The Myth About Hair Growth

Can taking coconut oil stimulate new hair growth? The short answer is: no. At this time, there are no studies from any credible sources that prove that coconut oil can restore your hair.

“A lot of people put coconut oil on their skin for tanning,” says Dr. David Belk, an internist practicing in Alameda, California.

“People have hair follicles all over their bodies,” he explains. “If coconut oil really did promote hair growth, I could only imagine that more than a few of them would complain of hirsutism (excessive body hair) if they spread coconut oil on their bodies. This is what happens to people who put minoxidil (Rogaine) on their bodies or take it in pill form.”

 

Give Me a Head with Hair, Long Beautiful Hair

While coconut oil may not get you a healthy head of hair, there are a number of promising new drugs currently testing phase. At this time, however, only two drugs have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hair loss.

Minoxidil (Rogaine)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that minoxidil, a topical application, slows balding and stimulate hair growth. It’s most effective for men younger than age 40 who have receding hairlines, rather than men who are totally bald. It can also be used by women and children who have lost their hair due to alopecia or chemotherapy.

 

Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar)

 

Finasteride, in pill form, is used to treat male-pattern hair loss by blocking the hormone that causes hair loss in men. Finasteride can be used only by men.

The Real Potential of Coconut Oil

Lauric acid is the primary saturated fat in coconut oil. Lauric acid is also found in palm kernel oil, breast milk, and in sebum, which our bodies produce naturally.

When used topically, studiesTrusted Source show that lauric acid can slow the growth of certain types of harmful bacterial, fungi, and viruses. Lauric acid also has anti-inflammatory properties. As a result, coconut oil offers a number of benefits to our skin.

Moisturizer

 

Researchers at the Makati Medical Center in the Philippines have found that lauric acid is both effective and safe as a skin moisturizer. In addition to being a good (and good-smelling) skin moisturizer, coconut oil is a natural pre-shampoo conditioner for hair.

Acne

A growing body of research indicates that lauric acid is effective as an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent for treating acne. A 2009 studyTrusted Source suggests that lauric acid might be used as an alternative to antibiotics for acne.

Eczema and Psoriasis

If you have eczema or psoriasis, coconut oil offers the dual benefits of a moisturizer and as an agent to fight the spread of staph infections. These often accompany psoriasis, eczema, and related skin conditions.

Coconut oil is a great moisturizer. It’s also proving effective as an antibacterial agent. So for now, slather your skin with that rich coconut oil. But if you’re looking for new hair growth, it’s probably a waste to put coconut oil on your head. If you want to try coconut oil, look for products labeled as virgin, organic, or cold pressed.

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How to Use Coconut oil to Stop Hair Loss (The Magical Oil for Hair)

 
 

Coconut oil for hair loss

 

What would happen if you didn’t water your plants every day in summers?

They will wither away. The hot sun can be harsh on your delicate small plants and leave them dry and limp.

Similar to the plants, our hair too can wither away from the heat. But not from sun’s heat, our own body heat can do a number on our hair. Some people, especially type ‘A’ personalities or people with high ambition have high body heat, also known as pitta body type in ayurveda.

And this heat can be detrimental for our hair. And the best way to calm the body heat is by soothing it with cooling oils such as coconut. But coconut is more than just a mere heat pacifier. It’s extremely nourishing for hair and also contains innumerable healing properties.

Before we see how amazing coconut oil is for hair, let take a brief look about the origins of coconut oil.

What is Coconut Oil and Where it Comes From?Coconut tree

Coconut tree is a 100 feet tall tree that thrives on saline water, sandy soil and abundant sunlight. So the perfect place for it to grow is the seashores of the tropics and sub-tropical regions.

The coconuts grow on the top of coconut tree, beneath the umbrella shaped crown formed by the broad pinnate shaped leaves.

The coconut fruits are green or yellow when immature, and contain more water and thin delicate meat. But as the coconut matures, the outer husky portion dries out and along with that its water, but its white meat or ‘khopra’ thickens.

And from this thick white coconut meat or ‘khopra’, coconut oil is extracted.

Coconut Oil is Magical for Hair Growth: Here’s WhyCoconut Oil

In India, it’s a custom to break a coconut (yes literally crack open) before beginning any new work or journey. Coconut is symbol of good luck and thought to remove  obstacles or ‘Vighna’.

And with the hope that your hair growth journey will only get better, let’s talk more about benefits of coconut for hair.

Coconut oil is rich in medium chain fatty acids including lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid.

These healthy fats have strong anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. They help to keep the scalp healthy by getting rid of fungus and bad bacteria that may be lurking on your scalp. And healthy scalp is the foundation for growing thick, beautiful hair.

Besides, lauric acid has a special liking for hair proteins.

Because of its low molecular weight, it is able to penetrate within the hair shaft. One study shows that coconut oil reduces protein loss from both damaged and undamaged hair when applied as pre-wash or post-wash conditioner (1). This is important for hair growth, because when your hair strands are protected from damage, they remain strong and healthy.

From ayurvedic point of view, hair loss and thinning is a sign of excess pitta (or high body heat). Therefore eating/applying pitta pacifying oils such as coconut will promote thicker hair as well as reduce greying.

Okay, if you are still not convinced, here’s another wonderful reason to apply coconut oil.

Chronic and ongoing inflammation can contribute to hair loss in many people. With coconut’s strong anti-inflammatory properties, it brings down the scalp inflammation, so your hair follicles can begin to repair and grow healthy hair (2). (Inflammation can be caused by the build-up of DHT or bacterial and fungal infections)

You see coconut oil is fabulous for your hair and scalp. But unless you use it, how will it work…

How to Use Coconut Oil to Grow Thick, Beautiful HairCoconut oil in a jar

Coconut oil is so versatile, you can head massage with the oil, or you can include it in your cooking or add it to your smoothies. Whatever you choose from, coconut oil will only work to benefit your hair.

1. Apply Coconut oil on your Hair

Coconut oil head massage is one of the most effective ways to reap hair benefits of coconut goodness.

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon castor oil (optional)
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

If you wish to use just coconut oil, it’s perfectly fine. But you can add some castor oil and lavender oil for extra boost.

Massage coconut oil (plus) into your scalp and hair and let it soak in for a few hours. Then wash as usual.

Your hair will be thick, shiny and beautiful.

2. If your hair is dry and brittle, stay away from the oil, instead use Coconut Milk

The moisture rich coconut milk contains all the nutrients of coconut , and it will work to nourish your hair without causing protein overload (which is the common problem with coconut oil, especially of your hair is dry).

You will need:

  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel (optional)
  • 3 drops of rosemary essential oil (optional)

Place the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

Massage the coconut milk into your scalp and let it soak in for a couple of hours. Then wash as usual. You may not need to use a conditioner as this milk is so moisturising and conditioning.

3. Lastly, if you dislike putting oils or milks on your hair, you can include coconut in your diet.

And even if you don’t mind putting the oil on your hair, including coconut in your diet will only do you good. It’s not just great for your hair, it works to naturally balance your hormones and provide antioxidants such as selenium and zinc – thus it’s useful for growing beautiful hair after pregnancy and menopause.

Plus coconut helps to improve satiety and keeps you from snacking junk. It will also help bring relief from constipation, IBS and improve overall gut health.

How can you include coconut in your diet?

  • You can cook with coconut oil. It has high smoke point and is considered ideal for cooking and frying.
  • Or add a teaspoon of coconut oil to your smoothies, soups or rice.
  • You can eat the ‘khopra’ or white meat as a snack.
  • Or you can drink coconut milk.

Buying Coconut Oil

It’s best to buy cold pressed virgin coconut oil, which contains maximum nutrients and benefits. You can also get dried coconut chips/shreds here to make your own coconut milk or use in baking.

How do you use coconut oil for your hair? Please share in the comment box below

Resources:

  1. Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage.
  2. Antimicrobial Property of Lauric Acid Against Propionibacterium acnes: Its Therapeutic Potential for Inflammatory Acne Vulgaris

  3. Improvement of Medium Chain Fatty Acid Content and Antimicrobial Activity of Coconut Oil 

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