Coconut Oil For Hair: Good or Bad?

Coconut oil for hair

I’ve been a fan of coconut oil for a really long time. It is a highly nourishing oil with hundreds of uses, and lately I’ve run across many sources touting the benefits of coconut oil for hair. It can certainly be beneficial for certain hair types when used correctly, but many sources recommend using it in ways that may do more harm than good.

Before you go pour coconut oil all over your head, make sure know how to use it correctly to get the benefits without harming your hair!

Why Use Coconut Oil for Hair?

Coconut oil is the richest natural source of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), special types of fatty acid with antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that are very nourishing to the body. It is especially high in the C12 chain of MCFAs known as Lauric Acid.

Lauric acid is naturally occurring in breastmilk as well and is supportive of hormone health and cellular health. This beneficial property of coconut oil is also one of the reasons it can help prevent protein loss in hair (for some people). Coconut oil’s structure allows it to penetrate hair in ways that other oils are not able to, which is why some people notice amazing results relatively quickly when using coconut oil for hair.

The idea of putting oil directly in the hair can seem counterintuitive, especially to anyone with naturally oily hair. Nourishing hair oil treatments have been used for thousands of years, though these use a certain ratio of beneficial oils (and I add honey and magnesium) and these are not used as an everyday product.

When it’s Harmful to Use Coconut Oil for Hair

There is no doubt that certain oils can be beneficial to hair and that many of us strip out beneficial oils from over-shampooing, leading the body to increase natural oil production to compensate. Due to over-shampooing and poor diet, many of us are also missing vital nutrients we need to build healthy hair in the first place, but is adding oil to the hair the solution?

Not necessarily!

Certain oils do seem to be pretty much universally beneficial for hair, but coconut oil isn’t always one of them. For instance, Castor oil is an age-old beauty secret for increasing hair growth.  I use it on my hair and eyelashes and have seen amazing results, and hundreds of commenters have had a similar experience.

Coconut oil, on the other hand, gets mixed results. Some people report immediately healthier and smoother hair, while others claim that their hair fell out by the handfull after using it. So what is the reason for the discrepancy and how can a person know if coconut oil is going to be beneficial or cause hair loss?

Coconut Oil Isn’t for Every Hair Type

Not surprisingly, different types of hair respond to oils differently and coconut oil won’t work for every hair type. Because it helps the hair retain its natural protein, it can be helpful for those who lack enough natural protein in hair follicles. Studies have even confirmed coconut oil’s benefits for certain types of hair, but it isn’t for everyone!

Typically, those with fine to medium shiny hair will see good results from coconut oil and notice stronger, shinier hair with more volume. Those with coarse or dry hair may not struggle with low protein at all and coconut oil may lead to more brittle hair and hair loss. These people may benefit more from other types of oil like marula oil or argan oil.

It should go without saying, but anyone with an allergy or reaction to coconuts or coconut oil should not use these products in hair either, no matter what hair type.

The Amount Matters

When it comes to using coconut oil for hair, the amount used also matters. You’ve probably heard the saying “too much of a good thing,” and this absolutely applies when it comes to using coconut oil in hair. Just as with supplements, if a little bit is good, a lot isn’t necessarily better.

Coconut oil seems most beneficial when used in small amounts to coat hair or reduce frizz and hair may not respond well to being coated in large amounts of coconut oil.

For best results, try just rubbing a small amount of coconut oil between your hands to warm it up and then working through hair gently. This should help tame frizz and make hair shiny without the negative effects.

Other Ingredients Matter Too

Coconut oil is often included in recipes for nourishing hair oils, hair masks and hair products and these uses might not necessarily be harmful. When combined with other oils and ingredients, not only is less coconut oil coming in contact with the hair, but the combinations of fatty acids can have different effects completely.

For instance, coconut oil doesn’t seem to make hair dry or brittle when combined with the monounsaturated fatty acids from olive oil or when mixed with argan or marula oil (both great for hair). Honey also seems to make coconut oil even more beneficial for hair and the simple sugars in honey can nourish hair and make it naturally smooth and frizz free.

It Depends on Other Hair Products

Coconut oil may also not be the best choice to use on hair for those who use natural or homemade hair products. Homemade hair products (like my favorite mud shampoo), do not contain the chemical detergents and surfactants that many commercial shampoos and products do, making it difficult for them to remove excess oils from the hair, especially in large amounts. My mud shampoo leaves my hair soft and strong, but it isn’t the best at removing an all-over hair oil treatment (I stick to an organic store bough clarifying shampoo for this).

How to Safely Use Coconut Oil For Hair

Those who think that coconut oil may be beneficial for their hair types can benefit from using it, but there are some best practices when using coconut oil for hair:

  • Avoid the scalp: Though coconut oil seems to be beneficial for those who struggle with dandruff that has a fungal component, others may see negative effects from using coconut oil directly on the scalp. Coconut oil may clog pores and cause irritation for some scalp types (just as it does on certain skin types), and is best used directly on the hair and not the scalp (of those with the right type of hair).
  • Start with small amounts: Again, more isn’t better. Especially until you know how your hair handles coconut oil, use a small amount and see how hair responds.
  • Add other ingredients: Adding other oils can change how coconut oil affects hair. As a deep treatment, blending coconut oil with honey and yogurt may offer more benefit than coconut oil alone.

Eat the Coconut Oil for Maximum Benefit

For all the beneficial properties of coconut oil, hair doesn’t have the ability to digest or metabolize coconut oil like the digestive system does. It can offer some benefit on a strictly chemical level, but you won’t be able to fully utilize the beneficial properties of coconut oil when it is used externally or in hair.

For this reason, coconut oil may offer the most benefit to hair when consumed internally, as its high Medium Chain Fatty Acid content and antioxidants can help improve the rate of hair growth from the inside out. Hair health and growth begins internally, so the long-term solution to healthier, stronger and shinier hair includes addressing internal factors like diet, supplements and sleep. Just like the skin, hair is a reflection of internal health and can be largely controlled by hormones (one of the reasons women lose hair after pregnancy) so consider focusing on balancing hormones and nourishing the body to improve hair.

Do you use coconut oil on your hair? What results have you experienced? Share below!

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  1. For the hair treatment – do you wet your hair before putting it on, or just put it on dry hair and then wash in the morning?

    • Water and oil do not mix, so having wet hair before applying any oil treatment is counterproductive. I put the coconut oil on my ends before I take a shower to avoid stripping too much oil when I shampoo.

      • Actually, you do want to have damp hair before you apply any oil. Because oil and water don’t mix, if you’re going for moisturizing your hair, you seal the moisture (i.e. water) in when you add oil to damp hair. This is why conditioners often say to apply to slightly damp hair.

        • Water does not tend to be moisturizing to the hair as I understand. You use coconut oil to seal in your natural oils and supplement them and BLOCK the water and detergents in shampoo from stripping them away from the shaft. You want the coconut oil to be absorbed. The molecular makeup of coconut oil is such that it is more readily absorbed by the hair shaft than any other oil. Also, consider your water source. Some areas have better water sources than others and I would imagine that part of the reason that water is not moisturizing to the hair is in large part due to the chemical treatments applied at water treatment facilities moreso than the water itself.

        • I agree with putting the oil on dry. If you have non-filtered chemically treated town water you are showering with, the chemicals are drying to hair. Ever smell bleach when turning on your water?

    • I put it on wet or dry and my hair isn’t dry anymore! I sleep with it on my hair and wash in the morning. No more fried looking hair from the flat iron!

    • Put on dry hair and put on after I wash my hair

    • Either. COCONUT OIL is good internally and externally. BUT not palm oil because of it’s negative effect on the environment and already critically endangered animals. Read you labels, you want COCONUT OIL, Palm oil is found in half of all consumer goods on the shelves today in Western grocery stores, from chocolate, ice cream, and baked goods to soaps, lotions, and detergents. Forest clearing for palm oil, including in peatlands, has pushed iconic species like Bornean orangutans and Sumatran elephants and tigers to the brink of extinction, and has added hundreds of millions of tons of carbon pollution to the atmosphere. But change is on the horizon, I just hope it isn’t too late. Just saying.

  2. Coconut oil cleanses the liver, and is the only oil that can be actually absorbed by the skin (other oil particles are too large).

  3. My dog gets yeast infections in his big floppy ears.  Instead of a chemical in his ears to treat it, I put a dollop of coconut oil in his ear canal and then massage the area.  Works great, no chemicals and smells good too.

  4. How would I go about using coconut oil in a liver cleanse?

  5. i make a natural sugar scrub with coconut oil and white sugar , and aloe to exfoliate your face, neck, legs, etc,its wonderful! 

    • Do you need to refrigerate homemade scrubs?

      • I make one with coconut oil, brown sugar and just a little tea tree oil ( I have acne prone skin) and I don’t have to refrigerate it, I find if I do it gets much too hard and I have to warm it up just to use it! I just make it in small batches so it doesn’t have to sit around for a long time, and I’ve never noticed anything wrong with it. But if you’re making something water based, or with raw fruit ingredients, I’d definitely recommend refrigerating it, and not making more than 2 or three applications at a time, because mould could occur.

  6. I just recently started using Coconut oil to cook with after going grain free, in part because of your article. Now, after reading more of your posts I use it as a shaving cream and lotion. It has only been a few days but I love how I smell and how soft my skin feels. I have been a little apprehensive to use it as a lotion on my face because I tend to be oily towards the end of the day, but will give it a try this weekend and see how it goes! Thanks for all your awesome advice and ideas!

    • I stopped using Coconut oil as a cleanser because of damage it could do building up in our drain pipes. It only melts at 78 degrees and we have a septic system that relies on good bacteria, so an anti-bacterial oil is not helpful, if it makes it to the septic in the first place. I’ve switched to washing my face with a little EVOO at night and so far, so good.

  7. It works great to get rid of cradle cap- rub it in, leave for 10 minutes, and comb it out!

  8. Love your blog, Katie! For the month of January, I tried giving up grains, but had intense sugar cravings like I’ve never experienced before (prior, I ate very little sugar, refined grains, or processed items). I ended up indulging in a little too much candy, and have been experiencing what I think is my first yeast infection, though I have no frame of reference for one. That leads me to two questions:

    1. I’ve been reading The Schwarzbein Principle, which states that the body can’t produce insulin or serotonin entirely on its own, and that healthy sources of grains can be one of the only ways to provide it (meats and veggies don’t produce insulin, according to the author). I read that diabetics are especially prone to yeast infections, and wondered if it was the insulin issue. That said, my hypothesis, for my body at least, is that I was craving sugar in refined because I wasn’t receiving it in better forms from carbohydrates. Do you know if these cravings, as well as yeast overgrowth, can be an effect of going off of grains? Any recommendations? I’ve reintroduced brown rice and quinoa in the last week and feel much better.

    2. I’d like to try the coconut oil treatment for the yeast–is it applied topically or taken internally?

    Thanks so much!

    • Both internally and externally. Plain organic yogurt also helps when used externally. You might be craving carbs, but it is possible to produce insulin from some veggies (especially root veggies) and fruits… Have you ever read the book “Deep Nutrition?” It addresses both the diet side and explains the yeast connection…

    • Getting enough refrigerated probiotics took away all my cravings. After several months I can maintain healthier levels with kefir, yoghurt and homemade saurkraut. Hope you’re doing better by now.

  9. I love coconut oil! I just made homemade lotion bars and lip balm for the first time and they are awesome! My husband does most of the cooking so he uses coconut oil in place of other oils that may not be as healthy. And as far as treating yeast infections goes, coconut oil is my life saver!

  10. My son has eczema and I did not like the idea of the creams the doctor would prescribe. I melt coconut oil and put it on him as a lotion after his bath. I started doing this everyday and now I only use it once a week and the eczema has cleared up.

    • Alicia, I make luxury oi, soaps and also do a special one for psoriasis and eczema. Use just a 1/3 c of coconut oil, j\heat it and then infuse rosemary into it – either in the sun which is time consuming or – I do it in the slow cooker on very low heat for 6 hours. Then use this base and mix with straight coconut. If you bet it like you would cream it bulks it a lot and it also does not go hard in cold weather like it usually does. The rosemary helps a lot with eczema and as a healer. Also good for hair.

  11. I use it in so many ways, but lately I have been putting it onthe elbows of my 4 year old Lab, Bear. Labs tend to get huge painful callouses there. After only two weeks of applying coconut oil twice a day, his callouses have gone down to practically nothing and the hair is growing on his elbows again! He loves to have it massaged in.

  12. I’m 8 weeks pregnant & I think I have Bacterial vaginosis ( I’ve had it on & off for years) is coconut oil safe to use on the vagina during pregnancy? Do you have any other suggestions of what I van do to treat it safely & naturally?

  13. Can I use the jar of coconut oil I cook with to apply it to my skin?

  14. Do you prefer to use unrefined for everything and how much nutrients are taken away from coconut oil for refined compared to unrefined

  15. When I use coconut oil as a hair mask for a few hours, it can sometimes leave my hair smelling not so nice. Any tips on how to leave a nice scent and some extra shine?

  16. Does coconut oil used for anti-aging? If so how or what are the steps.

    • I turned 70 last summer and am on a tight budget 🙂 Coconut oil certainly is more economical than those expensive beauty creams. It’s safe enough to eat, for goodness sake! We use coconut oil for cooking. We also put a little on top of our vegetables or whatever hot food we eat.

      There two kinds of coconut oil, the kind that gets solid under a certain temperature and the other that is liquid at any temperature. The liquid one is convenient. On the other hand, the ‘solid’ type smells more coconutty (it’s the more raw unprocesed version).

      I took small jars for use in the bathroom on my face. I use a small beauty spatula to scrape a little out of the solid version jar (keeps it cleaner). Then rub it in the palms to liquify, then apply to clean skin.

      We live in the desert region of New Mexico and you can guess how tough that is on your skin (I’m naturally very pale). Amazingly, those little scaly dry spots on the top of my cheekbones seem to disappear when I remember to put on the coconut oil, especially before bed.

      I love the way it is absorbed, leaving just a soft result with no grease. It takes maybe 30 minutes to fully absorb. You don’t feel like you have anything pasted on your face! Another plus is the oil can be used around the eyes without irritation (at least for me). Most other oils are too irritating to the eyes, but you know, the skin around the eyes is the place that needs help the most!

  17. I use coconut oil on my face, neck and body. I don’t have the wrinkles most of my acquaintances have. I take reasonable care of myself, don’t smoke, no alcohol, no drug use. Prefer holistic remedies and cures. Hopefully my photo will appear so you may see how sixty looks. And yes, I have children and have had very stressful jobs all of my life!

  18. Wellness Mama! Thanks so much for this article. I am one of the people that coconut oil doesn’t help out when applied. I always wondered why because there are so many great reviews online about it. For me it is very drying. I have color treated hair and its lost volume due to my age/hormones so add that with dry and brittle and for me it was a recipe for disaster. I have found things that do work, such as black castor oil treatments which when washed out really add volume and stopped my hair from falling out. I wish I would have known this sooner as I could have saved some hair. All is well though, after two years of balancing my hormones and changing my diet I can honestly say my hair looks better now than it did 5 years ago (I know it will probably never look as thick as it did in my 20’s or 30’s but it really has improved to the point I am happy with. My skin, same thing … coconut oil does not help that either and it really makes me itchy. Just not for the outside of this body I guess, I do consume it and cook with it though with good results.

    • Yes, thank you for this article!! Like Dena, I too have adverse affects to externally applied coconut oil. It is very drying to my skin, and I made the mistake of applying to my very healthy, bra-strap length, non-chemically processed hair overnight, and to my horror, I woke up with fried hair. So coarse, stiff and brittle. I tried for two weeks to detox my hair, and moisturize using hair masks & conditioners – nothing worked. I finally had to cut off 7″. Although it was better, my ends were never in good shape, and were dry and constantly splitting until I got everything that was exposed to the coconut oil cut off – which was almost a year later. Jojoba is my favorite but olive, castor, and Argan oils are good for me too. Also like Dena, I had horrible hormone imbalances, such as debilitating endometriosis, hypothyroid… Hope this article encourages anyone who reads it and contemplates using coconut oil for the first time to test it out on a strand before slathering on all of their hair.

    • Thanks for this….I have experienced much the same!

    • I too would like to thank you for the current article. Since I have found your site I have made the body lotion as well as the sunscreen lotion. My daughter gave me the facial scrub for Christmas. I love it all.
      I started putting the coconut oil on my hair as my hair is extremely thin and I have lost quite a bit of it. I have recently decided to let it go grey to avoid the chemicals of dying it.
      I have not noticed any difference in my hair with external application but I have begun to put the oil it in my Golden Tea.
      I will let you know if I notice a difference.

  19. In winter my room temp is low enough to keep coconut oil solid, but in summer it is soft or liquid. Is there any harm/effect to food value due to these changes? I melted a big tub over boiling water to pour into smaller containers for storage; does that do any harm? Also I’m gonna try castor oil on lashes, used to be lush but now in my 50’s they are sparse. Love all your posts!

    • Hi Kathy 🙂 The melting point of natural coconut oil will see it liquefying & setting continually. This does no harm to the oil and is normal.
      Coconut oil is not changed by heating to the temperature you have, so decanting like that is ok. More important is the cleanliness of the containers and their lids.
      To keep it hygienic, make sure you use clean and dry fingers/spatula/spoon to remove the oil from the jar. You don’t want to introduce any pathogens, especially if you are applying to your face.

      • Thanks for the info Heather.

  20. I have been using coconut oil on every inch of my body for over a decade, including my hair. I have VERY thick, very long, very course hair, almost akin to a black woman’s type of hair, and this is the only thing that keeps it from being out of control.

    I have never had an issue whatsoever. I guess I’m the opposite of what your polls state. I couldn’t live without it – from everything from shaving lotion to toothpaste to hair gel. It’s the only thing I will use.

    • For Sandra,
      A black woman’s hair can be many types and textures, just like our complexions. Black women have straight, curly, fine, coarse, thin,coarse, etc. hair. There is no particular type of hair “akin” to a black women.

      • Thank you for your reply Bren. My hair is slightly dry and very curly and I am a Black woman. It is not however, coarse. I am sure Sandra meant no disrespect – perhaps she doesn’t know very many Black people – hence her limited frame of reference.

  21. I have tried jaggery (raw unrefined cane sugar) with lemon. Heat jaggery and add half a lemon juice. That is it. Great for waxing at home.

  22. I use coconut or sesame oil on my thick dry curly hair before blowdrying. And I use a straight iron. The shampoo I use is Aubrey green tea shampoo; mandarin splash scent. Label says it deep cleans and detoxifies. Good system for me, I recommend trying it.

  23. I love coconut oil so much! A few years back I decided to buy a gallon tub of it from Azure Standard, and went through it in a month. Then I bought a 5 gallon tub from tropical traditions and since I haven’t used it as much it has lasted me years. But I want to get back into the habit of lots of coconut oil use. When I had my hair permed, I used it as my curl defining cream (just a dab and finger-combed it through). I like it as a skin cream, just not on my face. I prefer raw honey for that. I use it for my son’s diaper cream, make bulletproof coffee, in oatmeal, and smoothies. I’ve also been making your coconut flour biscuits with them!

  24. I am one of those people that coconut oil does not work well for. I have thick, naturally curly hair, which tends to be dry and frizzy. For years I used V05 hairdressing. I would apply it to damp hair then mousse it up, when I used the hair dryer the oil would moisturize and shine my hair up beautifully, but I wanted to find something more natural, and tried coconut oil. It certainly does work better than nothing (no moisturizer), but if I use it multiple days in a row it is very drying to my hair. I have tried a lot of different moisturizer / oils Argan, almond, canola, castor, I have even tried vegetable and safflower oil after kicking them out of the pantry, olive oil, and all sorts of blends of oils and other naturals. But I have found Avocado oil to be Amazing! Its not too thick or oily it doesn’t dry my hair, its shiny and I can actually run my fingers through my hair. I also wash my face with it, and once or twice a week I will follow up with a baking soda scrub. Leaves my face baby soft, never clogs my pores. Love, love, love the avocado oil.

    • Hi Bridgette, where do you buy avacado oil from? Thanks

  25. I’ve been using coconut oil on my baby instead of soap. His hair is falling out at 3 months. Could it be the coconut oil? I know hair loss is normal in babies.

  26. Yuck yuck yuck. I love coconut oil, I really do. But when I put it on my hair, what a freaking gross disaster. I have coarse, thick, curly, dry hair. turned it into a nasty, oily, stinky mess. will not use again. my hair is very picky about what products or allows to work on it, lol

  27. I make my own shampoo using coconut liquid. I boil raw coconut, let it cool and use the liquid, including the fat from it, as my liquid base in my shampoo. I add other oils, and mix with castile soap. Sometimes I add a bit of baking soda. My hair is far from perfect, but after using this for some time my hair has gone from limp and lifeless to more body and my curls are returning. Not sure if it is my homemade stuff, or just the fact that I no longer use commercial shampoos.

  28. I want to try using castor oil. Is there a difference in quality of the castor oil I see in drug stores/supermarkets and perhaps ordering online? Do you have a source you recommend? Happy Easter, by the way!

      • In India and specially in south India where coconut is abundand, most men and women uses coconut oil
        for hair. There hair are black and beautiful and many of them maintain such black, silky, shiny hair
        all the way to their senior age ( 60 + without a tint of grey hair or even heavy loss of hair )
        Coconut oil must me softly message in the hair root / scalp to allow their fine molecules to get absorbed.
        For best result, always use non-refined, non filtered, organic oil.

      • Is this the same one you use on your eyelashes?

  29. I switched to a dry shampoo-bar method to avoid all the chemicals and alcohol in commercial shampoo and my hair seemed to do okay except that I get a LOT of build up/residue. I have untreated (no color, no perm) straight hair that’s fine to medium in terms of each strand, and thick (I have a lot, I’ve been told). One of the main ingredients in my shampoo bars is coconut oil, so I’m wondering if that has to do with it. I do a vinegar rinse once a week but tat hasn’t really cut the residue issue.

  30. I use coconut oil on my skin when going out for sun and for oil-pulling plus eat some everyday in my morning smoothies. I mix a small amount with shea and mango butter along with argon oil and some other I forgot (the quart amount has lasted over 6 months!) for my hair. I am 61 years old, a male, and have mid back length hair and this stuff tames it quite well. Being a hippy and being no-poo for a little over 3 years this mixture is superb. Research commercial “sunscreens” and you’ll see why I use coconut oil for the sun.

  31. I’m dubious that coconut oil will clog pores I’ve been making skin lotion using CO for a couple of years now, with nary a zit in sight. There is a sect in India where the women don’t cut their hair until they are about 18 years old. They don’t use shampoo so much there, so these woman use only CO oil on their hair. Their hair is such good condition, they sell it to the companies that make hair extensions.

    • I too have good results with Coconut oil on my face. I am 50 years old now , but for most of my life suffered from Rosacea, some milder acne, and stupidly sensitive skin. I went from Acne to pre-wrinkles with no break in between. I didnt dare use anything with oil in it on my face. Then i moved to the mountains and had to put on something… enter Coconut OIL. I slather it on at night and in the AM. Sometimes on top of my makeup if my skin is thirsty. I am so thrilled with on breakouts at this ripe old age. I use it on my hands too, and on my hair after highlights from ill trained hairdressers who have fried it to bits. I have eaten coconut oil too, dont like the taste but I know its good for my insides. I put it in my dogs spoon once in a blue moon and he also licks it off.

  32. Wow! This was eye-opening and sohelpful! I have dry, brittle hair that is coming out from from formaldehyde from my Keratin treatment that I last did. I think in hindsight I’ve been experiencing problems and hair loss from the Keratin for years but just didn’t realize it. Anyway, I have been slathering on coconut oil on the scalp and hair and I do think my hair has gotten dryer. I actually switched to some different natural products that have mostly Shea butter on them a couple weeks ago, and my hair has become improved in condition. This is really enlightening. Thank you.

  33. I disagree with some points you wrote based on my personal experience.

    My hair is curly long, and I had dry hair and serious dandruff. Tried all sorts of treatments and they were all useless and damaged my hair and scalp due to the chemicals used.
    After using coconut oil ON THE SCALP and hair overnight, my dandruff disappeared almost at the first time I used, and my hair got A LOT better. I did not notice any hair loss, on the contrary, I actually noticed slight improvement, not much though.

    The oil can also be used as a leave-in, just put a small amount after you towel dry your hair (if you put too much it will look like you used gel)

    I’ve only felt some irritation on scalp if I leave the oil for 3 days in a row without washing. But a quick shower (just water, no need for shampoo to removed it) solves it quickly.

    Just make sure the oil is UNREFINED and ORGANIC.

  34. My husband is Guatemalan and I am African American. We have two beautiful daughters with different types of textured hair. My 10 year old have the “basic” biracial hair where its a curly-coarse texture, while my 6 year old have a curly-“Spanish” texture. I use coconut oil ONLY to get rid of the frizz for my 6 year old’s hair. But my other daughter, I use it for her scalp and hair.

    For facial moisture, my older daughter breaks out but my little one is fine… It’s weird but I get it LOL. I use it sparingly for my family. I hope this helped.

  35. Thanks for this article. I, too, am one of those who don’t respond well to topical applications of coconut oil. I’ve always found it to be very drying to both skin and hair (I have dry, curly hair). Now I know why!

  36. Another thing to avoid is “natural flavorings”…

    In many cases, natural flavors are just as bad as artificial flavorings.

    And yes – the rumor is true… one form of natural flavoring comes from beaver anus discharge… I am not kidding.

  37. i am one of those that cant use coconut oil on my hair (or body). it made my hair very dry and even courser feeling. same with my body. it made my hair on my legs grow faster and coarser!!! gah! no one wants that! i use almond oil now for my hair/body

    • Hey Susan, that’s a really interesting observation. I’m wondering if CO could be used to decrease dark, course body hair. And if used on fine body hair, will it become thicker?
      Mmmm…would be worth investigating!

  38. Hi Katie,
    According to the Blood Type diet- Blood Type ” A” should avoid coconut oil .I am a Type A & I love coconut oil! What are your thoughts on that?? Thx

    • I’ve never seen any evidence that the blood type diet is actually a legitimate thing, or that certain foods always effect people with a certain blood type the same way. I’ll be writing about it in the future once I’ve had time to do more research on it, but for now, I see no harm in consuming coconut oil as long as it’s not bothering you in any way.

      • Thx for that. Look forward to the research. I add coconut oil , turmeric powder & a pinch of sea salt when I cook Basmati rice & it’s delicious & healthy.

  39. I’ve posted this before in a different thread but seeing as this is the coconut oil thread, I’ll post it again…
    I cured a nasty staph infection by eating and topically applying coconut oil. Twenty something open oozing sores all over the body. Tried various natural remedies. Nothing worked. Finally, after about three days of eating and applying CO, I went through a sleepless night of fevers and chills after which I could feel the body recovering and a few days later, the staph was gone. I had tried golden seal, oregano oil, various things but coconut oil was the ONLY thing that worked. I was also eating lots of avocados and avoiding sugars and grains. Just thought I’d share that useful tidbit.

  40. Informative article! Thank you for sharing this.

  41. how do you use castor oil for eyelash and hair growth

  42. Coconut oil actually does not clog pores when used correctly and I have thick curly course hair and coconut oil works very well with individuals with thick and course hair especially minorities like myself , we live by coconut oil . Those who had issues were probably not using virgin organic unrefined oil

  43. Hi, I have just been told that my cholesterol is a bit on the high side. I have been using coconut oil for a while now but NHS site says that it is bad because it contains saturated fats. Heart UK Org also says this. Do you know if there is any evidence to refute this? I don’t really want to give it up as it has so many good properties. Thanks

  44. I have been using coconut oil once a well for many months, my hair is coarse and dry. I love it! Maybe I’m using the right amount or something. I have also gone on the no poo trend (I’m very late in trying it) and love it! But it’s definitly not for everyone

  45. I put coconut oil on my hair and I wasted it out and my hair wouldn’t dry it’s been like 2 hours and my hair is oily i think I put too much coconut oil and I’m worried if it will do any damage to my hair

  46. I did not know that coconut oil was the richest natural source of medium chain fatty acids. I understand that these fatty acids can be beneficial for our body and am happy to learn that they can actually help hair growth. I have also heard that argan oil is good for skin and hair. I will have to do some experimenting.

  47. Use the coconut oil on daughters fly way hair. Was very difficult to get out. Used ACV, baking soda and witch hazel. I must have used a tab bit! haha!

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