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Coconut Oil for Hair

Coconut oil is very popular and frequently preferred as hair oil worldwide. Before you start using this oil for its many beneficial, functions, perhaps you should find out what makes it so special, and why millions of people choose to use it.

Many people living in coastal areas of the world, more specifically in the areas where coconuts grow in abundance, know that the the sweet smelling coconut oil is their one and only hair oil. These are areas like the Indian Subcontinent, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, Philippines, and parts of the Caribbean.

Coconut oil is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals which are good for the human body. However, coconut oil is not limited to hair; it is used in the preparation of cosmetic soaps and creams, and in Asian countries, it is also used for preparing various kinds of food and salads.

Coconut oil has been in use as hair oil for thousands of years, and it has shown remarkable results. Certain components in it keep the hair strong, nourished and protected from the effects of premature aging, like baldness and excessive hair loss. Let’s see what some of those benefits to hair are, and what components of coconut oil are responsible!


Benefits of Coconut Oil for Hair

Hair Loss: Coconut oil has been used since ancient times in India for grooming hair. Various remedies were prepared using herbs and coconut oil to prevent hair loss. One such remedy can be prepared in modern times by boiling sage leaves in coconut oil. This mixture can be applied to the scalp for the improvement of healthy hair, and its use will also prevent hair loss.

Applying a mixture of lime water and coconut oil can also provide relief from hair loss, as does the mixture of coconut oil and gooseberries. Boil the gooseberries in coconut oil and then apply it on the hair.

Hair Damage: The use of coconut oil on hair helps to reduce protein loss in both damaged as well as undamaged hair. Coconut oil rich in lauric acid, has a high affinity for hair protein, and easily penetrates inside the hair shaft, which is due to its low molecular weight. It can be used for pre-wash or post-wash hair grooming.

Cooling Properties: The application of coconut oil on the head and scalp also has a cooling effect. It can cool and soothe people with hot heads, or those who suffer from severe scalp sweating.

Moisture Retention: Coconut oil has a high moisture retaining capacity, since it is not easily broken down nor evaporated, being very stable. It does not let moisture escape, thus keeping hair moist and soft, which prevents breakage of hair.

Hair Conditioning: Coconut oil is a better conditioner for hair than any synthetic one available in the market. Use of warm coconut oil helps in keeping hair shimmering and soft. Apply some warm oil at night and wash your hair the next morning. This can be repeated every few days for healthy, strong and conditioned hair.
Coconut OilAnti-Dandruff: The various fatty acids present in coconut oil serve as very good anti-dandruff agents and are far better than any anti-dandruff shampoo. Regular application of coconut oil can help you get rid of dandruff forever. Coconut oil mixed with lukewarm water and castor oil can also be effective in treating dandruff. Massage the scalp and hair with this mixture for ideal results.

Another home remedy for dandruff can be prepared by mixing coconut oil with sesame oil. Apply this mixture for about 30 minutes and then shampoo the hair.

Styling: Coconut oil can be a good styling oil for hair as well, as it melts on heating and then condenses when cooled. Therefore, when you apply it on your hair, it thins and spreads evenly due to the heat of the scalp. Soon afterwards, as the hair comes in contact with air, the oil on the hair condenses, thus working as a styling gel or cream.

Lice Protection: Lice are a very common pest found in the hair and can cause embarrassment for anyone. They also have a tendency to come back again and again. There are many chemical products available for the treatment of lice, but unfortunately, they can also damage the scalp and hair due to their strong chemical components. Combing wet hair with a fine comb is a good remedy for getting rid of lice but this may also damage the wet hair. However, if one coats the wet hair with coconut oil, it becomes much easier to comb and subsequently remove the lice.

Hair Care for Dry Hair: For people with dry hair that is rough and thin, taking good care of your hair is a big concern. However, using strong hair care products for cleansing, toning and conditioning may lead to a dry and flaky scalp. Coconut oil can be effective in taking care of this sort of dry hair.


Hair Toning: Coconut oil also helps in the toning of hair, especially dry hair. Apply a warm mixture of coconut oil and lavender essential oil on scalp at night, then wash and rinse your hair the next morning. You may repeat this as frequently as you want until you see your desired results.

Hair Conditioning:  Hair conditioner can be easily prepared at home using coconut oil. It is not only effective; it also does not have side effects.  Mix some henna with coconut oil and warm milk to make a paste. Apply this to the hair for 20 minutes and then rinse hair properly. This hair conditioner is very effective, particularly for dry hair.

Boils: Some people experience the condition of boils on the scalp, especially during the winter. This may also happen if exposed to heat or sun for a long duration. It is important to keep both the hair and scalp clean, and occasional massaging of the hair with a mixture of coconut oil and olive oil may provide relief from the uncomfortable and unsightly problem of boils. However, if the problem persists, it is advisable to contact your health care specialist.

Split Ends: If you have a lot of split ends in your hair, it is generally advised to cut them, but in case this problem appears on a small number of your hair strands, then you can use simple home remedies to solve the problem. Massage your hair with a mixture of coconut oil and almond oil for a few minutes; this will help in minimizing the split ends and joining them back together.

Gray Hair and Baldness: Coconut oil is also beneficial for preventing baldness and gray hair. Try mixing Bhringraj or Eclipta Alba leaf juice into coconut oil and apply this on the scalp and hair.

Coconut oil is widely available in the market. Many people choose an odorless variety, use it for any and all hair conditions, and reap all the benefits of a healthy head of hair!

coconutoilforhairCoconut Oil in Shampoo

You may not be aware of this, but your shampoo likely contains coconut oil, at least in small amounts. Lately, people have come to understand how important natural oils are for hair nourishment. Oddly enough, over the past three decades or so, using oil on hair was viewed as a sign of backwardness or ignorance. The majority of people believed that, particularly in India.

The most popular look was wind-blown, fluffy light hair, resulting from indiscriminate use of oil-less, caustic and chemical-based shampoos. Very soon, however, those who oiled their hair continued to do so, while the other group had no hair left to shampoo. The excessive use of shampoo often results in drying up and breaking away of hair and total devastation of the health of the scalp.

That is when oils began to make their way into the shampoos and manufacturers began widely using coconut oil in shampoo. The major manufacturers learned a lesson from the old men and women with natural, strong jet-black hair living in coastal areas of India and neighboring countries who had been using coconut oil on their hair since childhood. Their unbelievably healthy hair was due to the coastal climate and the cultural traditions that placed pure coconut oil as an important part of their health regimen.

Commercially, using coconut oil in shampoos showed marvelous results and it was soon a widely accepted additive or pure form of hair care products.

Healthy Hair: With the various benefits such as hair nourishment, anti-aging properties, moisture retention, and vitamin E supplementation, coconut oil in shampoo is one of the best things to aid in the health of your hair.

The Oily Factor: Detergent or soap-based shampoos leave your hair dry, rough, hard and bleached. That is why you occasionally find that your comb does not go smoothly through your hair after you shampooed it. The oil in shampoo counters this effect. In coconut oil, that component comes from natural saturated fats, and they keep the hair smooth and shiny.

Fragrance: Coconut Oil adds a sweet and refreshing scent to the shampoos as an added bonus.

Finally, if you are not regularly using a reliable shampoo that contains coconut oil, you can always mix some coconut oil into your preferred shampoo and enjoy the results. For the best effect, make it an organic or herbal shampoo.

Apart from the uses of coconut oil listed above, it is important to keep hair clean, eat well, use good hair grooming products that have minimal side effects and use a good comb that does not break or damage the hair.

Here is a good video on how to use coconut oil for hair care in the optimal way. Good Luck and Happy, Healthy Hair to Everyone!

Sources of Information: Reports of Coconut Development Board of India, Reports of KERAFED, Text books of various courses of agriculture, Various other reports on internet

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  1. mark slaney says:

    yes very good for puffy hair

  2. Bath Bomb Creations says:

    I have fine hair and was using DR Organics but so expensive. I am so careful what I put on my hair a it is fine. We do make natural products for humans and animals so hubby made a natural shampoo and I love it. It has coconut oil plus olive oil and neem oil plus castor oil. To test again I went back to a chemical shampoo and my hair was flat and horrid. So yes, stick with the coconut oil and I would say stick with something that is completely chemical free. Because we have our full cosmetic licence I have taken more and more notice what is on the bottles and they all seem to contain something horrid. Our shampoo has sold out in store and virtually online and I won’t turn back. Using these natural products has huge benefits, Also my hair looks thicker and that has given me extra confidence because I have none where my hair is concerned, I only had a sample to use but come Jan the new shampoo will have finished it’s curing and I’ll be grabbing a bigger chunk! I won’t touch anything chemical wise on my cats either. Best wishes, Lesley & Ray (Bath Bomb Creations & Grumpy Joe’s Pet Emporium)

  3. Johanna Wise says:

    I use VCO for my hair, but never tried it with the honey. I always use my fingers to massage it into my hair and scalp. VCO is great for your hands too.

  4. John Anderson says:

    Your holding on to that jar at the begining juggling it all over the place. Just hold it still already so we can see what brand that is.

  5. Reen Chrysanthe says:

    Hi, where can I get this coconut oil in Singapore

  6. Emily Araba Ainooson says:

    its so true. gotta trust nature-after all, its God's personal handiwork.

  7. Irish Toquero says:


  8. Shrenik Dedhia says:

    Coconut oil works good if u apply it and massage it for a while. Also, try applying at night, which will help hair to absorb it. Apart from coconut oil, amla oil (Indian gooseberry oil) is also good for hair and scalp. You can buy coconut oil and amla oil from any Indian grocery store near you. You'll get it cheap and authentic out there.

  9. Borhan A says:

    good content but a major reason for hair loss isn't microbes its high testosterone, commonly called dihydrotestostrone.

  10. Michoel Schnitzler says:

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  11. Brian Thomas says:

    gawd your gorgeous.

  12. Shabih Alqamar says:

    Yes true , I used olive oil too and found somethings diffrent between this oil , Thank you.

  13. Emily Smith says:

    When you do the treatment, after the allotted time, do you rinse it out? Or just leave it in til whenever?

  14. Nick Vanderwood says:

    Hello, also try out Memory Oil (also virgin coconut oil) because it can do anything! You put it in your bagels, pasta, spaghetti, rice, corn, popcorn and etc. and it keeps you very healthy and gives your brain cells the ketones it needs and this oil also reduces Alzheimer's and seizures due to epilepsy. You can put it on your skin and it removes wrinkles also! It can do allot, more than many other oils too! ;) Look up the MemoryOils website.

  15. Linda Johnson says:

    The 100% certified organic coconut oil with MCTs is a treasure. Subsequently, I used the extra-virgin oil combined with the coconut oil with a unique application. Essentially, we need both, the protein and moisture combined. I enjoyed reading the detailed information concerning the value and components of the coconut oil.

  16. Joyner Arikashe says:

    Is there a particular product from whole foods?,…As far as the coconut oil.

  17. Jennifer McIntosh says:

    I'm assuming you'd follow this treatment up by washing or at least rinsing the hair? She doesn't say.

  18. Dorina Garza Garcia says:

    More Uses for Coconut Oil …

  19. Nikki Kadiuraus says:

    Hi my name is nikki and I'm 19 and I have bald spots randomly in my hair ia have one bald spot about the size of a tennis ball. ITS HUGE! I hate this I have looked and looked and looked for something to help me out with this problem. Does coconut oil help re grow loss and damaged hair.

  20. Michal Hunter Eccles says:

    I love love coconut oil! I have been using it for a year and my hair has grown to new lengths and is still growing!!!

  21. Vickie Cowan Burke says:

    I just used coconut oil on my hair for the first time this morning. I applied it, the. Used my straightening iron & it singed my hair, badly! Has anyone else had this problem

    • Annie McIntyre says:

      Usually with Coconut Oil you have to leave it in your hair for about 30-60 minutes and then wash it out. It acts as a deep conditioner mostly; I've never heard anyone use heat on it when it's still in the hair. x

    • Kathryn Bontia Gorman says:

      Vicki…you never, ever use any kind of oil on your hair BEFORE using a heating element! You will BURN your hair! You only use oil AFTER you blow dry or straighten your hair!

  22. Rachael Elizabeth Fordham says:

    My hair used to take forever to grow out, until I discovered coconut oil. Tonight I cut an inch off my hair to even it out, but that will not take long to grow back. My oil is ordered online at Tropical Traditions.com. It is the least expensive of anything seen so far, is earth friendly as well.

  23. Vero Linares says:

    hello i got my coconut oil for my hair at a pharmacy on the hair aisle.i was wonderimg if i can strenghten my hair or curl it with a flat iron or curl iron when i apply it.or if i have to wait before using the heat how long?

  24. Purpleheart IB says:

    I remember when I was small my dad usually used the fresh squeezed coconut milk and he always do this to me and my sister twice a week and also my grandma always make an oil from coconut it is really fresh not the one from bottle that we can buy now from stores. My grandma always give me some oil so my dad can put on my hair and my sisters hair… And it really works! It makes my hair so soft. I love my long black hair… Oh! I'm from Philippine and we have lots of coconut there that's why.. ^________^

  25. Amry Azeez says:

    what's the best coconut oil for hair loss.. virgin, refined…etc?

  26. Tawnee Alexander says:

    Hello again everyone! You all loved coconut oil and the benefit it has on your skin, hair, nails? There are sooo many other INEXPENSIVE WAYS to be your BEST and most BEAUTIFUL! If you live in the Orange County area or want to inbox me and ask me what these AWESOME BEAUTY TIPS & SECRETS ARE..I'd be more than happy to tell you…I would LOVE to help! Xoxoxoxo

    • Raymond K Coleman says:

      Tawnee, I'd like for you to be a guest on my radio show here in Denver. It's The Boomer Radio Network on Clear Channel. Ray Coleman….[email protected]/or/720-298-1520

  27. Netta Adams says:

    Coconut oil is also EXCELLENT for dry skin & cooking, in addition to a wonderful conditioner and oil for hair. I absolutely LOVE IT!

  28. Britta Visser Stumpp says:

    I have naturally curly hair and have struggled with styling products for YEARS! All the while looking for a good conditioner to counter-balance all the alcohol that most of those styling products contain. A good friend of mine suggested coconut oil and I LOVE it! It's not only good for holding my curls in place, it also conditions my hair, making it smooth. Thanks coconut oil!

  29. Anonymous says:

    can u guys help me? I have damaged, dry, dull and loss hair! what should I do?

  30. Tawnee Alexander says:

    http://www.fitcoachtawnee.com is a great place to get an overall beauty and fitness makeover…coconut oil is only one of my beauty secrets!

  31. Kimberly Lampkin says:

    Love this stuff.

  32. Danielle Marks says:

    This is a great product! Natural hair photo coming tomorrow!

    • Qiana Hightower McCoy says:

      i keep hearing Olive Oil is the best.

    • Tawnee Alexander says:

      Olive Oil is extremely greasy on hair but awesome as an addition to an avocado and honey face mask!!

    • Tawnee Alexander says:

      More product at http://www.fitcoachtawnee.com

    • Mo Ca says:

      Qiana Hightower McCoy olive oil is the best for deep conditioning…I am currently researching the effect of coconut oil

    • Rachael Elizabeth Fordham says:

      Qiana Hightower McCoy Try grapeseed oil if you get the chance. I have found that it absorbs quicker than olive oil, and is easier to wash out.

    • Keith Devore says:


    • Johanna Wise says:

      Olive oil is great for other reasons. It is easier to rinse out than coconut oil, but Coconut oil is more nourishing and also fixes dandruff and scalp issues. I use olive oil in my hair (about a tablespoon) in the back to prevent overnight breakage, and coconut as a deep cond about every 2 weeks. Also, coconut oil kills/keeps away lice where Olive oil does not. You can make olive oil less "greasy" by using less. Judge the amount you use by hair length and if you just want a bit of shine vs. overnight protection.

    • Johanna Wise says:

      Qiana Hightower McCoy Olive oil is great for protecting against breakage (especially overnight) but coconut oil is more conditioning and better for scalp issues.

  33. Nesha Charles says:

    I love drinking coconut water and using coconut oil in my hair it make my hair shine and soft and my skin smooth so why not give it a try u will love it.

    • Annie Brown says:

      Hi Nesha :) ive got a pot of the extra virgin coconut oil, cat i use it straight from the pot to use as a conditioner ? Thanks Annie

  34. Jessa Anonuevo says:

    I'm just wondering..what is that coconut oil you are referring? is that freshly directly from a coconut fruit or coconut oil with chemicals? I have tried the coconut milk before..and it really worked..im going to make a research in school and I'm going to take coconut milk/oil to be it..

  35. Tawnee Alexander says:

    Coconut oil works excellently! I get mine from Whole foods! I mean this stuff is healthy your hair, skin, & body! All around love it!

    • Leila Glenn says:

      Your hair is lovely, Tawnee. Am attempting to regain my hair and health. You're a wonderful example. Thanks for sharing.

    • Tawnee Alexander says:

      Thank you darling!

    • Nikole Cruz says:

      Hi Tawnee I ws wonferin if u could help me I really wanna start usin coconut oil in my hair I got a bad haircut in may 2010 and ovr a yr latr my hair just isnt the same they used a blade to thin it and I think the hairstylist went too far and I really dont want to cut my hair and start all ovr any advice on how I can apply the coconut oil for better results my hairs thin dry and fallin out pls help -nikkie (austin,tx)

    • Lia Padilla says:

      Do you place it directly on your hair?

    • Makeida Phillip-Tshirendo says:

      I saw this post on a website regarding coconut oil. Do you drink it or do you simply use it in your hair?

    • Stacy Wade says:

      I sent a FR, you can ignore or delete as I know you dont.know me but I wanted to see your pics and the effects coconut oil has had on your hair…I'm in chemo and was looking to start something now as my hair is taking a beating….

    • Karen Syntak Ranney says:

      What do I do after I've applied coconut oil and after waiting time? Do just dry and style or shampoo?

    • Johanna Wise says:

      Castor Oil is exceptionally good for hair growth. Use any benzene-free cold processed castor oil. Also supplement 5000mg of biotin and the full complement of B vitamins.

    • Jason Kennedy says:

      Nikole you should really make sure you are getting your hair trimmed regularly because of split ends. Especially if your hair responded poorly to a razor being used on it. I am a stylists and know for a fact that if you dont keep split ends off your hair it will eventually split until you have a frizzy mess. So cut your hair to get bad ends off then use coconut oil.

    • Marina Bello says:

      You are too cute. Love it!! Thanks for sharing.

    • Stephanie West says:

      Hi Tawnee.. I recently has some hair breakage around my edges.. do you recommend the coconut oil for this. I was never a fan of anything greasy.

    • Johanna Wise says:

      I've started getting mine from Natural Grocer and even Amazon bc Whole Foods has high prices. My hair looks great now, had a few inches cut, plus have been using smoothing treatments, sulfate-free shampoos, as well as the oils here and taking B-vitamins.

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