Coconut oil is one of my favorite deep conditioners for my hair. A lot of oils just coat your hair providing minimal moisturizing and repair. But not coconut oil. Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft to moisturize from within, repair damaged hair, and protect your hair from future damage from hair products & heat.
Benefits of Coconut Oil for Hair
- Moisturizes your hair and scalp
- Anti-fungal and helps prevent dandruff
- Penetrates the hair shaft
- Protects your hair from losing protein when washing which results in thicker hair
- Contains vitamin E and lauric acid, both are essential for strong, healthy hair and help prevent hair loss
- Contains fatty acids that strengthen your hair resulting in less split ends
- Gives hair a healthy shine
- Dampen your hair. When your hair is wet, the coconut oil will coat the water and lock in the moisture.
- Grab about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Adjust the amount of coconut oil based on how much hair you have. If it's solid, just rub it in your palm a little and it'll soften.
- Add essential oils if using. This is optional. You can get creative and use your favorite essential oils. Some essential oils that are good for your hair are:
- Lavender (soothing)
- Cedarwood (healthy scalp and promotes hair growth)
- Peppermint (healthy scalp and promotes hair growth)
- Rosemary (healthy scalp and promotes hair growth)
- Clary Sage
- Ylang ylang
- Sandalwood (promotes hair growth)
- Lemon (photosenstive, if you have sun sensitive skin or plan on being in the sun, don't use lemon)
- Purification (my favorite essential oil ever!)
- Tea Tree (healthy scalp)
- Massage into your hair. Focus on the ends of your hair.
- Be sure to protect your clothes from the coconut oil by wrapping a towel around your shoulders, clip your hair up, wear a shower cap, etc.
- Leave on your hair for as long as desired: 15 minutes to overnight.
- Wash out using an egg wash (info below).
How To Wash Coconut Oil Out of Your Hair
How easy it is to get this magical deep conditioner out of your hair depends on your hair type and your shampoo. I've heard some people say it washes right out without a problem. Others say it takes several washes to get it out. It is difficult for me to get it out of my hair.
An egg wash followed by a very small amount of castile soap or shampoo (I like this one) works great for me.
- Mix one egg with about 2 tablespoons of water, massage into hair and scalp, leave for 5-10 minutes, rinse.
- Be sure to rinse with luke warm water, as cool as you can stand for rinsing your hair. If you use hot water, you will cook the egg and end up with scrambled eggs in your hair. Yuck.
- I follow with about a teaspoon of castile soap or shampoo (I like this one) massage into hair and scalp, rinse.
Why an Egg Wash?
Here are the reasons an egg wash removes the coconut oil hair mask:
- Eggs clarify your hair removing buildup (learn more about clarifying your hair here)
- Eggs cut through oil & grease
- Eggs have lots of protein to strengthen and thicken your hair
- Eggs have vitamins A, D, & E which add shine to your hair