Coconut milk conditioning treatments can make your hair strong and healthy. If you are experiencing hair breakage, thinning hair or you want to improve the health of your hair, you should consider trying coconut milk.
Whether fresh made or packaged, coconut milk is extremely rich in protein, iron, and essential fats. Coconut milk also contains vitamin E, and it is an important ingredient used in many commercial and DIY skin and hair preparations.
Eight Benefits of Using Coconut Milk for Natural Hair
1. Moisturizes and heals skin and scalp, reducing wrinkles and inflammation
2. Has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that treat scalp problems which contribute to dandruff and hair loss
3. Stops hair shedding and breakage
4. Promotes hair growth and improves hair health
5. Moisturizes and nourishes dry hair and scalp, making the hair soft and supple
6. When mixed with lemon juice can loosen the curls in hair. Here is a recipe experimenting with the cream and oil of the coconut: Coconut and Yogurt Conditioner For Transitioning Hair
7. Reduces premature graying.
8. Excellent as a deep conditioner due to its penetrative qualities which helps hair grow.
How to Use Coconut Milk to Grow Hair
Coconut milk can be easily prepared if you have access to a fresh whole coconut. The dried version of the coconut is best to use, they can be found at farmers markets and in some supermarkets. The dried meat can be cut up thrown in the blender with a bit of distilled water, and then blended and strained for the milk.
If left to sit for more than an hour the cream of the coconut will rise to the top, you can add a tablespoon or so of cream to your hair butter for dry hair treatments. Be sure to keep the mixture refrigerated, as it is perishable and will last only a week or two.
You can also add coconut milk to Aloe Vera gel and massage it into the scalp to alleviate itching. Coconut milk or creme can also be used as an overnight pre-poo treatment. Allow it to dry and then cover hair with a plastic cap, and wash it out in the morning.
You can add coconut milk to your shampoos, conditioners or use by itself or with other natural ingredients as a deep conditioner.
Coconut milk contains a significant amount of protein which is what helps to prevent hair breakage and helps hair grow. Adding a humectant to any preparation containing coconut milk is mandatory. Try adding honey, agave nectar or vegetable glycerin or a few tablespoons of your favorite moisturizing conditioner to your DIY mixture if using coconut as a deep conditioner. Failure to add a humectant or moisturizer to a high protein treatment can make your hair hard and brittle.
Use coconut milk as a hair and scalp treatment once very 2-3 weeks. If your hair is very thin, or you are losing a lot of hair, increase frequency of use to once per week. This natural treatment is totally safe, has no chemical dangers, and has no side effects. Coconut milk will nourish your scalp and encourage thicker more luxurious hair.
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