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Penetrating Natural Oils for Chemcially-treated Hair: Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been the "it" oil for a few years for now. As it's gained popularity in North America it's popped up in multiple hair care products - shampoos, conditioners, you name it. Not only that, but it's also gained popularity in it's pure form, which is the best way to use it. I started using coconut oil last year and have made it a staple in my relaxed hair regimen. I use it in hot oil treatments, to seal my ends and massage my scalp. When I use it consistently I see improvements in my hair including increased shine and manageability.

Related post: Penetrating Natural Oils for Chemically-treated Hair 

Coconut oil contains saturated fatty acids and Vitamin E which are beneficial to relaxed, colored and natural hair. See all the benefits of using coconut oil on your hair. arelaxedgal.com.

What makes coconut oil a penetrating oil is it's low molecular weight. It also contains saturated fatty acids and Vitamin E which are beneficial to chemically-treated and natural hair. The benefits of using coconut oil on relaxed hair include:
  • Moisture retention: Coconut oil is hydrophobic so it repels water reducing the amount of water that enters the hair strand. This makes it a good pre-poo treatment and good for reducing hair frizz in humid weather
  • Protein restoration: By penetrating deep into each hair and helping to bind the natural protein structure of the hair it helps with reinforcing the hair fiber
  • Dandruff prevention: This oil has antibacterial properties that help to protect the scalp against infections that can result in dandruff and itching

In addition to being a penetrating oil, coconut oil is also considered a carrier oil. This means it can be used to dilute essential oils which helps to carry the essentials oils onto the hair and scalp.

Here are some ideas on how to incorporate coconut oil into your hair regimen whether your hair is relaxed, colored or natural:
  • As a detangler: Saturate your hair with coconut oil and use fingers to slowly remove knots starting from the bottom and moving upwards
  • A hot oil treatment: You can heat the coconut oil up and use it on its own or mix it with other oils such as olive oil, or grapeseed oil
  • As a sealant: After using applying a water-based moisturizer or leave-in conditioner you can apply coconut oil to your ends to seal in the just applied moisture

Have you tried using coconut oil on your hair?

References: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/04/18/coconut-oil-improve-hair-health.aspx


  1. Great article. I've just begun to use coconut oil to seal my ends and already see improvement. There is less breakage when I pull a comb through my hair and my hair moves better.

    1. Agree coconut oil is a great oil. My hair loves it and I've also started using it on my skin.

      Thanks for reading Yvonne!


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