Thursday, 10 January 2013
HAIR HELPERS: CHOOSING THE RIGHT COCONUT OIL FOR YOUR HAIR
Turns out that we were both right in the end. Coconut oil is not called the ‘Elixir from the tree of life for nothing’. According to research, coconut oil – unlike mineral oils – actually penetrates the hair shaft because it is so similar to our tresses’ natural lipids. Once inside the hair, it serves as a “re-fatting agent”, replacing the natural oils that have been lost due to washing, heat damage and environmental toxicities. This strengthens the hair, adds volume and prevents breakage.
Besides this, coconut oil contains Lauric Acid and Capric Acid, which have a microbial action, thereby guarding against hair loss. It also contains Vitamin E, which keeps the scalp healthy; fatty acids that keep dandruff at bay; and a high moisture retaining capacity, which keep strands soft and hydrated.
Virgin Coconut Oil (or VCO), on the other hand, is extracted from fresh coconut by mechanical or natural means. This was actually the original way of extracting coconut oil and this food-grade liquid retains the light taste and aroma of coconuts and is high in vitamin and minerals. Absolutely clear in appearance, it has powerful antioxidant properties that allows it to stay fresh for a very long time. Biggest bonus? It simply melts into the hair, without the heavy, saturated feeling of RBD.
And applying it is simple: All you need to do is warm some oil, drizzle it on your scalp and lightly massage till all the strands are coated right through to the roots. Leave on for 2-3 hours (or overnight if your hair is very dry, damaged or brittle) then wash with a mild shampoo.