Coconut Oil for Hair Loss

Losing your hair is something that we all fear at some point in our lives. Whether that be from hereditary hair loss, stress, old age or a deeper health issue, it is something that most every person is concerned about at some point in their lives. Keeping your hair healthy is similar to keeping your body healthy. If you give it the vitamins, nutrients and care that it needs, it will thank you for it and continue to grow and prosper. If you neglect it, you could lose it much sooner.

Fortunately, there are some effective natural remedies for keeping your hair healthy. One of the most powerful, natural ingredients for keeping your hair healthy is coconut oil. Before we get into how and why coconut oil is one of the best oils to promote hair growth, let’s take a look at some of the causes of permanent and temporary hair loss.

Cause of Hair Loss

Causes of Temporary Hair Loss

There are several different factors that can cause you to naturally lose your hair. The first and one of the most common is physical and emotional stress. There is probably someone that you know who has lost some hair due to the stresses that they are experiencing.

As beneficial as they are, there are many prescription and over the counter drugs that can cause you to lose your hair. Some of the medication or drug categories that can cause you to lose your hair are

– Medications that treat gout

– Blood thinning medications

– Medications that treat high blood pressure

– Medications that work to lower your cholesterol

Hormonal profile changes are a another thing can cause you to temporarily lose your hair. It isn’t uncommon that women going through pregnancy who are breastfeeding to lose some hair along the way.

As odd as this may sound, hair treatments are another major factor that can be the cause for hair loss. Pulling on your hair during a treatment, as well as dyes, straightening, curling, bleaching, etc. can all cause you to temporarily lose your hair.


Causes of Permanent Hair Loss

Permanent hair loss is typically more serious, and thousands of new individuals in this country experience this each year. Permanent hair loss can be caused by some kind of hormonal issue or disorder. If your thyroid is overactive or underactive, it can result in your hair falling out. Thankfully, you can go to your doctor and get put on a prescribed thyroid medication, which can prevent that from happening. Hair loss in women is usually caused by hormonal changes. Sudden drops in estrogen levels, particularly in women, can cause permanent hair loss. This especially occurs after a woman has gone through pregnancy and had her baby. Low progesterone levels after pregnancy can also be a culprit of permanent hair loss. Male Pattern baldness is another medical condition that is the result of testosterone hormones converting to dihydrotestosterone. Having an abundance of DHT in your system can lead to hair loss because the hormones cause your hair follicles to thin out or shrink.


Coconut Oil for Hair Loss 

What is Coconut Oil?

So how can coconut oil help with all of this?

In essence, coconut oil is extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts. It is packed with helpful vitamin and nutrients that give your hair a healthier environment to grow. Here are some of the key components that make coconut oil beneficial for your health and hair health.

  • Lauric acid provides a coating for the roots of your hair and protects them from getting harmed or damaged
  • Coconut oil permeates the shaft of your hair follicles and protects them from chemicals in the environment, as well as extreme heat
  • Coconut oil has a high concentration of vitamin E, vitamin K and iron. These all help your hair grow.
  • Coconut oil has natural antifungal and antibacterial compounds that protect your hair from bacteria and fungus that can limit hair growth

If you massage your head with coconut oil, you are going to increase blood flow to your scalp, which also increases the blood flow to your hair follicles. The increase in blood flow will help your hair absorb the nutrients and vitamins from the coconut oil.


How Does Coconut Oil Help Your Hair Grow?

As we just mentioned, coconut oil is naturally packed with nutrients, protective agents and vitamins that keep your hair healthy and allow it to keep growing. Coconut oil is rich in vitamin E, vitamin K, iron, lauric acid and medium chain triglycerides which naturally fortify and protect your hair while giving it help to grow.

Coconut oil also shares many of the same qualities as sebum such as medium-chain triglycerides. These substances allow the nutrients to effectively penetrate the hair shaft, resulting in better hair growth.


What Kind of Coconut Oil is Best for Hair?

When it comes to hair growth, the purer the coconut oil the better. There are two main kinds of coconut oil: refined and unrefined so which one is better for hair growth? Refined oils are filtered with a bleaching clay to remove impurities and the coconut fragrance so this type of coconut oil is commonly used for cooking. However, the refining process can strip some of the nutrients that are beneficial for hair growth.

When it comes to hair loss prevention, the unrefined or virgin coconut oil is better. You can choose between cold-pressed, expeller-pressed coconut oils, both are unrefined and thus good for your hair. The difference between cold-pressed and expeller-pressed is the temperature at which the oils are produced.

Here are some of the best unrefined and affordable coconut oils:


How To Use Coconut Oil To Prevent Hair Loss?

It is really easy to use coconut oil to help hair growth. You can actually treat it like a conditioner when you are washing your hair. We recommend

  • Making sure that your coconut oil is in a liquid state. You can do this by heating up your oil in a little bit of water.
  • If you are in the shower, the hot water will naturally open up the pores on your scalp, priming it to absorb the coconut oil.
  • First, apply the coconut oil directly to the roots of your hair.
  • Gently massage the oil into your scalp and your hair for three to four minutes to let it absorb.
  • We recommend letting the oil sit in your hair overnight, if you are willing to wear a shower cap. If not, you can let it sit in your hair for a half hour minimum to get the health benefits.
  • After you let it sit, use a natural or hair growth shampoo to rinse and wash the oil out of your hair.


How long does it take to see results from using coconut oil?

It is recommended that you use coconut oil twice a week. If you consistently use it in your hair, most people start seeing noticeable results as quickly as two to three months.


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