Even if we take care of our hair well, years of exposure to the vagaries of weather such as the sun, air, chilly winds – plus routine washing, combing, and styling can cause immense damage to our hair.
To maintain your hair soft, healthy, and lustrous, it’s essential that you keep your hair well conditioned and moisturized. A leave-in conditioner is a worthy addition to your hair care routine.
Leave-in conditioner is a hair-conditioning product that is applied to freshly cleansed hair and left in until the next washing. Unlike a regular conditioner that you rinse out after a couple of minutes, a leave-in conditioner stays on your hair until the next washing.
Coconut leave-in is used to add extra conditioning to hair & provide your locks with much needed moisture & softness. It helps manage hair, detangle them smoothly & tame flyaways. It also protects hair from vagaries of weather & the bad effects of hair styling products that you might be using.
Although there are a number of leave-in conditioners available on market, but if you want to go natural I recommend that you use a good quality extra virgin pure coconut oil. Loaded with nature’s goodness, coconut oil is a great option. In fact you don’t need any fancy brand and spend a lot of money.
Coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner will protect and nourish your hair from root to tip and make it look soft, silky and frizz free, here’s how:
Coconut Oil Restores Natural Oil Balance
As your hair grows long, it gets harder for the scalp’s natural moisturizing oils to reach up to the hair ends. So your hair fibers may not get the much-needed nourishment through out their length. This causes the hair to go dry and become prone to damage. When coconut oil is applied to your hair, it moisturizes and restores its natural oil balance.
Coconut Oil Tames Frizzy Hair
Unequal absorption of water in the hair’s outer layer causes frizzy hair. Coconut oil establishes humidity and moisture fence around hair fibers and so saves them from yielding to uneven swelling and raising of the cuticle. This helps to tame the frizz and makes your hair feeling smooth and manageable.
Read here: How To Treat Frizzy Hair?
Coconut Oil Moisturizes And Adds Shine
Its molecule size is relatively small, so it penetrates deep easily into the hair shaft making it a good choice for deep conditioning of hair from inside out. Moreover, it’s packed with a bunch of fatty acids and vitamins that work together to moisturize, strengthen, and add shine to your hair.
Bonus: Coconut oil reduces friction between the hair fibers, so it becomes easier to combing and styling your hair.
Coconut Oil Prevents Protein Loss
Over the years, the loss of protein during washing and combing causes your hair to become weak, damaged and prone to split ends. Coconut oil is a triglyceride of lauric acid, and so it has a high affinity for proteins and an ability to bind the hair protein complex together, preventing protein loss from the hair.
Coconut Oil Protects Hair From Pollutants
Coconut oil is packed with antioxidants and fatty acids. When the coconut oil is applied over shaft of the hair, it seals the hair fibers. The pollutants are thus precluded from entering into the hair and so hair is protected from environmental damage.
How To Use Coconut Oil As A Leave-In Conditioner?
(i) Apply Coconut Oil On Slightly Wet Hair: You can use coconut oil just after shampoo, while the hair is still damp – that is when slightly wet but not dripping wet. Though, you can also apply it on dry hair – but it gives best results when the hair is still damp.
(ii) Little Is Enough: Take just a dab of coconut oil in the palm of your hand and rub together. Start with a little bit, about a pea size as more oil can make your hair look greasy. You can always add a little more according to the needs of your hair.
(iii) Concentrate On The Ends Of Hair: With the coconut oil in your hands, start rubbing it onto the hair ends and working your way up. Focus on applying at the ends, using less in the middle and very little or nothing onto the roots. It might take few applications over a period of time before you find the right proportion for your hair type. While using coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner, you don’t need to apply it to your scalp.
(iv) Air Dry Your Hair: Lastly, let your hair air dry.
Is it not one of the easiest DIY leave-in conditioner? Just try it and see how your hair turn into soft, frizz-free and healthy looking hair.