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Using Coconut Oil As A Hair Conditioner

If you’ve ever been to the seaside areas of India, like West Bengal, Kerala, Coastal Tamil Nadu etc, you’ll have noticed that many older men and women, in their 70s and 80s, still have thick jet black hair. This is thanks to the climate and their diet of rice, fruit and fish. Also many locals think their application of pure coconut oil on their hair as a conditioner helps keep it healthy and black.

In our modern society, the cuticles in hair are usually damaged by blow drying, bleaching, coloring, perming, hard brushing or too much water or sun exposure, and this damage shows up as split ends, and coarse, fragile, dry hair that breaks easily. Split ends mean the cuticle has worn away and therefore the inner portion of hair, called the cortex, is exposed, and frayed.

The molecular structure of coconut oil is ideal for penetrating within the hair shaft, and works wonderfully with the natural hair proteins, particularly close to the ends, which have a tendency to be the most vulnerable to splitting and fraying.

Using coconut oil as a hair conditioner

Apply coconut oil to your hair straight after a shower or bath, when the hair is still wet, not dripping wet, but more than barely damp. The coconut oil can be either liquid or solid (pure coconut oil hardens at less than 76 degrees F ). If solid, it will simply melt in your hand as you use it.

Use a touch (about a half small spoon for long hair, less for shorter hair) and rub your hands together and begin the application at the ends of your wet hair, using your oily fingers to distribute it evenly and gently.

Use just enough so the oil will penetrate the hair, without leaving an oily or oily look. Use more at the ends, less in the middle and little, if any at the roots. If you have used an amount that leaves your hair oily, simply leave it on to soak in for 20-30 mins and then re-wash the hair to get rid of the surplus oil. You might experiment a bit until you find the right dose for your particular hair, so you are able to leave the oil in your hair when you have applied it.

Why is coconut oil such a good conditioner for hair?

Lauric Acid : Microbial action on the scalp and hair roots is in charge of much hair fall and hair loss. The Lauric Acid in Coconut Oil is a triglyceride which yields a monoglyceride called Monolaurin when acted on by a species of bacteria. This monolaurin has wonderful antimicrobial properties.

Capric Acid : Another triglyceride present in Coconut oil, that has antimicrobial properties like that of monolaurin.

Vitamin-E : Coconut Oil contains Vitamin E, which keeps scalp and skin healthy and hair rejuvenated.

Moisture Keeping Capacity : Coconut Oil is very stable and doesn’t let moisture escape simply and so keeps hair moistened and soft, stopping breakage of hair.

Anti-Dandruff : Coconut oil is a great moisturizer, and is anti-fungal, so it helps dandruff, whether the flakes spring from dry scalp, or a fungal / yeast condition like seborrheic rash. Do scalp treatments when you do not need to go out in public, or try overnite treatments ( be certain to look after your pillow with a bag covered with an old towel ).

Many users claim that Coconut Oil is a far superior conditioner for hair than any manmade product available in the market and is also better than commercial anti-dandruff products. Be certain to get a pure form of unrefined, organic coconut oil, for example Nutiva, for most impressive results.  See Nutiva Coconut Oil for hair.


  1. Wow! I didn’t know that the virgin coconut oil that I’m currently taking in is also a very good hair conditioner. I’ve been searching for a very good conditioner for my dry hair. I will definitely try VCO on my hair. Thanks for sharing. Love your article.

  2. I have a question more than a comment…. I read some good stuff about the coconut oil as a conditioner for my hair, I received my order to day but quickly grew disappointed when I noticed the consistency of the oil the oil is in liquid form but the ones that I researched seems to be in a white solid…

    can you tell me what the difference is

    What I ordered is called Nutiva Organix Extra Virgin Coconut Oil the bottle reads; a delicious cooking oil 100% less cholesterol than butter, is this the wrong one???

    • Hi Rose.
      You didn’t buy the wrong product. You’ll find that our Coconut Oil liquifies at 76 degrees Fahrenheit. I keep a jar of it in the kitchen and one in the bathroom, as my wife has taken to using it as a skin conditioner. On some days in August and September here, I discover that my coconut oil has liquified, and then I notice that it becomes solid again when it cools down at night. This is perfectly normal for coconut oil.

      If you need it in liquid form, simply scoop as much as you need into a glass measuring cup. Then heat up some water in a pot, and place the glass measuring cup into the hot water until the coconut oil returns to its liquid form.
      If you need it to be in solid form, simply put it someplace cooler than 76 degrees!

      I hope this helps.

  3. Delorse Rone says:

    Liquid Coconut Oil

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