Coconut oil is widely known for its moisturizing benefits to your skin. It has a light, fresh, sweet smell, making it a very attractive scent and, therefore, a popular ingredient in many beauty and self-care products. What about your hair? If it can moisturize your skin, then wouldn't it benefit your hair? Many believe that coconut oil can reduce frizz, rehydrate, and give your hair a luxurious shine. Unfortunately, this is a myth and couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, coconut oil doesn't provide any real benefits and can actually harm your hair.
How Does Coconut Oil Work and Why Is It Bad for Your Hair?
The ingredient of interest in coconut oil is lauric acid, which is classified as a fatty acid. When you apply coconut oil to your hair, the lauric acid coats each hair strand and even penetrates the shaft. The good part is that coconut oil makes each strand of hair it coats water repellent, keeping the much-dreaded frizz at bay. On the outside, your hair instantly looks amazing, so most people do not realize the dangers to your hair that are lurking beneath.
Hair is comprised of keratin, which is a protein. Proteins are made of amino acid molecules. Keratin bonds make your hair healthy by giving it strength and providing hydration. These bonds can be broken from heat damage, coloring, or other harsh chemicals. Coconut oil is not going to repair these bonds. The problem is that it can make the issue worse, and at the end of the day your hair will be even more unhealthy due to using coconut oil.
Why Doesn't It Work?
Oil and water just do not mix. When you apply coconut oil to your hair, it acts as a barrier and will prevent other treatments from working on your hair and scalp. Keratin bonds are rebuilt by infusing amino acids into the hair shaft. The bottom line is coconut oil prevents keratin bonds from being repaired. This leads to brittle hair and hair loss.
The second issue is that coconut oil can clog the hair follicles on the scalp, preventing normal hair growth. It is not advisable to use coconut oil to make your hair healthier and promote growth. Instead, you should seek the help of professional hair restoration specialists.
Treatments That Actually Work
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- Trichological treatments - A solution designed to promote natural hair growth and help you keep your own hair longer
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