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).

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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.

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"!]

How To Use Coconut Oil For Hair - AMAZING Moisturizer Mask!

It's no secret, coconut oil for hair has been a true blessing for women wanting to bring their damaged curls back to bouncy life.

Many things can cause your hair to look bad. Straightening your hair too often of even an illness can cause your hair to lose its life and luster. If your hair ever looks dull or starts feeling brittle or straw-like, this new coconut oil and honey hair recipe works wonders and usually only after using it twice, you can have your bouncy curls back and have hair that looks ready for any beauty magazine photo shoot. I recommend this to ANYONE with damaged hair/fuzzy, undefined curls. So many ladies who are new to this hair revitalization method are absolutely AMAZED to see the quick and gorgeous results.
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Coconut Oil For Hair & Honey Method: What You'll Need

  • 1.5 tbs honey
  • 2 egg yolks (optional if you need protein)
  • A few drops of essential oil for fragrance (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. MELT the coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds - Don't cook it, just melt it.
  2. POUR the coconut oil for hair into a bowl, add the honey, and mix. You may have to work at it, as the two don't easily mix. Add the essential oil at this point if you wish. The mask does not smell bad if you don't add any fragrance!
  3. APPLY the (still hot) mixture to your wet hair from ends to roots.
  4. PUT on your Hair Therapy Wrap, alternatively you can warm a towel in the microwave and wrap your hair in it.
  5. WAIT 45 minutes, or for really damaged hair you can leave the treatment in overnight (just wear a shower cap)
  6. RINSE

Final Details: How To Use Coconut Oil For Hair

Apply the mask to wet hair, concentrating on the ends, where most of the hair damage occurs. (If there are still some solid bits of coconut oil in the hair mask, just work them into your hair.) Wrap your hair up in a bun and place hair therapy wrap or wet towel over it. Let the mask sit for 45 minutes, then wash rinse in the shower and follow with your normal shampoo and favorite conditioner. When your hair dries, you’ll see instant shine. Apply the mask once a week and your hair will be softer, shinier, and look healthier over time.

One thing to note: coconut oil can make tubs and floors very slippery! It will drip, even with a shower cap on, so be careful. Also, if you take a bath while the coconut oil hair mask is absorbing, some of the oil will make its way into the tub, giving your skin a hydrating treatment. Remember, using coconut oil for hair is only one of its MANY uses, besides using it for conditioning and hair growth treatments, using coconut oil for skin and face brings many beauty benefits like soft and younger looking skin. It truly is a miracle oil.

 
Have you tried this coconut oil for African-American hair recipe before? Let us know if it worked for you.

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