It’s become common knowledge that coconut is just plain awesome. We’re pretty familiar with the wonders its oil form can do for our hair, but have you heard about the magic of coconut milk? This delicious creamy substance is yummy hair food that supports growth, conditions from within, and hydrates every strand. Below, we break down the benefits of using coconut milk for your hair!
Benefits of Coconut Milk for Hair
Not to be confused with coconut water, coconut milk is the liquid extracted from grated coconut. It’s rich in essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin C and E, making it a superpower ingredient for healthy skin, bones, hair, and overall wellness.
How to Make Your Own Coconut Milk
If you prefer to DIY, you can make your own coconut milk by adding four cups of hot (almost boiling) water to two cups of freshly grated coconut (or unsweetened shredded coconut pulsed in a blender) in a bowl. While the coconut and water mixture cools down, grab a separate bowl and a sieve lined with two layers of cheesecloth. Once the water cools down to room temperature, strain the coconut through the sieve over the empty bowl. Gather the cheesecloth with the coconut meat and squeeze the excess liquid into the bowl. Bottle your milk and store it in the fridge for four to five days or in the freezer for up to two months.
Of course, you can always go the lazy-girl route and simply buy the canned stuff.
How to Use Coconut Milk in Your Hair
Use It as a Pre-Poo
Coat your dry hair with a mixture of six tablespoons of coconut milk, three tablespoons of coconut oil, and two tablespoons of honey. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and leave the mixture on for 20 to 30 minutes before washing. This leaves your hair extra conditioned if your strands are prone to dryness.
Try a Shampoo
Cleanse your hair with a mixture of one and a half cups of coconut milk with three-fourths of a cup of castile soap, and a tablespoon of vitamin E oil. Bottle or jar the leftover shampoo and store it in the fridge for up to one month.
Go With a Conditioner
Simply massage a mixture of two tablespoons of coconut milk, two tablespoons of your favorite conditioner, and two tablespoons of your favorite oil into your mane after shampooing. Rinse and style as usual.
Make a Leave-In
Store in a small spray bottle one-fourth of a cup of distilled water, one tablespoon of coconut milk, one tablespoon of coconut or vitamin E oil, and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Spritz on your elixir for a midday hair refresher.
Use It as a Dry Scalp Treatment
Heat up one-half cup of coconut milk then massage into scalp. Allow scalp to soak for 30 minutes before rinsing.
Treat Bald Spots and Hair Loss
In a bowl, mix together one cup of coconut milk, one-half cup of yogurt, and two tablespoons of camphor oil. Massage the mixture into the scalp, focusing on the problem areas, and let it sit for one to two hours before rinsing with warm water. Wrap damp hair in a towel and allow it to dry without rubbing.
Detangle Your Tresses With It
Simply rub coconut milk into your hair and detangle with your fingers, brush, or wide-tooth comb. For added benefit, you can add some oil or melted shea butter.
Make a Hydrating Hair Mask
Whisk together one ripe avocado (mashed), two tablespoons of coconut or olive oil, and one-half cup of coconut milk. Apply the mask to your hair and cover it with a plastic cap for at least an hour. Shampoo mixture out, condition, and style as usual.
Try This Viral Hot Coconut Milk Treatment for Shiny Hair
One YouTuber went viral for her hot coconut milk oil treatment. Vlogger BeautyKLove keeps her hair lustrous, healthy, and strong with an overnight mask of pure coconut milk. Unlike the DIY coconut milk recipe above, this method does not require water to get the milk out of the coconut. Instead, just squeeze the milk directly out of the grated coconut using a cheesecloth, then strain the liquid through a sieve. Heat up your milk in a skillet until it becomes paste-like, transfer warm milk into a bowl then use immediately or store in the fridge for later use. FYI: The milk can be used hot or cold. In any case, start by massaging milk into the scalp then rub throughout the hair. Cover with a plastic cap and let sit overnight. Shampoo, condition, and enjoy gorgeous hair!