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Coconut Milk Hair Mask for Dry, Coarse, Unruly Hair (Deep Conditions and Hydrates)

Coconut milk hair conditioner for dry, coarse hair

My neighbour is a beautiful woman with thick curly hair that always stands out.

I with fine hair do get envious (sometimes) of her big fabulous hair.

Last week we got talking, and I asked her what she puts on her hair. I knew she was using something natural.

…and her hair secret is nothing fancy, but very common… Coconut Milk.

Coconut milk she says keeps hair soft, shiny and well defined. It also helps with manageability and frizz.

Benefits of Coconut Milk for Your Hair

  • Deep conditions hair and hydrates every strand
  • Leaves hair feeling soft, silky and shiny
  • Encourages faster hair growth
  • Makes detangling very easy
  • Tames frizz and fly-aways
  • Greatly reduces split ends and hair breakage
  • Helps with dandruff and scalp dryness

Coconut oil is pretty awesome for hair. But if your hair is dry, unruly and coarse then skip the oil and use coconut milk. This is because dry hair needs a combination of fatty acids plus moisture – which the oil lacks.

This delicious creamy milk acts as a great conditioner and helps to moisturise every strand and condition from within. With just one use you will notice how soft, shiny, and silky your hair feels. Plus, your hair will be easy to comb, as coconut milk is a great detangler. You will have no more hair breakage.

Coconut milk also contains anti-fungal and antiseptic properties that help with dandruff and soothe itchy, irritated scalp.

Nutritional Benefits: Coconut milk contains tons of good fats, proteins, vitamin C and minerals including manganese, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and zinc – all of these nourish hair follicles and makes hair grow longer and healthier.

You can also drink this super-nutritious milk for healthy skin, hair, bones, joints, and overall wellness. Simply dilute coconut milk with equal quantity of water and your delicious coconut drink is ready.

How to Make Coconut Milk Hair Mask

Made with just two ingredients: coconut milk and olive oil, it’s super-easy and natural and will leave your hair feeling lush.

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey (optional, provides extra moisture)
  • 3 drops ylang ylang essential oil (optional, stimulates growth)

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Your mask is ready to use.

If you find the mixture too thick you can add some warm water to it.

How to use:

Start with dry or damp hair. Apply this mask to your hair and scalp, put on your shower cap or wrap your head in a muslin cloth or a towel. Let it soak in for 45 to 60 minutes for it to really moisturise your hair.

Next, wash hair with one of the natural cleansers and dry naturally. And don’t be surprised if your hair is soft, shiny and bouncy. Just like you have sashayed out of the salon.

Extra notes:

  1. You can try adding other oils like olive oil, avocado oil or coconut oil to this mask.
  2. You can make your own coconut milk using fresh coconut, or even dried coconut meat.
  3. Honey can make your hair light over time, so a good alternative is blackstrap molasses.
  4. You may skip conditioning after shampoo, see how your hair feels.
  5. Use this mask once a week or once a fortnight.

Buying coconut milk

Quality coconut milk will have only two or three ingredients – coconut for sure, water and sometimes thickener guar gum.

Always check the ingredient list to make sure you are buying a pure product. The coconut milk should not contain fragrance, colour, flavour or sweeteners.

Do you use coconut milk for hair? Does your hair like it? Please share in the comment box below!

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Leave a Comment:

Maryam Garba says

I on line search for natural hair tips and stumble on your website. So happy to read different methods of hair growth, oils and their procedures. I shall try this method. Thanks

    Minaz says

    Thanks! let me know how it works!

Neha says

Hi…. thank you so much for all the research that you’ve done and for sharing it with everyone through your blog…
I have very dry and frizzy hair… I wanted to use the coconut milk mask but wanted to ask if it is ok to use canned coconut milk?
Thank you!

    Minaz says

    You can use canned coconut milk. Just make sure you buy good quality canned milk, read the label.

Yasmin says

Can I use this mask on dry hair before showering and then after 60 mins I rinse it off all at once with shampoo and conditioner?

    Minaz says

    Yes, do that.

Jane says

This was very helpful. I shall try this method. Thank you

Gunn says

I have thick coarse wavy hair. After using this mask, can I use the besan sulfate free shampoo, you have suggested on your website?

Nan Karmali says

Hello Minaz,

I was very excited to find your website. I have been suffering from hair loss on and off for a few years now. My doctor ruled out any mineral/vitamin deficiency with blood work. Currently my hair falls in chunks and am beginning to see my scalp. I am going to try out the hair mask with fenugreek and yogurt. Is it recommendable to do this treatment at lease 2 times a week. I am also trying the rice water rinse.
Any other suggestion would be very much appreciated.


    Minaz says

    Hello Nan, have a look at shampoos for hair loss:
    Do the fenugreek and yogurt mask once a week.
    You can alternate it with egg and olive oil hair mask.

Fatima says

Hello, since milk doesn’t really suit my hair type so can I use yogurt instead of milk?

    Minaz says

    This is coconut milk, not dairy milk.

roma says

I tried this but with mustard oil as olive oil doesnt suit me. Amazing results. Mixed only coconut milk and oil. It was runny but my hair kept absorbing the mixture and did not drio much. Coconut oil doesnt suit me. Makes my hair fall fall fall and ends drier. But this was different… was lighter but it worked better! Thank you for sharing this……i can finally soak in coconutty goodness! Smells heavenly too!

    Chika says

    Yeah coconut oil is horrible on my hair too. I may try the milk.

Tanuja says

I lost my hair very badly. I have less hair in my front portion. I want your suggestion minaz maam. Please help me.

    Minaz says

    Hi Tanuja,

    I have shared many remedies to stop hair loss, but to start with try these simple tips:

    – Drink at least 2 liters of water a day starting with 2 glasses first thing in the morning
    – Apply egg + honey + olive oil mask to your head for 45 mins once every week. Once a week also massage your head with coconut or sesame (til) oil.
    – walk everyday for 30 mins at least

    If you do this for 3 to 4 months you will see results.

    Best wishes,

      Neerja says

      Should we use whole egg or just the yolk?

      Minaz says

      Use egg yolk.

Tara Duvivier says

this is fantastic. i’m such a slacker when it comes to deep conditioning. i did this mask and it was super easy and my hair has been amazing all week. full and bouncy.

Ayat says

Hi Minaz, it didnt work for me
I done everything it asked me to do. My hair is still frizzy and dry
I added rosewater to the mask too was that a mistake?
And when I shampoo and condition my hair can I just use normal supermarket products?
I use the schwarzkopf brand

    Minaz says

    Hi Ayat, this is another good one.
    You can use a store bought shampoo. For conditioner, you can use a hair mask, or oils like almond, avocado, sesame, mustard, olive before head bath.
    After shower what you can do is apply a few drop of almond oil (or rosewater spray) to your towel tried hair.
    Let me know how it works for you.

Sunshine Boppi says

Hi Minaz, my hair is thick dark and coarse. Moreover, the biggest problem I have is my long baby hair which always makes my hair look shabby even with little changes like wind blowing lightly, I sneeze hard etc.
My baby hair goes all the way from forehead till my ears but not beyond it, so neither I can join it in a ponytail or have it in front. I have these baby hairs of varying length and when I just put on a ponytail, it looks so awful and shabby even if i just combed my hair.

And because my hair is also so frizzy and dry, they raise up or curl up straight
Do you have any suggestions for a good and chemical free hair spray?
Do you have any other suggestions to manage it?

Thanks in advance,

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi Boppi,
    There are quite a few:
    search for flax seed gel or aloe vera for hair, or rosewater spray.
    Let me how it goes.

      Boppi says

      Thank you Minaz! I will definitely try the sprays you suggested and mask and will keep you posted.

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Have you tried this mask? It may settle down the frizz, because when hair is moisturised it stays calm.

Priya says

Hi mam,
This is Priya…before few months I have got an gud result with ur tips for dandruff mam…like amla and fenugreek rinse…it really works out for me I m losing severe hair-loss mam..during oil massage I m losing nearly 250 hairs mam…other days also I m having 60 hairs falling mam..this is an sudden hairloss for me mam..I don’t know y mam…..2months completely I m losing lot of hairs mam. I don’t know wt is the exact reason for this mam. I m having weekly twice oil massage for my hair mam. Like rosemary, almond, olive,coconut, sesame,castor oil and 2 capsule vitaminE mam…daily having amla juice intake mam, doin regular exercise mam…using Tresemme shampoo and conditioner mam…aftr tht amla and fenugreek rinse as a final rinse aftr hairwash mam….I don’t know wt is the reason for hairfall mam…I need my hairs back mam…the only thing is I m working in IT field mam….using system for 8hrs mam..I dont know even this will cause hair-loss?? Please tel me some solution mam….please mam…I m totally upset due to this mam….even I don’t even wish to go to doctor’s mam..coz u already cleared my dandruff completely mam…I.m. hoping u lot for my hair-loss also mam…please reply me and tel me some permanent solution for this mam…:(

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi Priya, Don’t panic.
    First, stop counting your hair every day. I don’t think you are losing too much hair. Massage once a week.
    And do a daily meditation and yoga.
    Your hair loss will reduce.

      Priya says

      Thank-you mam and sure ..I ll do it mam……

sanju says

Hi can I apply this mask to oiled hair

sanju says

Hi.Can I apply this hair mask on oiled hair?

Ana Marie says

What is your opinion of using baking soda as shampoo?

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    I tried it a few times, and it was alright. Some people find it drying in long run.
    Have you used castile soap?

      Ana Marie says

      No i haven’t. I’ve heard good things about it. So i’m planing to do the egg shampoo and green tea and aloe rinse tomorrow. I’m worried that the green tea will dry out my hair too much.

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