Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

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Have you ever looked at the ingredients in your conditioner!?  I often wonder why we all fork out so much money on something we know nothing about!  Sometimes the ingredients in our cosmetics and hair products, can actually be harmful to our health, and can even damage our skin or hair.  

The Benefits of Coconut Oil on Hair

What does coconut oil do for hair?

  • Coconut oil doesn’t have any of those scary sounding chemicals, so it is completely natural.
  • It is an excellent conditioner, which hydrates the hair.
  • When our hair loses protein, it becomes dry and brittle.  The lauric acid in coconut oil is able to penetrate the hair shaft, invigorating our hair with vitamins and minerals. 
  • Coconut oil is also safe for kids to use and it helps prevent damage to the hair from combing and brushing. Other baby friendly uses of coconut oil.
  • Coconut oil protects the hair from the harmful UV rays of the sun. 
  • It can also be a very effective leave-in conditioner, to detangle hair.  But just be aware – a little goes a long way!
  • Does coconut oil help hair grow? One of the most notorious coconut oil benefits for hair, is that it can accelerate the rate at which hair grows. Read more about coconut oil for hair growth here
  • Coconut oil dandruff treatment: People have been using coconut oil for dandruff for a very long time.  Dandruff is a dry and itchy condition of the scalp, which can be caused by dry skin conditions, allergies, sensitivities to chemicals, and fungal infections.  Coconut oil has antimicrobial and antifungal properties.  

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Coconut Oil is Not for All Hair Types.

Sad news, but even though coconut oil is high in lauric acid, which is very good for our hair, if you have brittle, coarse or wavy or curly hair, coconut oil may not work for you.  If you use it too often, it causes the protein in your hair to build up, leaving your hair even stiffer and less elastic.  Your hair will tangle easily and look dull.  Not quite the look we all strive for.  So for this hair type, perhaps use aloe vera, honey or glycerine, to make a hydrating hair mask.  Also oils such as avocado, sesame, and almond oil, are very nourishing.

But if your hair is fine, soft or of medium thickness – then a coconut oil hair treatment is the answer.

Coconut Oil Hair Treatment Mask

(The coconut oil can be replaced with olive oil )

  • This is definitely best to do on the weekend or on your day off because the longer it soaks in, the better.  Leaving it on overnight is even better.  If you’re not lucky enough to get a day off, then give yourself at least 1-2 hours for this coconut oil hair treatment.
  • You can do this on wet or dry hair.  Either way, you will have to wash it again after the treatment.
  • Less is definitely more when it comes to coconut oil, so don’t go overboard!  Take a few teaspoons of the oil and massage it into your scalp.  You don’t really have to heat it to get it into a liquid, as your body heat will melt it pretty quickly.  
  • After massaging it into your scalp, work it through by combing or brushing your hair.
  • Wrap your hair in a shower cap or a towel and let it soak in for about an hour.  If your scalp is terribly dry, then try keeping it on all night.
  • How to get coconut oil out of hair: In the morning, wash as normal.  (You may have to wash a few times to get rid of that oily look). A bit of lemon juice in warm water can be used to rinse the hair after washing, to remove any excess greasiness.

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Extra Tips
How to Apply Coconut Oil to Hair

  • You could either divide your hair into sections, to make application of the oil easier, or you could hang your head upside down and apply the oil that way.
  • Slowly spread the oil through your hair, saturating it.  Focus on dry or frizzy areas.
  • Once it’s nicely soaked in the oil, twist your hair into a bun.
  • Cover with a shower cap or towel.
  • Note of caution – this is messy!  Wear an old T-shirt and don’t lean against anything of value!
  • You can apply heat to your shower cap / towel if you want to.  This will open the cuticles of the hair, allowing the coconut oil to penetrate deeper.  You could wrap your head in a very hot and steamy towel, or use your blow dryer.
  • Once your time is up – jump into the shower and wash your hair as you would normally.  You might not need to use conditioner, but just see how your hair feels first.

Dry and style your hair and be prepared to be blown away at the condition of your hair!  Silky, smooth and shiny hair!

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References and resources


2. Organic coconut oil for hair -

3. Coconut oil benefits for hair -

4. Not for all hair types -

5. Coconut oil for African American hair -

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