Coconut oil is all the rage these days!
Whether it’s being advertised for its weight loss benefits, cholesterol and heart health maintenance, or immune-boosting properties, it seems to be everywhere being recommended to be used for everything. I happen to be one of the people that use it as a multi-purpose wonder-oil in cooking, skin health, and hair maintenance, so it’s no surprise that one of the most common questions I get is “what makes coconut oil so special?”
Coconut oil is a main ingredient in most of our skin care products because its chemical composition allows it to be used on most skin types and conditions.
It is high in saturated fats that keep skin smooth, retain moisture, and prevent moisture loss through pores. Three specific saturated fats (capric, caprylic, and lauric acid) also have strong disinfectant and antimicrobial properties, protecting the skin from impurities and helping with skin conditions and blemishes. It is is also very rich in vitamin E, whose antioxidant properties prevent aging and wrinkling, keeps skin smooth, and is vital for skin growth and repair. Coconut oil is loaded with essential proteins to keep skin rejuvenated and to assist in cell health and tissue repair.
Not only is it great for skin, but coconut oil is also a fantastic hair conditioner and helps hair growth by actually repairing damaged hair (yay!).
The fatty acids in the oil bind to hair’s protein and protect from breakage from roots to tip while the oil penetrates the hair strand to lock in moisture and deliver vitamin E, vitamin K, and iron to your hair make it softer, stronger, and help protect it against heat and the environment. Scalp health is essential to hair growth, so massaging the oil into your scalp improves circulation to give your roots the extra boost of oxygen and nutrients it needs to keep growing.
The hair benefits of coconut oil are too good to pass up, which led us to develop Co-Pur’s first hair mask!
The mask is mostly coconut oil with avocado oil, shea butter, and essential oils for scent. Like coconut oil, avocado oil is high in fatty acids and antioxidants to help moisturize your scalp and hair shafts, as well as stimulate growth. Shea butter is excellent for sealing the conditioning agents into your hair.
How to Use:
There are several ways to use the mask, the most common being massaging and combing it through damp or dry hair and leaving it on for 30 minutes before shampooing it out. Applying heat is a great idea if you have especially dry or damaged hair. Heat opens up the hair shaft and allows even more oil to soak in, so after combing the oil through, use a blow dryer for 10-15 minutes before washing the oil out.
Now, it should be known that my hair is very long, very wavy (and not the pretty beachy waves), and so thick that it takes 20 years to air dry and maybe 10 years with a blow dryer before I can even think about putting a straightener to work. My maintenance routine is a workout in itself and takes forever. Needless to say, that much heat does not do nice things to your hair. So, I love this mask! It makes my hair so much softer, less frizzy, and way more manageable. Sometimes I even apply a tiny amount before blow drying/ styling to cut down on drying time and for an all day shine! Or even before the gym, so my hair soaks up conditioning oil instead of salty sweat. The possibilities are endless!