13 Wonderful Benefits of 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 benefits, 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 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 usage 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 kind of foods and salads.

It has been in use as hair oil for thousands of years, and it has shown remarkable results in hair growth since ages. 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 hair care, 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. This oil is 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 as it is very stable and does not easily evaporate. It does not let moisture escape, thus keeping hair moist and soft, which prevents hair damage.

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.

Dandruff Prevention

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. When mixed with lukewarm water and castor oil it 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.


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 to your hair, it thins and spreads evenly due to the heat of the scalp. Soon afterward, 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 removes 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 this oil and lavender essential oil on the 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 but 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.


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. Regularly massage your hair with a mixture of coconut oil and almond oil for a few minutes; this will help in minimizing the split ends.

Gray Hair and Baldness

Coconut oil is also beneficial for preventing baldness and gray hair. Try mixing Bhringraj or Eclipta alba leaf juice with the oil and apply this to 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!


Coconut Oil for 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 the hair was viewed as a sign of backwardness or ignorance.

The most popular look was wind-blown, fluffy light hair, resulting from the 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 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 this 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.

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 fragrance to the shampoos as an added bonus.

Here is a good video on how to use it for hair care in an optimal way.

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 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. Have a happy, healthy hair everyone!

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I am using organic India coconut oil and massaging my hairs at night and washing them in the morning and it has been quite helpful for me.
and keep up the good work

Natural Oils for Hair & Health

I use coconut oil as a sealing oil. It's excellent for locking in moisture into the hair, and keeping hair soft and supple.

if i want to use it in my hair but also need gel to keep my hair in check, should i use coconut oil before or after the gel?

Before as a protector / moisturiser ..

Hey I am doing a project on best oils for hair and I need to know the author and the published date thank u

First time using coconut oil organic I feel like it absorbs my scalp quick like my scalp sucks the oil in eny suggestions

How often should I it in my hair? Once a week?

Natural Oils for Hair & Health

2 - 3 times a week is ideal.

Applying oil on alternative days gives shiny and bouncy hair.

Can we heat the liquid coconut oil in warm water?

Definitely one of the best natural treatment for hair.

you should NOT melt it in the microwave. microwaves, by their very nature, alter the molecular structure of foods. NOT GOOD. if you want to melt it, simply boil some water, remove pot from heat. put the oil in a bowl or jar. set jar in hot water. easy and won't change the structure of the oil.

Hi, I want to make shampoo with coconut oil , if its a solid how do i make it more liquid and once its liquid does it remain? Also if I used virgin coconut oil in the shampoo will the coconut oil go off ? Thanks

Your coconut oil is solid only because it's either at room temperature or colder, for it to be liquid-like you'll have to warm it up a bit! A couple of seconds in the microwave will do, just don't leave it in for too long because remember it is oil and you can get severely burned. And coconut usually becomes solid when it cools down again, but I'm not fully sure if it would if you made it shampoo. And no, virgin unprocessed and cold pressed coconut oil is exactly what you want!! Hopefully this helps a bit.

Is the organic cocunut oil good for. Thin dry hair


I have a question a little off the wall. I read a post the other day and can't find it anywhere. It said that coconut oil could be used on canines, for allergies. Is this true?

Rochelle Huffman Barozzi

Yes it can. Just google coconut oil for pets or just dogs. It is great for their dry itchy skin too! 😀


Thank you Rochelle

Rochelle Huffman Barozzi

No problem! I use it on my dogs, with desert living making them very dry. Me too! LOL. Coconut oil is so fantastic. 😀

what kind of coconut oil exactly is the best for hair??

Virgin, organic, pure, unrefined, cold pressed.


are there so many kinds of coconut oil available?

LOL. you do not need to wash your hair with shampoo to remove the oil, because the oil will not damage your hair. you can use shampoo and conditioner as normal. i am using coconut oil from atleast 10 years. you can apply it daily, at any time, means after bath, or before going to sleep. or before (from few hours or around half an hour) of taking bath. and so on.

how often to use the coconut oil for the hair? every 2-3 days? and after i wash the oil out do i wash my hair with shampoo and conditioner as normal?

amanda martinez

Once my coconut oil turns into liquid can i put it in the fridge?

No, it will turn solid again.

amanda martinez

Can i apply coconut oil into my hair if it already has hairspray or gel or hair moose on it? or do i have to wash it and wait like an hour until it drys and then apply coconut oil into my hair??? Please help me, thanks

It is best if you apply it before any hair products.

I have sebhorrea (psoriasis of the scalp) which is very annoying and itchy! I was told to combine cedarwood extract with coconut oil as a scalp treatment. Anyone know how much cedarwood extract should be put in the oil.......

Very well read I was enlighten of the information.

Debra H Ayala

How does it work on color treated hair well it strip the color

No, it won't strip the color unless you're using a special dye that washes off very easily every time you take a shower or sweat.

I just started using coconut oil for my hair and I leave it for 20 minutes and then wash it away. It's really GREAT and has done wonders to my hair. Hair falling has been reduced, hair is shiny and nice. I'm very HAPPY that I started using coconut oil on my scalp and hair ... :):)

do you ship here in the philippines?

Meenakshi Nagdeve

We do not sell any products.


Can I use those coconut oil for my 3 years old daughter?????

I actually started using coconut oil on my 3 year old daughter's hair and it has worked miracles. She has soft, thick, dry hair and I was fed up with those so called baby hair care products that did nothing but made her hair sticky and matted. Now I just spritz her hair with a moisturizing de tangling spray and then seal it with a silver dollar size amount of coconut oil 3-4 times a week. Her hair is soft, manageable and has a natural sheen! Nature is wonderful!!

Yes you can, as long she's not allergic to coconut. I use it on my daughter with the Haitian castor oil, now her hair is fuller and thicker. She used to have thin hair,

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Hello, please consult your health specialist before using it for your daughter.

Is coconut oil also good for scars too?

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That's coco butter...

Yes it is I was in a bad car crash and I had pretty bad scars on my neck and face, I used coconut oil and they did not completly go away but I can hardly tell I have scars

Can coconut oil helps with itching on d scalp(sever itching )when I itch it get bottons on d scalp ,mostly after when I dye it ,but it always itching ?

Or you can try Eucalyptus oil too

Yes it can, I've been using coconut with the mixture of Haitian castor oil. Now my hair have stop itching and it is very health. If you to know where to get it, just ask me

where do you get the hatitian castor oil from

Where can i buy haitian castor oil? Im in Cebu Philippines. Thank you.

yes, try coconut oil with Lavender

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