Thanks to styling products like straighteners, curling tongs and blow dryers, split ends are an increasingly common problem that most of us will probably have to confront at some point. As more and more people look for a solution to split ends, there have been quite a lot of whispers stirring up about coconut oil. Is it really the miracle cure for split ends we’ve all been waiting for? Today I take a closer look at this multitalented oil and whether or not it’s really the answer to split ends!
Is it possible to repair split ends?
Split ends typically occur when the outer layer of your hair is worn away and becomes damaged, either through thermal heat or environmental factors like UV radiation or harsh weather conditions. They’re extremely common so many of us tend to go the extra mile, buying into shampoos and conditioners that claim to repair split ends. Unfortunately, these miracle products seldom live up to their promises - there’s only one real way to repair a split end – a pair of sharp scissors.
Joanna discusses this conundrum in a bit more depth in her blog, ‘Is it really possible to repair split ends?’ but for now, all you need to focus on is that, not matter what some products promise, there’s no permanent solution to split ends, all you can really do is invest in short term relief. This is where coconut oil enters the equation…
How does coconut oil help split ends?
If coconut oil can’t repair split ends, then how exactly does it help? Well, splits ends can’t be permanently healed but they can be managed. There’s a reason coconut oil is so popular with damaged hair and split ends are no exception.
Coconut oil, with its rich content of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids is capable of permeating the hair shaft, delivering a burst of hair-boosting nutrients as well as coating split ends in a protective film, preventing further damage.
In particular, one fatty acid known as lauric acid excels here, binding with your hair proteins to protect against further loss – in fact studies have even shown that coconut oil can prevent hair protein loss better than any other oil!
Which coconut oil is best?
When it comes to coconut then quality really counts. In recent years, the oil has soared in popularity, which means you can probably find a wide selection on the shelf of your local supermarket. Not all coconut oils are created equal though, which is why I always recommend going organic and seeking out extra virgin products that haven’t been heavily processed or refined.
Lucy Bee’s Raw Extra Virgin Organic Fairtrade Coconut Oil ticks all of our boxes here Jan de Vries, as you can probably guess from the name! It’s processed at a very low heat to preserve all of those fantastic nutrients so you know you’re getting the best quality possible. Coconut oil can also be used in a wide variety of recipes and skin remedies however, if you’re interested in learning more about an excellent, nourishing coconut oil hair mask, I suggest sticking around and watching the video below.