6 Ways To Use Coconut Oil On Your Relaxed Hair

You've heard about coconut oil and all of the benefits coconut oil provides for relaxed hair. But you're not quite sure where to begin, or how to include coconut oil into your relaxed hair regimen.

Coconut oil is such a versatile oil that it can be used in several ways on relaxed hair. It can also be used however often you'd like to use it - every day, once a week, or once a month.

I've been using coconut oil for a while now and use it in multiple ways within my relaxed hair regimen to get the most benefits for my hair.

Multiple ways to use coconut oil on relaxed hair | A Relaxed Gal

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1. Detangler

I melt the coconut oil either by heating it in the microwave for about 15-30 seconds or placing the jar in a bowl of warm water. I then pour the oil into an applicator bottle, start applying it to my hair in sections, and use my fingers to detangle it.

2. Hot oil treatment

Hot oil treatments are great for relaxed hair because they can help protect and moisturize hair. They are really great for hair that is dry and or damaged.

To use coconut oil as a hot oil treatment I mix it with other oils such as olive oil and grapeseed oil. Heat the oil mixture up and apply it to my hair and scalp. I then spend a few minutes massaging the oil into my scalp, covering my head, and then sit under my hooded dryer or Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap for 30 or more minutes.

3. Pre-poo

Pre-pooing is when you apply a treatment to your hair before shampooing to help protect the hair from being stripped by the shampoo and/or to add some additional hydration. Coconut oil makes a great pre-poo because it not only coats the hair but also penetrates the hair shaft.

When I use coconut oil as a pre-poo I don't typically melt the oil. Instead, I rub it between my hands. and apply it in sections to my relaxed hair like I would a moisturizer. I then leave it on my hair for 20-30 minutes and add heat by wearing my Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap. Other times I may leave it on overnight and wash my hair the next day. 

4. Deep conditioner

As a deep conditioner, I melt the coconut oil in the microwave like I do for detangling or by placing the jar in warm water. Once melted I pour the coconut oil into an applicator bottle. I use the applicator bottle to apply the coconut oil directly to my scalp first and then work my way down my hair strands paying close attention to my ends. 

Once my hair is covered in the oil I put on a plastic cap and either let my hair sit for at least an hour without heat or 20-30 minutes under heat so the oil sinks into the hair shaft.

Another way to use coconut oil as a deep conditioner is to add it to your favorite deep conditioner. Just take a few scoops of your favorite deep conditioner and mix it with a teaspoon or two of coconut oil in a little mixing bowl or cup and then apply it to your hair.

Using coconut oil on relaxed hair | A Relaxed Gal 

5. Sealant

When I moisturize my relaxed hair at night between washes, I apply coconut oil to seal in the moisture. When I do this, I notice a big difference in my hair in the morning. My hair feels soft to the touch and looks shiny. Also, it still feels moisturized at the end of the day.

6. Protectant

Coconut oil is made up of small molecules so it can penetrate the hair shaft. So coconut oil can fill up the hair shaft which makes it a great oil to use to help protect your hair from soaking up liquids and other things that can harm your hair.

I apply coconut oil to my hair before going swimming so my hair doesn't soak up much if any chlorine water. I also use coconut oil on my relaxed hair to help protect it from relaxer run-off.

Coconut oil tips:

  • Test it out first to confirm you won't have an allergic reaction
  • Only purchase unrefined virgin extra virgin coconut oil
  • Store it in a cool dark place
  • Don't use it as a sealant during the winter because it solidifies in colder temps
  • Use it sparingly, a little goes a long way and you don't want to weigh your hair down 

What's your favorite way to use coconut oil on your hair?