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How To Get The Most Out Of A Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

16 February 2015
Coconut oil is becoming majorly popular amongst those looking for natural alternatives to beauty products and using it as a hair treatment is right up there with the most raved about uses. Today I'm going to show you how I use coconut oil on my hair and the reason why I choose this method.

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When using coconut oil as a hair treatment many people say that it's extremely difficult to wash out and usually they have to shampoo their hair 2-3 times before the oil is fully removed, this is really common and a huge issue for those with fine hair since leaving any sort of residue in the hair often results in limp, greasy looking hair.

To combat this you simply need to mix your coconut oil with a deep conditioning treatment, it doesn't even have to be a good quality conditioning treatment, it can be one that does nothing for you, one that you regret purchasing and don't know how to use up or you can use this method for your all time favourite Holy Grail treatment that costs an arm and a leg, the benefit here is that it'll make your most loved treatments go further.

The hardest part of this method is taking in to consideration the length and thickness of your hair to work out your ratios, I have long, fine hair so I use 2 tablespoons of warmed coconut oil to one tablespoon of my conditioning treatment, just eye ball it as you go but the general ratio you want is about 2:1, mix it up as best you can (keeping in mind that an oil and a cream is not likely to mix together perfectly) and then start smoothing it through your hair.

I start at the ends and work my way up the length of the hair in small sections, I then wrap my hair up in a bun and during winter I wrap it in glad wrap (and sometimes hit it with a hairdryer on a warm setting) and leave in for as long as I can, sometimes it's overnight, sometimes it's half an hour, whatever time permits is fine.

When it comes to washing the treatment out of your hair it's best to add a little water and then massage the hair, the conditioning treatment will help to break down the coconut oil and after a good massage and rinse you can shampoo and condition as normal without the fear of leaving a heavy residue on your hair. No more shampooing 3 times and defeating the purpose of a coconut oil treatment!

Pro Tip: If you're finding that the coconut oil is still difficult to wash out double check your ratio and consider how much product you are applying to your hair, it doesn't have to be swimming in the mixture, using small amounts regularly (ie; applying a light treatment before each wash) is more beneficial than packing it on one a month.

What do you use coconut oil for?

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7 comments on "How To Get The Most Out Of A Coconut Oil Hair Treatment"
  1. I love using coconut oil in my hair, I generally just leave it in for an hour and shampoo twice with no dramas. Will have to mix it with a treatment to see how it goes!

    1. Give it a try, for those who don't have an issue with it I usually suggest this for using up conditioning products that they don't really like that much, it saves the products from being wasted and ending up in the bin but they also get the benefits of a coconut oil treatment, it's win-win

  2. I've been using coconut oil in both body & lip scrubs - works better for me that way than using it on my hair as I have a tendency to go overboard with it. I did that the first time I used coconut oil as a hair treatment & I walked around with stringy hair for days. Took about 3 separate washes before my hair returned to normal. It's the same with using hair masks & conditioner - I have to either use them sparingly or rinse VERY well. Ah, the curse of having fine hair but-lots-of-it...

    1. I have the fine hair but lots of it issues too so I feel your pain! On the other hand I am very lucky because the lengths of my hair are like a sponge and can absorb a lot of moisturising product so things have to be intense for me to get stringy hair.

      I also used to pack the product on and it wasn't until I had a one on one session with a hairdresser where we each shared our tips and tricks of our trades with one another that I realised less can actually be more when it comes to hair (shouldn't be surprising to me because that also goes with makeup), it took me a little while to train myself to be careful with the amounts I used but it did help significantly!

    2. Good point re: training yourself not to use so much product. I've had to do the same thing recently with hair stuff, but sometimes old habits die hard. I think I'm good with the shampoo & conditioner now, but not so much with the hair mask. I think I just get concerned that my lengths & ends aren't moisturised enough (that's where I'm normal-driest) & that's why I use a bit too much sometimes. Back to the drawing board....

    3. Hahah I totally hear you, old habits do die hard!

  3. I just bought the exact same coconut oil for half price, but I wasn't quite sure how to do my hair with it. Great review & timely.