Head lice and dandruff are common hair and scalp problems. And remember, you don’t only encounter them once. They keep coming back if not treated properly. And that recurrence irritates you the most, right? Right. If all those over-the-counter medications don’t work, try using coconut oil on hair. According to PubMed Health, coconut oil is one of the plant-based treatments you can use to treat lice. And coconut oil can definitely alleviate skin-related problems, such as dandruff, too.
Why coconut oil?
Coconut oil is an all-natural, organic ingredient that contains high amount of saturated fatty acids. These fatty acids has antimicrobial properties that can fight against bacteria, yeast, and fungi in our body.
In many studies, coconut oil can prevent head lice and cure dandruff. With regular use, it can totally eliminate these unwelcome inhabitants in your head in a just a few weeks.
Treatments using coconut oil on hair
Lice are gross. They cause itchiness and red puncture marks on the head. According to choice.com.au, store-bought head lice treatments contain bioallethrin/piperonyl butoxide, malathion, permethrin, pyrethrin/piperonyl butoxide, and piperonal/triclosan. On the other hand, unrefined organic extra virgin coconut oil is cold-pressed with no added chemicals. Therefore, it way safer to use as head lice treatment. It is all natural and easy to use.
Using coconut oil for head lice
First, massage an ample amount of coconut oil on hair and scalp. Next, use a fine-toothed comb or lice comb to distribute the oil evenly. Comb from the scalp to the hair ends. Eggs and lice can be combed out. You can easily remove them by rinsing the comb. Continue combing until you no longer see lice and nits in the comb.
After using coconut oil on hair, shampoo your hair. Make sure to include shampooing the nape of your neck and behind your ears for these are the lice prone areas.
Then, dry your hair. Again, apply coconut oil profusely into the scalp and hair. Leave the oil for at least 12 hours. For best result, leave it overnight. Use a shower cap to avoid drips and lice falling out from your hair.
After 12 hours or in the morning when your wake up, comb your hair with the lice comb. Remove lice from the comb. Most of these lice are probably dead. Rinse hair with shampoo and conditioner. For best result, use coconut oil-based shampoo and deep conditioner.
This combing out lice routine is usually enough. But you may do follow-up treatment if you see that there are still lice on your head and the itching is not relieved.
You can also mix the coconut oil with one part Oregano. Just be sure to dilute it thoroughly with five parts coconut oil since the former ingredient can burn the scalp. You may also use coconut milk alternately with coconut oil. Fresh coconut milk has the same therapeutic effect with organic coconut oil in head lice treatment.
Using Coconut Oil for Dandruff
Dandruff is a common scalp condition caused by dry, sensitive skin, and yeast or fungi. Minor dandruff can be treated with the right shampoo and conditioner. You can remove minor dandruff by using organic coconut oil on hair.
Apply coconut oil by massaging it into the scalp. Leave it for a few minutes. Then, rinse with water. Repeat this procedure twice or thrice a week.
To remove stubborn dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis in one week, use extra virgin coconut oil. Place coconut oil on cotton ball and distribute evenly on the scalp. Leave the oil for about 30 minutes. Rinse using a regular shampoo. You will be dandruff-free for at least a month using this procedure.
Share you thoughts on using coconut oil on hair
Do you know any lice and dandruff treatment using coconut oil that haven’t been mentioned above? Or do you know someone who are using coconut oil on hair care solution for these stubborn problems. Feel free to leave a comment or share your experience with us. We’d love to hear from you.