Have you tried using coconut milk for natural hair yet? Most natural queens have tried coconut oil, and it is a regular staple in their bathroom and kitchen cupboards. However, you might be curious about whether to use coconut milk or oil for hair softening on your next wash day.
You may have not even considered coconut milk because it seems unnecessary when the oil is readily available and easy to use.
But coconut milk is different. You’re getting the full fatty acid benefit of coconut oil, but then you’re getting an impressive profile of vitamins and protein. Getting canned coconut milk is just as easy as purchasing the oil because it’s available almost everywhere.
But what is it for, and how do you use it? There are many ways to use coconut milk. In this post, you’ll find out why coconut milk works well for natural tresses, and discover the best ways to use it for longer, thicker, and softer hair.
Benefits of Coconut Milk for Natural Hair
Coconut milk does a lot for natural hair. Naturals use it as a conditioner to soften. It is high in beneficial fat, and this makes it an efficient way to soften the hair for manageability. Its molecules are excellent at penetrating the hair shaft so you can be sure coconut milk will not just sit on the hair.
It also strengthens because of its high protein content. The milk contains 5 grams of protein per cup, making it efficient for restructuring the hair shaft. In fact, some women use it in a coconut milk and egg hair mask for a home protein treatment.
The egg-coconut milk hair mask is excellent for anyone with split ends or dry hair. Both the egg and coconut milk provide protein, and the coconut milk gives a nice conditioning effect. Try this protein treatment the next time your hair feels weak, dry, or brittle:
Mix two eggs and four tablespoons of coconut milk in a blender, and blend until smooth. Apply to sectioned hair, cover with plastic, and leave it on your hair for 25 minutes. Rinse with cool water, then shampoo, condition, and style afterward.
What about coconut milk for hair conditioning? Try doing an avocado and coconut mask by blending one large avocado with four tablespoons of coconut milk.
Or, try mixing the coconut milk with both the avocado and the egg for a strengthening conditioner. Avocado is high in vitamin e and b, two nutrients that can drastically improve your hair’s condition.
Coconut milk contains Vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6. Plus, it has several useful minerals, including copper, iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. This nutrient-dense profile makes the milk a superfood for hair.
Use it as an anti-inflammatory and an antifungal scalp tonic to stimulate hair growth, and as a moisturizer for dry, brittle, and damaged hair.
Coconut Milk for Natural Hair Growth
By now you already know about coconut milk’s ability to condition hair, but what about hair growth? Many users of coconut milk claim that the milk is a remedy for bald spots and thinning. Use it to stop hair loss and to stimulate new growth.
Hair growth is one of the best benefits of using coconut milk for natural hair. Use plain coconut milk for hair mask treatments to promote growth.
Massage the thick milk into your scalp, roots, and ends. Place a shower cap over your head. Wrap a towel around it for heat, and leave the milk on your scalp for 30 minutes before rinsing.
Coconut milk nourishes the scalp and heals damaged follicles to promote hair growth. It also helps to stimulate the blood to provide nutrients to the follicle cells.
Coconut Cream for Hair Straightening
You may be able to use coconut milk for straightening your natural hair. It won’t get your hair bone-straight but will help to loosen the curl pattern for added manageability.
The recipe is easy to use and only takes 30 minutes to see a difference.
- 1 Cup of Coconut Milk
- 2 Tablespoons of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- 4 Tablespoons of Lemon or Lime Juice
- 3 Tablespoons of Cornstarch
- Mix the coconut milk and the olive oil in a saucepan and blend well.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the lemon or lime juice and cornstarch until smooth.
- Pour the juice-cornstarch mixture into the coconut milk and stir over medium heat.
- Whisk over medium heat until the mixture thickens.
- Let sit until it is cool enough to touch. Part the hair into sections and smooth some of the cream onto the hair, from root to tip.
- Place a plastic cap over your hair, and add a towel for heat.
- Leave the cream on your hair for 30 minutes, then rinse, shampoo, condition, and style as usual.
How Long to Leave Coconut Milk in Hair
Most coconut milk recipes instruct you to leave the ingredient on your hair for 25 minutes to one hour. If you’re doing a coconut milk deep conditioner treatment like the coconut milk and honey hair mask, leave it on for a full hour.
The coconut milk and honey recipe are simple, and it can be used to halt hair loss and speed hair growth. Just add two tablespoons of honey to one cup of coconut milk and mix.
Smooth it onto your scalp and hair, cover with a plastic cap and wrap your head with a towel. Leave it on your hair for one hour, then rinse. Shampoo and condition afterward.
Henna and coconut milk is another great combo, and the duo is bound to leave your hair much softer, silkier, and glossier. Henna is an effective, all-natural way to condition and tint your locks.
Both henna and coconut milk will help to loosen your curls for better manageability, though they probably won’t completely straighten your hair.
Henna normally needs time to cure in the refrigerator before you place it on your hair, but many naturals report that they’ve been able to mix coconut milk into the henna and then put it on their hair right away.
It’s worth a try. A henna and coconut milk combination may give you amazing results without the long henna curing time. Apply it to dry hair and leave it for 1-8 hours.
How Often to Use Coconut Milk on Hair
You can use coconut milk as much as you like. It does contain protein, but many protein-sensitive queens use it regularly with no problem.
Try a coconut milk shampoo by mixing equal parts of Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap and coconut milk. You can add a few drops of essential oil or other oil to this mixture.
Coconut milk needs to be kept refrigerated and only lasts for 4-6 days so you may want to freeze a batch. You could even use ice cube trays to freeze the shampoo and ration it to make your shampoo easy to use.
Using coconut milk as a leave-in conditioner can make your mane softer and more manageable between washes. It’s ideal for damaged ends. Just blend a small amount of coconut milk along with some coconut oil and apply to your hair after washing.
You can even use a coconut milk hair rinse to soften and condition your mane before you step out of the shower. It will make your hair more manageable to detangle and help moisturize dry, straggling ends.
Are you ready to use coconut milk? This hair superfood is easy to buy online, or you can pick it up at your local grocery store. Coconut milk works fast to condition curls and controls breakage.
If you add coconut milk to your weekly natural hair regimen, you’ll enjoy glossier, softer and healthier curls without having to pay a fortune for hair care. You may find that the coconut milk treatment for natural hair works so well that you’ll wish you had tried it earlier.
Have you tried coconut milk for natural hair yet, and if so, what were the results?
Hey Curl Friend, I’m Patrina Haupt the creator and author of Natural Hair Queen. I hope you find my healthy hair care tips helpful in your hair journey. Healthy hair care practices are definitely, what helped me to achieve waist length hair.