By Audrey Siva­sothy, author of The Sci­ence of Black Hair: A Com­pre­hen­sive Guide to Tex­tured Hair Care

Coconut oil has many ben­e­fits for black and tex­tured hair types. Over the years, con­sid­er­able research has been con­duct­ed to bet­ter under­stand the oil and its ben­e­fits in hair care. Recent research points to coconut oil’s ben­e­fits as both a sealant and hair pro­tein recon­struc­tor of sorts. The­se pro­tein recon­struc­tor ben­e­fits are espe­cial­ly inter­est­ing in black hair care appli­ca­tions. Solid at room tem­per­a­ture, coconut oil has been used for gen­er­a­tions by wom­en of col­or in those trop­i­cal par­adis­es around the world where coconuts are indige­nous and grow freely. If their hair is any tes­ta­ment to the pow­ers of coconut oil in hair care, then coconut oil had me at hel­lo.

Tout­ed ear­ly on as a nutri­tion­al pow­er food, coconut oil enthu­si­asts quick­ly began to look into some of the oth­er ben­e­fits of coconut oil. This arti­cle will give a brief sum­ma­ry of cur­rent coconut oil research find­ings and dis­cuss impli­ca­tions for black hair care.

How Coconut Oil Benefits the Hair

Coconut oil is a very unique hair oil. This ver­sa­tile, low mol­e­c­u­lar weight oil is able to lever­age its tra­di­tion­al oil sta­tus to seal the hair, but com­ple­ments this seal­ing capac­i­ty with a strong affin­i­ty for hair pro­teins not found in oth­er hair oils. Because mois­tur­iza­tion and hydra­tion are char­ac­ter­is­tics of water, coconut oil can­not right­ful­ly be called a mois­tur­iz­er in and of itself. It does how­ev­er great­ly sup­port the mois­tur­iza­tion of the hair fiber in ways that oth­er oils can­not and have fal­l­en short.

Coconut oil ben­e­fits black hair in two impor­tant ways. First, coconut oil’s hydropho­bic oil char­ac­ter­is­tics allow it to inhibit the pen­e­tra­tion of water from the sur­round­ing air and envi­ron­ment. Sec­ond, coconut oil is able to bind to the nat­u­ral pro­tein struc­ture of the hair. This helps the hair retain its nat­u­ral mois­ture con­tent and rein­forces the hair fiber, mak­ing it stronger.

Coconut Oil as a Sealant

Rele and Mohile, sci­en­tists at Mari­co Indus­tries, found that while wet hair is able to absorb trace amounts of coconut oil residue into the hair fiber, coconut oil is only able to act on the sur­face of dried hair with no pen­e­tra­tion into the hair fiber. In its sealant capac­i­ty, coconut oil acts as oth­er oils. It sim­ply coats and con­di­tions the out­er cuti­cle lay­er enhanc­ing shine and increas­ing the hair fiber’s pli­a­bil­i­ty. It also reduces fric­tion and sta­t­ic elec­tric­i­ty between the hair fibers.

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