Co­conut Oil

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The trop­i­cal treat is good for more than cook­ing:The fatty acids in co­conut oil can “feed” your strands too, re­search shows. Un­like oils like min­eral and sun­flower, co­conut oil in its pure form and pre­for­mu­lated prod­ucts can pen­e­trate the hair shaft, re­duc­ing the loss of pro­teins

(the build­ing blocks of hair) and pre­vent­ing dam­age when used pre- or post-wash, a study pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Cos­metic Sci­ence found. “For max­i­mum ben­e­fits, ap­ply co­conut oil as an overnight treat­ment from roots to ends, al­low­ing it to soak into strands, then rinse out in the morn­ing,” says Meri Kate O’Connor, hairstylis­t and col­orist at Eva Scrivo Salon in New York City. If us­ing raw co­conut oil, she says, “rub it in your hands first to warm it up, mak­ing it eas­ier to spread.” For curly hair, try a small amount as a leave-in smooth­ing treat­ment, she sug­gests.

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