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5 Genius Ways To Use Coconut Oil For Hair

5 Genius Ways To Use Coconut Oil For Hair

Throughout our lives, we’ll encounter various kinds of hair problems — split ends, dandruff, hair loss, greying, and more. While we search for all kinds of solutions on the internet, ranging from hair treatments to even hair implants, we tend to lose sight of the simplest solutions that could work well for us.

Behold: coconut oil for hair. Studies have shown that regular use of coconut oil for hair can reverse damaged hair very effectively because it penetrates the scalp, acting as a moisturizer and reducing protein loss in damaged hair. Lauric Acid, which is a fatty acid, is present in coconut oil and is used as a treatment for all sorts of sores and flus.

Coconut oil can be used extensively in many different ways to treat hair. Here are the 5 best ways to keep your hair in check with coconut oil.

And here’s why you shouldn’t stop exploring other powerful benefits of this “superfood”:

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1. Anti-Frizz Solution

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    Frizzy hair can give a dishevelled look. Coconut oil can act as a leave-in conditioner and treatment that can help moisturize your scalp, giving you a healthy shine and smooth hair. To make this conditioner, simply follow these simple steps:

    • Wash hair thoroughly
    • Scoop a small amount of coconut oil into a small bowl
    • Place the small bowl in a bigger bowl with hot water and allow the oil to melt
    • Once melted, use fingers to apply, starting from hair ends to the root
    • Do not wash or shampoo after but leave in and style hair as usual

    2. Beat Dandruff

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      Dandruff is caused by irritated skin and dry scalp, and coconut oil can be used to penetrate deep into the scalp and moisturize. To heal your scalp, follow these simple steps:

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      • Wash hair with shampoo and conditioner
      • Scoop a small amount of coconut oil into a small bowl
      • Place the small bowl in a bigger bowl with hot water and allow it to melt
      • Once melted, massage oil onto scalp
      • Wrap hair with towel and leave overnight

      3. Protect Your Hair From The Sun

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        Exposing your hair to the sun’s rays for prolonged periods of time can cause a bunch of hair problems, such as split ends, brittle strands, and discoloration. Using coconut oil can shield your hair from the harmful UV rays of the sun.

        To make this homemade hair sunscreen, you need the following ingredients:

        • 1/2 Cup Virgin Coconut Oil
        • 2 Tablespoons Non Nana Zinc Oxide
        • 1 Tablespoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil

        Here are the steps:

        • Whip the coconut oil in a food processor
        • Carefully add Non Nana Zinc Oxide and raspberry seed oil
        • Once mixed, pour it all into a container
        • Use on hair when needed

        4. Prevent Or Get Rid Of Lice

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          Having lice is one of the worst hair problems, and if you do have them, it is advised to get treatment as soon as you can. Studies have shown that coconut oil can penetrate deep into the scalp to repel lice and prevent their eggs from getting attached to your hair.

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          To get rid of lice effectively:

          • Mix 3 tablespoons of coconut oil with 1 teaspoon each of anise oil, ylang ylang, and tea tree oil
          • Apply this mixture to your scalp

          5. Reduce Greying Hair

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            Greying hair is caused by reduced pigments called melanin in our hair follicles. As our body stops creating these pigments, our hair turns colorless, causing the greying effect. Although there has been no concrete evidence on any methods to reverse grey hair, some success stories have emerged that involve the use of coconut oil.

            Here is one method you can try:

            • Grind curry leaves with water to make a paste
            • Add the paste to 2 cups of coconut oil
            • Heat the mixture until all the moisture has evaporated
            • Keep in a bottle and allow the mixture to cool
            • Massage it on your hair 2-3 times every fortnight and leave overnight for the best results

            Questions About Coconut Oil for Hair

            Will coconut oil have any odour if put on my hair overnight?

            Pure virgin coconut oil will definitely have a natural coconut smell to it, which some people cannot tolerate. Use RBD (Refined, Bleached, and Deodorized) coconut oil instead if you have trouble accepting the smell. However, note that RBD coconut oil can cause your skin pores to clog.

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            Why must coconut oil always be melted before use?

            Coconut oil has a low solidifying point at 24 degrees celsius, so people living in colder countries might find it troublesome to have to melt coconut oil regularly before using topically. However, do remember that the benefits of coconut oil justify the extra effort.

            Can coconut oil replace shampoo? 

            Coconut oil alone cannot replace shampoo because it does not have a strong cleaning agent to clean hair thoroughly. To make a natural shampoo, coconut oil is usually mixed with baking soda to create a shampoo-like mixture to clean hair. Coconut oil alone can be a great ingredient for pre or post hair-wash treatments.

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            Last Updated on October 20, 2020

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

            We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

            The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

            Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

            1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

            Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

            For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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            • (1) Research
            • (2) Deciding the topic
            • (3) Creating the outline
            • (4) Drafting the content
            • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
            • (6) Revision
            • (7) etc.

            Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

            2. Change Your Environment

            Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

            One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

            3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

            Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

            Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

            My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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            Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

            4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

            If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

            Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

            I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

            5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

            I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

            Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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            As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

            6. Get a Buddy

            Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

            I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

            7. Tell Others About Your Goals

            This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

            For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

            8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

            What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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            9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

            If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

            Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

            10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

            Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

            Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

            11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

            At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

            Reality check:

            I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

            Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

            More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

            Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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