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Coconut Oil: Scientifically Proven to Prevent Breakage

coconut oilThere’s a lot of information on the internet. Some good, but more bad, so I take most of it with a grain of salt. It could just be my biology background, but I want to know if the information is scientifically based. Is there some scientific truth to the claims floating around about natural products these days?

I was happy to find out that a recent study proves that coconut oil prevents hair breakage. I love coconut oil. I use it for everything; it’s my top beauty secret. (Don’t you tell anyone now!)

Okay. Back to the science stuff. The study was called “Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage.” The three oils listed were tested on various hair types. In conclusion, coconut oil treatments prevented combing damage in hair when applied both pre-wash and post-wash. Out of the three oils, coconut oil was the only oil to reduce the amount of protein loss in hair.

What does that mean? You already know that coconut oil is good for your hair. This study explains the “why.” Hair has a high protein make-up. Protein is what helps keep it strong. Each time you wash your hair, a little bit of that protein is lost. Pre-treating or deep conditioning your hair with coconut oil will keep this from happening and minimize any forms of breakage, including those dreadful split ends.

Don’t forget to check out my Whipped Coconut Oil Recipe for Hair!

Do you use coconut oil for your hair? Why or Why not?

Tamara is the Founder and Editor of Natural Hair Rules.com, a site dedicated to encouraging others to be who they are naturally. Visit anytime at www.naturalhairrules.com. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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