Using coconut oil to treat dandruff isn’t as far-fetched as you might think. To illustrate my point, let’s recall one of the causes of dandruff in human–dry scalp. The reason why dry scalp causes scaling and flakes is because it’s dry… So what can you do to turn a scalp that’s dry and itchy into a healthy scalp that’s dandruff-free? The answer is clear–you need a moisturizer–and a deep one too.
If commercial moisturizers work well on your scalp, great, continue using it. But for those who are allergic to the chemicals used in most hair care products and find that their scalp actually feels more dried-out as a result of using them, coconut oil makes a wonderful substitute. The best thing about coconut oil is that it’s natural and free of alcohols, silicones and other chemicals which can irritate your skin and aggravate your dandruff problems.
Apart from being natural and moisturizing, coconut oil is also known as miracle dandruff cure because of its antifungal properties. Besides treating dandruff, it is also actively used by many people for treating various hair issues. It can even make your hair shine better. This is because unlike normal moisturizers, coconut oil can penetrate into the inner layers of your hair strand–repairing and preventing damage from the inside out. In fact, most people who use coconut oil as a moisturizer will tell you that it’s actually safer and more effective than any other commercial moisturizers out there.
So What Type of Coconut Oil Works Best?
Wait, aren’t coconut oil all the same? I mean, they are just “coconut oil” right? Unfortunately, not all coconut oils are created equally. Since you will be applying the coconut oil on your scalp, you absolutely want to buy something that’s organic and 100% pure. Organic extra virgin coconut oil is what you should be looking for. Don’t settle for inferior oils just for the sake of saving a few dollars; they might aggravate your scalp and cause you more skin problems.
So how do you tell good quality coconut oil besides what’s written on the label? It is important to note that just because a brand of oil claims to be organic, that doesn’t automatically make it 100 percent organic. Virgin coconut oil is made from fresh coconut without high heat or chemicals. Avoid refined, bleached, or deodorized coconut oils as they no longer contain the nutrients that are important for your scalp.
How to Use Coconut Oil for Treating Dandruff
First of all, you obviously can’t just pour a bottle of virgin coconut oil over your head and expect it to work miracles–you need to massage the oil into your scalp and you only need a small amount of it; 2 teaspoons should be sufficient for most people. You may think that more is better, but that’s not the case when you’re using coconut oil as a deep moisturizer; it’s a recipe for disaster. Using too much oil will not only turn your hair into a greasy mess but also make it extremely hard for you to rinse it out, and to top it off, it can aggravate your scalp and worsen your dandruff problem. If the coconut oil you purchased is in its solid form, you simply need to heat it up. You can do this over the stove or in an oven. Without further ado, below are the steps for using it correctly…
- Put 2 teaspoons of coconut oil into your palm and gently massage the oil into your scalp (not your hair).
- Use your fingertips to do the message; if you have long nails, trim them off as you don’t want to accidentally scratch the scalp and injure it. Make sure your touch is firm.
- Let it sit for at least 10-20 minutes before rinsing it out. Shampoo if necessary. You can also let it sit overnight if you want to. Just make sure that you put a towel or a shower cap over your head before going to bed.