I’ve been thinking about coconuts recently. Why would I be thinking of the tropical fruits that have you picturing laying on a beach somewhere sipping on a cocktail from a coconut shell? Could I be planning a vacation to some island? Not exactly although who wouldn’t think of a vacation with this Nairobi weather. I’m thinking of coconuts for their milk, the thick white drink of a coconut you collect when you split it apart, and probably cook with. I recently came across an article on the benefits of coconut milk for your skin and hair. Most of us are acquainted with the benefits of coconut milk but bless this fruit for providing another beneficial product. I embarked on trying out this theory and have been amazed by the sure results of coconut milk. How exactly does it benefit your hair and skin?
It is a hair conditioner.
It is a hair conditioner and not only works as a natural product to soften the hair. It is also great for detangling hair. As it conditions your tresses, it makes it easier to comb through and detangle the hair. Apply some coconut milk directly to your mane and work it through the whole head and comb through it, the comb goes right through without breakage and damage to the hair. Using it as a leave-in conditioner is also great as it improves the hair volume adding to it and moisturizing the hair without making it greasy. Work from root to ends ensuring the milk is applied to the whole head.
Treats damaged hair.
Coconut milk is great for restoring damaged hair as it is a moisturizer and conditioner. Applying coconut milk to the hair will restore its moisture and supplement its nutrients as well. Use this on your hair as a mask by applying coconut milk and leaving it on for 20 minutes before rinsing it off. It restores moisture, volume and repairs split ends. This will ensure your hair is rejuvenated and healthy over long periods of use. It is also used to get rid of dandruff and reduce scalp itchiness.
Prevents hair loss promoting hair growth.
Not only does it prevent premature balding, it also promotes hair growth. The milk contains nutrients necessary for hair follicle restoration and growth hence when used it works to benefit the follicles. Hair growth is observed and restoration of natural healthy hair is done as well. Mix some coconut milk with water, use it as is or add essential oils and use as a hair mask. Leave it on for two hours then rinse it off.
It reverses the ageing effects on the skin. Coconut milk can help improve the overall appearance and health of your skin. The milk is loaded with Vitamin C, it helps to maintain skin elasticity and flexibility. It is packed with so many more nutrients including copper, this property helps to prevent age spots, sagging skin, and wrinkles.
To take off make-up coconut milk is best as it is a natural ingredient packed with nutrients beneficial for the skin. Using it to remove makeup not only take away the impurities but also clears away dirt from the pores, evens skin tone, and rids the skin of old scars and acne. This will have your skin glowing and looking fresh at the same time.
Coconut milk has long been in use for cooking and consumption but with the realization that it is great for the hair and skin then it becomes a top favourite shopping item. Try it out and see how it works out for you. One thing to remember is to be sure to read the instructions on the can as most cans of coconut milk expire three days after opening.