Using a coconut milk hair mask can provide a variety of benefits that most modern hair products and treatments cannot match. This is particularly interesting since the practice of using coconut milk for hair treatments has been around for centuries.
Now we turn our attention to the elephant in the room: What’s changed? Why should people go back to it now?
For once, the answer is quite simple: using coconut milk to treat your hair is natural, safe and it works. Using a coconut milk hair mask to treat your hair is practically risk-free with the exception of possible weight gain and constipation from excessive use. But even that is a low-risk scenario.
To be clear, we wouldn’t be so audacious or irresponsible to claim that a coconut milk hair mask is the only solution that works. However, when you consider it’s effectiveness, ease of use, and wide range of benefits, coconut milk hair masks make a compelling choice.
Let’s take a deep dive into using a coconut milk hair mask is a great choice to treat your hair. Also included is a list of our favorite coconut milk hair mask recipes which are fun and easy to make. Let’s go!
The power of coconut milk
In South Asian countries, people refer to the coconut palm as kalpa vriksha, which means “all that is necessary for living”. That’s because each part of a coconut palm can be used to produce something like milk, flesh, oil, water and more.
That’s not all! Even the tusks and leaves of a coconut palm can be used to build a variety of furnishings and decorations.
The benefits of coconut milk for hair treatments have been known for centuries. Coconut milk is 100% natural and contains powerful vitamins like niacin and folate which help improve the blood circulation in your scalp.
Most people know that coconut water is found within ripe coconuts. Coconut milk, on the other hand, is made by grinding the fleshy white material with the coconut water it holds. Once blended, you’ll get the rich, opaque milk that is coconut milk.
A more detailed recipe with step by step instructions is provided further below.
Regular use of coconut milk helps add shine, moisture and strength to your hair and also helps reduce hair loss. With such hair-strengthening benefits, it’s no wonder coconut milk is so frequently used to fight common hair conditions such as hair loss and slow hair growth.
As an extra boost, get into the habit of drinking coconut milk so the nutrients you absorb can help your hair from within your body. Besides, it’s a delicious and refreshing drink!
Preparing the coconut milk
Coconut milk is a popular ingredient in many asian cuisines and is available in both organic and conventional varieties in most supermarkets. For those interested in how to make 100% natural coconut milk from zero, read on below.
The below coconut milk hair mask recipes all contain coconut milk mixed or prepared with some other natural ingredient. While the process of making coconut milk is pretty straight forward, we’ll keep it simple and concise so you can get started today.
- Extract the meat of the fruit:
Take a coconut and break it into two pieces to expose the white flesh. Now, be wary of the coconut water inside as you need to carefully pour it into a little bowl and set aside for the meantime.
You can carve out the white flesh of the coconut with a knife or spoon and place it into a little dish.
- Chop the coconut:
Next we need to chop the white coconut material into small pieces so we can grind them to extract the pure coconut milk.
- Grind the pieces of coconut:
Place all the thinly sliced pieces of coconut into a grinder and in your bowl of coconut water extracted in step 1 to create a smooth paste.
- Extract milk from the coconut paste:
Place a sieve on top of a bowl and then place a cotton or cheese cloth on top of it. To extract the milk from the coconut paste, you lift the cloth and gently but firmly squeeze out the milk
Press as hard you can to squeeze all the milk possible and you’ll have the 100% natural coconut milk you need!
- Heat up the milk:
Warming up your coconut milk will help it mix better with the oil(s). That being said, you don’t want to boil it otherwise you risk ruining it. Just keep it slightly warm.
- **In case you have no coconut water:
In case you are working with a dry coconut or you spill your coconut water, you can simply add a few spoons of cold milk to ensure a smooth paste. If you do this, however, you should not add in the regular coconut water.
The disadvantages of chemical treatment
Chemical hair treatments like hair coloring and dying have become a regular part of a beauty routine. In fact, they’re about as common and as easy as getting a regular haircut. They are highly effective in changing your hair’s color, texture and overall appearance.
Chemical treatments use potent chemicals which make them so effective. However, their misuse or overuse can cause other intended changes. These can damage the protective layer on hair strands and damage the hair cuticle which can cause the hair to dry out.
In other cases, using or mixing the chemicals incorrectly can potentially cause reactions such as irritation and hair loss. Long term use of chemicals can leave your hair looking frizzy and coarse. Oftentimes they also cause hair breakage and hair loss.
What is a hair mask?
Let’s face it, keeping your hair in top form can often feel like a full time job. When you consider the hustle and bustle of our day to day activities, it’s no wonder our hairdos pay the price.
If you lack the time or the inclination to pay for an expensive salon treatment, consider a coconut milk hair mask treatment.
You can think of a hair mask as a variation of the face mask that’s used to hydrate and nourish your skin. But as its name implies, the hair mask is a deep conditioning treatment that can help restore your damaged scalp and hair to make it look great again.
A traditional hair mask treatment combines natural coconut milk with other hair enhancing oils like argan, almond and more. However, it’s much more than just a regular cleaning because you’re using powerful ingredients in a much more concentrated form.
Apply the mix on clean, wet hair, and make sure you spread it evenly throughout your hair using a wide-tooth comb. The treatment normally takes about 20 minutes and then you can rinse it off completely.
Best coconut milk hair mask treatments
1. Coconut Milk And Egg Hair Mask
Raw eggs are a kitchen staple and are packed with over 20 vital nutrients which can work wonders for your hair. So right out of the gate, we already have a winning combination.
Although egg white and yolk are both beneficial, they have different nutritional profiles and can be used for different purposes.
People with dry hair, for example, may prefer to use only the yolk because it is rich in fat that helps moisturize the hair. Egg whites, on the other hand, contain enzymes that can break down the excessive buildup of oil and grease on the hair.
Using a whole egg means you can enjoy the best of both worlds and is perfectly fine for people with a mix of hair types.
What you need:
- 5 tablespoons of natural coconut oil
- 1 whole egg
- 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
- Electric beater (optional)
- Apple cider (optional)
- Combine the coconut milk with the egg until it is blended and fluffy.
- Mix in the vitamin E oil.
- Carefully and thoroughly apply the mask to your scalp and hair.
- Cover your hair with the shower cap for about 20 minutes or so.
- Rinse out your hair with lukewarm water. Note: avoid hot water unless you want cooked egg in your hair!
2. Coconut Milk And Honey For Deep conditioning
The use of honey for natural remedies and health-boosting properties has been documented for thousands of years. When used to treat hair, those same powerful benefits can help nourish, condition and improve the health of your hair.
When used in a hair mask, it’s therapeutic properties can help reduce hair breakage, moisturize dry scalp and hair, restore shine and more.
What’s more, honey is a natural humectant which helps retain moisture for your hair. When combined with the high dose of proteins that coconut milk provides, the benefits are further amplified to make your hair strong, shiny and smooth.
With a prep time of only 2 minutes, you’ll be left wondering why in the world you didn’t try this sooner. Here we go:
What you need:
- 4 tablespoons of coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons of 100% natural honey
- ¼ cup of olive oil
- Shower cap
- Mix the honey with the coconut milk (¼ cup each) until you get a nice, creamy mixture.
- Warm up the mixture either on stovetop or microwave, until warm.
- Massage said mixture onto your scalp and apply it to your hair from the root to the tip.
- Put on your shower cap and leave it on for about 30 mins.
- Rinse out the mix with regular shampoo and conditioner as needed.
3. Coconut Milk And Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a thick-leaved plant that contains a gel-like substance with many healing and regenerative properties. This gel contains beneficial bioactive compounds that include amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
The use of aloe is more commonly associated with treating sunburns and light wounds. However, recent studies have indicated that using aloe may also be beneficial for treating the hair and scalp. But the actual science is still out on that.
That being said, aloe vera has been used for thousands of years for its curative powers. The correlation between the use of aloe and healthier hair has been thoroughly documented and the results speak for themselves.
For example, a study showed that applying aloe vera to treat Seborrheic dermatitis helped reduce itchiness and hair loss. With history and modern studies to back up the benefits, aloe vera shows promising results.
What you need:
- 3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
- 3 tablespoons of natural coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- Mixing bowl
- Shower cap
- Mix the aloe vera, coconut milk, and coconut oil into your mixing bowl.
- Once you have a nice creamy mix, start working it into your scalp and through your hair.
- Place your shower cap over your head and wait about 45 minutes.
- Rinse off completely using regular shampoo and conditioner.
- For best results, it is recommended you try this treatment at least once a week.