For the past two weeks now I’ve been wearing an Afro. Its been to humid for me to style my hair in a state that recommends me to style my hair in a wet state first and then dry, when I know its going shrink up the next day. So I’m not taking any chances. Therefore, I’m wearing it in an Afro and loving it.
What I’ve been use to keep my hair moisturized is coconut oil.
For those who want to wear the Afro and aren’t sure what is the best way to keep it fresh and moisturized, this topic is for you.
I’ve done my research on coconut oil and its the best oil for thick, voluminous, tightly coiled and often extremely dry hair.
Coconut oil is one product that is used to manage hair of this texture.
According to a 2003 study in the Journal of Cosmetic Science, the molecular properties in coconut oil allow it to penetrate the hair shaft. This penetration allows sufficient moisture to reach the scalp and individual hair strands.
Coconut oil contains vitamin E, which helps to lock in moisture. The tight coils in Afro hair prevent other types of oils from reaching the scalp and hair follicles. The molecular structure of coconut oil is able to deliver moisture to the hair shaft, and the vitamin E locks in that moisture.
When used as a pre-wash or post-wash product, coconut oil reduces protein loss. All hair, including Afro hair, is made of a protein called keratin, which is also a major component of fingernails and toenails.
Coconut oil contains fatty acids that help prevent dandruff. Use of coconut oil helps prevent damage caused by hair combing.
Coconut oil will not make Afro hair grow faster, but because it helps prevent breakage, hair strands are able to grow longer.