Hair Conditioning Treatment: Coconut Oil {Beauty}

by Cate on March 11, 2014

An easy and inexpensive way to have the softest hair imaginable? Yep. And coconut oil is the answer.

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If you’re a long-time reader, you know I will go to great lengths to have awesomely soft hair.

To wit, I’ve done an avocado hair mask.

Verdict: Exceptionally messy, but worth it.

And a banana treatment.

Verdict: Also exceptionally messy, but worth it.

And even the great mayonnaise experiment.

Verdict: Exceptionally messy *and* gross, but worth it. I mean, a boy even noticed the difference, without even a touch test first.

So this time? Coconut oil.

Coconut oil is all the rage these days. For a variety of uses. And considering I have a giant 54 oz vat of it from Costco, well, this pleases me to no end.

So far, I have just been using it for softer skin, which has been particularly important after this rather punishing Winter we’ve had in the Northeast.

I would love to start “oil pulling,” but I’m currently working myself up for that one. Because the feedback is that while it is wonderful, it’s also gross. A friend gagged after her first attempt, and I know it’s definitely mind over matter, so I fully intend to conquer that one.

But coconut oil as a conditioning treatment?

I’m totally down with that.

A friend had used it to great success, and she said just shampoo and then add coconut oil as a conditioner, and leave it on overnight, and rinse out.

All of which is wonderful. Except she left out the part of re-shampooing the next morning. Because otherwise? Coconut oil does not just rinse out. I assure you. And I was silently cursing myself for trying this the night before a date, since I was then left with washing and styling my hair twice in a six hour period.

Lesson learned.

You don’t need to leave it on overnight to reap the rewards. Just shampoo and condition your hair as you normally would. Then apply the coconut oil all over and use a wide-toothed comb to distribute the oil throughout every strand. Then shampoo your hair again and dry and/or style as you normally would.

It could not be easier, you just need to make sure to shampoo again *after* the coconut oil goes in your hair.

And the result?


Even just after one use.

Your hair could not be softer. More manageable. More awesome. It’s like how it is right after you leave a salon. Without having to make the trip to the salon. I extolled the virtues of it and a co-worker used it and it instantly made her usually-frizzy hair manageable.

And it’s been amazing for Madeline’s hair texture, which is prone to knotting if we don’t spend an hour on it every day.

Whether you buy a small jar or jump in with both feet first, using coconut oil as a conditioning treatment for your hair is an inexpensive beauty tip with massive results. And with so many other uses for coconut oil beyond that, that super size jar from Costco for $12 is worth every penny.

*And if you need more uses for your giant tub of coconut oil, this is a great list to check out.

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Joanne March 12, 2014 at 6:44 am

Note to self – have mom pick up large jar of coconut oil for me!
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Joelen March 12, 2014 at 8:52 am

I’m planning on adding this as a staple to my pantry!


Christie March 12, 2014 at 9:59 am

I’ve heard of this but very hesitant since my hair is greasy the day after I wash it. Would love it to be as soft and smooth as it use to be though.
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Angie March 12, 2014 at 10:24 am

I’m trying this ASAP! I have super dry hair!
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Ali March 12, 2014 at 10:49 am

Gonna try this, hopefully tonight :) Thanks!
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Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen March 12, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Coconut oil is one of my favorite beauty products, it’s great as a moisturizer for dry skin too.
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B March 12, 2014 at 7:47 pm

At room temp, is coconut oil solid — like Crisco?

Like you said, coconut oil is sooo the rage — haven’t joined in. Yet. Ha.


Meg March 13, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Coconut oil is totally new to me, but I did see that oil pulling article on Jezebel and was simultaneously curious/horrified. Hmm. Putting oil on my hair? Yep, I could go for that! Especially since my hair is typically a frizzy, crazy mess.
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Kate March 18, 2014 at 2:18 pm

I never tried it , but I heard from a friend of mine (she works in a salon) and she uses coconut oil on her clients the have dry and flaky scalps.

:* Kate


Leo Tat March 17, 2018 at 9:48 am

Coconut oil is brilliant, can use it in so many ways. My wife uses coconut oil for hair, it works well for her, and her hair is soft and radiant. I don’t use it on mine because I have oily hair.

I use coconut oil as a body skin conditioner; it has light moisturising properties. Tried it on my face but after a few weeks I had breakouts, I think it blocked the pores, but for the body, it works well.
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