Why Your Microwave may be the Best Way to Heat a Hair Mask
We know that a healthy hair mask is the best way to repair dry and damaged hair. And coconut oil can’t be beat for hydrating and smoothing frazzled locks. Did you also know heat is important in getting those healthy benefits to penetrate deep into strands? If you are feeling shy about heating a coconut oil hair mask packet in your microwave, read on.
Why You Want Heat
Yes, coconut oil will benefit hair to some extent whether it is warm or not. Studies show the oil is better at penetrating the hair follicle than mineral oil and other conventional hair conditioning ingredients. It not only hydrates but protects hair too.
Coconut oil will warm up a bit in your hands. But microwave heating the oil makes application a breeze and offers best benefits to hair.
Here’s how it works. Heat opens the cuticle layer of strands, allowing healthy ingredients to more easily penetrate and work their magic. You know how a facialist applies a warm towel to open pores so skin better absorbs the products applied? Heating a hair mask is similar. Better absorption.
The Safety of Microwaving Your Hair Mask
Maybe you have heard that heating coconut oil in the microwave will degrade the quality of the oil or cause it to form free radicals. You’ll be happy to learn that, unlike some other oils, coconut oil remains stable when heated and does not oxidize, which is what causes free radical formation.
Another concern over using the microwave method of heating a coconut oil mask is burn risk. It is true that oil holds more heat than water. You know how it seems to take forever to bring water to a boil in the microwave? Yeah, not so much with oil. This is why it is important to follow directions on microwave warming your St. Tropica Organic Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask to avoid overheating.
How to Heat Your Hair Mask in the Microwave
Ok, so we’ve covered the why behind heating a hair mask. Now for the how.
The beauty of coconut oil is, it melts easily. With a melting point of just 76 degrees, this oil does not require a lot of heat. A quick 30 seconds in the microwave and you are good to go.
If you have a funky microwave or are simply not feeling this way of heating your hair mask, it is perfectly effective and safe to use the kettle method. It takes a wee bit longer but you still get in on the amazing results.
Now that you know that microwaving your hair mask is safe and have the deets on how to pull it off, let’s talk about cranking up the heat for maximum benefits to hair.
Once you’ve heated and applied your coconut oil hair mask, wrap in a warm towel or BPA-free shower cap to activate ingredients and help them sink into strands. This may also be an ideal time to get your 20 minutes of vitamin D loaded sunshine for the day. Of course, longer than that and you’d better be wearing some mineral sun protection.
There is no need to be afraid heating your coconut oil mask in the microwave. As long as you follow our simple instructions it won’t blow up, burn you, or become unsafe for use.
Now go get your soft, silky hair on.