Is coconut shampoo good for my hair?
Yes, coconut shampoo can be good for your hair. Like many other fruits, coconut has been a health and beauty staple throughout recorded history. The plant oils and extracts are a significant source of medium-chain fatty acids and lauric acid. These plant components could help strengthen your hair as it grows. Coconut shampoo could also help moisturize dry, damaged hair, restore luster and shine, and even help protect your hair from UV damage with continued use.
What is coconut oil shampoo?
Companies make coconut oil shampoo with plant oils extracted from the fruit of a coconut palm. The oil used to make coconut oil shampoo can be either refined or unrefined. If you see virgin or extra virgin coconut oil printed in the list of ingredients, there are no added chemicals in the oil. The natural plant components are left undamaged because the oil was not processed using extreme temperatures.
Shampoo can also be made with refined coconut oil. Refined coconut oil is generally heat processed. Heat processing removes the fruit's distinctive aroma. If you select coconut shampoo made with refined oils, the list of ingredients will specify hydrogenated, fractionated, expeller-pressed, or liquid coconut oil.
How do coconut oil and coconut milk shampoos compare?
Unrefined coconut oil is very high in saturated fats and is solid when stored at cooler temperatures. At room temperature, the oil liquifies. Fractionated (processed) coconut oil remains liquid at cooler temperatures because many of the fats are separated from the oil. Coconut milk is different.
Coconut milk is essentially fruit juice. It's generally obtained from younger coconuts. Although coconut oil and coconut milk are both sourced from coconut "meat," coconut milk has much less fat than coconut oil. That makes coconut oil shampoo a great option for dry or damaged hair, and coconut milk shampoo the better choice for normal to oily hair. With less fat, coconut milk is unlikely to over-condition oily hair or weigh it down.
How do I use coconut shampoo?
Coconut oil shampoo clears away impurities from your scalp while helping your hair retain essential moisture. The natural plant properties can also help with manageability. With the vast selection available at your neighborhood CVS, it's easy to find a coconut shampoo [hyperlink to https://www.cvs.com/shop/content/coconut-shampoo] that suits your hair care needs.
To use coconut shampoo, first saturate your hair with water. Then apply a quarter-sized dollop of shampoo to your scalp. After lathering your roots and the nape of your neck, work the shampoo lightly toward the ends. When you're through lathering, rinse with lukewarm or cool water. Hot water washing and rinsing can damage your hair.