Get Hair Like Blake Lively's With This Simple Ingredient
What’s the secret behind Blake Lively’s enviable tresses? The former “Gossip Girl” star is spilling her secret. And it’s one you probably have in your kitchen.
When asked how she maintains her long blonde locks, the 26-year-old credits a simple secret passed down from her mother.
“She puts coconut oil on the ends of her hair,” explains the actress and Mrs. Ryan Reynolds. “When you shampoo your hair, you’re trying to get the oil out of your roots, but you really want the rest of your hair to maintain its moisture. When you put coconut oil on the ends, the shampoo gets oil out of the roots, but also protects the ends.”
Using the fatty product to promote a healthy, shiny mane isn’t a new concept. Stylists have long used this natural oil, which is extracted from mature coconuts, to make hair feel naturally softer and smoother. Now, many are praising Lively for promoting this inexpensive, hair-healthy treatment.
“Coconut oil has been one of my favorite. best-kept secrets ever since I was introduced to it following my arrival in tropical South Florida 20 years ago,” explains Los Angeles-based celebrity stylist Lionel Renard. “Many locals use it to protect their hair.
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“In fact, coconut oil has many properties that are beneficial to damaged and undamaged hair alike,” he says. “First, it reduces protein loss versus other oils used in hair. When applied before washing it penetrates it deeper in the hair shaft, preventing frizzies, particularly in humid weather.”
Stylist Corey Chambers of Nelson J Salon in Beverly Hills loves using coconut oil to promote hair growth, which is glowing news for many frustrated over trying to achieve longer locks with little results.
“The rich nutrients in coconut oil stimulate the hair follicles and contributes to the general health of the scalp, which in turn creates an ideal environment for growth,” says Chambers.
Aside from applying onto ends for smoother results, a la Lively, there are other ways to make the most out of coconut oil for a red carpet-ready mane. Discover the many simple and easy ways you can incorporate this ingredient for shiny, beautiful hair: