Are you looking for a natural product to manage you frizzy hair? Coconut oil may be the answer. This versatile and nourishing oil has been used for hundreds of years in various beauty rituals, and it can work wonders for the hair and body.
In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of coconut oil for the body, a step-by-step guide on how to use coconut oil for curly hair, and ways to use coconut oil in your beauty routine.
Benefits of Coconut Oil for Curly Hair
Before sharing how to use coconut oil for your curly hair, let’s explore it’s benefits. Coconut oil is packed with essential nutrients, including lauric acid, vitamins, and minerals, which provide deep moisturization and nourishment to your hair.
These fatty acids penetrate the hair cuticles, helping to retain moisture and prevent protein loss, which is crucial for you hair health. Additionally, coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, promoting a clean and healthy scalp.
Here are some of the key benefits of coconut oil for curly hair:
Moisturizes and Hydrates
Curly hair tends to be drier and more prone to frizz due to its structure. Coconut oil helps to lock in moisture and prevent water loss, keeping your hair hydrated and tame frizz.
Strengthens and Reduces Breakage
The fatty acids in coconut oil penetrate the hair shaft, strengthening it from within. This helps to reduce breakage and improve the overall health of your curly hair.
Adds Shine and Softness
Coconut oil forms a protective barrier around the hair strands, giving them a natural sheen and smoothness.
Coconut Oil softens the hair, making it more manageable and enhancing its natural beauty.
Soothes the Scalp
Dandruff and a dry, itchy scalp is a common concern for those with curly hair.
The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of coconut oil can help soothe the scalp and alleviate these issues.
How to Use Coconut Oil for Curly Hair
Pre-poo Hair Treatment
Apply coconut oil to the ends of your hair to or use it as a deep conditioner. When I transitioned from relaxed to natural hair as a new natural, a pre-poo treatment was always in my hair care routine.
Scalp massages stimulate blood flow and encourages hair growth. Leave the coconut oil in your hair for at least 30 minutes, or for better results, overnight. To prevent any oil transfer to your bedding, wrap your hair in a silk scarf or use a shower cap.
Use a small amount of coconut oil to smooth frizzy hair and add shine.
Sealing in Moisture
Coconut oil is NOT a moisturizer but works well to seal in the moisture when applying the L.O.C. Method on natural hair. It also contains properties that penetrate the hair shaft.
How to use Coconut Oil for your Body
Most people practice oil pulling to whiten teeth, treat toothaches, or combat gingivitis, plaque, and microorganisms that cause bad breath.
To start, place a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around your teeth and gums for about 20 minutes. An important note is to not swallow and spit the contents in the trash to prevent your sink from clogging up.
Do you have mascara or lipstick that is extra difficult to take off? Coconut oil is a great makeup remover! As much as I love matte lipsticks, they take FOREVER to take off with makeup wipes alone.
Using coconut oil as a makeup remover prevents irritation and moisturizes the areas around the eyes and mouth. Just dip a cotton pad in the oil, rub it on your skin and the makeup comes off easily. You can follow up by rinsing with warm water and following up with your night time skincare routine.
Hydrating Dry Skin
Coconut oil works wonders with smoothing dry, cracked skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that work well for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Use coconut oil directly on your skin after a bath or shower for optimal absorption. Mix it with Shea butter for a smooth, hydrating, finish.
Coconut oil’s moisturizing, strengthening, and softening properties make it an ideal choice for those with curly hair seeking to enhance their natural beauty. By following the step-by-step guide you can achieve healthy curls.