Extra Virgin Coconut Oil As A Hair Treatment

by lyn on April 21, 2014 · 2 comments

in Hair, Tips & Tricks

virgin coconut oil

Extra virgin coconut oil has been rather popular and getting quite a bit of publicity lately. Just do a search on “coconut oil uses” and you’ll be inundated with links to the many benefits of using coconut oil in your diet and your beauty routine.

When I was in university, one of my housemates taught me how to use olive oil as a hair treatment. I used to do it on a weekly basis but completely discarded the routine when I returned back home.

virgin coconut oil

Since coconut oil has made a comeback, I went out to several local organic shops and came across this jar at BMS Organics. I got an edible one that can be used in cooking as well as a health supplement. And if it’s good enough to eat, it’s going to be good enough for your hair.

I just take 2 tablespoons of the coconut oil and spread it on my dry hair, concentrating on the ends. I also use some to massage my scalp. Once your hair is all soaked in oil, wrap it up under a shower cap and leave on for at least 30 minutes (or more if you have the time). You can warm the oil slightly by blitzing in the microwave for 10 seconds but I’m not usually bothered.

When the shower cap is removed, your hair will be very, very oily and smelling like coconuts. But I love the smell of coconuts, so it doesn’t bother me. Take a shower and wash your hair as per normal. If there is still an oily residue left, shampoo twice if you want a completely squeaky clean head. I don’t use a conditioner but you can if your hair is very dry.

Blow dry or air dry your hair. You may not see an immediate difference because it really depends on how dry or damaged your hair is. If you continue with this treatment, I’m quite sure you will start experiencing an improvement.

I don’t do this treatment as regularly as I should because it is messy and time-consuming. I tend to do it every two weeks or so but if you are looking for a cheap and natural alternative to improving the state of your hair, I’d highly recommend doing this at least once a week.

There are many other health benefits to using coconut oil. I won’t cover them here because there are loads of useful and more scientific articles available that I’m sure you’ll be able to learn more.

Have you tried a natural, oily treatment for your hair? What do you normally use? Drop in and share your thoughts.


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Victoria April 24, 2014 at 12:06 PM

I was tempted to try this method after reading a similar post on Tine’s blog last month. I even found a very good organic coconut oil on iHerb to use for my hair. LOL. But I chicken out in the end because this method seems too messy and I cannot imagine how my bathroom floor would look like after washing my hair.

I bought the Pink Lady drink from BMS Organic and when added with muesli, the drink is really nice :-) I also bought their stone baked crackers and I really love that. Managed to convince 2 of my colleagues to get Pink Lady as well. LOL.

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lyn April 25, 2014 at 6:14 PM

It is messy especially if you have thick, long hair. But it is honestly one of the best natural remedies for treating damaged hair. I recently got a haircut and all my dry ends have been hacked off. So I don’t need to use as much coconut oil and it is not as messy too.

I’ve never tried their drinks and must try out the stone baked crackers. They sound good! I love crackers.

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