Coconut oil is one of the most versatile oils and is a staple in many kitchens. Coconut oil has been commonplace in Asian and Pacific households since ancient times, and is now gaining popularity in the West and being recognized for its health and beauty benefits such as for shiny skin and hair.

Coconut oil is oil, as we have already mentioned, very versatile, since you can use it both in cooking recipes, health remedies, beauty recipes, and other varied uses as well. On this occasion we will use olive oil for skin and hair. So maybe it’s time to change your expensive commercial hair and skin products, for a cheaper and more natural alternative, you have nothing to lose.

Which coconut oil should we use?

For best results, it uses unrefined coconut oil (often labeled as “virgin” coconut oil) which is processed without chemicals that damage its natural compounds that make it so good for hair and skin. You can find it in some supermarkets, health food stores or online.

Coconut oil for shiny hair

Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids (MCT), in which lauric acid is the best known of them. These fatty acids nourish and moisturize the scalp and hair. A study published in 1999 in the “Journal of Cosmetic Science” found that the application of coconut oil to hair reduced breakages.

How to use coconut oil for shiny hair

Coconut oil is solid at cold temperatures, but melts at 76 degrees F (24.5 C) or higher. So if the coconut oil is solid, melt a few tablespoons to water bath.

  1. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil in coconut oil to add a pleasant smell or to enhance the benefits for hair (See:12 oils to help grow hair).
  2. Massage coconut oil into the scalp and hair. You can apply the oil to dry or damp hair, but it is easier to spread the oil when the hair is moist. You can also apply the oil only on the tips of the hair instead of on the
  3. Then, roll up the hair with a shower cap or towel so that your hair is completely covered, and wait for at least an hour or two, or preferably overnight (the longer you wait, the more conditioned your hair will be).
  4. Then wash your hair twice with your shampoo, you can use natural shampoo until all the oil has been completely removed. If you wish, you can use apple cider vinegar as a hair rinse afterwards. See: Herbal conditioner with vinegar for hair.
  5. Repeat this treatment when the hair begins to feel dry (depending on how dry the weather is or how often you use the hair straightened). It can be done once a week or less.

Coconut oil for a hair without gray hair

Pigment cells located at the base of each hair follicle are responsible for the color of your hair. However, as it grows more and more, these pigment cells die and become less efficient. One way coconut oil prevents gray hair is by nourishing the scalp and protecting the base of the hair follicles.

The healthier the hair, the longer you will be able to avoid gray hair. To do this, massage the hair with coconut and lemon oil every day for at least 15 minutes.

Coconut oil for shiny skin

Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer not only for hair, but also for the skin. It helps to soften the skin and is especially good for dry skin. It may also help treat eczema because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

Coconut oil is better than many commercial moisturizers that contain petroleum-based ingredients and a lot of water. The water content makes you feel like your skin is hydrated, but when the water dries, the skin becomes dry again. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is a deep moisturizer that feeds deeper tissues.

How to use coconut oil for shiny skin?

  1. Apply coconut oil after a shower or after washing your face.
  2. When applying coconut oil to your face, do it the way you do with your normal moisturizer.
  3. Start with a small amount (pea-sized) and apply around your eyes and face, and up to your lips if they are dry and cracked. At first it tends to have a greasier consistency, but it absorbs quickly into the skin. Let it absorb into the skin for a few minutes before applying makeup.

You can also use coconut oil instead of a body lotion to hydrate the rest of your body.

 

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