A very warm welcome back to the Jostylin blog. I am back with another post on the topic of using oils to coconut oil for natural hair growth on black african hair 4cgrow natural hair. Today I will be focusing on coconut oil and its benefits for hair growth. I will try and break down some facts on coconut, and will asses some questions along the lines of: Can coconut oil grow natural hair? What type of coconut oil is best for hair growth? The benefits of coconut oil for natural hair, and my experience using coconut oil for natural hair growth. No doubt there is already a wealth of opinions about coconut oil on web and whether or not it can grow hair. So I will base this article on scientific factual information, combined with my experience using coconut oil. Don’t forget to follow me on Youtube, Instagram, & Facebook for all the best hair growth techniques and ingredients.Don’t forget to visit my hair shop by clicking the image below.
I always do this in all my articles, but I can’t help it. I must break down some scientific facts about hair growth, so that whilst reading this article, you will be able to remember that hair growth does not happen over night and there are many factors that determine how fast and how long hair will grow. So what’s the science behind hair growth? When hair grows it sprouts up from small pockets in the skin called follicles. Our hair made up from cell proteins, which our bodies feed from the blood vessels that are dotted around our scalp. Hair starts to grow in length as more cells are generated and push through the skin. Keratin is a hard protein that makes up the hair shaft and, when it is long enough, it will show through the skin. When it eventually pops through to show on the scalp, the hair is already dead. So, in essence, hair is basically dead matter made up of protein.
On average you have 100,000 hair follicles on your head that grow at the rate of around ½ an inch per month or 0.35mm a day! As our hair is basically dead, the further it gets away from the scalp and follicles, the further it dries out and breaks. How fast and how far your hair will extend further from the scalp is deemed by your genetics. However, the more you oil your hair and moisturize it, the stronger and longer it can stay on your scalp. How fast you can grow hair also varies depending on such things as diet and hormones. When you are pregnant you may experience faster hair growth, and it is common to hear pregnant women say that their hair feels thicker and stronger during pregnancy with a healthy shine. This is largely due to the extra hormones racing around the body. So if you notice someone who grew hair extremely fast in such a short period of time, as them if they were pregnant ;-). For more information on natural hair growth, read my article on How to Grow Natural African Hair Fast. Now let us examine coconut oil and how it can benefit hair health.
What are the Nutritional Benefits in Coconut Oil for Natural Hair Growth On Black Hair?So let’s begin by examining what makes coconut oil nutritious for natural hair. Coconut oil contains antioxidants and other essential nutrients that help deliver the critical resources that improve the softness of your hair and shine. It also contains vitamins E, K and iron minerals that drives your hair growth, eliminating dandruff and other hair problems. For more information on how vitamins imaoact hair growth, read my article on The Best Vitamins For Natural Hair Growth.
Can I Use Coconut Oil to Grow Natural Hair on 4C Afro Hair?Proper hair care is essential to improve hair growth and it has been noted that when applied regularly, coconut oil stimulates hair growth by getting deep into the hair follicles. As with castor oil, coconut oil does not directly grow hair, rather it is the nutrients found in the oil that helps to prevents hair breakage, split ends and other problems that make your hair does not grow properly. The oils simply act as a barrier or shield to protect the hair, and adds luster, shine and softness to the hair. This oil barrier often results in less breakage and ultimately healthier hair. So when used over a period of time, this barrier also contributes to longer hair length. Coconut oil also acts as a deep conditioner, free of frizz and prevents split ends. It has linoleic acid that helps keep hair well hydrated and maintain its elasticity. It also contains oleic acid that helps to get thicker and stronger hair in a natural way.
My Experience Using Coconut Oil for Natural Hair Growth On Black Hair?So what is my experience suing coconut oil? The first thing I noticed was that when applied, it just glided through my hair. It ma also made my hair feel very soft. Bear in mind I used organic natural coconut oil from Ghana, that literally smelt of coconut. The good thing about coconut oil is that a little goes a long way, and it was probably the only oil I just applied directly to my hair without having to mix to other oils. Castor oil was very thick and I had to blend it with Moringa oil to give it a better consistency. When using oils, it is best applied to the scalp not the hair. Once applied to the scalp it will naturally flow to the rest of your hair to provide nourishment. However, with Coconut oil I was able to apply it to my hair without my hair feeling overly greasy, heavy or limp. As for hair growth, I didn’t notice anything too magical. But for nourishment and moisture, it was certainly amazing.
Benefits of Coconut Oil to Grow Natural Hair | 4B & 4C Hair / Black African Hair / Afro Curly HairThanks to its nutritional composition, coconut oil can be used in many hair care remedies, both for dandruff and breakage. t contains the following properties that, in addition to accelerating hair growth, will also provide us with the following hair benefits:
I always go by the moto of: If it smells like coconut, it must be ok. Organic coconut oil in my opinion is the best to use. This can be found at most health food stores. I have the luxury of using use natural Ghanaian coconut, but if you are in the UK, you can purchase organic coconut oil from whole food shops. Or you can buy it through the Internet. When buying coconut oil, look out for the following:
The best way to do a hot oil treatment with coconut oil is to combine it with fresh herbs. Here a simple step by step guide: 1. Fill a glass with coconut oil and then pour it into a saucepan to simmer until it melts. Avoid using the microwave, as it could burn the product.
2. Add some dried cassia leaves, nettle leaves and green tea leaves to the oil in the pan and leave the oil to cool down for 5 minutes. Once cooled, pour into a spray bottle.
3. Now that yourcoconut oil and herbs are ready, the next step is to moisten your hair with warm water.
4. Now you must apply the coconut oil throughout your hair, from the roots to the tips.
5. When you have all the hair full of product, massage your hair between 3 and 5 minutes so that the coconut oil penetrates better in the hair and, also, its excellent properties.
6. The next step is to wrap your hair, either with a shower cap or towel and let the product act for 1 hour. You can also leave it overnight while you sleep.
7. Once the time has passed, rinse your hair liberally with warm water until the coconut oil is removed.
For the coconut oil to give results, you must perform this procedure between 1 and 2 times per week.
For more on hot oil treatments, read my article on How to Do a Hot Oil Treatment for Natural Hair Growth. Rinsing coconut oil with lemon juice. Lemon has powerful restorative properties that are ideal especially for those hair that is especially damaged and, therefore, does not grow properly. For this natural remedy, you should only add to 1 glass of coconut oil the juice of 1 whole lemon and stir everything until a homogeneous mixture remains. When you have the mixture, you should only apply it on the scalp giving a light massage and let it rest in your hair all night. The next day, rinse your hair thoroughly with cold water to properly remove the product. Mask of coconut oil with avocado Avocado is packed with various essential nutrients for hair growth that, in addition, also has moisturizing and regenerating properties that will deeply hydrate the hair fibers and prevent hair breakage. To prepare this mask, you must heat 1 glass of coconut oil (as in the previous section) and mix it with the juice extracted from 1 ripe avocado until it forms a kind of paste or mask. Then, you should apply this paste throughout the hair, especially on the scalp, and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water and wash your hair regularly. Coconut Oil With Castor Oil For Hair Growth This combination is especially indicated for weak and damaged hair and to prevent hair loss, since it has powerful moisturizing and circulatory properties. To use this remedy, mix 2 tablespoons of this oil in 1 cup of coconut oil , and liquid and stir well. Then, you’ll just have to apply it to your hair and let it sit on it for two hours. Finally, rinse your hair with cold water and wash your hair regularly.
If you are experiencing unusual hair loss, or your hair is simply not growing keep in mind that hair growth will not only include your hair care in general, but it also depends on your health, diet, regular exercise and other hair care regimen. The application of coconut oil to the hair regularly, may only be of limited help. This is why I would advice to visit your GP or a trichologist to find out what is wrong. Coconut oil will only help you to care for hair as it conditions, protects and moisturizes the scalp. But it is not a magical hair growth treatment. Remember, that if your hair only seems to grow to a certain length and then stop, chances are you have flat hair follicles! Round follicles grip the hair better so have a better chance of growing hair longer while flat hair follicles are often associated with shorter hair lengths. As your hair grows and gets longer it also gets heavier until the follicle gets too heavy to hold and sheds the hair. Don’t panic though – it will grow another! No matter whether you have regular hair cuts and conditioning hair treatments, how long your hair grows can sometimes be out of your hands.
Breakage is temporary condition that can easily be rectified with deep conditioning. If your tips are dry, worn or in poor condition, your hair may benefit from using coconut oil regularly. When trying to identify the causes of breakage, always bear in mind that the scalp produces natural oils that maintain a certain level of moisture in the hair , but the level of care that the oils will have will depend on the type of hair. To learn more about breakage, read my article on How to Stop Breakage on Natural Hair.
How Can I Use Coconut Oil to Detangle My Hair?You will only need to apply a small amount of Coconut Oil to your hair after showering to eliminate any possible tangles with great ease. The trick is to apply it from the middle of the hair to the tips as a moisturizer for daily use. Thanks to its 100% natural and vegetable origin , if your skin goes through a drier period or more visible damage, you will have in the Coco Oil the perfect resource to provide your skin with the hydration you need in a short time.
For more information on black hair growth, you can read my article on How to Grow Natural Hair Fast.
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