If there’s one thing I am always trying to maintain it’s having healthy hair. A few years ago, I put my hair through the wringer. It was damaged, over-processed, and completely unruly. I wish I had photos to show you all, but as I am sure you understand – I avoided the camera when my hair was at it’s worst.
It didn’t take me long to realize that damaged hair was difficult hair. Rather than being able to wake up and go, my hair took forever to style and always felt dry and crispy. So, I began to look into ways to improve the condition of my hair. One thing I looked into to get my hair back to feeling it’s best were ways to use coconut oil to get healthier hair.
4 Ways to use Coconut Oil to get Healthier Hair
In Your Conditioner
Ever buy a conditioner that just didn’t quite do it for your hair? Well, if the issue you’re finding is that the purchased conditioner just doesn’t fully hydrate your hair than adding a bit of coconut oil to it could be a real game-changer. Coconut oil is super hydrating, and when melted it easily blends into conditioners and other hair products.
As a Serum
Rather than investing in an expensive serum – use coconut oil! Coconut oil is thin enough that it easily absorbs into your hair without making it look and feel greasy. Of course, just like any other serum, you don’t want to use to much – so apply with care – but coconut oil should work into your hair just like any other store bought serum would.
One warning though, never use any oil on your hair before using heat products on your hair (unless they are a heat protectant) as this will actually fry your hair.
As an Oiling Treatment
If you’re struggling with dry damaged hair than you’re going to want to start oiling your hair. Oiling is a method in which you warm up some oil (make sure it’s warm, not hot!), add in essential oils, and then apply it all over your head. If you have very dry ends, than be sure to focus most of the oil there and really saturate the bottom of your hair. You then wrap your head with a towel and let the treatment sit. After a few hours, you then will rinse out your hair (I recommend using a clarifying or anti-residue shampoo) to be left with healthy, soft, silky hair.
After a hair highlighting disaster, I discovered oiling treatments and they very quickly became one of my favorite treatments to instantly take my hair from feeling damaged and dry to soft and healthy. Read my full DIY Coconut Oil Hair Treatment here!
One way to stimulate hair growth is by massaging your scalp once daily for approx. 5 minutes. You can do this without any oils or serums, but using a coconut based serum to massage your scalp will further condition your hair follicles and scalp and can further increase your hair growth. I typically like to add a few drops of mint essential oil to get that cool fresh feeling on my scalp..