Coconut oil is quickly gaining wide popularity as a skin and hair moisturizer, because it is packed with many of the essential nutrients required by healthy skin and hair.
When preparing a new formula to put on your hair, one important thing to remember is that one single formula will not work optimally for all people.
Because of this rule, several of the recipe ingredients are listed in a range of measurements. If you try this recipe and you like it, but wish it were a little different, change it and try it again. This is one of the primary advantages over a product that you purchase off of the shelf. When you buy a retail beauty product, you are buying whatever the manufacturer wants to put in it. When you create a formula at home, you are in complete control of each ingredient. Just be patient as you develop the best formula for you. It may take a few tries, but the final result will be well worth the wait. You may also want to increase or decrease the proportions of this recipe, depending on the amount of hair you plan to cover.
If you like to keep things simple, just use 100% pure, organic, virgin coconut oil. But, if you enjoy spending a little time in the kitchen, perhaps you would appreciate trying the following, easy DIY (do it yourself) hair care moisturizing recipe.
This recipe is recommended for: hair restoration, deep hair conditioning, split end treatment and hair taming. Dry hair will love it and so will hair during cold and winter months when the weather can beat it up and work away the shine.
The longer this recipe can be left in the hair, the better. If you take time to put it into your hair, try to leave it in for at least one or two hours. If you are able to leave it in over night, do that instead.
When leaving this formula in your hair (especially overnight), it is recommended that your hair is put up, above your head and into a protective cover, such as a plastic bag or shower cap. You may also want to drape an old towel across the back of your shoulders, depending on what you are wearing when you do this. These two suggestions will help keep your clothes and pillows from getting stained by the oil. If using a plastic bag, any plastic bag will work, as long as it contains all of your hair.
- One whisk (electric or manual and hand held)
- One medium sized bowl
- Pure Coconut Oil: 1.5 – 2 cups (softened)
- Eggs: 2 whole …or, just 2 yolks (with egg whites removed)
- Honey: about 2 tablespoons
- Essential Oil (optional): add several drops
- Thoroughly mix everything in a bowl with a whisk. Expect this process to take approximately 5 minutes.
- An electric blender is not preferred. The blades may heat up, over liquefying the coconut oil, which typically melts at 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It will be easiest to make this recipe when the coconut oil is semi-solid.
- If mixing is too difficult, place everything in the microwave for a short period of time. Time length will vary dependent upon the condition of the coconut oil, when you first put it into the microwave. Remember to allow it to remain semi-solid.
- If your mixture becomes too runny, simply place it in the refrigerator. Coconut oil returns to a solid at temperatures below 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Massage the coconut oil mixture into your scalp, completely covering it.
- Take extra time to coat the ends of your hair.
- Make sure to completely cover all hair. This process is sometimes made easier by working on your hair in separate sections. Each section may be tied or put up when it is covered with oil and it may stay in sections until the oil is rinsed out.
- If your hair is not already up, put it up and cover it.
- Finish this process by rinsing out your hair in the shower.
- For best results, repeat this process one time each week.
About Each Ingredient:
- Molecular size and structure encourages deep root, hair shaft and follicle penetration, locking excess water and moisture out of your hair, helping prevent hair damage.
- Contains vitamin E.
- Provides essential proteins and is considered extremely effective in reducing protein loss, which can lead to various unwanted hair qualities.
- Naturally anti-fungal allowing for assistance to the body with issues like seborrheic dermatitis, a common inflammatory skin disorder that mainly affects the scalp by causing scaly patches, red skin and stubborn dandruff.
- Also naturally anti-bacterial and anti-viral.
- Relatively high polarity compared to other oils like mineral oil.
- Functions as a strong conditioner and moisturizer. Coconut oil is great for sealing moisture into your hair. Regardless of hair style, you can apply some to the palms of your hands and smooth it over the surface of your hair.
- Can be easily added to any conditioner, as long as you don’t add so much oil that it becomes solid in the conditioner container.
- Hair moisturizer
- Known for ability to sooth itchy and irritated skin.
- May promote the release of toxins from the body, ultimately leading to better skin and better hair.
- High concentration of essential nutrients and protein.
- Known for ability to strengthen hair.
- Believed to help restore hair.
- Used to assist with the shine of hair.
How Does Water Effect Your Hair?
Healthy hair is believed to absorb approximately one-third of its weight in water. Damaged hair is believed to absorb up to one-half of its weight in water. Like all things that absorb water, when hair absorbs water, it gets heavier. As this extra water weight is added to your hair, gravity begins forcing it to stretch out or elongate, causing it to lose tensile strength. Hair with less tensile strength, for example, breaks easier when combed or brushed.
“Hygral fatigue” is the damage caused to your hair when too much water is absorbed too fast (causing it to swell) or when your hair suffers from too much drying too fast (causing it to shrivel). Over time, these issues literally wear out your hair, resulting in cracked cuticles and eventually breakage. Cuticles are the protective outer layer of a hair strand. They provide a protective barrier by overlapping each other much in the same way the shingles of a roof overlap to protect a house. As well, if a person where able to physically stretch out a roof far enough, that person would begin to see gaps between the shingles. These gaps would then be exposing the wood in the roof of the house to damage from the weather.
Wet hair also has a greater chance to tangle, because water raises cuticle surface. Be aware however, that water is not the only thing that raises cuticle surface. Bleaching, over color-processing, over styling, over heating, alcohol based products, blow drying and towel drying can have a similar effect. This is one of the reasons it is considered best to use a towel with gentle care, on your hair. When drying hair with a towel, work your way down the hair. Also try scrunching it, especially if you desire wavy hair.
Please note that some people prefer t-shirt drying. Those people believe it is safer for your hair than a towel and may even help reduce unwanted frizz.
What is Polarity?
To make a lengthy chemistry lesson quite short, if you understand the rule of opposites attracting, you understand the basis of polarity. Water and coconut oil are both made up of “polar” molecules. This means that these two substances are highly attracted to items comprised of molecules with an opposite charge, such as the molecules (specifically, the protein keratin) in your hair. Thus, when you introduce coconut oil to your hair, before introducing water, your hair will happily absorb more coconut oil and less water, helping to reduce the damage caused by hygral fatigue.
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Article source: Tawne Bachus. Copyright 2014. Originally published here on June 5, 2014.
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