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Five Ways to Use Coconut Oil in Hair Care

Updated on April 3, 2013

Coconut oil can be used in myriad of ways and you have probably used it before. You may have used it in cooking or maybe as a deodorant but have you ever used it in your hair care? Coconut oil can do wonders to your hair and in here you are going to learn how you can use coconut oil.

The key to success in coconut oil hair care is to use extra virgin coconut oil that has been cold-pressed. When the coconut oil has been cold-pressed it has all its active moisturizers and anti-bacterial properties.

1. Dandruff

Dandruff – the snow of the scalp. Unlike snow, dandruff doesn’t really look beautiful and you probably want to get rid of it as soon as possible. Dandruff is born when you are shedding dead skin cells from your scalp. Shedding dead skin cells is perfectly normal but it becomes a problem when it’s excessive and this is what happens to people who are suffering from dandruff. So can coconut oil help you to get rid of dandruff? Yes, it can!

Before going to shower, massage 3-5 tablespoons of coconut oil onto your scalp. The keyword here is the scalp. So massage it onto your scalp and not into your hair.

Then leave it on for at least an hour.

After you have waited the hour, go to the shower and shampoo it off. You might have to shampoo your hair twice if you have used a lot of coconut oil.

Do this treatment every day for 5 to 7 days before giving up. The dandruff should disappear within a week. If you find the dandruff creeping back, you should repeat the treatment.

2. Deep Conditioning

Coconut oil works as amazing deep conditioner for all types of hair. Coconut oil deep conditioning can make your hair shinier and stronger. Unlike other oils coconut oil is able to penetrate the hair shaft, getting past the cuticle and so it is able to repair the hair from inside out.

Use more oil on those parts of your hair that are damaged or dry (typically the ends of your hair). You will also need more oil if your hair is long so don’t be afraid to use generous amount of oil.

After you have put the oil on, you are going to play the waiting game. You should keep the oil on at least 20 minutes but if you can manage you should aim to have it for an hour. When I use this, I have it on for an hour. That ways the coconut oil has really a chance to affect your hair.

If I really want to pamper my hair, I put a shower cap on after I have put the coconut oil into my hair and sleep with it. When I wake up and shower in the morning, my hair always feels amazing. This is especially good for those of you who have dry hair because the oil has the time to really nurture your hair. If you do this, make sure that your shower cap is tight enough. Once the shower cap came off while I was sleeping and I had to wash my bed sheets and pillow. I am sure that I don’t need to tell you that I wasn’t happy.

When you have had the coconut oil in your hair for long enough time, it’s time to wash it away. Because coconut oil is quite heavy, you have to use shampoo to get rid of it. If you have used lots of oil, you might want to shampoo your hair twice to get all of the oil out of your hair.

3. Hair Moisturizer/Detangler

You can use a very small amount of coconut oil as a moisturizer or detangler. After a shower add a little bit of coconut oil to the ends of your hair. This will moisturize your hair if it’s dry and it will help you to detangler your hair.

4. Controlling frizzy hair

If you have a naturally curly hair or a perm, you know how difficult it can be to control your hair. Curly hair is more prone to dryness, frizz and damage than people who have straight hair. But coconut oil is here to rescue you! Coconut oil not only nurtures your hair but it can also lock in your hair’s natural moisture. This thing only makes coconut oil really beneficial to your hair.

Image courtesy of Marin / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image courtesy of Marin / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Hairstyling

Coconut oil is a great help in hair styling. When you do a hairdo, coconut oil can help to control the flyaways and keep the hair smooth and in place. And as an added bonus, it makes your hair smell nice too.

If you want to make a sleek ponytail, you just need to take a tiny bit of coconut oil into your palms and smooth your hair down with your palms. I advise you to start with a tiny amount of oil because if you take too much, it can make your hair oily and heavy. So start with little and add more if needed. Adding more oil will also make the look sleeker. After you have speared the coconut oil, do your ponytail.

You can also use coconut oil on braids and dreadlocks. Just add oil to your hair after you have done your hair and the flyaways won’t bother you.

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