How to Apply a Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

A lot of people struggle with trying to revive dry, brittle hair. There are any number of causes of this sort of damage: excessive use of chemical treatments and styling products, overexposure to dry air, frequent swimming in chlorinated water…the list goes on and on. Fortunately, there is an all-natural and affordable solution that anyone suffering from damaged hair should give a try before moving on to the more expensive options offered by your local salon. Pure, all-natural, using coconut oil for hair has been the secret to healthy, shiny, beautiful hair for women of the Indian sub-continent for centuries. Coconut oil is primarily composed of saturated fats which nourish hair proteins and provide much needed moisture to dry scalps and hair strands. Now it’s catching on in the west as a simple solution to a troublesome beauty problem.

Treating your hair with coconut oil is a relatively simple and pain-free process. But make sure you set aside a few extra minutes in order to allow yourself time to thoroughly apply the coconut oil with a deep scalp massage. Allowing ample time to thoroughly apply the coconut oil to each portion of the hair and scalp will ensure that the coconut oil penetrates to the cortex of each strand of air, maximizing the moisturizing effect . And, in addition to its many cosmetic benefits, coconut oil is also antimicrobial which helps destroy the fungus causing dandruff. By regularly (several times a week) massaging your hair with coconut oil, you can ensure that you scalp is free of dandruff, even if your scalp is chronically dry. It also helps in keeping your hair and scalp free from lice and lice eggs.

Instructions for regularly conditioning your hair with coconut oil:

  1. Unrefined, organic coconut oil is thick, white and semi-solid at room temperature. In most cases, the coconut oil should begin to cool upon contact with the skin when scooped out of the container. However, some coconut oils may need to be warmed slightly (5-10 seconds in the microwave or a few minutes on a warm plate) in order made pliable enough to apply to the hair.
  2. Your hair should be dry or slightly damp (if you find a little moisture helps with the application) when beginning the application process. Begin with a small scoop to get started - about half the size of a golf ball. Your hair will interact differently with coconut oil depending upon its thickness and consistency so the exact amount of coconut oil used will vary depending upon what type of hair you have. But the key is to ensure that you use enough coconut oil to reach all parts of the scalp and the roots of each hair strand.
  3. Massage the coconut oil into the hair with your fingers, beginning at the scalp and working your way out to the ends. Remember to get the ends as well as the roots. While healthy hair begins at the roots, the ends are often in the most need of moisture.
  4. If you have long hair, wrap it in a bun and place a shower cap on your head. Allow the coconut oil to moisturize the hair for approximately 30 minutes. If you are pressed for time, you can always leave the coconut oil in for less time but to maximize the benefits, it is recommended that you leave the treatment in for at least 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, remove the shower cap and wash and condition your hair as you normally would.
  6. Finally, show off your beautiful, lush, shiny hair!
If your hair is very dry and damaged it may require a more intensive treatment. To maximize the benefits of coconut oil for hair, try a coconut oil hair mask.