By Jc of The Nat­u­ral Haven

Coconut oil is one of the few dis­cov­er­ies that I rave about end­less­ly. It helps hair main­tain its mois­ture and even has a sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly proven role in con­di­tion­ing. How­ev­er, I do get reports from nat­u­rals who strug­gle with coconut oil and report that it leaves hair crunchy or even feel­ing brit­tle. A super oily scalp is also anoth­er com­mon issue.

Are you strug­gling to love coconut oil?  Here are my four of best hints and tips on how to get the most out coconut oil and con­quer that crunch.

1. The fingertip technique

Coconut oil is not meant to be slathered on. It is light and spread­able which means that a lit­tle of it goes a long way. Use the fin­ger­tip tech­nique to con­trol how much you use.

Sec­tion your hair into four. Scoop one index fin­ger of coconut oil and melt it thor­ough­ly in your hands. Dab the melt­ed oil to each of the four sec­tions and then take the time to spread the oil on each sec­tion focus­ing on the ends. Before using more oil, look at your palms, if there is still oil on them, you do not need to add more.

2. Mix it up to prevent crunchy hair

Cold air can cause coconut oil to freeze which in turn makes hair feel hard and crunchy. Mix coconut oil with shea but­ter (40% coconut oil, 60% shea but­ter) to cre­ate an oil which does not crunch up in cold air. You can also com­bine coconut oil with oils which are liq­uid at low tem­per­a­tures such as olive oil, almond oil or jojoba oil.

3. Use it before washing your hair

Coconut oil does not have to be used just to seal hair and if you have dif­fi­cul­ty using it on its own then con­sid­er just using it before wash­ing your hair. Apply it the night before the wash to allow it suf­fi­cient time to pen­e­trate into the hair. Coconut oil will pro­tect the cuti­cle from expand­ing exces­sive­ly as water is tak­en up from the wash and pro­tect your hair from los­ing its pro­tein.

4. Words of Caution

a.) Sham­poo is required
If you are not using a cleans­ing pro­duct (sham­poo or soap), and you are strict­ly co-wash­ing, you should watch out for build up if you reg­u­lar­ly use any oil in your rou­tine. Build up can be seen often as a white coat­ing on hair but in the case of light build up it may just be that your hair does not respond as nor­mal — for exam­ple it nev­er feels mois­turised or it feels very greasy or it feels hard.

b.) Coconut oil is not a sub­sti­tute for a pro­tein treat­ment
Coconut oil does not con­tain pro­tein. The crunchy feel is relat­ed to the amount of oil used and the air tem­per­a­ture. Coconut oil  does indeed pro­tect hair from los­ing pro­tein but if your intent is to fill gaps in your hair and add strength as a pro­tein treat­ment would do, then coconut oil is not the man for the job.

Have you tried any of the­se tips and tricks? And how do you use coconut oil in your own reg­i­men?

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64 Comments on "How To Get the Most Out of Coconut Oil"

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louise jack

K, What is Organic,Virgin,Unrefined coconut oil.I know how to make coconut oil because my grand­moth­er show me how to make the coconut oil and i have been doing it for years.I have use it on my childern’s hair and skin.The coconut oil you are pur­chas­ing has chem­i­cal in it to pre­serve it.The one i make is all nat­u­ral.
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shosho

how do you make it?

Kim

How could I use coconut oil on my locs?

KJ

The only things that pen­e­trates my hair are pure shea but­ter, pure cocoa but­ter, and sesame oil. 

Vir­gin and extra-vir­gin coconut oil dry my scalp out and it itch­es and hurts after using it. It also makes my hair shed more (may­be break more)and I don’t run comb through my hair at all, after adding it, if the oil makes my hair crunchy.

Everyone’s hair is dif­fer­ent. Coconut oil is good for some peo­ple, not good for me.

Lisa

Thanks for sharing.The fin­ger­tip tech­nique seems to be best for me.But like some­one said everyone’s hair is different,as every indi­vid­u­al is different.My com­bo is Cas­tor oil and Coconut oil.And I get all my oils and beau­ty prod­ucts on iherb.Com You can also use reward code ZQL811 and check­out and get $10 dis­count on your first purchase.Check it out girls ;)

Tania

My aunt makes me coconut oil from scratch its a long process but its pure coconut oil

Charlotte
Why is it every­where I turn ppl are say­ing coconut oil is dry­ing? I wish I could get some reas­sur­ance because my hair loves coconut oil! It seems to be just the thing my hair wants. I just leave it on my hair and I can apply it lib­er­al­ly to the last few inch­es of my hair. My hair grew to hip length when I was using coconut oil exclu­sive­ly and now I have decid­ed to go back to that because I want my hair to grow back. It’s bare­ly tail­bone right now because I just got a trim and… Read more »
beey

Does coconut oil have to be washed out of locs? If I wash then put it in my hair, is that bad?

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