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

If you've ever felt like "coconut oil ruined my hair", you're not alone sis...

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

coconut oil ruined my hair
coconut oil ruined my hair - Try Ghee

You tell me... Why is authentic 100% castor oil an age-old beauty secret for increasing hair growth while coconut oil is damaging many heads of hair in the natural hair community?

The wildest thing is that not everyone feels like coconut oil ruins their hair...

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

So why should SOME natural-hair women avoid using coconut oil on their tresses? And how do you know if coconut oil bad is 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.

[READ ARTICLE: 5 Reasons to "STOP Using Coconut Oil and Shea Butter"!]

The Protein Problem - Coconut Oil for Natural Hair

Protein build-up also the reason many natural hair sistas doesn’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.

Has Coconut Oil Ruined My Hair? [Type 4 Natural]


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

So... Does Coconut Oil Ruin Natural Hair? Yes or No?

It truly does depend.

And I know, some feel 100% sure that "coconut oil ruined my hair" but think about things this way...

There are so many different textures of natural hair and coconut oil is not ruining everyone's hair. I can tell you this though...

Lovelies with looser natural hair textures and/or oilier hair may be lacking protein, many can even use coconut oil for hair loss prevention or try Moroccan Oil and see what it does for your hair.

For these particular natural hair Black women, protein is very necessary, and it may be due to their porosity-level. Let's not get it twisted...

On the other hand, Lovelies with coarse natural hair or already super dry hair probably aren't struggling with low protein at all, so coconut oil may lead to more brittle hair problems and natural hair loss. These naturalistas 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

If you feel like "coconut oil ruined my hair", here's what you can do...

When coconut oil for natural hair growth is combined with other Black hair growth oils and ingredients, not only is less coconut oil coming in contact with your hair to cause damage, but the combinations of healthful and helpful fatty acids can have different and POSITIVE effects instead of damaging your hair and making it brittle and ready-to-break.

For instance, coconut oil doesn’t seem to make hair dry or brittle when combined with the monounsaturated fatty acids from pure virgin olive oil or when mixed with argan or marula oil (both great for natural Black hair).

Pure honey also seems to make coconut oil even more beneficial for natural type 4 hair and the simple sugars in honey can nourish your kinky hair and make it naturally smooth and frizz-free.

So it's smart for you to patch test these different hair oil combos and you may just find the secret concoction that will have you looking like a natural hair model strutting your stuff down the catwalk.

And you won't say that coconut oil ruined my hair ever again! Although some natural will always feel like coconut oil AND EVEN SHEA BUTTER is the devil, lol.

[READ ARTICLE: 5 Reasons to "STOP Using Coconut Oil and Shea Butter"!]