Coconut Oil and dry hair study

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You can use coconut
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Can you get thicker, healthier hair from using coconut oil on dry hair?

It turns out this is one of the best oils for dry hair. In fact, research shows these oils can actually penetrate the hair shaft which may lead to stronger and thicker hair!

Mumbai, India - Researchers conducted a study to determine if coconut oil is an effective treatment for dry, damaged hair.

Previous research showed coconut oil helps prevent hair damage from combing. This study was done to compare the effects of different oils on hair in treating dryness and overall hair health.

Which of these Three Natural Oils are Best for Dry Hair?

Researchers used the following three oils to compare their effects on dry hair:

  • Mineral oil - This is used in many hair oil formulas in India. It's non-greasy and is low cost.

  • Sunflower oil - This is the second most widely base oil in many hair oil formulas. It has a low freezing point and it's odorless at room temperature.

  • Coconut oil - This healthy oil is made up of special fats which are attracted to hair proteins; it's believed this action allows the oils to actually penetrate the hair shaft.

Researchers applied the three oils to hair samples and then analyzed the hairs to determine if there were any changes in their structure and appearance.

Test Results for Coconut Oil on Dry Hair:

  • Coconut oil was the only oil that reduced protein loss in damaged and undamaged hair.

  • Sunflower and Mineral oil did not help in reducing protein loss in hair.

Researchers concluded that using coconut oil on dry hair may give you thicker hair with less drying and split ends. It appears that coconut oil was the only natural oil that could penetrate the hair shaft; this helps prevent hair damage and dryness resulting in stronger and healthier hair.

Scientists believe the fatty acids in coconut oil penetrate the hair shaft which may help reduce protein loss which can help thicken and strengthen your hair.

I've tried it and found it did make my hair appear thicker and fuller. It's really easy to do and you can also learn how to use Virgin Coconut Oil for hair moisturizing and conditioning.

If you're looking for a natural way to thicken and moisturize your hair, give it a try. Coconut oil is one of the best oils to penetrate the hair shaft.

Coconut oil hair products for soft, silky hair

If you don't want to use coconut oil 'straight' on your hair, you can get hair care products that have coconut oil added to them.

The following hair care products contain coconut oil for moisturizing and hair conditioning:

Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Self-Heating Coconut Oil contains coconut oil to add hydration and balance to your hair. You also get a blend of organic coconut milk to nourish your hair and egg proteins to add strength and elasticity.

If you want even more shine and want to prevent split ends and dryness, try using Vigorol Coconut Oil Conditioning Hair Dress This moisture-resistant formula will give your hair the nourishment it needs to stay soft and supple.

Using Organic Fiji Nourishing Lotion is a natural way to moisturize and treat dry and irritated skin. This can even be used as an intensive treatment for damaged hair. It's contains vitamins and anti-oxidants for added hair health.

Using pure and natural coconut oil on dry hair is one of the best ways to treat and moisturize the hair shaft. Virgin coconut oil's penetrating qualities make it the ideal natural oil for thick healthy hair.

Research References:

Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage. Research and Development Department, Nature Care Division, Marico Industries Ltd., Mumbai, India. Journal of Cosmetic Science. 2003 Mar-Apr;54(2):175-92.

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