Coconut Oil: Hair Growth And Other Hacks
6 reasons we swear by it.
Whether you’re using it in the kitchen or as a beauty product, coconut oil has a bunch of multi-use properties and health benefits, and whilst some seem obvious, other hacks beauty bloggers swear by seeming a little more surprising:
1. Not only can you bake and fry with coconut oil, replacing it with other cooking oils, but you can also butter your toast with it, coat popcorn with it, and even use it as creamer in your coffee. Coconut oil works as a natural energy booster and is made up of healthy saturated fats, so it is a great replacement to butter and other oils you may be using. Ingesting a tablespoon of coconut oil can also have some serious health benefits, like stabilizing blood sugar levels, preventing diabetes, balance cholesterol levels, and even balancing hormones.
2. Coconut oil can help with those under eyes – fighting wrinkles and helping to remove dark circles!
3. Oil pulling – using coconut oil to reduce tooth decay and remove plaque is an old Ayurvedic practice which only involves swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil around in your mouth for 10 minutes before spitting it out.
4. Makeup remover – coconut oil is as cheap and natural as makeup removers get. Rubbing it in gently dissolves the makeup, which can be easily removed with a damp cloth, leaving your skin feeling soft and clean. Coconut oil can also actually help irritated skin, as it has antibacterial properties that can aid rashes or sunburns and speed healing.
5. Hair mask – Not only does coconut oil leave your hair feeling soft and shiny but apparently, coconut oil can also be used as a sulfate-free shampoo and as a hair conditioner in the shower, which helps to tame frizzy hair and hydrate and strengthen. It can also be used to treat dandruff and as a de-tangler. Recently, however, coconut oil has been celebrated for its ability to grow hair. Farah Dhukai swears by a new recipe she’s been using for hair masks which doubles her hair growth! Although it sounds hard to believe, she mixes coconut oil with 2 heaped tablespoons of cayenne powder, leaves them to mix for a week, and applies to her scalp. Although it may sting slightly, she leaves it overnight and washes it out the next day. Supposedly, cayenne pepper contains capsaicin which stimulates hair growth creating more volume and thickness in a faster time. Although the idea of spices on covering your scalp may not sound pleasurable, if the results are as true as she says, then this might be a hack that saves all those regretful hairdresser trips!
6. Aside from beauty and cooking uses, there are also some random household uses for coconut oil. For example, it can be used to remove sticky substances like gum from furniture, without leaving stains.