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5 Ways Coconut Oil Can Prevent Hair Damage

By Tamara Floyd of Natural Hair Rules

Coconut oil is my BFF.  It has so many different uses.  If you follow Natural Hair Rules, you know I mix coconut & olive oil for my hair and scalp.  I also whip up a wonderful Coconut Oil Body Butter.  Because I love the stuff so much I wanted to share 5 ways I discovered it helps to prevent damage in natural hair.

Decrease Protein Loss

Protein is an important building block of hair. It keeps the hair strong hold. Protein is the hair’s natural defense against breakage.Coconut oil has been proven to decrease the amount of protein loss naturally during each cowash and shampoo.

Prevent Split Ends

Adding a little coconut oil to your regular deep conditioning treatment can help prevent split ends. It naturally penetrates the hair shaft, leaving it soft and increasing elasticity.

5-Ways-Coconut-Oil-Can-Prevent-Hair-DamageReduces Effects of Hygral Fatigue

Hygral Fatigue is the stress of the hair swelling and contracting when water leaves and enters the hair shaft. This is a natural occurrence but over time it can lead to breakage. The best way to combat hygral fatigue is by pre-pooing with coconut oil before each wash.

Moisturize Hair

Oil is not a moisturizer. This is very true but oil that naturally penetrate the hair will bind to the hair’s internal proteins. This binding increases the hair’s ability to hold on to water molecules.

Prevents Mechanical Hair Damage

Mechanical Hair Damage is usually self-inflicted by rough housing with your hair. In most cases its from improper detangling, or combing dry hair. Coconut oil gives natural girls what we like to call “slip”. It serves as a lubricate for your fingers or comb helping them to glide through without breaking hair strands. Some also believe it loosens tangles. (I haven’t been able to find any scientific evidence to confirm this, though.)

  • Feyisola

    So do you apply coconut oil in between washes, or only when its wet? I’m still trying to figure out what a good moisurizer is on dry hair in between washes.

    • Anony

      Get a moisturizing spritz by shalinda1. Her video is on Youtube. It’s great for extreme coily hair. It’s shea moisture’s coconut hibiscus mist, aloe vera gel, vegetable glycerine, and rose water glycerine. Equal parts with all so it all depends on how much you want. I use 1/2 cup of each but I put it in a big spray bottle and I use it a lot after my hair is washed and dried. A few days after my wash I only spritz it about 2-3 times a week. If you put too much in it will cause a sticky buildup. I wash my hair every two weeks so I don’t give my hair time for any kind of build up. I also use S Curl Moisturizing Texturizer. Also great for my hair type. Oh, my hair is type 4a-c. Heavy on the 4c.

  • http://www.deevahsdeelites.wix.com/Dee-Vahs-Dee-Lites DeeVah DeeLites

    My hair does not like coconut oil…. :( so sad!!!