Updated: Feb 11, 2022
Coconut oil is an edible oil derived from the wick, meat, and milk of the coconut palm fruit. Coconut oil is a white solid fat, melting at warmer room temperatures of around 25 °C, in warmer climates during the summer months it is a clear thin liquid oil. Unrefined varieties have a distinct coconut aroma.
The vitamins and fatty acids in coconut oil help nourish your scalp and penetrates the cuticle of the hair. Coconut oil stimulates hair growth by getting deep into its follicles. Coconut oil promotes the scalp health fighting against such problems as insect bites, lice and dandruff. Coconut oil moisturizes dry hair. Coconut oil adds luster and shine to the hair.
Coconut oil is often said to be the best oil to use on your hair to reduce protein loss and keep it looking healthy. It’s thought that coconut oil’s chemical structure is behind its superior ability to protect hair. In fact, coconut oil came out on top in all of their studies and reduced protein loss in hair that was undamaged, bleached, chemically treated, and UV exposed.
There are a few ways you can apply oil to your hair to help protect it from damage. First, applying oil to your hair before it’s washed can help reduce the amount of damage it sustains during washing and while it’s wet. Interestingly, hair is most vulnerable to damage when it’s wet. This is because of subtle, structural changes that occur when it absorbs water.
When you wet your hair, the thick, central cortex soaks up the water and swells, causing a structural change in the cuticle. The hair cuticle is actually made up of flat, overlapping scales that are attached toward the root end of your hair and point toward the tip.
When the cortex of your hair absorbs water and swells up, these scales are pushed outward so they stick up. This makes wet hair much easier to damage, especially when brushing or styling. Applying oil to your hair before you wash it can reduce the amount of water absorbed by the hair shaft and the degree to which the cuticle scales “stick up.” This makes it less prone to damage while it’s wet. Second, coating your hair in oil after you wash it helps make it softer and smoother. This reduces the amount of friction caused by styling, making your hair less likely to snag and break.