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Why Coconut Oil May Not Work For Every Hair Type

Why Coconut Oil May Not Work For Every1


Coconut oil is fab. But why the obsession. It’s touted as ‘the’ natural beauty aid for every hair or skin type. Coconut oil or for that matter any ‘one’ oil is not going to work for everyone.

Why Coconut oil May Not Work For Every Hair Type

Coconut oil can penetrate inside the hair shaft due to its low molecular size, and also because it contains lauric acid which has a high affinity for hair proteins. This study shows that coconut oil can help reduce the protein loss from hair when used pre-wash or in a post-wash grooming product. This is great, as protein is what gives the hair its strength and structure. But too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.

Coconut oil works pretty well for those with soft, fine or medium thick (in diameter) hair. Its protein retention abilities will add body and volume to such hair types. And also minimize damage and breakage while combing and styling.

But if your hair is dry, stiff, brittle, or coarse (could be wavy or curly), then it’s better to give it a pass. With repeated use coconut oil may cause protein build up, making your hair further stiff, hard and less elastic. And less elasticity means more breakage when combing or styling. Also, your hair will be tangled and dull looking.

What Is The Solution For Dry, Stiff And Brittle Hair?

If you hair feels dry, stiff, rough, crunchy, tangly, or brittle, you need to add in moisture. Treat your hair with natural moisturisers such as aloe vera, flaxseed gel, honey, or glycerine (plant derived). Also, you can combine one of the moisturisers with conditioning oils such as olive, almond, sesame, avocado or jojoba oil to make a lovely moisturising hair mask.

Even better, make a hair spritz. Combine 1 tsp of aloe vera gel or glycerine with 95ml of distil water or rose water (or any floral water you like). And spray as often as required. Note: Since we are not adding any preservatives keep the hair spritz refrigerated and use within 2 to 3 weeks.

Replenish the moisture in your hair and it will be softer, more flexible and shiner. Also, you do not have to forgo coconut oil altogether, but don’t use on its own. Combine it with other oils or moisturising ingredients and you will have happier and softer hair.

Have you experienced dryness with coconut oil? How do you moisturise your hair?


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Eliza says

I am the only person I know who has found this so far, but coconut oil the ‘miracle hair grower’ actually makes my hair fall out…in chunks!

I can’t use anything (on my hair, skin is fine) that has it in or has coconut-oil-derived ingredients.

I had trouble explaining this to an ayurvedic doctor while doing panchakarma.

Any ideas why this could be?

(all I can think is that it is far too cooling in the UK climate)

Esha says

Hi – Thanks for you great advice! I’ve lost so much hair because of harsh shampoos that I’m on the path to try natural stuff to get it back to it’s former glory.

One question: I have fine, wavy, Indian hair, and dry scalp. When it’s perfectly moisturized, I get amazing curls. While I would previously put coconut oil and shampoo it out, it would be great. However, nows, just using coconut oil and either a besan mix, yogurt mix, egg mix or aloe vera mix, the coconut oil still remains and I end up with limp, oily hair. Do you have any recommendations that would get rid of the oil, yet keep my hair bouncy, curly and moisturized (not to mention, reduce hair loss)? Thanks so much!

dances says

I have long medium blond hair with highlights. It’s fine and soft. Coconut oil overnight makes it feel stiffer and dryer with much less shine and I swear it’s darker and duller. Like it stripped my highlights. I am going to try flaxseed or butter next.

    Minaz says

    You can also try this or this

BlueG says

Someone saw my hair has gotten a lot lot shorter. I said I didn’t cut it but CA water is hard and it just broke off the last few years. Two gals (one from Cameroon and one white from America) said to use Moroccan or coconut oil. So I finally got Coconut oil and use it a few times a week. My hair is fine (I just found that out in the hair trailer on set) and it seems to be making it much softer. But now I’m reading on this site that c oil is bad for fine hair and makes it worse. I don’t see the split ends ceasing and I’ve used it a few times a week for a few weeks. I put a big on the pony tail down at night then wash it the next day. Sometimes I’ll put it on the scalp an hour or so before I’ll shower. Not a table spoon or anything like some sites say. Just enough to cover it. No point in wasting it and putting gobs on. (Though I don’t want to clog the pores and make the hair fall out and then not grow back-my hair started thinning in my late teens. Used to be thick. Luckily it kindda just thinned and hasn’t KEPT thinning) I figured I’ll wait a few more weeks. It doesn’t make it worse from what I can see.

The bad thing on this site is you didn’t mention how often. I just googled it and figured a few times a week. And then once a week I do a hair mask I got at target. And then once a week I use a hair clarifer.

Someone told me to do that. I wash every other day and condition every other opposite day. Then I met another (black) gal on set and she said since I don’t use hair products to cut the clarifying to once a week. (and I have). Everyone has different opinions and it takes forever to find out what one needs for ones hair. ;-/

anabella says

I have thick eurasian hair. Normally my hair is quite frizzy, with natural waves. I tried coconut oil on the recommendation by a friend. I do find that when I use it, my hair becomes much more stiff, and dull, and does not have any bounce or wave to it. It is rather hay like. I find an argan oil does much better, as it makes my hair shiny and smooth.

Jess says

Strange I have coarse brittle thick and can be dry without product, yet contrary to the article coconut oil works so good on my hair, it is my essential product and keep some it so conditioned

Rachael says

I’m Caucasian with fine hair. Although I have a lot of it. Coconut oil makes my hair dry, brittle and crunchy with one use. Right now I use butter from my fridge! It makes my hair gorgeous.

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