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Myths and facts about coconut oil

The Parachute Gold Range contains coconut oil as a key ingredient.

  • Myth: Coconut oil does not penetrate the hair or scalp but only sits on the surface.
  • Truth: Studies conducted at multiple laboratories around the world have proven the penetration of coconut oil into the hair shaft, all the way up to the medulla (centre of the hair shaft). The techniques used have ranged from confocal microscopy to radioactive tagging which proves that oil in fact does penetrate all the way inside the hair and does not merely coat it.

    So what does it mean in terms of benefits to the hair?

    • Penetration increases the strength of the hair. So oiled hair is less prone to breakages.
    • Penetration reduces porosity, hence makes hair less prone to environmental and thermal damage.
    • Penetration prevents water ingress into hair, hence prevents intra-wash and rain water breakages of hair.

 

  • Myth: Coconut oil on the scalp causes greasy flaking, itching and eventually promotes dryness and dandruff.
  • Truth: Coconut oil penetrates into the scalp and hydrates it. It has been found by corneometer studies that coconut oil-treated scalps have superior hydration levels and lesser scaling than untreated scalps.

    So, what does this mean in terms of benefits to the scalp?

    • Better moisture means less scaling and less dandruff.
    • Coconut nourishes the scalp, and hence makes conditions difficult for dandruff.
    • Loosens existing scales and aids faster resolution of dandruff.

 

  • Myth: Coconut oil causes my hair to get tangled and matted and break easily
  • Truth: Regular application of oil is known to increase the strength of hair and prevent its breakage. Coconut based hair oils also help in aligning the cuticles of hair. When we comb hair we apply force to detangle hair. This often leads to hair breakage.
  • So, what does this mean in terms of benefits to the hair shaft?
    • Aligned hair cuticles make hair look healthy and add to hair shine.
    • Application of oil lubricates hair and reduces the force required to comb, thereby preventing its breakage.

 

  • Myth: It is okay to do an oil massage in winter. But in summer and monsoons…yuck, it will worsen the scalp and hair.
  • Truth: Hair behaves differently in different seasons. In summers the heat saps out vital moisture from the hair making it dry and brittle. Application of oil prevents loss of moisture. In monsoons, hair tends to absorb a lot of moisture from the atmosphere due to high humidity. Hair may also frequently get wet when it rains. When hair is wet, water enters into the hair shaft and when hair dries the water is released out. If this cycle of absorption and release of water is repeated very frequently, it leads to hygral fatigue which makes hair weak. Application of oil forms a protective covering on hair and prevents this absorption and loss of water.

    What does this mean in terms of benefits?

    • In summer months, hair is well moisturized.
    • In monsoons, the strength and shine of hair is preserved.

 

  • Myth:These are the days of colouring, straightening, etc. Where is the place of oiling in all this?
    • Truth:Chemically treated and physically manipulated hair actually needs more care. Conditioners can protect the hair but do not have any benefits for the scalp. Coconut oil is known to nourish and repair the scalp but it also protects chemically and physically abused hair.
    • It has been proved that regular hair oiling prevents the loss of protein from chemically treated hair, and also helps in maintaining the strength of hair after even after chemical treatment.
  • What does this mean in terms of benefits to hair?
    • Chemically treated hair is well moisturized and its shine is protected by coconut oil.
    • Coconut oil reduces porosity, prevents protein loss, and increases the strength of chemically and physically treated hair.
    • Coconut oil helps to preserve colour longer by preventing ingress of water in the shaft.

 

  • Myth: Oil application will lead to infection and folliculitis on the applied areas.
  • Truth: There is no published literature or even a single study that supports this belief. The only reported infections with oil usage have all been with cutting oils or crude petroleum oils, and are not applicable to a vegetable oil like coconut oil.

 

  • Myth: So, all vegetable oils have therapeutic benefits for the scalp.
  • Truth: Coconut is the most extensively studied and scientifically supported hair oil. In one study of comparison with other vegetable oils, coconut oil was found to be superior in penetration and hydrating properties. However, more studies on oils are needed to truly justify a comparison.

Summary of the benefits of coconut oil to hair and scalp

The Parachute Gold Range contains coconut oil as a key ingredient.

On hair

  1. It acts as an excellent pre-wash pre-conditioner to nourish the hair
  2. It penetrates and protects the hair up to the level of the medulla (centre of the hair shaft)
  3. It increases hair strength and reduces breakage
  4. It increases manageability of hair by detangling
  5. It protects the hair from the vagaries of climatic change
  6. It protects damaged and chemically and physically manipulated hair

On scalp

  1. It penetrates and hydrates the scalp
  2. It reduces scaling and dandruff
  3. It nourishes the scalp and improves circulation of scalp

Did you know?

Human hair grows faster in warm weather because warmth stimulates hair growth.

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