We have become a society that wants instant gratification. We look in the mirror and want long and lovely hair and we want it yesterday.
So it should come as no surprise that we hear social influencers talking about how coconut oil can help you grow your hair faster. Faster huh, I guess I should give it a try. After all coconut oil can do basically… anything?
In a nutshell coconut oil does nothing for hair growth.
I know sorry to deliver the bad news. There is no evidence that coconut oil or any other type of oil will actually help your hair grow longer or faster.
I’ve been a big fan and user of coconut oil for many years so I can understand the excitement that it can help your hair grow faster. After all coconut oil does have amazing moisturizing and antimicrobial (bacteria and fungus-fighting) properties that make it beneficial for skin and hair. However you must understand that neither of those properties translates into faster hair growth.
So are there really any benefits to using coconut oil in your hair?
Of course, yes coconut oil has lots of fatty acids making it a fantastic natural conditioner. In addition, coconut oil can help reduce levels of yeast on your scalp that can lead to dandruff.
Coconut oil also has anti-inflammatory properties that help decrease local inflammation (which can mess with your hair’s ability to grow). It’s also packed with lauric acid, which helps to strengthen and moisturize your hair.
Be assured all these properties can help hair become stronger and less prone to damage which can have the side benefit of promoting healthier growth, however that is not the same as directly causing hair growth.
Here are two ways I use coconut oil in my own hair.
Weekly I use coconut oil to make a conditioning mask, mixing coconut oil with plain yogurt and honey. I let it sit on my hair and scalp for 10 minutes, then rinse off thouroughly. My hair and scalp feel clean.
The second way I use it is to just apply it straight to my hair, letting it sit overnight as I sleep to get a deep hydrating treatment.
One thing to keep in mind: People who use coconut oil on their scalps can develop acne or folliculitis (inflamed hair follicles) because the oil can clog the pores on your scalp. So if you already are prone to scalp zits, this isn’t the hair treatment for you.
The bottom line: Using coconut on a regular can help give you a healthier scalp and hair. A scalp that is hydrated and less prone to dandruff. Again this is not hair growth, however, a healthier scalp will give you better hair. So use wisely.
At ASerenity Skin | Body we have been using coconut oil in our massage treatments as well. I was actually introduced to the power of coconut oil from our Pure Fiji rep, and been a personal user of coconut oil for over 5 years. If you would like to know more about coconut oil and how I use it with essential oils, give us a call at 619-400-6400 or drop us an email. We love to talk about it with you.