applying coconut oil to hair

Is coconut oil good for hair?

Coconut oil is a miracle worker for most types of hair and providing moisture. In this guide, we’ll explore coconut oil’s many benefits and explain how you can start using it as part of your hair care routine.

Benefits of coconut oil

Coconut oil is more prevalent than ever in shampoos, conditioners and in its natural form, so where to start?

Coconut oil adds moisture

Coconut oil is recommended for people with dry and damaged hair because, unlike other oils, it penetrates deeper. Using a little coconut oil can add a healthy glow and soften your locks.1

Can soothe a dry scalp

When dandruff is caused by a dry scalp, coconut oil is an excellent choice due to its moisturising properties.2

Using coconut oil can promote hair health

Coconut oil is rich in medium-chain fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, and can be used on hair damaged hair due to excessive styling or bleaching.3

Tips for using coconut oil in your hair

How much coconut oil you should use depends on your goals. Some people rub a little coconut oil in their scalp before bed and leave it in overnight before washing it off. Others use coconut oil as a hair mask. That means leaving it in for a few hours and then rinsing later. You can also rub a bit into your usual shampoo or conditioner. Just remember, a little goes a long way.

As for which coconut oil to use, you’ll find a wide selection right here, including turmeric and CBD-infused raw oils. If you’re unsure how much to use, simply follow the instructions on the tub.

When shouldn’t you use coconut oil?

It’s important to remember that everyone’s hair is different. As a word of advice, using too much coconut oil can sometimes have the opposite and clog your hair follicles or give your hair a greasy appearance. Coconut oil may not be suitable if your scalp is sensitive or if your hair is very coarse. Test a little on an inconspicuous part of your scalp to see if it works for you.

Last updated: 4 May 2020

Sources
  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coconut-oil-and-hair#section1
  2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coconut-oil-and-hair#section1
  3. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coconut-oil-and-hair