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Coconut Oil Hair Treatment - The Easiest Way

Updated on August 4, 2015

Find it in your grocery store with the other cooking oils

There is a specific type of coconut oil that we're talking about here, though. It is Virgin, or Extra Virgin (there's not actually a difference with the 'Extra'- just marketing to sound familiar), Unrefined Coconut Oil. Refined Coconut Oil is basically only good for cooking. Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil retains a lot of coconut scent and flavor, and all of these amazing uses!

Coconut Oil changed my life!

It might sound a little dramatic, but if anything, I'm understating it! Coconut oil is amazing!

There are literally dozens, if not hundreds, of ways that you can use it. It's great for your hair and skin, and can even be used as a makeup remover. But, it's also great in cooking and baking- with many nutritional benefits, can replace coffee creamer, be used as a massage oil and personal lubricant (never in combination with latex though), in toothpaste and for oil pulling, as an anti-fungal for athlete's foot, treating psoriasis or eczema, as a creamy emulsifier in smoothies, as antibacterial eardrops, as a leather softener, as a natural deodorant, as a treatment for brittle nails and dry cuticles which also speeds nail growth, as a treatment for cold sores, and the list goes on and on and on...

Have you ever used coconut oil for anything other than cooking?

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I just wanted to have more fun... I bleached my hair. And bleached my bleached hair again.

Sure, it was fun. But I knew my hair was very, very unhappy. I was nervous every time I needed to touch up the color, because this could be the time that it all melts off my head... or whatever actually happens.

I had to find a way to repair my hair.

I tried a few different conditioners. Some were nice, but nothing miraculous. I tried a very nice, and very expensive, repairing hair balm. That one was impressive, but still no miracles.

So, the next time I went to dye my hair, I turned to Google for help. I read countless hours of information over the course of a few weeks, and found that I could soak my hair in coconut oil for 3 hours and put the chemicals right over the top. I found that the oils helped me achieve the most even color results I've ever gotten, reduced the processing time, and much to my amazement- my hair was actually healthier feeling after bleaching it!

... And I only ruined one outfit, and had an hour of clean up on the bathroom. Thank goodness I didn't drip on the carpet or furniture! Ugh. Okay... I did not want to go through all of that work for it, but the results were simply amazing! So, I kept researching...

Here are the methods that I've developed for EASY coconut oil hair treatment

Coconut oil can be use as a miracle hair treatment whether or not you dye your hair. I abuse my hair with chemicals, so I'll be sharing methods for using coconut oil before, during, and after hair dying. If you're one of the smart ones who doesn't dye, you don't need to pay attention to the parts about dying.

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What is this, Gilligan's Island!?

We all know that 3 hour tours don't end well, so let's forget this coconut oil soaking nonsense to begin with.

There's really no need to "soak" your hair. One of the things that makes coconut oil so miraculous, is that it's so readily absorbed by your hair and skin. So if you have so much on your head that you have to wrap it up and it's dripping and a mess, you're just wasting coconut oil.

What I've done is actually mix my coconut oil with 1 part extra virgin olive oil to 5-10 parts coconut oil to keep it liquid at room temperature. (In warmer climates, you'll need less. Colder climates will need more) Then, I put it in a cheap little finger pump bottle that you can find with the travel size health and beauty items in your favorite store.

I use it daily after I shower and before I blow dry. Just a couple squirts on the palm of my hand, rub my hands together and run my hands through my hair.

If I'm going to dye my hair that day, I'll repeat that process about every hour for 3 or 4 hours, using just a little more each time than I use daily. You could also do this as a weekly treatment. My hair gets well saturated and soaks in all that coconut oil goodness, without getting messy and dripping all over.

When I bleach or dye, I put the chemicals right over the coconut oil, which helps achieve even dye results as well. But I also add about a tablespoon of liquid coconut oil directly to the dye or bleach solution. Since it does aid in penetrating your hair, it takes less time to process.

I went from 45 minutes with bleach to 30 minutes and 30 minutes with dye to 20 minutes. Your results may vary, so keep an eye on it the first time, or use a test swatch.

The combination of reduced processing time, and the conditioning from the coconut oil, means a lot less damage to your hair! I kid you not, my hair feels BETTER after bleaching it when I use coconut oil!

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The Breakdown

  1. Mix coconut oil with a little olive oil (about 5:1-10:1) to keep it liquid at room temp
  2. Put in travel size finger pump bottle
  3. After showering, spray on palm, rub hands together, and run hands through hair. TIP: For frizzy flyaways, do this again when hair is dry.
  4. Weekly or before chemical processing, repeat this hourly for about 3-4 hours, using a little more oil than you use daily.
  5. When dying or bleaching, add about a tablespoon of coconut oil to the mixture. Watch your results, because you're likely to need less processing time!

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      Natalia M Aeschliman 2 years ago

      This is great!!!! I tried it myself and its amazing on the hair!!! Great article!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Interesting article on this topic. I do use coconut oil for cooking and in my coffee. I will have to try this treatment some time as well. Thank you for sharing.