Coconut Oil has consistently been applauded as a ‘hair saviour’ to get instagram-worthy locks that bounce and sway, along with being a convenient ‘DIY’ or at-home remedy to get the silkiest hair possible. While this handy and affordable oil is also recommended for moisturizing the skin, incorporating it into your foods for healthy fats and more, coconut oil has recently been pushed closer to the blacklist for hair products. While this trending ingredient has most commonly been incorporated into most natural hair care products, it’s time to get the scoop on its current status in the hair world.
Coconut oil is now falling short of its expectations for getting those luscious locks splattered across the internet. Want to know why coconut oil is not looking so hot for hair care in 2021? See below some considerations before you start or continue to use coconut oil as your hair BFF.
The Side Effects Of Coconut Oil for Hair
While coconut oil has been deemed safe for hair use in terms of being a natural ingredient commonly found in grocery stores and kitchens, coconut oil causes buildup on the scalp. This is because coconut oil cannot entirely penetrate the hair shaft or follicle. If you think about oil vs water, water contains smaller particles than oil. This is why water-based products hydrate and moisturize better than oils do. Oils are considered better for ‘sealing’ or coating the hair shaft as a protectant.
Now think about the amount of coconut oil that you put on your hair, and having it melt onto your scalp without it fully absorbing. It will sit there, unable to fully enter the hair follicle and clogging the pore. When the hair follicle is clogged from buildup, it puts your scalp into a cycle of concerns, including scalp breakouts, otherwise known as folliculitis and even can make it feel brittle and dry with long-term use.
Coconut Oil Has Potential Benefits for Some Hair Types
Coconut oil’s key benefit is to fight frizz. This is because the coconut oil has the ‘sealing’ or coating effect, which can help fight against frizz caused by humidity. It’s as if the coconut oil helps the hair strands to become water-resistant. However, those with damaged hair, especially those with color treated hair, are lacking amino acids because of the hair breakage. These hair types need as much nourishment as they can get. But when the hair strands are coated in coconut oil, other minerals and vitamins cannot enter the hair shaft to help nourish it. When it is blocking off anything else to enter the hair shaft, it can cause the hair to suffer even more. Those with damaged hair need all the nourishment they can get to help their hair stands bounce back into optimal shape.
Coconut Oil is a Quick Fix, but Not The Solution You Hoped For
Coconut oil has a bad habit of acting like a bandaid to our underlying hair concerns and struggles. Sure, you can most definitely try to achieve silky looking locks when you smother coconut all over your hair and try to make it look like that influencer’s Facetuned hair that you can possibly get. But it’s important to know that coconut oil is preventing you from getting to the root of your scalp and hair problems, and can throw you into a vicious cycle of trying to treat and then un-treat the effects coconut oil has on your hair long-term. It’s time to stop masking the problem for immediate gratification, and sort out other alternatives that leave zero residue or product buildup with maximum results.
Why Rinsing Is The Perfect Alternative
As one of the most long standing practices for skin and hair care, performing a Hair Rinse is the ideal natural remedy for scalp and hair care that not only serves your scalp with maximum nourishment, but with a healthier scalp, comes healthier hair.
Using ingredients that are designed and known for adding a plethora of benefits to the hair, with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and more, including an Herbal Hair Rinse is a one-of-a-kind water-based solution that saves your hair unlike any other oil or cream typically advertised for hair health.
When herbs are soaked or steeped in hot water, it releases a whole variety of plant properties that then infuse the water to create a rich and highly potent liquid. This then becomes the Herbal Rinse, designed to be applied post-shampoo and conditioning.
Unlike other oils or creams that require an application followed up by a highly inconvenient wait time before it requires to be washed out, using an Herbal Hair Rinse leaves zero residue, and follows a zero washing-out rule, that simply allows you to apply and dry, without leaving behind additives or parabens to sit on your scalp or hair. This also offers a faster, more seamless application process, along with avoiding inconvenient wait-times of applying and washing.
With a simple 2-step preparation, and a quick 15-minute steep time, making an Herbal Rinse freshly releases incredible plant properties with each use. The vitamins and minerals that are newly infused in heated water are then quickly locked into your scalp and hair for premium nourishment. To top it off, the vitamins and minerals in each Herbal Hair Rinse are more fresh than other oils and creams, due to its on-demand preparation, as opposed to losing lifespan and potency while sitting in a bottle.
Is It Time To Give Hair Rinsing A Chance To Be Your Scalp & Hair Saviour?
Now we’ve laid it all out on the table, it’s time to decide if coconut oil is living up to its expectations. Is it time to put the oil aside to make room for a new kind of hair care with added benefits? Or will the coconut oil remain as a staple in your pantry or bathroom cabinet?