Many women shun coconut oil, popularly known as mafuta ya nazi, because of its strong smell. But it is one of the best oils that will keep your hair moisturised and aid its growth.
Women from the Coast boast of shiny and thick hair thanks to this oil, whose source is right at their doorstep.
The oil is derived from mature fruits of coconut trees. It can be used for cooking, on the skin and on hair.
When used on hair, use virgin coconut oil that is not processed and is solid at room temperature. You have to warm it before you apply it on the hair. You will be surprised at its effects.
Most moisturising oils do not penetrate your hair shaft. They contain mineral oil and lanolin, which only coat your hair, giving the illusion of moisture, which is temporary.
On the other hand, coconut oil, will penetrate the hair shaft and moisturise it from within.
It also prevents protein loss, keeping the hair strong and less vulnerable to breakage.
This oil can also be used on the hair before shampooing as a daily treatment.
It is one of the best conditioners, as it helps in the regrowth of damaged hair.
Among the benefits of coconut oil are:
• Stimulates hair growth.
• Fights dandruff.
• Moisturises dry hair.
• Adds shine and softness to hair.
• Prevents hair breakage and split ends.
• Reduces protein loss from damaged hair.
• Has antibacterial properties and nutrients that protect your scalp and hair.
• Reduces grey hair.
How to use it:
Massage it into your scalp and leave overnight.
You can also apply it over the scalp and hair daily and then comb it through the mane.