In the last few years, coconut oil has received a lot of press and praise. If you listen to the praise, it’s not so much a “superfood” as a “super substance”. That same praise will convince you that it can work wonders on everything from oral hygiene to skin conditions and more. But it’s coconut for hair growth that we’re interested in here.
We have covered many hair growth substances here on Hair Growth Pills. These include everything from biotin to castor oil and so many medications, hair treatments and more in between. This time it is the turn of a simple, seemingly innocuous oil that has been taking the beauty and healthcare industries by storm.
Is this guide we aim to answer the following questions:
- Can Coconut Oil Help Hair Growth?
- Is Coconut Oil Good For Your Hair?
- How to Use Coconut Oil on Your Hair
- Why Is Coconut Oil Good For Your Hair?
- Is Coconut Oil Good For Your Face?
First up, let’s get the basics out of the way as we ask, “What is Coconut Oil”? The question might be less redundant than you think.
What is Coconut Oil?
We know that oils are very beneficial and that they can work wonders on your heart, your cardiovascular system and your skin. Such is the case with omega 3 and omega 6, olive oil, and many more. Coconut oil is very similar. It is a fat that is rich in vitamins and minerals and has those same lubricating, nourishing effects.
However, it’s not an oil, but rather the meat of the coconut. If you have ever cracked open a coconut then you will notice that there is a watery substance that leaks out and a solid substance that is attached to the inside of the shell. It is the solid substance that becomes the “coconut oil”.
Is Coconut Oil Good For You
Soon, we will discuss the benefits of coconut oil for hair growth, as well as for your skin, your oral health, your heart and more. However, it’s important to know that there have been very few actual studies done to determine the effectiveness of these treatments. What we know about them is all from individual user reviews and assumptions based on the nutritional value.
As discussed below in a section on “coconut oil pulling”, this information is easily misrepresented and misunderstood, which leads to people doing something that probably isn’t even the slightest bit beneficial. However, there are some positive reports being uncovered, as we shall learn.
Coconut Oil For Hair Growth
As much press as this substance is getting as a food stuff and a supplement, it’s coconut oil for hair growth that people are interested in. The most commonly asked questions and the most common search terms all relate to coconut oil and hair. So, is that a sign of vanity or is there actually something in this?
We have tried this ourselves and we have recommended it as a treatment for hair growth in our Eyelash Growth DIY article. Individual user reviews are split, but as we know from our coverage of substances like Keranique, that’s usually the case, even when the product has been proven to be effective. What works for one person won’t necessarily work for the next.
How Does it Work?
The reason coconut oil for hair growth is so effective is because it provides nourishment to your scalp, feeding your hair with the vitamins and the minerals it needs to thrive. As it’s an oil, it is able to penetrate deep into the skin, adhering itself to the scalp, the roots and the follicles. It essentially gives the hair a base of nutrients from which it can grow. Or at least, that’s the theory.
The truth is, we’re not entirely sure. The positive results might be the result of some kind of placebo effect. It’s hard to measure extra hair growth after all. However, there are many more reports regarding the way that it conditions the hair, adding strength and shine. That is easier to measure and if a product like coconut oil can work to condition your hair in such a way, then it must mean that it is working from the root to the tip, adding something extra throughout the growing process that makes it look and feel better. And if that is the case, then it’s not a stretch to suggest that it could also be aiding growth.
How to Use Coconut Oil for Hair Growth
If you are experiencing hair loss, if you are worried about the condition of your hair, or if you simply want thicker hair, then it’s worth trying this substance out. It might not be 100% effective, but it’s safe and it’s natural. At worst it will leave you with a few less notes in your wallet at the end of the month. Considering that some hair growth remedies can cause everything from burning sensations to breathing problems and life-threatening conditions, that’s a huge bonus.
To use coconut oil for hair growth, you need to have a couple hours to spar. Once you do, and once you have your oil on hand, follow these instructions:
Wash your hair (or head if you’re severely lacking in that department) and then let it dry. Slowly melt the coconut oil. You can do this by using a technique known as a “Bain-Marie”. For this, just get two bowls, one larger than the other. Fill the larger one with water and place the other one–with the coconut oil inside–within in. Then, place the bowls on the hob and bring up to temperature. The lack of direct heat will ensure the oil melts slowly.
You can also simply boil the water in the larger bowl and then place the other bowl in. In either case you should be stirring all of the while. Once you have the melted oil, begin to massage it into your scalp, before running a comb through to make sure it is covered. The goal is to cover the scalp and the roots, but to also make sure it is coating each hair.
Cover your head and then let it sit for at least 30 minutes. The longer the better, but don’t overdo it. A couple hours will be more than enough. Once you have given it enough time, then simply wash it off using shampoo and conditioner. This should give you some instant results, with your hair looking and feeling better. But if you keep it up for a few weeks then you may notice much more growth and conditioning.
Coconut Oil for Your Skin
In much the same way that coconut oil for hair growth is effective, it should also provide similar results for your skin. Again, this is something that we’re not entirely sure on as it’s something that hasn’t been studied to a great degree. However, many users report positive results, saying that it makes their skin look better and feel firmer.
There have also been suggestions that coconut oil could work to reduce acne, stretch marks and scarring, but the reports usually stem from people selling the product or people who have an ulterior motive.
Other Coconut Oil Uses
There are a number of other benefits of coconut oil. These include something known as “oil pulling”. With this technique you just rinse your mouth out with the oil and then spit. The idea is that it removes all the bacteria. This technique has proved very popular, but the truth is, all of the research done points to it being no more effective than water.
It will remove bacteria, but so will water. The act of pulling a liquid over your teeth vigorously will strip them and your mouth of bacteria, which you then spit out. Coconut oil, unfortunately, is just an expensive way of doing the same thing.
The fatty acids in this substance are also good for the body and may benefit the heart and the brain, combating heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and many other deadly conditions. However, it’s sill fat, so it’s important not to consume too much. Also, like all fats and indeed all oils, once you cook with it at high temperatures, the goodness that is inside disappears.