A great, natural way to treat stressed, fragile hair is with a warm coconut oil treatment. Coconut oil is amazing for so many different things that I almost feel silly writing this. What can’t it do?!? Coconut oil is great for hair because it’s loaded with vitamin E and vitamin K, is hyper-moisturizing and is completely natural (plus it smells like love and summertime!). Plus, coconut oil has a No-Low score of 1 and is one of our favorite ingredients.
Various studies say that coconut oil can penetrate hair and reduce protein loss in distressed hair. Coconut oil bonds to weak hair strands and reinforces them. Do remember that this is a temporary fix. Split ends can be treated, but cutting is the only way to truly remove those evil little split ends.
Here’s how to use coconut oil for hair:
Scoop two heaping spoonfuls of coconut oil into a bowl or other microwavable container. Do note that the amount of oil necessary will vary depending on your hair thickness and length. (I have shoulder length so two big spoonfuls worked for me).
Warm the coconut oil in the microwave for about 30 seconds (coconut oil is solid at room temperature!).
Apply to hair and massage into scalp with fingertips. Comb through hair with a wide-toothed comb for even distribution.
Dip your ends into the last of the coconut oil. Like with conditioner, focus on the tips rather than the roots. It’s great to concentrate oils at the ends because that’s the oldest and most moisture-strapped part of your hair.
Wrap your hair in a towel turban and keep it on for about an hour for maximum effect. Sometimes I use an older towel since it can be a pain to clean afterwords. It’s not too bad, but I would advise against using your go-to beach wrap.
Use a gentle shampoo like our Repair Shampoo after an hour or so. Or for even more moisture and repair, leave the coconut oil treatment on overnight and shampoo as normal in the morning. Again, beware of getting the oil on your prized pillow/pillow cases, but it will feel great in the morning.
You can find coconut oil at any natural food store or big-box store. It’s in the vegetable oil aisle.