There are multiple ways in which your hair can really benefit from a hair treatment with coconut oil.
One of the major components of coconut oil, lauric acid, is a fatty acid that binds hair proteins thus helping protect roots and preventing hair breakage. A study conducted in 2003 revealed that coconut oil could reduce or prevent hair protein loss more effectively than mineral and sunflower oils, which are the most common oils used in hair care products.
Coconut oil is a natural hair moisturizer and conditioner with the ability to penetrate the hair shaft, healing and conditioning from within. Coconut oil is also an effective remedy for damaged hair, as it is full of nutrients like iron, vitamin E and vitamin K. These aid in your hair shine and softness while protecting your hair from the elements.
Massaging your scalp with coconut oil also increases blood circulation. Improving this allows your follicles to receive the required amount of nutrients and oxygen, leading to hair growth.
You want to apply the coconut oil hair mask to the scalp. This is where the hair grows from and you will get the greatest benefit from doing so. Before shampooing, apply generously to the scalp and gently rub the oil into your skin. Make sure to cover your whole scalp and continue to massage it in for a few minutes. You then want to apply it to the rest of your hair, from the root to the ends. Let the oil set in your hair for at least 30 minutes, up to four hours if you have severe breakage problems or are trying to get the most benefits. You can even apply before bed and keep it wrapped in a towel overnight. Wash out with regular shampoo and condition after treatment.