Category: Healthy Oils

Can I apply coconut oil on my hair?

Can I apply coconut oil on my hair? Will it damage the color?

People would love experimenting on their hairs using harmful chemicals that will cause their hair to be dry and brittle. Hair color distracts the structure and follicle health of the hair. The substance of the dye opens the cuticle of the hair and will pass through the cortex to destroy the melanin pigments. Thus, the effects on the hair after using chemicals are dry, porous and it will easily break. In comes coconut oil, a healthy natural solution.

Coconut oil can be applied on a treated hair especially on dyed hairs since it keeps the hair shimmering and soft. Apply with warm oil at night and wash or rinse the hair the next morning. It can be repeated every few days to maintain strong, healthy and conditioned hair.

Coconut oil has a high moisture retaining capacity since it is not easily broken down nor evaporated that keeps its stability. The amount of oil should always be according to the hair length of the user. Overusing the coconut oil will weigh hair down losing its volume.

The natural effect of hair colors will always be devastating. All usual hair colors contain hydrogen peroxide and this will cause severe oxidative damages to hair and scalp. The copper and iron (metals) from tap water or in hair products reacts with hydrogen peroxide and precipitates in the protein layer of the hair. The results of the procedure will lead to radical free formation that begins a chain of oxidative damaging the hair shafts and follicles

Coconut Oil for Hair recipe

  • Start applying an amount of a teaspoon size of oil in the palm of your hand. Coconut oil will turn into a liquid at 760 Fahrenheit and it is easier to use in the solid white state. You can refrigerate the oil for a bit to get the consistency if needed, very cold or frozen coconut oil will be difficult to scoop it out.
  • warm oil in the palm of your hands a bit and start massaging the oil into the ends of your hair, start to work up going to the scalp
  • On thicker hair, you can use hair clips to separate out and make sure all the hair will be saturated with oil. Thicker hair will usually require much more oil than the thinner hair
  • Comb through your hair and leave it for at least 10 minutes – overnight. Applying coconut oil daily won’t overdo the process.
  • Then shampoo and condition hair as normal.

To avoid greasy, oily and flat hair after using coconut oil just rinse the oil out of your hair. If you were not able to remove the oil out, you may rinse it a few times. Once the hair is dried and oil free the hair will be soft and silkier as the end result without looking greasy at all.

You may want to have pre-dying treatment using the coconut oil since it protects from peroxide that damages the hair. It will also increase dye uptake that results to have a harmonious and vibrant hair color.

Why is coconut oil a super food when it is a saturated fat?

foods with saturated fat Saturated fats are known to raise levels of cholesterol in blood or what they so-called LDL cholesterol. The high levels of Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood will increase the risk of heart diseases and it is considered to be a bad cholesterol. Cholesterol is not bad at all because it is also an essential fat cell needed in our body.

Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Cholesterol is made up of an outer rim of lipoprotein surrounding the cholesterol center. Saturated fats are mainly fat molecules that have no double bonds between the carbon molecules, this is because they are saturated with hydrogen molecules. Saturated fats are always solid at room temperature.

The majority of the sources where cholesterol is coming from the animals including milk and dairy products. The examples are:

  1. Lamb
  2. Pork
  3. Fatty beef
  4. Poultry with skin
  5. Beef fat (tallow)
  6. Lard and cream
  7. Butter
  8. Cheese
  9. Other dairy products made from reduced fat or whole milk

However, there are also high contents of saturated fats on fried foods and baked goods. The plant-based oil such as palm oil, palm kernel oil, and coconut oil are also containing saturated fats but do not contain cholesterol.

Coconut oil is made from pressing the white meat of the giant nut and nearly 84% of the calories are made up of saturated fat, unlike olive oil that only hcoconutoilsaturatedfatas 14% of saturated fat and 63% in the butter. However, the coconuts’ saturated fat is coming from and made up of mostly Medium Chain Triglycerides or MCT’s that are partially man-made fats.

Coconut oil is considered to be a “superfood” because of its different benefits provided to the market including weight loss, better brain functions, and other amazing benefits. If you have been researching about coconut oil, it has huge arrays of health benefits and is really recommended to almost everyone.

Health benefits from coconut oil include healthier hair and skin, low cholesterol levels, weight loss, gives a boost to the immune system, proper digestion, and metabolism.

  1. Weight loss

Because of its Medium Chain fatty acids, it helps in taking off excessive weight. It helps in reducing abdominal obesity for women. It also functions best in digestion and in thyroid and endocrine system. The coconut oil also helps increases metabolic rate by removing such stress on pancreas wherein it burns more energy and helping obese and overweight in losing weight. Most countries or place where people are using coconut oil as their primary cooking oil are normally not fat, overweight and obese.

  1. Immunity

It gives strong immune system because of the properties the coconut oil provides such as lauric acid, antimicrobial lipids, capric acid and caprylic acid that has an anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. the human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is an effective way to deal with different bacteria and viruses that causes influenza, herpes, cytomegalovirus and most especially, even HIV, which is now very common nowadays. Coconut oil helps fight harmful bacteria like Helicobacter pylori and Listeria monocytogenes and harmful protozoans such as Giardia lamblia.

  1. Improves digestion

The coconut oil is usually used as cooking oil as one of the internal functions today. It is helping to improve the digestive system and also prevents various digestion and stomach-related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats that are found in coconut oil have an antimicrobial property and is helping in dealing with various fungi, parasites, and bacteria that may cause indigestion. It also helps the absorption of nutrients such as minerals and amino acids.

  1. Fights Candida

Also known as Systematic Candidiasis that causes a tragic disease that results in an excessive and uncontrolled growth of yeast called Candida albicans inside the stomach. The role of the coconut is a reliever from the inflammation caused by candida (external and internal). High moisture retaining the capacity of the coconut oil keeps the skin from peeling off and cracking. The Capric acid, Caprylic acid, caproic acid, myristic acid and lauric acid from the coconut oil helps eliminate the Candida albicans.

  1. Helps the Liver

The Medium Chain Triglycerides and fatty acids help prevent liver diseases.  The properties present from the coconut oil easily converts into energy when they will be reaching the liver, thus, reducing the work of the liver and at the same time prevents the accumulation of fat.

  1. Kidneys

It prevents kidney and gall bladder diseases. It also dissolves the kidney stones.

  1. Diabetes

Coconut oil helps control the blood sugar and it improves the secretion of insulin.