Long hair, we must admit is something that we all desire. No matter what ethnicity, race or background, long and healthy hair is a trait that’s is highly admired in almost every culture. You would be happy to know that I have conquered the “battle” to long waist length healthy hair and would like to share one of my best kept secrets……….Pure coconut products. (Please kindly excuse the watermark on the mirror)
Yes you have read correctly, the delicious coconut palm drupe can be used for more than just a Piña Colada, quenching your thirst with it’s amazing water and it’s generous pulp for a healthy snack. It is actually proven that Coconut Oil and Coconut Milk, used externally will also improve the health of your hair, leading to less shedding + less breakage = (over time) more length.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane to our biology and chemistry classes and figure out why (I promise I won’t bore you for too long). As you know, the human body is a miraculous vessel, made up of water and a series of different proteins, that self heals, often lubricates and moisturises daily. Hair and nails is another protein created by the body, the hair strands and nails (above the nail bed) is actually made up of dead keratin. – Bet you didn’t know that huh! –
The scalp excretes it’s own form of “natural moisturiser” if you may call it, known as sebum, it’s main function being to lubricate the skin and prohibit bacteria from entering the body. Sebum is made up of vital fatty acids, natural glycerides and cholesterol which acts as a protective barrier for the scalp, skin and hair against bacteria and other drying factors and prevent internal moisture loss – which in terms of your hair’s state could lead to breakage.
Now for us Curly Girls and/or Guys (no discrimination for good hair care) as blessed as we are with having thick, curly/coily and textured hair unlike the other equally gorgeous people with straighter strands, the sebum produced by the scalp finds it harder to travel directly down the hair shaft, which is why we often experience frizz and “dry” feeling hair and/or oily scalps.
In relation to the amazing super nuts, the unrefined coconut oil, found in the pure coconut flesh and milk (made from cooking the flesh and the milk together and straining) is very versatile. The low molecular weight oil contains saturated fatty acids, cholestorol and vitamin E which makes it one of the only oils to fully penetrate and not sit on the hair shaft. An awesome contender to the hairs natural Sebum.
Over the past few months I have incorporated Coconut deep conditioning into my hair regime and have noticed a great difference after the first use. Although, I have always had long and fast growing hair no matter how much I cut it, Coconut has dramatically improved the health of my hair along with the extra pillow soft touch and definition. No matter the hair type, or how fast your hair grows; the use of coconut externally would keep your hair extremely moisturised and full with nutrition which would combat breakage and see greater retention of length.
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