The Pros & Cons of Using Coconut Oil on Your Natural Hair

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How often is coconut oil referred to as the end-all, fix-all to your problems? The natural oil is known for having numerous health benefits. Beyond revitalizing your skin and hair, it is a superfood that has strong medicinal properties. Despite coconut oil's benefits for the curly hair of many, the magical oil has also proven to be damaging to others, depending on the texture and porosity of your hair. In other words, there are pros and cons to incorporating coconut oil to your regimen.

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Best Oils for High Porosity Hair

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by Mary Wolff

Hair needs moisture to stay healthy and beautiful. If you have high porosity hair, your strands may be able to absorb moisture without an issue. The real challenge for your hair is keeping that moisture locked in place. This is where oils come in since they offer a concentrated dose of moisturizing properties and seal the cuticle to help keep moisture locked in. How do you choose the right oils for your hair porosity? With this list of the 5 best oils for high porosity hair, of course!

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Benefits Of A Rose, Argan, And Coconut Oil Leave In Conditioner

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by Mary Wolff

When it comes to giving your curls some extra TLC, there are lots of homemade concoctions you can try. While you could opt to apply various ingredients throughout the week, why not combine some of the best ingredients nature has to offer into a daily leave in conditioner? There are several benefits for your hair health when using the ingredients of rose, argan, and coconut oils. Used on their own, each one offers unique benefits, but when combined, they become a powerhouse solution to cover a wide scope of hair woes. Here are a few benefits of a rose, Argan, and coconut oil leave in conditioner.

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Try These DIY Conditioners For Curls


by Mary Wolff

When it comes to caring for your curls, you may feel more comfortable creating your own products. Maybe you just don’t have the time to run to the store to pick up another bottle. Whatever the case, there are a ton of easy-to-make ideas for a DIY conditioner for curls. They use natural ingredients you probably already have on hand in your kitchen! Here are a few of my favorite recipes for a nourishing DIY conditioner for curls.

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3 Coconut Oil Hair Masks to Moisturize Your Natural Hair

 

Coconut oil has a multitude of health benefits with its fatty acids, Poly-phenols, vitamins and minerals. It is great for hair and skin, your immunity, weight loss and even heart health. Heck, I'm wondering if I should try coconut sugar (I keep seeing it at Sam's and it be calling my name) so who is it any wonder why there are tons of hair treatments using coconut oil?

Here are three super-duper moisturizing hair masks you need to be trying ASAP!

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The Best Oil PROVEN to Reduce Hair Breakage


by Susan Walker of DrWalkerWellness.com


Quite possibly one of my favourite foods because of the distinctive, nutty flavour it gives to dishes and smoothies (yum!) is coconut. It seems to be en vogue these days as consumers are realizing the benefits of this wonderful superfood and food companies are meeting the demand to provide it in various forms. We have the whole food coconut; but now we’ve been introduced to coconut flour, coconut sugar, coconut milk, coconut yogurt. You name it, the food companies have created it. And that may be not such a great thing. But that’s another post for another day.

What I really want to discuss is the application of coconut – and more specifically the oil – to hair care.

5 Ingredients to Increase Moisture Retention this Fall


by Toia B of Luvtobnatural.com

We’ve been talking much about how protective styles in conjunction with moisturizing and sealing can be most beneficial for your hair this fall. To keep the theme going, I thought I’d run down a few of the oils and butters I like to use to keep my hair in the best shape possible as the temps continue to drop.

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Is Your Hair Still Dirty? This May Be Why.



As a transitioning and natural hair blogger, I love to observe (and sometimes participate in) the waves and trends that roll through the natural hair community. First, it was all about growth, length retention, and proving that textured hair could be just as fab (if not moreso....but hey, I'm biased) as straight hair. Now, some of our favorite bloggers and YouTubers are doing second and third chops, and tapered cuts are taking the reins. Coloring natural hair used to be met with the side eye, but now bright and bold colors are everywhere -- with only a marginal few claiming that hair dye strips you of the title of naturalista. What used to be a race for the most complicated regimen is now met with "ain't nobody got time for that" and a supreme side eye. The current trend in minimalist/lazy natural hair care has ladies looking to eliminate the fluff from regimens, focusing only on what's necessary.

Which brings me to this point: is pre-pooing a necessary step in your wash day regimen? Could that 30 minutes to an hour be better spent, or eliminated to truncate wash day?

The answer isn't as cut and dry as one would think. The real answer depends on what you're using to prepoo your hair, whose advice you trust, and what has yielded the best results for your own head of hair. Let's explore the two most common pre-poo methods, and what folks have to say about them:

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How Much Coconut Oil Does Hair Absorb? #QuestionsThatNeedAnswers


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Here’s more good news for lovers of natural hair care products.

Coconut oil penetrates hair

I'm sure you already know about how coconut oil is one of the few natural oils that has been proven to penetrate deep inside the hair where it can strengthen from within. The problem has been there has been no way to quantify how much oil actually gets inside the hair. A 2012 research paper documents a new method involving radioactively labeled coconut oil that can now measure how much oil actually gets inside hair.

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Winter Oil Blend- A Natural Hair and Skin Recipe


by Juli-Anne of ThreeNaturals

If you’re like me, when Winter rolls around you need all the help you can get keeping your skin moisturized and protected from the harsh, dry and cold Winter air.

This year, I’m skipping the usual frustration that I allow myself to endure with drugstore lotions and potions and opting for a much simpler and more natural approach.

This consists or two parts: Internal hydration and a natural oil blend.

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7 Fabulous Natural Oils For Natural Hair Growth


By Dr. Phoenyx Austin

You don’t always have to buy fancy, big name hair products for your hair. Sometimes the best products are actually very simple and found in your local Whole Foods store. What are these simple hair products? Well they’re natural oils. I’m a natural haired woman and know first-hand that natural oils are amazing for hair. They work wonders on my hair. And I’ve been using natural oils for years to make my hair softer, shinier, and even stronger. Basically hair needs oil. So be sure to check out these 7 fabulous natural oils for natural hair.

Avocado Oil
Avocado oil is particularly great for natural hair. It’s loaded with nutrients, amino acids, essential fatty acids, as well as vitamins A, B, D, and E. And it’s excellent for moisturizing, deep conditioning, improving hair strength, strengthening hair, and boosting shine.

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Coconut Milk Pre-Poo




by Shelli of Hairscapades

A couple of weeks ago, I was fudging around on YouTube and came across this two part series on using coconut milk as a hair treatment. I was immediately intrigued for two reasons. First, I love me some coconut oil! DON’T NOBODY better say nothin’ bad about COCONUT OIL. ‘Cuz that’s when Bonita goes OFF! *teehee* Second, the YouTuber’s hair is RIDIC! I mean, long as all get out and so healthy looking without a broken strand visible to the naked eye (whereas I have a ton from a rough, dry winter)! Now, I know her hair is not curly, kinky, or coily. However, I have always believed that we can learn things from a variety of sources and different textures/ethnicities as so many of the practices that promote healthy hair are the same, regardless of race/texture/hair type (i.e. moisture, protein, protection). And, given the benefits of coconut oil (did you see this recent article on CurlyNikki about the amazing penetrating capabilities of coconut oil?!?!?) and how great it works for me, I figured coconut milk (which has coconut oil in it) might be just as awesome.


Part I: Extracting Coconut Milk


Part II: Applying Coconut Milk



Coconut Oil Penetrates Hair!- Natural Hair Care


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We’ve blogged before about how coconut oil is one of the few natural oils that has been proven to penetrate deep inside the hair where it can strengthen from within. The problem has been there has been no way to quantify how much oil actually gets inside the hair. A 2012 research paper documents a new method involving radioactively labeled coconut oil that can now measure how much oil actually gets inside hair.

This new method used a scintillation fluid to radioactively tag the coconut oil. (BTW, Sarah Bellum thought the phrase “scintillation fluid” sounded dirty.) The researchers were then able to track how much of the oil actually penetrated into the hair versus how much stayed on the surface.

The research (although small-scale and preliminary) shows that hair can absorb around 15% of its weight in coconut oil in an hour. An overnight soaking oil (six hours) increases absorption to around 20% or 25%.

With this new method validated, the researchers hope to expand the scope of their work to include other types of oils. In the meantime you can take solace in the fact that coconut oil has been once again validated as an effective natural hair care ingredient.

Reference: Quantitative measurement of the penetration of coconut oil into human hair using radio-labeled coconut oil. JSCC, 2012, Vol 63.

Are you using coconut oil in your healthy hair routine?  Share your experiences below!

CN Says:
For more info, read THIS and THIS.  These articles discuss the efficacy of coconut oil pre-poos and my coconut oil bun respectively.  

The Many Uses of Coconut Oil for Natural Hair


You may know that coconut oil is a popular ingredient for natural hair care products, but do you know what makes it such a miracle oil? There are many ways you can use coconut oil for curly hair care, but its usefulness goes beyond that. Check out the infographic to find out more!


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