How to Treat Thinning Hair, Brittle Nails and Other Beauty Disasters

15 natural, easy ways to get gorgeous, shiny hair and strong, beautiful nails (16 Photos)

Brenda Kearns on Aug 28, 2012 at 1:19PM

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How to Treat Thinning Hair, Brittle Nails and Other Beauty Disasters

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Is Your Hair Coarse and Dull?

When you wash your hair, water soaks into the delicate hair shafts, making them swell -- and that can cause the surface cuticle to lift up like loose roof tiles, giving your hair a coarse, dull look, says nutrition researcher Mary Enig, Ph.D., author of Know Your Fats.

Rx: Coconut Oil

Once each week, massage two tablespoons of warm coconut oil into slightly damp hair, cover with a shower cap, then shampoo out 30 minutes later. Coconut oil is nature’s number one source of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) -- a unique group of fats that leave a microscopically-thin protective coating on the surface of hair strands, stopping water from crowding in and causing harm, according to studies at India’s Mumbai University. Another coconut oil perk: Its healthy fats kick-start healing of damaged cuticles, making hair softer, silkier and more break-resistant within two weeks, adds Enig.

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