Coconut milk in hair is nothing new for most people, it is much more common to use coconut milk in hair than other nut milks like almond and soya or animal milks like goat or cow. In fact there is an overwhelming love for coconut on a whole for hair care that I am sure that for some persons this article is familiar ground. Coconut is a super hair food because of its rich protein content, and minerals, it also very high in fats and produces a very rich oil that is said to be anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial. When the milk of coconut is obtained and used on the hair, the hair gets the creaminess from the milk and the oil. In other words, the user gets everything from the milk.
What are the Benefits of Coconut Milk for Hair?
- Controls and heals several scalp issues including dermatitis.
- Stops hair shedding and breakage
- Boosts hair growth
- Makes the hair soft and supple
- When mixed with lemon juice can loosen the curls in hair.
- Reduces premature graying.
- Very good deep conditioner because of its penetrative qualities.
How to Use Coconut Milk for Hair?
Coconut milk can be easily prepared if you have access to a whole coconut. The dried version of the coconut is best to use, they can be found at farmers markets and in some supermarkets. The dried meat can be cut up thrown in the blender with just enough water and then blended and strained. That’s it!
If left to sit for more than an hour the cream of the coconut will rise to the top, you can add this cream to your hair butters for dry hair treatments. You can add coconut milk to aloe vera and massaged into the scalp for itching hair, coconut milk can also be used as an overnight pre-poo treatment. Allow it to dry and then cover hair, wash out in the morning.
You can add coconut milk to your shampoos, conditioners or use by itself or with other natural ingredients as a deep conditioner.
Note: coconut contains a significant amount of protein; add moisture to your preparation like honey or vegetable glycerin or your favorite moisturizing conditioner to your concoction if using coconut as a deep conditioner to avoid your hair becoming hard or crunchy after a treatment.