Conditioning Hair with Coconut Oil: A How-to Guide

Because healthy hair is beautiful hair. 

It’s not everyday that we think of oily hair as a good thing, but when it comes to deep conditioning your hair, oil is one of your best bets. Conditioning hair with coconut oil is one of the best ways you can DIY your way to healthier hair, and you get to smell like a fruity drink on a beach vacation. No complaints here! Read on to learn how to condition hair with coconut oil.

Coconut Oil for Hair: The Basics

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Using coconut oil on your hair can provide deep conditioning benefits to your hair.

Coconut oil is high in healthy fats and protein boosting medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). This oil has particularly small molecules that can easily get inside the shaft of your hair to strengthen and heal it from the inside. From the outside, you’ll notice that it tames course, dry textures, and adds a bright, healthy shine to your hair.

Using Coconut Oil for Hair

1. Choose your coconut oil.

Pick out a coconut oil at your local health food store. Coconut oil that is expeller pressed is the most beneficial because it doesn’t use any harmful chemicals to extract the oil from the coconut. Also, the oil should be solid at room temperature, liquid coconut oil has been chemically altered and doesn’t have all the same benefits as solid coconut oil.

2. Warm it up.

Because it is solid at room temperature to actually use coconut oil for hair you will need to warm it up. Depending on how cold it is you can warm small amounts of coconut oil with your hands. This may make it easier for you to apply the oil to your hair. If it is particularly cold, you can microwave the oil in a glass container for just a few seconds (we’re talking like five seconds) to make it liquid. You do not want your coconut oil to get hot to the touch.

3. Apply the coconut oil to your hair.

Using your hands, apply the coconut oil to your hair starting from the ends and working your way up. How much you apply and how far up you go depends on how damaged your hair is. For hair that just needs a little bit of love, apply just enough to coat your ends plus an inch or so of the length of your hair. For hair that needs some extra TLC, apply coconut oil until your hair is saturated from your ears down all the way to the ends.

4. Wait it out.

The one negative with washing hair with coconut oil is that it can take some time. The longer you leave the coconut oil in your hair, the better. Apply before bed and wrap your oily ends in a scarf, or cover your pillow with a towel. This will make sure you don’t get the oil on any fabrics that you don’t want stained. Then just wash it out in the morning! If you want to experience coconut oil on your hair (along with coconut milk and aloe vera) instead, try some the Tresemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Mist to lightly moisturize your hair.

5. Wash your hair.

Washing your hair will take a little more effort after applying coconut oil as a deep conditioner. Since coconut oil is really think and oily, you’ll need to use a shampoo that can really cut through the oil like the Suave Essentials Daily Clarifying Shampoo. Don’t forget to follow it up and condition with the Suave Essentials Daily Clarifying Conditioner for a system that won’t weight down your hair.



Looking for more ways to deep condition your hair? Check out our feature on hot oil treatments.