Coconut Oil Hair Benefits

Coconut oil needs no introduction as a superior oil in hair care; there have been so many anecdotal reports about the effects of coconut oil on hair that I am sure that you might have one too. Coconut oil works because it contains a slew of nutrients that are very good not only for the body but also the hair. These nutrients include more than ninety percent of saturated fats, protein, Vitamin-E and Vitamin K and minerals such as Iron.

Coconut Oil Hair Benefits:

The molecules in coconut oil are very small and this makes it a penetrative oil. This is good news for hair because when the oil easily penetrates the hair shaft and works with the natural hair proteins, the result is stronger hair that is able to withstand quite a bit of damage.

  • Coconut oil is also used to treat scalp conditions including that of sebhorreic dermatitis, dry scalp and other fungal conditions.
  • Coconut oil minimizes protein loss because of its medium-chain triglycerides that can pass through the cell membrane and reinforce the hair’s structure. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair.
  • Coconut oil has long been associated with healthy hair growth and thick, glossy hair.
  • Coconut oil is not only anti-dandruff but also anti-lice, regular applications of coconut oil can discourage lice from finding a home on your scalp.
  • Coconut oil can help to stimulate proper circulation on the scalp and keep it moisturized.

What is the best coconut oil to use?

The best coconut oil to use is cold pressed or what is called virgin coconut oil that is derived from fresh coconuts. Refined or fractionated coconut oil is not the best for hair or for your regular consumption. A good indication of whether coconut oil is heavily processed or not is its ability to sleep or turn into a solid when the temperature drops.

How can coconut oil be used in hair?

Coconut oil can be used in hair in all phases of your hair regimen. However when using coconut oil or any other oil as a part of your moisturizing process, remember to add your water based product first and then seal with the coconut oil. Coconut oil does not work as well when applied to dry, un-moisturized hair for everyday use.

Coconut oil works well with essential oils like peppermint, tea tree, lavender. It can be added to hot oil treatments, shampoos, conditioners and used in deep conditioner recipes or added to your regular store bought deep conditioner.


  • Lois said:

    What is the best coconut oil to buy to add to your store bought conditioner?
    Thanks- Lois
    PS: what is your advice for kera care products??

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Lois, Cold Press Coconut oil is the best one to use. I have used them and loved them and they even have sulfate free shampoo now.

  • marietta said:

    Hi Brenda! I love your articles!! I come here whenever I have doubt’s about my homemade hair food or my regimens. So right now, I mixed a few drops of lavender and peppermint oil into a bottle of 30cl water and added just a tablespoon of coconut oil into the mix. My question is, is the amount of coconut oil I added, enough? Or should I add more?

  • teetee said:

    Hi Brenda, I’m new to your page..(thanks to my hubby in his efforts to help me with my natural seemingly-hopeless hair.). I live in a part of central america..Panama, and I have access to coconuts but I’m not sure how to retrieve the oil from it. Can you give me a quick “how to” from extracting the oil from the coconut to actually using it?

  • Caroline said:

    Hi, i use coconut oil on my hair. While i put it onto my scalp, there is a lot of hair fall.
    Once i wash it out with shampoo, even more hair drops it is terrifying for me..

    Can you tell me why?

    Thanks a lot!

  • Nadia C said:

    I’m an ardent advocate for coconut oil, for hair skin and diet.
    Re the previous post about hairfall…its best to go for a thorough medical check-up. Earlier this year I realised my hair was thinning after a blow-out at a salon….it seemed as though I’d lost around 30/40% pf my hair. I have type 3c curls with lots of body and I always get a big hair kinda look. So its not something I would’ve noticed. At the same time I had other health issues. I didn’t quite make the connection because I’d never heard it mentioned before…turns out I’m diabetic. Once that was under control the hairfal stopped within a month or 2. And now 6 months later I have no more than normal hairfall. And I can’t even do a blow-out because the new growth sticks out all over my head….but I’m not complaining.
    Over the last 6 months I’ve religiously used a mixture of about 80% coconut and smaller amounts of EVO and Avocado oils. I’m in South Africa and lots of the products discussed here aren’t available here.
    My hair loss stopped mainly due to getting my health in order. But the coconut oil did the rest.

  • Demi said:

    Greetings Brenda. I have been natural for a year now. My processed hair is gradually breaking off,so I am looking for moisturizing products for natural hair. I have read that coconut oil mixed with aloe vera gel is great. My question is what are some of the best brands I should consider purchasing?

  • Jennifer said:

    HI Brenda,

    I have recently started to do the research on coconut oil. I am trying to understand what you mean about the cold pressed or virgin coconut oil. Should the oil appear liquid at room temperature? Is pure coconut or organic coconut oils a good source? If it appears in a solid form is that not good? Thanks!

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Jennifer,
      Coconut oil even heavily processed ones have a tendency to ‘sleep’ ie. appear solid when left in a cool temperature. That is the nature of the coconut oil in order to get it liquid again you can put it in a warm place to melt. The more virgin the coconut oil is (back to its cold pressed state) the more it tends to revert to it’s solid state. So, in its solid state it is still oil and it is good.

  • Kristen said:

    Hi, when you say use with your regular water based products, what are some that you recommend?

  • Rox said:

    If I mix Virgin coconut oil with the water, and maybe even a few drops of other natural/essential oils, Would that work is both a moisturizer and a seal?

  • adel said:

    Hi Brenda I just want to know can coconut oil be used on relaxed hair?

  • jodee said:

    Hi. I used unrefined coconut oil in my hair once but it blocked my pipes up. My hair felt very nice but i’m worried about the drains. Could i use fractionated oil instead? Do you have problems with your pipes blocking up

  • KKar said:

    Hi Brenda,

    Everytime I seal with coconut oil, my hair becomes dry and brittle after a few days. I see everyone talking about how wonderful it is with their hair..why doesn’t it work on mine? Same goes with when I apply coconut oil as a lip balm. My lips get very dry after. What could be the problem? Is coconut oil just not for me?

    Would really appreciate a reply! You are very knowledgeable about these things

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Kkar,

      Yup, coconut oil is just not for you and there is nothing wrong with that.There are other carrier oils that may work for you. You can try avocado oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil. These oils are on the lighter side of the carrier oils and may work for you. In this hair business, it’s all about trial and error. All the best in finding something that works for you.

    • Kay said:

      Hi KKar. You could possibly still benefit from the qualities of coconut oil by using it in combination with other things, e.g.: mixed with olive, jojoba or grape seed oil. For a lip balm, seek out products which combine natural beeswax with coconut oil and honey. Hope that helps. 🙂

  • Judith said:

    I have a wave on my hair and plus my hair is getting thin through stress will coconut oil help on my hair.

  • Robbie said:

    Hello there,

    This is a great source of information! I just have a question about fractioned coconut oil. I use a lot of essential oils and everyone boasts about the great qualities of fractioned coconut oil and how it still retains all of the great qualities of virgin oil. Why is it specifically not great for use on hair?

  • Earlene said:

    My granddaughter (4yrs old) got a bad heat rash that effected her hair. Now it is very flakey like dandruff & sometimes get soares. We had her tested & the culture came back negative. I tried mineral oil, with no luck. After reading your answer to someone – the mineral oil was just clogging her scalp. I just read to use Virgin Coconut oil on her hair – do you think she is too young for it – HELP

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Earlene,
      I am happy to see you got professional help. No she is not too young for coconut oil, it is worth a try.

  • Elvina said:

    Hi Brenda I’m new to your website and I just wanted to ask a question my hairline is really far back and I just wanted to know if the coconut oil will regrow the hair and give me a forward hairline

  • Vicky said:

    Can you tell me how to use it for my daughter. She has mixed hair and I use hair pudding, but it doesn’t help when she wants to wear it out. It gets frizzy n big. Her hair curly but real thick. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks

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