The dark or light color of someone’s hair depends on how much melanin each hair has. As we get older, the pigment cells in our hair follicles gradually fade. When there are fewer pigment cells in a hair follicle, that strand of hair will no longer contain as much melanin and will become a more transparent color like gray, silver, or white as it grows.
As people continue to get older, fewer pigment cells will be around to produce melanin. Eventually, the hair will look completely gray. So people try to cover up gray hair by dyeing it.
Surprisingly, a 75-year-old woman from Ilayang Cawit in Marinduque does not need some covering up as she has not had a single strand of white hair throughout her life.
The old woman named Modesta was met by makeup artist Tor Torre in 2013, but it was only in March 2017 during the week of Moriones Festival that he decided to film her.
The video clip was uploaded on Torre’s blog site in which the secret to Modesta’s black luscious locks was divulged.
Her secret? Coconut milk. According to Modesta who takes a bath every two days, she has never used any commercial shampoo, conditioner, and hair coloring products. Instead, she uses the coconut milk as her “shampoo” while the coconut oil serves as her “conditioner.”
As Torre writes on his blog, “According to her [Modesta], there was no such thing as a ‘shampoo’ during her younger years, and that her ancestors have been using coconut milk to wash their hair.”
In the second half of the video, Modesta showed how she extracts the oil directly from the fruit. The elderly woman extracts the milk from grated coconut and makes sure she chooses “younger” coconut to avoid “rancid” milk. Finally, she emphasized to not forget rinsing the hair after all is done.