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Island inspired secrets to healthy, high definition hair

Forget the bleach blonde tresses of Los Angeles, Hawaii is where it’s at if you’re looking for haircare secrets

The denizens of Hawaii arguably possess the most beautiful hair on the planet. However, their remedies for luscious locks don’t have to remain on the island – here are five native haircare secrets to boost your hair into high definition.  

Secret #1 Coconuts

Hawaiian women often use this local fruit to nourish their hair from the inside out. Coconut milk is the thick liquid that you get when you blend coconut meat with water and then strain it. Drinking coconut milk regularly moisturises and nourishes your hair (and skin), on top of many other health benefits.  

Applied to your hair, coconut oil provides shine and helps to prevent a flaky scalp. You can reap the benefits of coconut oil at home with your own Hawaiian hair mask: massage a palm’s amount of organic, unfiltered coconut oil into your scalp, working it through to the ends of your hair with fingers or a comb. Leave the oil in overnight and shampoo your hair the next morning to create instant gloss.

Secret # 2 Bananas 

Thanks to high levels of potassium, bananas help to improve the natural elasticity and strength of the hair. If your hair is damaged by cold weather, heat styling or colour treatments, try this Polynesian saviour to restore bounce and shine: mash up one banana into a bowl and apply the mixture from root to ends. Leave the treatment to work its magic for about 15 minutes, then shampoo and rinse.

Secret #3 Scalp massage 

Massaging your scalp increases the blood flow to your hair follicles, which helps to encourage swifter hair growth by delivering to your follicles important nutrients, including protein, iron, vitamin C, omega-3s, vitamin A, zinc, selenium, and vitamin B.

The Ulupono Academy, a Paul Mitchell beauty school in Hawaii, also provides scalp brushing treatments to exfoliate the skin and invigorate the scalp and hair follicles. The good news is you can recreate this treatment easily at home: using a large paddle brush, part your hair into sections and brush your scalp from the hairline to the back of your neck.

Secret #4 Kukui nut oil 

Kukui nuts are not particularly well-known outside of Polynesia, and are most commonly recognised as the string of brown and black nuts worn mostly by men on special occasions. The Kukui nut, also known as the candlenut, contains fatty acids which make it a superior moisturising product for your hair (and dry skin).

Secret #5 Hawaiian diet 

Above all else, a whole food diet made up of plants and fresh seafood is quite literally at the root of healthy hair. Eating an island-inspired diet rich in tropical fruits such as coconuts, pineapple and papaya, will keep your hair nourished, hydrated and bestow you with beautiful locks to lust after.


Which is your favourite Hawaiian haircare secret?