African-American men are blessed with a curly head of hair, and it has been a long-held tradition to apply oil on the hair to keep it healthy and shiny, since curly hair tends to be dry and coarse. Coconut oil plays an important role in keeping curly hair strong and shiny and unlike pomade and other mineral oil-based conditioners, coconut oil is light and will not add more grease to a man’s hair.
Benefits of Coconut Oil for Black Hair
The use of coconut oil is known as one of the best ways to keep the hair strong. Men who want to sport straight hair tend to iron their hair or just tie the hair back when they do not want to style it. These habits make the hair prone to breakage and split ends, which can be noticeable especially for those men who have short hair. Coconut oil has a number of nutrients that can be absorbed by the hair to add to its vitality and strength so that it can withstand heat from a flat iron and the stress of being tied into a ponytail. Coconut oil is natural and will not clog the pores, so the scalp will not feel warm after you apply coconut oil on it. It is also easily absorbed by the scalp so your scalp gets to benefit from its nutrients as well. Coconut oil also makes black hair more black. This is probably because the hair becomes shinier when it is healthy, and this accentuates the deep, jet black color natural to African American hair.
How to Apply Coconut Oil on Hair
Coconut oil can be applied on hair by massaging the oil onto the scalp and applying the rest of the oil from the root to the tips. Massage the oil onto the scalp in a circular motion using the pads of your fingers to draw more circulation into the scalp. This helps the scalp absorb the nutrients from the oil better. Rub the oil from the root to the tip so that each strand is coated with the oil. It is important not to pull at the hair while applying the oil to avoid breakage. Also remember to just use a few drops so you do not end up with a greasy head of hair afterwards.
Coconut oil is one great way to condition the hair. You can apply more of the oil right after a shower, put the hair in a towel to add heat, and let the hair sit for a few minutes before rinsing. For better results you can wrap the hair in a shower cap and let the hair soak in the oil for up to 15 minutes. The oil will soak through the hair strands better when the hair is wet, and this will result to a more moisturized, healthier curly hair.
There are so many benefits to coconut oil, from serving as a great and inexpensive styling substitute for the usual hair gel or mousse, or as a great conditioner after every shower. For men who want a more natural way of conditioning and styling curly hair, coconut oil is a great option.