Nowadays, many people suffer from hair loss, also called alopecia, which can be a result of hormonal issues, nutritional deficiency, autoimmune diseases, genes, aging, fungal infections of the scalp, or some dermatological skin issues.
Coconut oil is a very powerful antioxidant, and it is also a very potent antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral agent. Besides being useful and beneficial for plenty of health issues, coconut oil is also found to be useful for hair treatment.
When used on hair, coconut oil provides the following benefits:
- Improves scalp health
- Fights against infections
- Fights against fungus
- Stimulates hair growth
- Adds volume and shine
How Does Coconut Oil Stop Hair Loss?
1. Prevents Hair Breakage
Protects hair roots and strands from breakage because the coconut oil lauric acids attach to the protein in the hair.
2. Prevents Hair Damage
Coconut oil tends to imitate Sebum, which is a body’s natural oil that protects the scalp from drying out, and also forms a layer in order to protect the roots from damage.
3. Prevents Fungal and Bacterial Issues
The already mentioned antifungal and antibacterial properties of the coconut oil fight against fungal and bacterial infections which impede hair growth.
4. Stimulates Hair Growth
Due to the antioxidants and nutrients, like iron, vitamin E, and vitamin K, found in it, coconut oil stimulates and helps hair growth and re-growth.
5. Provides Nutrients
Blood circulation is improved by massaging coconut oil on the scalp, which helps hair follicles to absorb the nutrients needed for hair growth and health.
How to Use Coconut Oil for Hair Growth?
Massaging the scalp gently with warm coconut oil will stop hair loss. By doing so, the coconut oil will penetrate deeply into the hair follicles. Thus, it will provide the hair with the nutrients needed and it will make the hair stronger.
First, warm up the coconut oil. Then, apply to the scalp and rub it gently so that you make sure that the entire scalp is covered with it. Massage the scalp for about 5 minutes and let it sit for one hour at least. If you want to achieve the best results, keep it overnight. At the end, wash your hair with a mild shampoo that contains no chemicals, but natural ingredients.
How to Use Coconut Oil for Other Hair Issues?
Coconut oil would not only help you for treating alopecia, but also for eliminating dandruff and head lice.
Treating dandruff with coconut oil will not solve the problem overnight but in only one week. Dandruff is caused by dry skin conditions, sensitivity to chemicals found in hair care products, or fungal infections. Thus, due to its antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, coconut oil can make dandruff disappear.
Furthermore, coconut oil is also beneficial for prevention and treatment of head lice. It helps to fight off lice and impede their eggs to attach to the hair because it penetrates deeply into the hair shaft and scalp.