Coconut Oil Mask for Hair Repair
Benefits of Coconut Oil for Hair
Coconut oil, because it is an oil, lays down your cuticles on the outside of the hair shaft. When your cuticles are laid down, that's when your hair looks much shinier and vibrant. It also protects the inside of your hair shaft, so having shiny hair means the integrity of the inside of your hair is also intact.
Frizzy hair is one of the main reasons why people start to look into our hair repair products. Too often do we believe that hair is "just the way it is" without the understanding that frizzy hair is actually a sign of hair damage. The GOOD news about that is that means frizzy hair is fixable!
Frizziness is caused when the cell membrane complex swells with water. This is where you want to have moisture, but too much can cause the bonds to weaken and become swollen, which then lifts the cuticles and loses it's smooth texture.
Thicken Thinning Hair
Thinning hair is most likely because of aging for most people. This can be from too many types of damage your hair is going through, as well as loss of protein. The circumference of the hair shaft gets smaller when there is less protein to be held inside of the shaft.
When coconut oil is applied to the scalp and used as a conditioning agent, this strips buildup giving your hair room to grow with added protein. Additionally, when compared to mineral oil or sunflower oil (the oils most commonly used in cosmetics), it penetrates much deeper to protect the protein inside the hair shaft. Thus, it helps more protein to stay inside of the hair, as well as to grow out with more protein in it.
Hair can take on many types of damage, one or more than one at a time. Each source of damage does something to your hair that you may find cause to complain about. For example, UV damage causes dull hair due to the oxidation process of melanin in your hair, and the lifting of the cuticle which reduces shine. Aging, a process that none of us can avoid, causes thinning, wiry, and dull hair. Heat damage, chemical damage, pollution damage, and overusing hair care products are also part of the 6 main sources of hair damage
Split End Repair
Split ends is just another word for breakage, but on the ends of your hair. This is the section of your hair that has incurred the most damage, is the dryest, weakest part of the hair shaft.
Just as we've mentioned time and again, coconut oil goes straight to the core, protecting protein chains on every level of the hair shaft, and then laying down the cuticle to seal it off. For your split ends, this means repairing those broken bonds and making it look healthy and shiny, again.
Coconut oil is great as a detangler
When your hair is tangled, it is often because the cuticles are lifted up and catching onto each other. The lifting of the cuticle is potentially caused by many types of damage and is the reason why hair not only tangles, but also causes the cell membrane complex to swell with too much moisture (frizziness), and lose shine.
Coconut oil helps to lay down the cuticle for smoother hair and reduce tangles, frizz, and increase shine.
Can you use coconut oil for a flaky scalp?
Coconut oil has an amazing effect on your skin. While the scalp is somewhat different than your skin, it helps as much with your scalp hydration. However, one thing your scalp endures differently than your skin is flakiness due to unique fungi. Fungi that live in your scalp make it itchy and reduce the healthy oils. Coconut oil reduces this fungi and helps balance your scalp microbiome, relieving the itchiness and decreasing flakes. A healthy scalp is the first step to healthy hair!
Many people love the deep conditioning properties of coconut oil. Coconut oil penetrates deep into the hair shaft because it is a principal fatty acid with a straight chain and weighs less than sunflower or mineral oil. Basically, it goes farther, but offers the same benefits as the sunflower and mineral oils. This is why it works so well as a conditioning agent!
Sun and swim protectant
When your hair is exposed to the sun, and then you swim, you are priming It for lots of frizz and loss of shine and vibrancy. This kind of damage may seem temporary, but once you open the cuticle and expose it like that, the only way to fix the damage is to replenish lost proteins and vitamins and seal it back up. Coconut oil has the right combination of fatty acid chains to do a perfect job of replenishing necessary nutrients, and then sealing it by laying down the cuticle on the outside.
Prevent protein loss
When we use hot tools, wet brush, expose our hair to pollution, and all other sources of damage, the proteins that make up the strength of our hair and keep in hydration break. Keeping these bonds together is the only way to have beautiful, strong, luscious locks. Luckily, something as quick and easy as an at-home treatment with coconut oil can replicate those proteins and repair broken bonds.
How to Use Coconut Oil for Hair
Repairing damage after styling
Each time you use a hot tool such as a blow dryer, straightener, or curling iron, you have to protect the cuticle of the hair shaft to prevent the cuticle from breaking, buckling, and becoming porous. Put in a small amount of coconut oil in your hair before and after you style your hair to ensure protection.
You may also be interested in using our SAVE ME FROM Thermal Obsession Reboot, which can multitask as a heat protectant, leave-in, and overnight treatment to improve your hair hydration up to 200%. It includes an eco-extracted coconut oil, as well as incredible + rare ingredients such as marine brown algae, silky African, Amazon and Himalayan butters and oils, and multi-hyaluronic acid for moisture, anti-frizz, and heat protection.
As a Leave In
Coconut oil is a great on-the-go oil for your hair for a few reasons. First, it is very accessible (you can literally find it at any grocery store!). Second, it is much more solid at room temperature than other types of oils. All you have to do is scoop some into a small container with a lid and keep it in your bathroom for when you need it!
To protect hair before swimming
Like me, you probably grew up being told that you need to put conditioner in your hair before swimming to protect it from chlorine damage. I never did that because I didn't like the feeling of conditioner in my hair as a leave in. Because coconut oil is solid at room temperature, it is light enough to be on your hair and keep it nice before jumping in, and can offer the same protection. Win-win!
To protect hair from UV rays and Protein Loss
Protein degredation is most commonly caused by sun exposure. In a 2008 study in Croatia, researchers found that UVB radiation causes protein loss and UVA radiation causes color loss. Protein loss causes the hair shaft to weaken, while color loss shows how deep the UVA rays go as melatonin is in the core of our hair shaft. Coconut oil goes deep and protects every part of the hair shaft to keep it from incurring damage. So add a little bit of oil to your hair before going out to enjoy the sun!
Which kind of Coconut Oil is Best to Use For Hair
Is coconut oil bad for hair? Which types?
Not all oils are created equal- even when it comes to the topical application of the oil. Make sure you use extra virgin coconut oil rather than refined. Refined coconut oil means it was harshly processed and contains chemicals and preservatives. At room temperature, it is often a liquid and completely clear in color. However, it may be bright white when solid (showing off the bleach used in creating it). Refined coconut oil is made from old, more stale coconuts and not while they are at their peak.
Virgin, or unrefined, coconut oil is made from a fresh picked coconut and is minimally processed and contains no bleach or other chemicals or preservatives. At room temperature, it is a very soft solid, and can melt simply when in contact with your hand. When melted, it has more of a golden hue to it. Virgin coconut oil is made from coconuts at their peak ripeness.
How to make a coconut oil mask at home
It's simple! Making a "mask" with coconut oil doesn't include mixing anything, and can be done overnight or around 30 minutes to give you optimum results.
1. Apply a minor amount to relatively clean hair.
2. Braid hair to put it up into a hair cap (check out ours!) before going to bed.
3. Wash and condition as normal in the morning, add a tiny amount as a leave in.
Why SAVE ME FROM products are better for your hair than a homemade mask
This is critical. Not all masks are created equal! Your hair likely needs some serious nursing back to health, and unfortunately coconut oil alone won't solve all of your problems (and doesn't last long).
So, what if I told you there was a treatment out there that is significantly cheaper than a salon keratin or protein treatment, but much more effective than any other line of products you've tried?
Our products were not designed for specific types of hair, but rather to combat your specific type of damage. This means that you can use them no matter what type of hair you have!
Coconut oil alone isn't for everyone- if you have excessively oily hair, it might cause more problems than you had before using it. Not only that, but if your biggest concern is split ends, but not generally dry hair, then applying coconut oil could just make the rest of your hair shaft greasy.
Coconut oil is a part of each of our products for added moisture and is counterbalanced with the right formulations to make sure you achieve the right balance in your hair to make it beautiful. Read more about how we harnessed the best parts of coconut oil, and complemented it with the right ingredients to solve all of your hair problems from the inside out!
Eco-extraction = More potent without the added chemicals
We eco-extract our oils. This process makes sure to give us the most potent version of the oil, while also avoiding the use of chemicals for extraction purposes. It's cleaner, and much more efficient than the traditional methods.
Added ingredients you cannot get at the store to improve the efficacy of the coconut oil
Each of our products contains not just one, but many potent, effective, clean ingredients. Why settle for one ingredient with limitations when you can have many clinically proven, complementary ingredients in one amazing formulation? Make your efforts go farther with one of our treatments.
Here are some other reasons to consider SAVE ME FROM:
- Get the added boost of custom ingredients depending on your hair damage type
- As part of our Ayurvedic theme in ingredients and balance
- Ethically sourced oil
- Just the right amount, no hit and miss
Why is coconut oil the best oil for your hair?
Historically, coconut oil has been used by communities local to the harvesting area to treat hair. Since then, you see it in almost any type of product from hair care to skincare to foods. The overall benefit of coconut oil completely justifies the work that goes into harvesting it. Here at SAVE ME FROM® hair care, we love to be open about what we put in our products (because, well, it does go into your hair and onto your scalp, after all) and we feel strongly that each ingredient should outlast all of the alternatives out there. That’s why we use coconut oil in 5 of our 6 products. We’ve done the research, and it really just blows all competition out of the water, and we want you to know how that’s possible.
In Ayurvedic medicine, coconut oil was used for many purposes: ingestion to treat respiratory issues and diabetes, to treat eczema and other skin diseases, and as a way to strengthen and nourish the hair.. Coconut oil was considered to be superior to all other oils in Ayurveda in treating hair, particularly!
Mineral Oil and Sunflower Oil
Let’s talk about the alternatives for a second. The most common alternative is mineral oil. It’s cheaper, considered non-greasy, but it has no attraction for proteins because it is a hydrocarbon. This means that this oil does not enter the hair shaft. This means that whatever other nutrients mineral oil could be doing to benefit or otherwise repair your hair won’t be able to get in to do its work very well.
The next most common alternative is sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is odorless and nonfreezing. But again, due to its double bonded system, it doesn’t infiltrate the hair fiber. It may make your hair “appear” healthier and shinier, but you will be stuck using this oil over and over to achieve the same result, rather than repairing the damage being done to your hair by other elements.
If you love oils like we do, you might also be interested in reading about Karanja Oil Here
The Science Behind Coconut Oil
Okay, you’ve probably guessed where this is going—coconut oil doesn’t just do everything that mineral oil and sunflower oil can (make your hair look shinier and healthier) but its structure DOES penetrate the hair shaft allowing nutrients to soak into the deepest layers of your hair and repair the damage being done! This is why coconut oil has become a no brainer for repairing your damaged hair.
The results of this study of hair fibers being exposed to different types of damage and then treated with the different types of oils is incredibly revealing to this fact. First, the researchers took different types of hair: curly, wavy, straight, bleached, and permed. They lined them up with each type strapped to a device and then each was subjected to different types of damage. Boiling water was the first type of extreme situation, then UV ray exposure, and then exposure to bleach in a salon setting. WITHOUT FAIL, the protein loss of the damaged hair tresses was significantly lower in all of the damage categories and was especially lower when the hair was treated with coconut oil as a leave-in before the damage occurred. Second was sunflower oil (though by a small margin compared to mineral oil) and mineral oil came in last place when it came to preventing protein loss (aka hair damage).
This isn’t just a happenstance for us- this type of research IS the reason why we carefully chose coconut oil to be part of our haircare line. The unique structure of the medium chain fatty acids and straight chain fatty acids in coconut oil are an unmatchable force to protect and repair the damage that your hair is enduring every day.
Information via: Rele, A. S., & Mohile, R. B. (2003). Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage. J. Cosmet. Sci., 54(March/April), 175.
Sebetić K, Sjerobabski Masnec I, Cavka V, Biljan D, Krolo I. UV damage of the hair. Coll Antropol. 2008;32 Suppl 2:163-165.
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