Many people have a go-to solution for most of their beauty problems, be it vitamins, a good diet, or a variety of natural oils, one of the most prevalent being coconut oil. For many, it’s a good moisturizer; for others, it can even help strengthen their hair. However, people should proceed cautiously: this natural, catch-all remedy for many parts of one’s beauty routine can devastate people with the wrong hair.

Coconut oil has a number of proven health benefits – t can improve cardiovascular health, reduce food cravings, and even increase your body’s production of good cholesterol. But when it comes to what coconut oil can do for your hair and scalp health, scientists still dispute the extent of this oil’s powers.

To begin, what are the benefits of coconut oil? It makes sense that so many people use this product to enhance their looks, especially for the health of their hair:

  • Coconut oil and our bodies’ natural Sebum—the oil your body produces to keep your hair from drying out—are very similar.
  • Lauric acid in coconut oil binds to the proteins in your hair, strengthening the strands.
  • Roots covered in oil, whether your own or another natural oil, will keep them healthy.
  • Coconut oil is better able to seep into the hair, protecting it and providing antioxidants and other nutrients.
  • A scalp massage with any oil enhances nutrient absorption in follicles.

These methods enhance existing hair; they don’t prevent male pattern baldness. Having stronger hair doesn’t prevent hair loss for alopecia and similar conditions.

One 2003 study found that, that coconut oil is the best product for maintaining hair protein levels compared to mineral and sunflower oil. Hair protein is often lost by over-brushing your hair, styling it with heat, and exposing it to excessive sunlight and wind. The triglyceride form of lauric acid in coconut oil might penetrate hair shafts more effectively.

Some brands and companies promote using coconut oil as a quick way to encourage your hair to grow faster and longer. However, there needs to be more real scientific evidence to fortify this claim. Coconut oil may benefit your hair follicles when paired with other healthy habits. Still, researchers have not conducted experiments solely to solidify the claim that coconut oil makes hair grow faster.

There are also many for whom coconut oil is the opposite of beneficial. Depending on your hair type, coconut oil can end up clogging your follicles, cutting them off from your natural supply of oil and water that you put on your head. Because your hair needs both of these things, follicles that are so full of coconut oil cannot absorb the moisture they need to stay healthy.

Due to limited evidence, coconut oil isn’t the ultimate hair loss solution. If you notice your hair thinning, you may need to turn to more proven methods. Make a call to your doctor to determine whether your hair loss is typical or if it could be a sign of an underlying condition. If you’re done experimenting with natural remedies that don’t work the way you want, consider scalp micropigmentation as a solution to your hair loss appearance.

The Hairline Ink Solution

Taking a chance on coconut oil won’t necessarily make your scalp or hair follicles healthier. But at Hairline Ink, we can offer a permanent option with results you can see. Call Hairline Ink today to speak with a representative about our services, including scar camouflage and scalp micropigmentation. We can’t wait to get you on track to a happier, more confident life. We offer Scalp Micropigmentation in over 50 US cities. Call or text us today at 833-HAIR-INK (833-424-7465) to schedule an appointment, learn about our pricing, or get a free quote!

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