Benefits of Using Coconut Oil on Your Hair

Beautiful African-American woman with coconut oil nourished hair

Coconut oil is not only good for your health, but it has a multitude of beauty uses for the hair and skin. It can improve the quality of your skin and help maintain your hair health.

Coconut oil is a completely natural product, delicious to taste, inexpensive and readily available. It is a truly awesome gift from nature, especially in its organic extra virgin form. Since organic coconut oil is free of harsh chemicals, you don’t need to worry about any side effects even if you have delicate hair or a sensitive scalp. People of any age can use virgin coconut oil without harmful side effects.

It’s important to look for pure, unrefined organic coconut oil that is processed without chemicals, dyes, and other harmful substances. Processed coconut oil may contain trans-fats and additives to prolong its shelf life. When you apply a personal care product on your skin or your hair, it will be absorbed into your bloodstream.

Cold-pressed oil is made from fresh coconut meat and contains all its phytonutrients and health-giving ingredients.

Coconut Oil Uses for Hair

One of the most common uses of Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of natural nutrients for healthy hair. It contains Capric acid, Lauric acid, Caprylic acid, vitamin E and many other nutrients that help to promote a healthy scalp and hair. Studies have shown that due to its small molecular weight, coconut oil has the ability to penetrate inside the hair shaft better than any other hair oil. Most hair oils stay on the surface and only coats hair. Coconut oil penetrates deep inside the hair shaft and reaches the cortex of hair strands, providing your hair with moisture.

There are many ways to include coconut oil in your hair care routine.

Coconut Oil for Hair Growth

One of the causes of hair loss is microbial activity on the scalp and infection of hair follicles.

Anti-microbial fatty acids in coconut oil penetrate the scalp to eliminate fungi and harmful bacteria that are responsible for the conditions that cause hair loss. The small molecules of coconut oil can sink deep into the hair follicles, enriching the scalp with valuable nutrients and promoting hair growth.

One study from the Journal of Cosmetic Science found out that loss of hair protein can be minimized by applying coconut oil to hair before or after wash. Healing fatty acids penetrate the hair membranes, nourish the hair strands and strengthen the hair follicles, preventing hair from breaking. Some of them like lauric acid has a high affinity for hair proteins. Lauric acid can bind to hair protein and prevent its depletion from the hair. Your hair then has a good chance to grow long and healthy.

Coconut oil helps restore and maintain your scalp’s natural pH balance, creating a hair-friendly environment.

Pour out some slightly warmed oil into your hands and gently massage for a few minutes to evenly distribute the oil into your hair and scalp. Use a hot towel to steam your hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave it for at least 2 hours. Leave it overnight if you have dry hair. Wash hair properly with a sulfate-free shampoo.

Massaging your scalp with oil helps improve blood circulation in the scalp and increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients supply to the hair follicles. Repeat the treatment at least three times a week.

For hair growth purposes you can also mix coconut oil with your shampoo or conditioner.

Anti-Dandruff Treatment

The most common causes of dandruff are fungal infections and dry skin. The potent anti-fungal properties of coconut oil will keep fungal infections away, tame itchy and irritated scalp and make your scalp free of dandruff.

Gently massage lightly warmed virgin coconut oil into your scalp using your fingertips. Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the coconut oil penetrate deep into your scalp for 15 minutes. You can leave the treatment overnight. Wash your scalp and hair with a mild shampoo. For best results repeat the treatment three times a week. Regular application of coconut oil will prevent the fungus from coming back.

Coconut oil also keeps your scalp moist and healthy, reducing flaking caused by dry scalp conditions.

Lice Protection and Treatment

Chemical products available for the treatment of lice can also damage the scalp and hair due to their toxic components. Applying coconut oil is one of the most effective ways to get rid of the lice and prevent them from coming back. Since coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft, it prevents the eggs from attaching to the hair which keeps lice from coming back.

For this lice-eliminating home-made treatment you need unrefined coconut oil and raw apple cider vinegar.

  1. Remove all tangles and knots from your hair.
  2. Gently rinse out your hair with 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup of filtered water.
  3. Let your hair dry without rinsing the solution.
  4. Then fully saturate your scalp and hair with coconut oil, cover with a shower cap and leave it on for 12 hours.
  5. When the time is up, comb your hair thoroughly with a comb, to remove the dead lice and eggs.
  6. Wash out your hair as normal, with a mild shampoo.
  7. Keep doing this routine until the lice are completely gone.

To avoid and prevent head lice, use coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner. You just need to apply a small amount and massage it into the tips of your hair after washing.

Deep Conditioner

Coconut oil is very effective as a deep conditioner because of its ability to penetrate the hair shaft. Virgin coconut oil works as an amazing deep conditioner for all hair types making your hair healthy, strong and shiny. This treatment is the most beneficial for dry, damaged, and over-processed hair. The fatty acids in coconut oil help replace the moisture lost during the washing action and nourish your hair, making it silky soft.

Use a quarter-sized amount of warm coconut oil into your hand and rub it into your hair and scalp.

You can leave it on the hair overnight. If you have dry hair you want to give the oil time to really nurture your hair. Put a towel on your pillow to protect it from the oil. Wash hair with your regular shampoo in the morning.

Hair Detangler

The lubricating effect of coconut oil reduces fiber friction which helps prevent hair damage from combing and brushing. This will also make your hair less prone to damage and breakage.

  1. Soak the knots with coconut oil and comb through.
  2. Put a few drops of coconut oil into the palm of your hand.
  3. Rub the oil between your hands and massage into the tangled areas of your damp hair, avoiding the roots.
  4. Use a wide-toothed comb to get rid of tangles.

Regular application of coconut oil helps prevent tangled hair.

Coconut Oil for Frizzy Hair

If you have curly hair prone to dryness and frizz, coconut oil can replace your anti-frizz serum. Coconut oil prevents moisture from entering the hair shaft and creating frizz. To tame frizzy locks, use a tiny bit of oil on your hands and rub it into your hair. Lightly run your fingers through your hair, paying special attention to the ends. Coconut oil easily penetrates the hair shaft and helps smooth strands out without looking greasy. Make sure to avoid the scalp area.

For frizzy or dry ends use a small amount and rub it into the ends of your hair.

Pre-Shampoo Oil Treatment

Coconut oil is a hydrophobic substance. When used as a prewash conditioner it coats the hair surface and protects hair from absorbing too much water during washing. This decreases hair fiber swelling and prevents the cuticle from becoming damaged, which in turn helps to increase the protein retention in the hair.

Rub the oil through your hair and leave it on for 1 hour before washing your hair.

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3 thoughts on “Benefits of Using Coconut Oil on Your Hair”

  1. Fantastic tip. Coconut oil is my magic oil. It prevents hair fall and made my hair and scalp healthier. I deep condition my hair once a week for 30 mins.

  2. For those with extremely thick and unruly hair, it would be great to use coconut oil as a conditioning treatment. That way, you can make use of a cheap product to make your hair more manageable. That way you aren’t wasting so much money on deep condition treatments!

  3. amazing tips for using coconut oil as a conditioner. coconut oil is the best product for making thick hairs soft and dry hair shiny. It is my favorite oil and I take a hair massage of 30 to 45 minutes two times a week before taking a bath.

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