The coconut oil hair loss treatment has been used for a long time. The palm which originated in the Indo-Pacific region, bears the fruit from the ‘meat’ or the white kernel from which the oil is extracted. It has earned its place among the list of the most versatile oils and was traditionally used in the kitchen due to its sweet flavor and in the treatment of a wide range of medical ailments.
Coconut oil has been touted as a natural treatment for hair loss in both men and women. I will discuss the pros and cons of using this natural oil from what is known as the tree of a thousand uses, so-called because of numerous products that can be made from the parts of the tree, one of these being its oil.
What makes coconut oil an effective hair loss treatment?
Coconut oil contains natural antioxidants and nutrients like vitamin E, vitamin K and iron which boosts hair growth and regrowth. Besides these the lauric acid in coconut oil binds to the protein in your hair and protects its roots and strands of hair from breakage. Coconut oil has been found to mimic sebum, the body’s own natural oil that prevents the scalp from drying out. It also coats hair roots to prevent them from damage. Thus, a well-oiled scalp is the key to stopping hair loss.
As coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft, it protects it against environmental impurities and too much heat. The anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties of coconut oil protects your hair against fungal or bacterial problems that restrict hair growth.
Coconut oil is the richest natural source of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAS). This is a special type of fatty acid with antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that not only nourishes your body but is also especially high in the C12 chain of MCFAS known as lauric acid which I mentioned above. Mothers who breast-feed their babies will be happy to know that lauric acid occurs naturally in breast milk. It supports hormone and cellular health. This property of coconut oil is one of the reasons why it can help to prevent protein loss in your hair which occurs in some people.
The structure of coconut oil allows it to penetrate hair in ways that other oils are unable to do and this accounts for the amazing results relatively quickly some people notice when they use coconut oil for their hair. The penetrative qualities of coconut oil appeals to people who are looking to strengthen their hair and prevent further loss.
Those who suffer from inflammation-induced alopecia or baldness may find coconut oil to be an effective treatment for inflammation as it reduces the level of this on the scalp which in turn repairs and unclogs the hair follicles and improves the growth of hair.
What are the cons of coconut oil?
Coconut oil hair loss treatment gives mixed results for different people. Some people have reported hair loss after using coconut oil
It is beneficial only for certain hair types. Different types of hair respond to oils differently and coconut oil won’t work for every hair type. Marula oil or argan oil for instance, gives better results for certain people. There are certain oils which are beneficial for your hair, but coconut oil is not one of them. Amazing results have been obtained from castor oil which is an age-old beauty secret. Many of us are missing vital nutrients due to a poor diet and over-shampooing but adding oil to the hair is not necessarily the solution.
Anyone with an allergy to coconut or its oil should avoid using them. Some people experience mild symptoms, like a skin rash or blistering.
Finally, the amount of coconut oil used also matters as too much of a good thing is not necessarily better.
So please bear in mind that coconut oil can certainly promote a healthier scalp and hair but its results are not guaranteed.
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