Want a Tried-and-Tested Moisturizing Cleanser? Try Coconut Shampoo

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you've heard about the endless benefits of coconut oil shampoo. We deep-dive into the miracle ingredient and see if, indeed, the juice (or in this case, the oil) is worth the squeeze.

A few years ago we all caught the coconut oil fever; everyone, everywhere, was suddenly crazy for coconut, scooping up bottles of the grocery aisle emollient, hailing it as the cure for all ailments known to man. Or at least that’s how eager marketers began presenting this beloved “miracle oil” to the masses: as a cure for everything from high cholesterol and diabetes to being branded nature’s best moisturizer. Need to strengthen your immune system, hydrate dry skin and help heal a damaged liver while you’re at it? Grab a bottle of VCO. Beach-ravaged locks craving some extra TLC? Here’s some coconut shampoo to the rescue:

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Coconut oil has been touted as nature’s best moisturizer, said to do everything from moisturize damaged hair to alleviate dandruff symptoms.

Don’t get us wrong; we’re as big believers of the benefits of coconut oil and coconut shampoo as can be. But in the interest of separating the truth from all the #fakenews, it behooves us to let you know what we can all really expect from this beloved ingredient, and whether or not it’s the best kind of moisturizer for your particular hair type.

coconut shampoo from mature coconuts
Coconut oil, or copra oil, comes from mature coconuts and has been around for thousands of years.

The incredible edible

Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from mature coconuts and is high in saturated fat. This gives it a remarkable shelf life and amazing moisturizing and hydrating capabilities. It also contains high levels of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) that help promote hair growth and prevent protein loss. Considered an antioxidant and anti-fungal, it’s also been said to alleviate and prevent symptoms of dandruff, as well as provide softness and damage repair with a lightweight consistency—benefits of particular significance to those with curly and natural-textured hair—which, all in all, make it a heavy-hitter in the world of hair care.

coconut shampoo benefits natural hair types
Natural hair types reap the lightweight, curl-friendly benefits of coconut shampoo and conditioner. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Oil infusions to save the day

But what if you’re not exactly of the Pinterest persuasion? Truth be told, not everyone can be bothered to D.I.Y. their own at-home cleansers using actual store-bought coconut oil. And thankfully, these days, they don’t have to, as a myriad of hair care products and stylers have now stepped forward to fill this gap by offering coconut oil infusions in their lines. We can now all reap the frizz-fighting, deep-conditioning, damage-repairing benefits of coconut oil in handy bottles of coconut shampoo and conditioner, without the hassle.

Formulas like those in Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo, which gently cleanse and moisturize while repairing up to two years of visible damage, are a great option for those who want a lightweight conditioning feel to their regular shampoo. Paired with Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Conditioner, and the results are luscious, healthy-looking locks without a heavy feel, making it both ideal for curly girls and those conscious of maintaining volume to their hair as well.

If you’re still on the fence, just think about it: What other moisturizer do you know has been this effective for thousands of years? That’s what we call staying power!