Has Coconut Oil Ruined My Hair? How To Use Coconut Oil For Hair

Let's keep it trill ladies. Errrrthang aint for errrbody. And you're gonna find that even though certain oils do seem to universally beneficial for almost every type of hair, honeeeey, coconut oil isn’t always one of them (unless mix with honey? I'll explain more about that below).

For instance, authentic 100% castor oil is an age-old beauty secret for increasing hair growth.

Many melanin mavens are using it on their hair and eyelashes and have seen amazing results, without a doubt.

So why not coconut oil? Is coconut oil bad for your hair or not??

What Decides If YOU Get Coconut Oil Benefits for Hair?

It's pretty clear that coconut oil for black hair gets mixed results, some naturals swear by it. Others say coconut oil is the dang devil and might try to fight you if you put that stuff next to their luscious locs, HA!

So why exactly is this happening? Besides the fact that no one oil is going to work for everyone, there is more involved. For instance, do you have protein build-up?

Coconut oil works like a charm for protein retention. So if your hair suffers from lack of protein, coconut oil is a great product for you!

However, if your hair has protein build-up, repeated use of coconut oil will jack your hair up even worse. Girrrl, your hair is gonna be snap cracklin' and poppin' more than Rice Krispies Treats.

See... since coconut oil helps stop the loss of protein in your hair, if your hair already has enough protein and doesn’t need this extra "help" then it can cause your hair to be dry, brittle, and break off.

So if this is happening to you it's likely that your hair has enough protein.

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The Protein Problem - Coconut Oil for Natural Hair

Protein build-up also the reason many natural hair sistasdoesn’t like protein treatments or conditioners and creams with proteins in it.

Many call it being “protein sensitive” but it's really that you just have enough protein in your hair and don't need any extra.

Soooo, how do you know if you have protein build-up or not???

Well, if your hair is dry and fragile even AFTER you’ve moisturized it (deep conditioning, hot oil treatments, loc method) then chances are you have protein build up. But there’s a way to reverse it! First, check all of your products to be sure they do not have protein in them. Secondly, focus on keeping your hair moisturized with the right products.

For instance, you can use cold-pressed aloe vera for hair or a leave-in conditioner you like then seal in the moisture with sweet almond oil (I don't like the smell of A.O. so I prefer unscented...).

You will notice the elasticity in your hair come back and moisture retention pick up.


Is Coconut Oil Bad For Type 4 Natural Hair Or Is It Still A Holy Grail?

So... Is Coconut Oil For Natural Hair? Yes or No?

It truly does depend. There are so many different textures of natural hair. I can say though... Lovelies with looser textures and/or oiler hair may be lacking protein, many can even use coconut oil for hair loss prevention. Protein is very necessary, let's not get it twisted...

On the other hand, Lovelies with coarse or already dry hair probably aren't struggling with low protein at all, so coconut oil may lead to more brittle hair and hair loss. These people may benefit more from other types of oil like pure organic-grade marula oil and, of course, argan oil for hair and skin.

PRO TIP: How to Use Coconut Oil For Hair With OTHER Ingredients

When combined with other oils and ingredients, not only is less coconut oil coming in contact with your hair, but the combinations of fatty acids can have different and POSITIVE effects.

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. So patch test these different combos and you may just find the secret concoction that will have you looking a natural hair model strutting your stuff down the catwalk.

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