Indian women have used coconut oil for centuries, not only for its nourishing abilities but also for its healing properties. It is said to be the secret behind Indian women’s strong, shiny, and lustrous hair and is also known for its ability to heal a dry or itchy scalp. Studies have also shown that coconut oil reduced the amount of protein lost by chemically treated hair. It is said to be able to penetrate the hair’s shaft given its similarity to our hair’s natural lipids.
Coconut oil is also reportedly part of one of the most effective home remedies for getting rid of dandruff. In India, one part coconut oil, one part lemon juice, and one part vegetable glycerin is mixed together and slightly heated. This mixture is then massaged into the scalp and left on overnight. The mixture is then washed out of the hair the next morning. This treatment is said to not only reduce dandruff, but also soften and smooth hair. Certainly anyone would prefer this natural method to the chemical alternatives available to use in the store.
Coconut oil is also said to be excellent for your skin; it gradually fades scars and has antioxidants perfect for repairing damaged skin. Coconut oil further helps the skin to maintain its water content and prevents skin dehydration. For this reason, coconut oil makes an excellent skin moisturizer.
In today’s world, we are bombarded with chemicals in our air, water, and environment and unfortunately, our hair and skin takes the brunt of it. Coconut oil is an excellent way to counter these affect and keep your hair and skin strong and healthy.