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Why not coconut oil and shea butter?

We have to admit that oil plays an important role in hair care process which give your hair moisture and nutrients to grow and nurish well. However, there are some oils that should not be abused such as coconut oil or shea butter due to the following reasons:

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1. They’re heavy.

In the realm of oils and butters coconut and shea butter are among the heaviest.  If you use them too often, they can create a barrier between your hair shaft and water. It means your hair can not get the moisture from the water due to the oil shield leading to dryness and breakage as the result. We often hold a belief that oil is great to hydrate hair; however, in this case, they do the opposite.

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2. They cause frizz.

Besides, when your hair is shampooed and sealed with these oils, the hair is blocked from getting moisture from outside. The water cannot access your hair follicles to hydrate it, as a result your hair will be dry and lead to fizziness. It is easy to explain why you keep using coconut oil or shea butter in order to moisture your hair but the result you get is not what you have expected. Your hair after time to time of using these oil can be even drier than it used to be. So this is the reason why.

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3. They do not moisturize the hair.

Here is the other reason why you should not use these oils to regularly. The thing you should keep in mind is that water is moisture and oil is sealant. While light oils such as almond oil, jojoba oil are still doing their work well in adding up moisture to your hair strands. It is because light oils can form a protective barrier around your hair strands and scalp which lock the moisture inside the hair strands and maintain the hydration on the scalp. However, if you use heavy oil such as coconut or shea butter, it will block water out of your hair instead.

4. They’re not water soluble.

It is undoubtedly that coconut oil and shea butter are not water soluble. Therefore, if you want to add up moisture to your natural hair, instead of using coconut oil or shea butter, it is recommended to use aloe vera, jojoba oil, almond oil, etc which are water soluble and they can be easily removed away by light cleanser.

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5. They cause build up.

It is obvious that these oils are heavy which can attract dirt from the environment and also promote even more build up, especially when you exposure your hair outside for the entire day. Also, these heavy oils will definitely require harsh shampoo to remove the excess oil while it is not very good for your hair because these shampoos can strip off your natural oil on the scalp.

So these are several typical reasons that you should be aware of in order to have a better care for your hair. However, the point is not that you should stay away from these two beneficial oils but to use them wisely and properly, not too much and not too often. 

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