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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:
1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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 a few 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. If my scalp has been feeling really dry, I make sure to apply the hot oil to my scalp and spend some time massaging it in.

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 hydration from the moisturizer.

In a hair masque

You can mix the coconut oil with other ingredients found on your kitchen such as avocado, egg or mayo. You an also mix coconut oil in with your deep conditioner to give it a little extra oomph.

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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