Benefits of Coconut Oil for Relaxed Hair
Hey lovely ladies!
We all know the shade some of us get for being relaxed... but what we need to remember, is that do anything you please with your hair, as long as it makes YOU happy. Personally, I prefer being relaxed. No matter your preference, whether you are relaxed, texlaxed or a natural, coconut oil harbours many benefits for all our beautiful textures.
The Composition of Coconut Oil
Saturated fatty acids
Most of them are medium chain triglycerides, which are supposed to assimilate well in the body’s systems. Lauric acid is the chief contributor, representing more than forty percent of the total, followed by capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids
Monounsaturated fatty acids
Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamin E, vitamin K and minerals such as iron.
Coconuts contain Gallic acid, which is also known as phenolic acid. They are responsible for the lovely fragrance and the taste of coconut oil. Its super rich in these poly-phenols.
There are different types of coconut oil such as refined coconut oil, which is coconut oil which has been refined, bleached and deoderized. There is much speculation over whether this type of coconut oil harbours all the same benefits as unrefined oil.
Virgin Coconut Oil: This type of coconut oil is also known as the unrefined version. It is made from the milk of the fresh white meat of the coconut and has not gone under any type of processing and little to no heat is used in the extraction process. Since the oil is made this way, it retains the lovely coconut scent and smell (I'm quite addicted actually, so glad its healthy!)
But why is coconut oil beneficial for our hair?
We know our hair ladies, its super thirsty, some more than others depending on your hair porosity (I'll do an article covering that later). Our hair loves moisture but we tend to under moisturise since we want it to flow! Coconut oil is a great way to keep the hair moisturised without weighing the hair down and at the same time helping the hair keep that moisture for longer, which therefore decreases breakage, leading to better length retention (and don't we all want that?).
I confess to being wildly obsessed with using coconut oil as a conditioner. It leaves the hair looking soft and shiny and highly moisturised! I warm it up between my hands and apply it to dry or damp hair and leave it on overnight and wash it off the next morning (or whenever i feel like it really, the joys of being a student.). It keeps my hair super soft and supple!
Hair is made of protein and if your hair is chemically relaxed (as is mine), relaxers strip the hair of protein which it needs in order to stay strong. Coconut oil is shown to reduce protein loss in both damaged and undamaged hair. This is probably why i have never really needed to use other forms of protein treatment (huge fear of protein overload!)
A word of caution though, not everyone likes the smell or taste of coconut oil ( sad but true) but it truly is a miracle worker for your skin and hair. If you can't stand the smell, go for the refined version.
How To Do A Coconut Oil Pre Shampoo Treatment.
What you will need:
Coconut Oil (preferably extra virgin)
Great shampoo and conditioner which works for you.
Now, the first thing you need to do is warm up the coconut oil for easier application. You could warm it up between your fingers or run the jar under warm water until it melts.
Next, apply very very generously to your hair (apply to dry or slightly damp hair).
Pin your hair up and out of the way and cover it with a shower cap.
You can keep this treatment on for a minimum of 30 minutes but you can go as long as overnight if you please, whatever you are most comfortable with ladies.
If you want to speed it up, sit under a dryer for 15-20 minutes.
Wash it off really well with shampoo or else you will be a complete oil slick till your next wash day!