How To Use Coconut Oil On Your Hair

Using coconut oil is a wonderful natural way to make your hair and skin soft, radiant, and healthy. Coconut oil is natural and contains no harmful chemicals. Toss out your deep conditioners, under-eye creams, and lotions - you don't need them anymore! A jar of unrefined coconut oil is an all-purpose moisturizer great for all skin and hair variations. If you want to learn how to use coconut oil on your hair.

Conditioning Your Hair

Put on old clothes. Coconut oil can get a little drippy, so put on an old t-shirt or drape a towel around your shoulders to prevent it from getting on your nice clothes. It's best to start the conditioning treatment in your bathroom, but you'll be able to move around while you let it soak into your hair for a few hours.

Choose a covering for your hair. You can use a plastic shower cap, a large sheet of plastic wrap, or a second old t-shirt to wrap up your hair. Choose something you'll be able to keep in place for several hours, or even overnight.

Measure 3 - 5 tablespoons of coconut oil into a bowl. The amount of coconut oil you'll need depends on the length and thickness of your hair. If you have long, thick hair, use 5; if your hair is shorter and thinner, you only need 3 or 4.

  • Use unrefined, cold pressed (not refined or solvent extracted). Refined coconut oil has additives and is put through processes that remove some of the natural compounds that make it so healthy for your hair and skin. Unrefined coconut oil is complete in its natural, healthy goodness. Similarly, solvent extracted oil usually contains traces of the hazardous hexane solvent.
  • Make sure not to use too much; focus the oil on the middle section and bottom of your hair. If too much is used, especially near the scalp, this can cause the hair to look greasy even when washed out thoroughly. Your hair produces its own natural oils that come from the scalp.

Rub the coconut oil into your hair. Pour the coconut oil into your hand and then start applying it to the ends of your hair first. Use your fingers to massage it in and smooth it down your hair shaft all the way to the strands. Avoid applying the oil to your scalp. Continue massaging it into your hair until your hair is completely drenched in coconut oil.

  • You can use a comb to help you distribute the oil evenly. Pull it down from your roots to your tips.
  • You may just want to condition the ends of your hair, rather than the roots. If that's the case, apply the coconut oil to the ends of your hair instead of pouring it over your scalp. Massage it in with your hands.
  • If you have fine hair, then only apply the oil to the tips of your hair.

Pile your hair on your head and cover it. Place your shower cap, plastic wrap, or old t-shirt over your head and wrap it up so that your hair is completely covered.

  • You can secure your hair with a loose hair band to help it all stay wrapped up on top of your head.
  • Use a towel to wipe away drips that might have gotten on your face during the wrapping process.
  • For fine hair, wrap your hair before piling it on your head to avoid getting the oil on your roots.

Wait at least 2 hours or overnight. The longer you keep it in your hair, the more conditioned your hair will be. Wait as long as you can manage for best effect.

Remove the wrapping and wash your hair. Use a sulfate-free shampoo to wash out the coconut oil. Wash it two or three times, until your hair no longer feels oily.

Remove the wrapping and wash your hair. Use a sulfate-free shampoo to wash out the coconut oil. Wash it two or three times, until your hair no longer feels oily.

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