for bacteria, lice, and dandruff. Though some of these issues are more common than others, they all negatively effect hair growth. Coconut oil has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that keep your scalp clean and healthy.
Takes the Place of Sebum
To keep your scalp moist and to prevent cracks, your scalp’s sebaceous glands produce an oil called sebum. Coconut oil can mimic sebum and replenish its effects.
Both sebum and coconut oil contain triglycerides, which help the oils penetrate to the follicle level, which is where they do their work.
How to use Coconut Oil on Thinning Hair
Warm oil a bit by placing it in a glass and submerging the glass in warm water for a few minutes.
Massage the oil into your hair and scalp, thoroughly submerging each follicle.
Comb your hair to evenly coat it in the oil.
Wrap your head in a shower cap or other covering and leave in overnight (preferable), or just a few hours.
Coconut oil can be combined, as a carrier oil, with essential oils to create a variety of great natural remedies for thinning hair. Among many others with varying effects, coconut oil can be combined with 1-2 drops of chamomile, peppermint, and/or cedar essential oils to promote hair growth. Also, the essential oils add a tantalizing fragrance.
How to Grow Your Hair Naturally
If you’ve been trying to increase hair growth for any serious amount of time, it’s likely you’ve exposed your hair and scalp to a plethora of ingredients. Maybe some of them had positive or neutral effects, but chances are chemical-heavy treatments have taken their toll. With that in mind, it’s important that you start by cleaning out your hair and scalp, and setting the stage for natural hair growth. Here are a few basic steps for adding luster to thinning hair:
Detox: start by cutting out chemical-heavy cleansers and treatments. These products strip your hair of natural oils and nutrients. In response, your scalp works overtime to reproduce its lost oils. That’s not to mention the follicle damage and general degradation caused by chemical-heavy products. Hair straighteners, for example, can cause permanent follicle damage by over-drying your hair. Suffice to say, a ravaged mane is not an ideal place to start the hair growth process.
Watch your diet: hair growth can be as much about what you consume internally as externally. Though there are more than a few foods that can aid in growth, essential fatty acids are among the most important. Walnuts, flax seeds, fish, avocado, and coconut oil (of course) are all great fatty acid sources.
Go Natural: take some time with a natural shampoo. Your suds can be manufactured or DIY, but make sure it’s free of sodium lauryl sulfate and other harmful chemicals. You can learn more about common hazardous chemicals in hair products from the Environmental Working Group.
Use a coconut oil treatment: make sure you use extra virgin, unrefined coconut oil. Other types often have harmful additives. Also, be sure to use oil contained in glass, as plastic can seep chemicals into the oil. You can learn more about the best coconut oil brands here.
Wash regularly: it is possible to have too much of a good thing… if you don’t wash regularly, the coconut oil can clog up your scalp, making hair growth more difficult.
Give it some time: most say it takes a week to see results, but this time frame can vary depending on your previous hair and scalp conditions.