For many years, coconut oil was used purely for cooking and we would keep it in the food cupboard for meal times. However, we now know just how useful it can be in all areas of life and people have been known to use it for their teeth and healthy gums, skin, and even for dogs. With this being said, we could now have yet another use for the oil – our hair.
As we age, the pigment cells that normally color our hair die and become inefficient. As soon as our body stops producing these pigments, the hair loses color and begins to turn white. For this reason, we are always being told to nourish our scalp to then protect the hair follicles deep within. If we manage to keep the pigment cells healthy, our hair will stay healthy in return and the grey can stay away for a little bit longer.
As well as our pigment cells, there are also a number of other factors that cause greyness including genetic disorders, malnutrition, hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiency, hypothyroidism, chemotherapy, radiation, and overuse of heated hair appliances. To combat this, we tend to use hair dyes and these are great in the short-term but can cause more damage in the long-term – this is where coconut oil comes in.
Recipe – In essence, our scalps need natural products and the experts believe that one of the best combinations for our hair is coconut oil and lemon juice. Because of the lauric acid, medium-chain fatty acids, and anti-microbial properties in coconut oil, this will not only strengthen the hair but also help to regrow it whilst conditioning the scalp. In addition to this, it prevents huge losses of protein which will help to even reverse the effects of grey hair because of the antioxidants.
When it comes to the lemon juice, this is packed with vitamin B and C as well as phosphorus so will naturally nourish the hair. Aside from this, it has a vibrant scent and will leave you feeling and smelling fresh.
Process – For this, you will need around 50 ml of coconut oil and three teaspoons of lemon juice. Start by mixing the two ingredients together before then applying it to your scalp and massaging. When finished, leave the mixture in place for an hour or so before washing it out and shampooing. If you do this just once a week, you will soon see and feel the difference. When it works, you can then tell all of your friends to slow down and even reverse the effects of greying hair.