You might have tried coconut oil in your hair. But, you may not have even considered trying coconut milk for your hair because it seems unnecessary when the oil is readily available and easy to use.
Coconut milk is different from coconut oil. I have seen people who are curious about whether to use coconut milk or oil for hair care.
When we use coconut milk on hair, we not only get the full fatty acid benefit of coconut oil, but also additional benefits of vitamins & protein. In this post, you’ll find out why coconut milk works so well for hair, & 3 best homemade coconut milk hair mask recipes to make your hair look beautiful, healthier & softer.
Why To Use Coconut Milk In Hair?
Coconut milk is super rich in healthy fatty acids, protein and many other nutrients that are incredibly good for the hair follicles and locks.
Continue reading for a list of the incredible nutrients contained in coconut milk that make it good for hair:
(i) Protein: Coconut milk contains 5 grams of protein per cup, which penetrates deep into the hair follicles and shaft. The protein present in coconut oil strengthens hair, prevents breakage and stimulates growth! Because of this, some women use it in a coconut milk and egg hair mask for a home protein treatment.
(ii) Healthy Fatty Acids: Coconut milk is rich in beneficial fat, and this makes it an effective ingredient to soften the hair for manageability. Dry hair follicles lack nutrients and enough sebum that can cause hair loss and split ends. The fatty acids in coconut milk easily penetrate the hair shaft to hydrate and strengthen the hair follicles and feed them with the healthy fat.
(iii) Vitamins And Nutrients: Coconut milk not only contains Vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, C and E, , but it has several hair friendly minerals such as selenium, iron, sodium, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium. The presence of so many nutrients makes the coconut milk a super food for hair.
3 Easy Coconut Milk Hair Mask Recipes For Softer, Beautiful And Healthy Hair
These three wonderful coconut milk hair masks help nourish, hydrate as well as condition your hair and most importantly: rejuvenate dull hair follicles thereby boosting your hair health and growth!
Coconut Milk, Banana And Honey Hair mask
Bananas are very beneficial for your scalp and hair. They are high in natural oils, potassium, carbohydrates & vitamins, which help soften hair and safeguard hair’s natural elasticity, prevent split ends and breakage. They improve manageability & provide shine, prevent & reduce dandruff, and moisturize your scalp. Bananas also help repair dry and sun-damaged hair.
Honey is a natural “humectant” – so, it attracts & retains moisture. When used in hair & skin treatments, honey traps and holds the moisture leaving skin soft and supple, and hair healthy & gloss. Though, coconut milk can actually cause dry locks for some people, but you don’t have to worry! The banana and honey in this mask will offset any drying effect.
Overall, this hair mask is suitable for all hair types and will leave your hair looking glossy with a beautiful shine.
You will need:
(i) Banana: 1, fully ripe
(ii) Honey: 1 tablespoon, organic (get it here)
(iii) Coconut milk: 2-4 tablespoons, unsweetened (get it here)
(i) Throw all the ingredients in to a blender, pulse at a high speed to blend the ingredients into a fine puree without any lumps.
Note: Make sure the mask is free of lumps because the lumps tend to stick onto hair strands, so such a mask can give a hard time while rinsing off.
(ii) Massage the hair mask mixture very gently onto wet hair and scalp so that your whole head, including your hair ends, is slathered with the mask.
Note: As you are applying the hair mask onto the wet hair, you should be very cautious and gentle because wet hair is more prone to breakage than dry hair.
(iii) Cover your hair with a shower cap. Let the mask stay for about 15 minutes.
(iv) When the time is up, rinse the mask off completely using tepid to cold water. You will need to rinse your hair many times to make sure all mask residues are rinsed out.
(v) Air dry your hair using a clean, soft towel and style as usual.
Coconut Milk Olive Oil Hair Mask
Olive oil is full of fatty acids that moisturize dry stresses, help to loosen the curl pattern for added manageability and protect them from breaking as well. This coconut milk olive oil hair mask is a very easy yet very effective in treating hair damage. You just need to use only one teaspoon of olive oil, too much of it may cause greasy hair!
You will need:
(i) Coconut milk: 2-4 tablespoons, unsweetened (get it here)
(ii) Olive oil: 1 teaspoon, extra virgin
(iii) Tea tree essential oil: 3 drops (get it here)
(i) Mix the above ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl.
(ii) Part the hair into sections and using your fingers smooth the mixture liberally onto your hair, from roots to tips.
(iii) Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the mask penetrate for about 20-30 minutes.
(iv) Rinse thoroughly using lukewarm water to remove the hair mask. If you need, shampoo your hair as usual.
(v) Towel dry your hair.
Note: You can store excess hair mask mixture in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Avocado, Coconut Milk And Egg Hair Mask
Eggs are high in protein, fatty acids, sulfur and moisture, all of which are essential for strong thick hair. Both the egg and coconut milk provide protein, and the coconut milk gives a nice conditioning effect. Avocados are packed with vitamin E, healthy fats and antioxidants that nourish hair follicles, condition and moisturize hair strands. Blended with coconut milk, this avocado coconut milk egg hair mask perfectly moisturizes your tresses and is excellent for anyone with split ends or dry hair!
You will need:
(i) Avocado: 1, fully ripe
(ii) Coconut milk: 2-4 tablespoon, unsweetened (get it here)
(iii) Egg: 1
(i) Place all the ingredients in a blender, pulse at high speed to blend them into smooth, and frothy hair mask mixture sans any avocado bits.
(ii) Apply the mask to the sectioned slightly wet hair starting from the scalp to the hair ends.
(iii) Gently massage the mask into your scalp for about 1 minute to boost circulation and let the mask penetrate deep. Wrap your hair into a bun on the top of your head and cover with a shower cap.
(iv) Leave the mask on your hair for about 20-25 minutes.
(v) When the time is up, use tepid or cold water to rinse your hair. You may have to shampoo your hair to remove all the residues
Note: When using any egg mask, never use hot or even warm water to rinse your hair as this can make egg to stick to your hair strands.
Useful Tips For Using The Above Masks
(i) Apply the above masks onto slightly wet hair, and then try to comb the mask through from roots to hair ends.
(ii) After applying the mask, cover with plastic and a towel or a shower cap and let the mask sit for 10-30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. I have found that even 5 minutes are ok with these masks, so if you’re in a hurry, you can rinse after a few minutes and you won’t have to leave the shower.
Learn here how to make coconut milk at home?
Add coconut milk to your weekly hair care routine and enjoy glossier, softer and healthier mane without having to pay a fortune for hair care.