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Our society is obsessed with having the perfect image. If you have any type of beauty related “flaw,” there is guaranteed to be some kind of product or treatment out there to fix it. People go as far as resorting to different types of plastic surgeries to look like their favorite celebrities. Or, they have hair implanted into their scalps to try and combat the effects of hair loss. The fact of the matter is that there are more natural methods we can add to our daily routines that will help keep us looking healthy.
There is nothing wrong with beauty and seeking to look good. It’s something that humans have placed in high regard since pretty much the beginning of time. But, why not try out some safer, natural methods before going to the extremes? Back when technology was less advanced, people found all sorts of natural remedies to aid in increasing or preserving their beauty, and we can use those same remedies today!
In this article, we’re going to look at a natural supplement for hair that helps sustain and keep it healthy – coconut oil. Coconut oil has actually been called a “superfood” due to the vast amount of ways it can help improve your health. Whether eaten, rubbed on your skin, or massaged into your hair, it helps to provide nutrition. It has so many uses that practically anyone can find a way to incorporate it into their daily lives one way or another. We’re going to talk about how it can help your beard specifically, but first, let’s look at some properties and history of coconut oil.
Coconut oil can be made using several methods, but essentially, it is achieved by extracting the oil from the meat (white insides) of the coconut. One basic process involves grating the meat into small pieces, mixing it with water, and blending it. This creates a milk which is then strained into a container and let to sit for a day. As most of us know, water and oil do not mix. Thus, after a day, the container with the coconut mixture will consist of three layers – curd, water, and oil. Because the oil is the heaviest, it will be at the bottom. Once the curd and water is removed, you are left with coconut oil.
This recipe comes in handy if you are a do-it-yourselfer and want to make your own oil to try out on your beard. It’s so easy that pretty much anyone can do it. Your coconut oil will come out a little cheaper, but for some, it might not be worth the hassle of doing all that work and making the kitchen messy. Of course, this is not the only method for extracting coconut oil, but others are a little more complicated and involve a little more science.
One of the reasons why some of us have trouble growing hair is because our blood vessels become constricted for one reason or another. A factor that worsens this constriction is sebum buildup. Sebum is a natural oily / waxy matter that functions as a barrier for the skin to help block out unwanted bacteria. It can create a problem for your hair if too much is secreted, causing it to clog and restrict your hair from growing efficiently.
Coconut oil helps to remove sebum from your beard and prevent it from affecting your hair growth. In addition, it contains nourishing fatty acids and vitamins that are beneficial for the skin. A coconut oil treatment on your hair from time to time can give you these benefits and help in your beard care regimen. Beard oils can contain a number of ingredients, often a combination of carrier and essential oils. Next time you buy beard oil, check the ingredients list, you may be surprised to find coconut oil as a primary ingredient.
If you’ve ever seen or used coconut oil, you’ve probably observed that it is not the same texture and consistency of other more common oils. While vegetable oil is liquid at room temperature, coconut oil is solid; it has to be melted like butter in order to be used.
The recommended method for using coconut oil on your beard is by firstly, melting it with some hot water. You want the water to be just hot enough to melt it or else it will burn your hands when you try and touch it. Additionally, you don’t want to add too much water, because the more water you add, the more diluted it will become. This is something you’ll want to experiment with in order to find the right recipe for you.
Once the oil is melted, dip your hands into the oil and gently massage it into your beard. You can apply coconut oil similarly to how you would apply beard oil. You want to do your best to get as deep into your beard as you can, as you’ll get the best results from it when it is absorbed by your skin. Also, make sure to try and cover as much of the desired area as possible.
As mentioned above, coconut oil turns into a solid at room temperature. For this reason, you’ll want to try this remedy when you are at home for the night and can leave it in for a few hours. The oil will turn solid in your beard and cause it to look somewhat frosted from its white color. Ideally, for best results, you would want to leave it in overnight; however, this will cause your pillow to become oily. To avoid this, wash it out with warm water before you go to sleep.
Coconut oil is no miracle cure for hair loss, but it is definitely useful when it comes to helping keep your beard healthy. It helps clean unwanted buildup in your pores and nourishes your skin. If you’re looking to grow a fuller beard and want to try a simple solution that could potentially reap tons of benefits, this might be a great solution for you. Especially if you are one who loves to steer clear of chemical and processed products that can sometimes cause more