#WokeUpLikeThis – Overnight Beauty Remedies
– Healthy Locks –
The beneficial properties of coconut oil are frequently boasted about by hair, nail, and skin professionals. Coconut oil is made up of various lipids that are capable of re-hydration of dry split ends, skin, and nails. Some coconut oil can be added to lotions for an ultra-moisturizing experience, especially needed on the elbows, the knees, and the heels of the foot.
Coconut oil serves as an excellent overnight hair treatment. Before going to bed, give your scalp a 5 to 10-minute massage. Run your fingers along your head in circular motions or use a wide tooth comb. Stimulating your scalp will increase good circulation, which is essential to hair health. After the massage, brush through your hair, and apply coconut oil to individual hair sections – this will ensure you coat your hair evenly. If your hair is long, secure it with a clip or hair tie. Then, put on a shower cap or wrap your hair in a plastic grocery bag. This will prevent the coconut oil from getting on your sheets and it will create a warm, insulating and hydrating environment for the hair overnight. You may want to sleep on an older pillow case as an added precaution. Any coconut oil left over on the palms of your hand can be rubbed on your heels, or any other dry areas. When you wake up in the morning, shampoo your hair per usual.
You can also use castor oil and non-refined olive oil the same way as you use coconut oil. Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid and prostaglandins. Ricinoleic acid exerts analgesic properties and has anti-inflammatory effects. The structure of ricinoleic acid shows that it is a highly polar compound. Polar compounds work well with water molecules – therefore, ricinoleic acid draws moisture onto (and into!) the scalp, holding on to water molecules, nourishing the hair follicle and hair root. In addition, castor oil stimulates the production of a protein-hormone, prostaglandin, which enriches hair follicles and stimulates hair regeneration, thus preventing baldness.
Olive oil is made up of triacylglycerols and fatty acids. Both components are able to coat the hair shaft and prevent water loss from the hair. This makes the hair appear a lot more shiny and prevents breakage due to dryness. In order to detect visible changes in the hair and notice improvement in the hair, the treatment should be performed once a week. To maintain gorgeous, healthy-looking locks, it is essential to prevent split-end formation. Split-ends form when a hair strand is exposed to too much mechanical abrasion. Mechanical abrasion can result from many reasons, such as friction against the pillow when we sleep at night, friction and pulling caused by hair ties, heat styling, and even some hair products (those that contain silicones and sulfates). The tips of our hair are too far away from the scalp and therefore don’t get the nourishment from the natural oils produced by the scalp.