5 Benefits Of Using Coconut Oil On Relaxed Hair

Coconut oil is a pretty popular hair product ingredient. If you look at the ingredient list for most hair products they probably have coconut oil in them. There is a reason for this. Actually, there are multiple reasons for this
  • Coconut oil is a natural oil that is very versatile as it can be used on your hair in many ways and it also has a lot of benefits.
  • It can penetrate the hair strands due to its low molecular weight
  • It contains saturated fatty acids and Vitamin E which are beneficial for relaxed, colored, and natural hair

4 Benefits Of Using Coconut Oil On Relaxed Hair | A Relaxed Gal

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The benefits of coconut oil

Coconut oil is touted as a great oil or remedy for damaged hair because it penetrates the hair strands and is full of fatty acids, nutrients, and antioxidants. Specifically though how can it help your relaxed hair? It can help in a number of ways but here are my top 5 benefits of using coconut oil on relaxed hair.

1. Protein retention

By penetrating deep into each hair and helping to bind the natural protein structure of the hair it helps with retaining protein and reinforcement of the hair fiber. This is great if you have high porosity hair but not so much if you have low porosity or protein-sensitive hair. 

2. Dandruff prevention

Coconut oil has antibacterial properties that help to protect the scalp against infections that can result in dandruff and itching.

3. Stimulated hair growth

It can be used in scalp massages which can help stimulate hair follicles for hair growth.

4. Sealing moisture

Coconut oil is hydrophobic so it repels water reducing the amount of water that enters the hair strand. This makes it good for sealing in moisture.

5. Strand protection

Because it penetrates the hair strands and repels water when applied to dry hair coconut oil can reduce the amount of water your hair absorbs. This can be good for times when you go swimming as it protects your hair from soaking up too much salt or chlorinated water.

Things to keep in mind before using coconut oil

Use coconut oil sparingly as too much can make your hair feel greasy and weighed down.

Test it out first to make sure you're not allergic to it.
Unrefined or virgin coconut oil is best suited to use on hair.