Applying coconut oil to the hair, face and / or body is a gesture that has become almost essential in our beauty routine. It must be said that this miraculous oil from the Tropics has many benefits and is the solution to many of our problems. But, What are its true strengths and how to use it well? We tell you everything!
Coconut, from its Latin name cocos nucifera, has become a food with multiple benefits. In the kitchen as in nutrition … but also beauty. A pot of coconut oil will do wonders for the whole house, because you can use the same product in the bathroom or on the stove! Be careful, however, if you decide to adopt it: know that in our latitudes, coconut oil will spend a good part of the year in a solid state.
In fact, it freezes at general room temperature (less than 25 degrees). So To treat your hair, body or facial care, you will have to heat it to liquefy it and then mix or apply it. Depending on the amount of product you need, you can do it in the palm of your hands or with a little twist in the microwave.
Coconut oil for hair
Coconut oil is one of the most popular oils for dry hair beauty care right now.
And for good reason: in addition to its gourmet fragrance – you have to buy it without deodorizing – that evokes the beach and the sun, it is a precious ally to have super soft, healthy and perfectly hydrated hair thanks to its composition rich in saturated fatty acids. ., vitamin A and vitamin E (also known for their antimicrobial and antioxidant properties).
Better: whatever your hair type (dry hair, frizzy hair, fine hair, oily, frizzy, damaged, dull …), coconut oil is suitable for everyone.
But how is coconut oil used wisely?
It is better to apply it only on the lengths and avoid the roots so as not to grease the scalpEspecially if, by nature, you have oily hair. Next, prefer virgin or unrefined organic coconut oil, which is less likely to contain additives and other chemicals (which could penetrate and damage the hair fiber).
If you want to intensely nourish your hair, we recommend that you use coconut oil in an “oil bath” (like a mask) once a week:
- Arm yourself with a teaspoon! Take 3 to 5 teaspoons of solid coconut oil which will melt;
- Apply to dry lengths and ends, massaging to penetrate;
- Leave on for 30 minutes to 1 hour (or at night if you do it before going to bed, like the Indians who always have splendid and very shiny hair). For maximum effects, we recommend that you wrap your hair in a warm towel;
- Rinse the product well to remove the greasy appearance (at least twice);
- Finish with a mild shampoo to remove the last residue.
- A brush stroke, if possible a soft bristle brush, less aggressive on your hair, and your dull, dry hair becomes resplendent.
If you really have very dry and brittle hair, you can also use it as conditioner applying a few drops on the lengths. This oil, rich in lauric acid, penetrates deeply into the hair fiber to nourish it and strengthen it against external aggressions. Besides, you can also use coconut oil to protect your hair from the sun.
You will get extra results on curly or frizzy hair.
This vegetable oil can also be used daily to prevent frizz or if you have hair that is difficult to style. Take a very small walnut and apply it to the lengths and ends. The soft and shiny mermaid mane is yours!
It can also be a good ally for girls who have dandruff.
Here is the prescription easy to mask for him hair to say goodbye to this problem:
You may also be interested in:
- Mix a nut of coconut oil with warm water and a little castor oil.
- Massage your scalp with this mask.
- Leave to act for 30 minutes.
- Shampoo to remove product residue from your hair.
If you don’t have time to compose your cosmetics, don’t panic. Many brands now use coconut oil for hair care. Our favorite hair product of the moment: Elsève’s Extraordinary Coconut Oil Mask with Extra Fine Coconut Oil, ideal for an enveloping beauty session. There you will find the delicate coconut scent that will remind you of holidays and L’Oréal’s expertise in skin care for sublimated hair. This mask is used in the shower to nourish and detangle, at night to double its nourishing power, or as a finish on dry or damaged hair to sublimate the hair, without weighing it down.
The benefits of coconut oil for the face and body
Their nutritional virtues (due in particular to the strong presence of saturated fatty acids such as lauric acid in its composition) are not limited to hair problems.
Coconut oil is also useful when it comes to taking care of our face without breaking the bank. In addition, many cosmetic brands no longer hesitate to add it to the ingredients of their hair care, facial creams and body balms because it helps protect the skin from external aggressions.
You can especially use the raw solid version as a lip balm if you have dry lips.
This vegetable oil also has anti-aging and anti-dark circles properties.
To erase dark spots, massage some oil into the (clean) skin under the eyes. A ritual that will be repeated for 2 weeks to see the results.
In order to treat wrinkles and fine lines, apply a little coconut oil to the corner of the eyes, around the lips and neck and massage from the bottom up. However, avoid the T-zone to avoid greasing and clogging your pores. The ideal is to practice this treatment at night before going to bed, because the skin regenerates during the night. Again, you have to repeat the process and wait a bit for the result to be visible.
Also note that coconut oil can be used as a cleansing oil. With its subtle exotic scent and soft touch, removing makeup becomes a real pleasure!
Do you have dry or sensitive skin ? Coconut oil is for you! Natural and gentle on the skin, it can act as a body balm. Nothing like this natural treatment to nourish and soften the epidermis. Result: soft and healthy skin.
Small advantage: it also has anti-stretch marks and anti-cellulite actions .
Another possible use for the body: it is a perfect hair removal cream. With it we say “goodbye” to irritated legs and reddened by the razor, coconut oil relieves our ailments and our skin. Finally, in case of small cuts, know that it also allows effective healing.
Where can I find coconut oil?
Due to the strong enthusiasm generated by this “miracle ingredient”, coconut oil is found almost everywhere today, whether in supermarkets, organic stores or on the Internet. But be careful, the quality will not necessarily be the same, as well as the price.
You may also be interested in:
As we advised you above, to take full advantage of the benefits of this vegetable oil and avoid the addition of preservatives or chemicals, better take it in its unrefined (or virgin) version, cold pressed and organic if possible. Because remember that oils concentrate pesticides, so their consumption in organic version has a real reason for being.