I thought the person was nuts when they suggested coconut milk for hair.
Growing up my grandmother would pour coconut oil in my hair and massage it in.
In our family we use coconut oil infused with herbs, dried flowers all through the year.
It was prepared in a large pot on open fire in the summer and the resulting green oil would be distributed to all of families.
I hated that smell, for me it was too strong and too greasy.
All women in my family have long hair and very few colour their hair.
The newer generation justs buys its oils of the counters. There is no time for elaborate preparations and the secret recipes have been forgotten.
I rebelled and never used it as I grew older.
Recently I have come across coconut milk.
Though I thought it to be crazy I did my research and have come up with why coconut milk can be very good for the hair. ( it smells good so I was willing to give it a shot )
What you will find here
Coconut milk can be used for hair straightening, as a hair mask, for hair growth and can make your hair look shinier, stronger and full of life.
Coconut milk has fatty acids and proteins which are highly beneficial for our hair.
Beneficial is only when the milk can be absorbed into the hair.
So I went and did some research to find if it is beneficial.
The low molecular weight proteins can the hair-shaft cortex, thus repairing,
strengthening and protecting it from the inside.
High molecular weight proteins are good hair soothing and protecting agents, because of their ability to coat the hair-shaft surface (Huetter, I., 2003).
So yes the proteins in coconut oil penetrate the hair and repair , strengthen the hair from inside.
Proteins protect from environmental damage and increase the elasticity of hair hence breakage is less.
Lets compare coconut milk with Coconut oil
Coconut oil is also rich in fatty acids which can penetrate your hair remarkably well.
Coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft.
Coconut milk also has proteins and fats which get absorbed easily.
Coconut milk is an emulsion type of insoluble layers that
contain of oil and water. The insoluble layer consists of short
chain fatty acids that are easily to absorb.
So, yeah looks like both coconut oil and milk are beneficial for hair .
Benefits of Coconut Milk for Hair
Fatty acids and proteins in coconut milk are your hair best friend.
Saturated fatty acids present in Coconut milk have antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Fatty acids are easily absorbed, treat dandruff, skin infections. It also acts a natural moisturizer soothes dry itchy scalp.
Fatty acids make hair elastic, flexible, hence reduced breakage.
So basically your hair gets conditioned, protected and repaired … all naturally.
Coconut Milk has Magnesium … a lot of magnesium.
Magnesium is used by hair follicles to make the hair strong, and prevent it from breakage.
Hair follicles are tiny sacs from which hair grows and when these get blocked, they get inflamed.
Inflamed hair follicles can cause folliculitis which can mean hair loss.
Dandruff, calcium deposits, dead skin can block the hair follicles which can cause the inflammation.
Magnesium present in Coconut milk can unblock follicles and provide the much needed nourishment to the scalp. Hair loss can be prevented naturally by the antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties of coconut milk.
Coconut milk also has natural antioxidant enzymes, protect against free radical damage.
Capric acid, Antimicrobial lipids and Lauric acid present in coconut milk have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Properties of Coconut Milk
Coconut milk is loaded with the good stuff.
- vitamin C, E, B1, B3, B5, B6
- Copper, iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium & phosphorous
- Anti inflammatory
Can I use canned coconut milk on my hair
Study finds chemical BPA still in many canned foods.
It’s convenient and a staple in most kitchens, but a lot of canned food still contains a chemical linked to birth defects and cancer, CBS San Francisco reports.
Bisphenol A, or BPA, has been removed from baby products, reusable water bottles and most toys.
How to make Coconut Milk for Hair
There are two theories on making coconut milk. The hot process and the cold process method. I prefer the cold process method as heating will make the coconut milk lose vitamins and minerals ( all our benefits are down the drain ).
- Scoop out the white part of a coconut also known as the coconut flesh. Blend it using cold water or hot water but not boiling hot.
- Strain using a muslin cloth or strainer.
- This is the coconut milk.
- It is a white liquid and some drink it daily. We use it to prepare curries and for the purpose of this article we apply it in the hair.
If you leave it in the fridge it thickens and application does get easier .
How to use Coconut Milk for Hair
Coconut milk can be applied directly on to your scalp and massaged in gently into the hair roots. You can also mix it with different organic ingredients to prepare some really easy and nourishing hair masks.
Coconut milk can be used a leave in mask, just apply i to the hair and let it dry and go about your day. It will work its magic all day long.
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