One of the most popular ingredients used in home-made body creams, sunscreens and beauty products is coconut oil. Recently, it’s even been added to hair products.

coconutIn India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Philippines Malaysia, Burma and the Caribbean, women have been using coconut oil and coconut milk to keep their hair long, silky and naturally colored for hundreds of years.


There’s no denying the many benefits you get from eating coconut oil, but what about when it’s used topically? Here’s why coconut oil is good for your hair.

Prevents Hair Loss

Inflammatory skin conditions, fungal infection and nutritional deficiency are the main reason for hair loss. Coconut oil is full of healthy fats, which nourishes the hair shaft and scalp, fights skin infections and reduce inflammation (1).

Use: mix 3 tbsp of coconut oil and 2 tbsp of sage oil. Cook on low heat until obtaining smooth mix. Let it cool until and test on the skin of your hand. It should be warm but not burning. Apply this mixture all over your head before going to bed and cover your hair with a shower cap. Wash out in the morning and style as usual.

  1. Repairs Hair Damage

When compared with sunflower oil and mineral oil, coconut oil came on top as the best natural oil for hair damage prevention (2). Coconut oil was also the only oil that was found to reduce protein loss and strengthen the shaft.

You can also use the oil on split ends to help repair them, however it’s always best to trim them off every 6 weeks or so.

  1. Makes Your Hair Smooth

Excessive dryness of the cuticles and hair shaft usually can cause frizzy hair. Coconut oil is hydrophobic, which means it repels water, but it also retains moisture within the hair shaft.

Use: apply coconut oil for 10-15 minutes before washing. Your hair will be silky and smooth. You can also lightly apply coconut oil to split ends to make them easier to brush through. As for styling, use a little bit of coconut oil to tame flyaways and slick down hair to create smooth updo’s.

  1. Fights Dandruff

Dandruff is a common constant scalp condition marked by flaking of the skin on your scalp, which can cause dry skin or fungus, among many other reasons (3).

Coconut oil can actually treat dandruff (4) by fighting fungal infection (5) and hydrating dry skin.

Use: mix equal part coconut oil and castor oil and massage into the scalp and leave for 30 minutes before washing out. If you suffer from severe dandruff, use this trick every time you wash your hair.

  1. Kills Lice

Lice are a very common problem with young children. Most lice treatments are highly toxic and burn the scalp and damage the hair.

Coconut oil is often used to treat lice in small children because, instead or irritating, it hydrates the skin. It even works against pesticide-resistant lice (6).

The oil coats the lice and slowly suffocates them as well as preventing them and their eggs from hanging onto the hair shafts.

Use: apply evenly to the hair, leave in for several days and, as it gets absorbed into your skin and hair, continue applying more oil. You can also add in a few drops of tea tree oil for a more potent lice formula.

  1. Gray Hair

Pigment cells located at the base of each hair follicle is responsible for the color of your hair. However, as you grow older more and more of these pigment cells become less efficient and die.

One way that coconut oil prevents gray hair is by protecting the base of your hair follicles and nourishing your scalp. The healthier it is the longer you’ll be able to avoid gray hair.

Use: massage your hair with coconut oil and lemon everyday for at least 15 minutes. If that doesn’t work for you, you can always try this.

Bottom Line

You’re missing out a lot, If you’re not already using coconut oil for your hair!

Most herbal or organic shampoo already contain some coconut oil. However, if the brand you’re using doesn’t have any, then you can always add some by yourself to enjoy the benefits.

It will just show that coconut really is the ultimate beauty product.