We all know the benefits of coconut oil. Add it to food to boost energy, apply to skin to act as a natural lotion, rub on skin to reduce age spots, or add to hair in place of your conditioner to add intense luster and strength – the list goes on and on. Coconut oil has been proven to contain a unique blend of fatty acids with powerful medicinal properties. Check out these tips on how to bring shine and health back to your hair with the help of this super food.
“Applied topically, coconut oil actually does a few things for your hair. First, it nourishes the hair shaft to create a vibrant sheen. It also conditions the hair to restore moisture and repair damage,” explains Wendy Rose Gould beauty expert for hair tutorial and advice site Latest-Hairstyles.com. “Also, when applied at the scalp, it can help reduce dandruff and soothe sensitive or itchy skin.” Tip: For beauty uses, choose extra virgin, unrefined coconut oil.
“Let’s move onto the lavender portion of this two-ingredient DIY hair treatment. Lavender also has numerous benefits. It’s no secret that it smells amazing, and many simply use aromatic lavender for its calming effects. Topically, lavender, like coconut oil, is antibacterial and therefore helps with dandruff. It also helps to soften the hair.”
What You Need For This Recipe:
- Small Bowl
- 2 Tablespoons of Unrefined, Virgin Coconut Oil
- Fresh or Dried Lavender Springs (or 2 drops essential oil)
- Measuring Spoons
Step 1: Measure out 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and add it to your bowl. Depending on your hair length, you may want to add more or less oil to the bowl. For medium-to-long hair, two tablespoons should suffice. If your coconut oil has turned to liquid, just measure it out like normal.
Step 2: Remove the greens and/or buds from your lavender and place it in the bowl with your coconut oil. If you want to add a little more for fragrance, that’s okay. A few pinches is plenty.
Step 3: Next, infuse the lavender into the coconut oil. To do this, create a bain-marie by placing your bowl over a sauce pan filled with water. Turn your heat to low-medium and allow the coconut oil to melt down, stirring periodically. If your coconut oil is already liquid, you still want to do this, as the warmth from the water bath will expedite the lavender oil extraction. Keep your bain-marie going for 45 minutes to one hour, then remove from the heat.
Step 4: Cool and strain. Allow your infused coconut oil to set for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it is slightly warm (not hot!). Remove the lavender pieces if desired.
Step 5: Apply to Hair. Work the oil through your hair, focusing on the ends where hair gets dry. You can also focus on the scalp if you’re dealing with itchy, dry skin or dandruff. Let the oil set for 15 to 45 minutes. The longer it sets, the better. Shampoo and style as normal.
Step 6: Revel in prettier, softer hair.
Do you find coconut oil to be a benefit for your own hair?
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