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Coconut or Castor Oil for Braid-Outs?

By January 27th, 202132 Comments

Coconut or Castor Oil for Braid-Outs?
Hola Chicas!

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with the effects of different oils on my braid-outs. Here’s what I found:

Coconut Oil– Leaves my hair less defined, but very soft, fluffy, and LARGE. It has no hold, but I love the result! I learned a while ago that my curls hate coconut oil when applied wet…but my dry hair adores it. I usually have to re-braid every night when using coconut oil only, due to the lack of definition. Non-greasy.

Castor Oil-I’ve been using Oyin’s Burnt Sugar with great success, and the main ingredient is castor oil. It leaves me with the most defined, thick looking braid-outs. My hair appears (totally an illusion) heavy and thick, but feels light, and non-greasy to the touch. This has become my favorite, and the set holds for two days! Castor oil really is magical 😉

Shea Butter– You all know that shea butter was a main stay in my wet styling routine. Now that I do dry braid-outs, it’s a bit too heavy. I’ve been using Oyin’s Whipped Shea Butter, and it leaves my hair greasy and stringy. I hate greasy braid-outs because I can’t fluff them without causing the ugly kind of frizz. Plus, greasy hair is not a good look.

Which oils do you like on your dry hair? Which do you prefer to apply to wet hair? How do you think my dry hair would take to Olive Oil?


  • Anonymous says:

    I use to use Olive oil While transitioning for my braid out and it looked great but now I use Coconut oil for my twist out on my natural hair and I love it!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I’ve been using Dr. Miracle grease for my scalp and regular castor oil for my scalp & hair & so far I love the results. check out my video to see for yourself. please let me know what you think

  • Unknown says:

    Hello ladies!!! I'm originally from Haiti and I must say I grew up using Castor oil on my hair. Of course as I got older, I thought Castor oil was not for me. BIG MISTAKE!!! I realized Castor oil is the best thing for any type of hair. It will keep your hair soft, moisturize and healthy. The other oils I've been using are: Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, & Organic Extra Virgin unrefined Coconut oil. I've been really happy with the results.
    I used to be a products junkie, but I know better now. I make sure to wash my hair weekly and by making sure that I deep condition my hair when I do. The results are amazing.
    All products containing Mineral oil, Paraben, SLS, Petrolatum should be a NO NO to anyone using them. They will only clog your pores.

    Have fun everyone!!! Remember Natural hair is beautiful. If anybody comments about your natural hair in a negative way, don't get upset, tell them to take their complaints to GOD.

  • Unknown says:

    I have been on this product junkie kick recently and it's off the chain! History: I've been natural on and off for years. I had my first perm at age 6, went back to my natural hair at age 12 -due to breakage- all the way through the beginning of high school and then permed it. Went natural again at 33, grew locks, cut them, remained natural for 4 another years, placed a texturizer (yuck) in my hair was forced to perm it and FINALLY got pregnant which forced me to go natural again YEAHIE!). So…here I am in my third year of freedom (again and it is here to stay)!

    The most consistent thing I found to be most helpful throughout this entire journey was water AND my diet. It was amazing how much my hair grew at age 33 and beyond. Secondly, I washed my hair with tea tree shampoo (which in retrospect was a little harsh, but it stripped the oils from previous build up) then sat under my dryer ever Sunday with hot oil on my hair (preferably Jojoba) for 30 minutes. After, I would two strand twist my hair using coconut oil to the scalp and wear it in a bun or blow it out(–no additional heat cuz it was faster to twist), section it in four parts then twist in a bun.

    At the time,I would re-twist some of the strands during the week so that it would remain neat for work, but that was it. My hair grew like a weed. The texture, strength and body was amazing. Currently, I am using Argan Oil (a Moroccan oil treatment) that is really nice.

    Olive oil, coconut oil, and Castor oil are great, but since the pregnancy, my hair is responding differently to these product when used (I know… what a conundrum). So now, I have been on the hunt for that perfect mix in order to capture the look I am rocking* two strand twists and partially unraveled throughout the day.

    I've stopped flat ironing my natural hair because my ends just went completely straight –I just cut it (go according to the "farmers alamanac it works!)and am using the twist out style only for the winter. It's to cold to wash, throw it in a bun with a satin scarf at night and go. I am to susceptible to catching colds.

    My hair is a mixture of 4 different textures' 3b, 4a, 4b (I wasn't crazy about categorizing my tresses), but it is a reality I have learned to love.

    I now realize that my hair soaks up coconut oil or any oil for that matter so I have to use kinky curly shampoo and spritz with the Argan oil or I'll use "Texture My Way Curl Keeper" by Organics (I am trying my hardest to step away from this product because I want all natural products in my hair, but it really works well) for my twist outs with coconut oil. I switch up though because I learned from a stylist a very long time ago that sometimes hair gets used to product so it's good to have a few products in rotation that you know work well, and that give good results. Saturday, I was going to purchase Ms. Jesse and decided (gut instinct) not to buy them. Found out that they have Petroleum AND beeswax. That is a total a no-no for me.

    The same Saturday,(I am in Houston now–with this beast of humidity–hope I can maintain my twist outs in the summer) I purchased Curly Magic and their Moisturizer (all natural ingred.) and used it for 3 days straight. THOUGHT I found the right mix, right. Whoa nelly…um, my hair was soft but looked like a nest. A bird could have laid her eggs in it…lol, just kidding, but it would not hold the curls all the way throughout the day…Well, guess I am back to my ole' rotation now.

    So I am back on the hunt for my natural wonder curl product. We'll see how it goes…

    My apologies for the lengthy communique, too! Thanks for reading about my journey. I must say I really enjoy reading about yours…Sisters in space and from the heart. One love.


  • Christina says:

    I decided to go above and beyond and try making my own bootleg of Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade. I mixed castor oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, cherry and almond fragrance oils, beeswax and a little ORS loc & twist gel together (yep, all this stuff is in my hair closet LOL!). I don't have any measurements; I just adjusted the amounts until it was the consistency of hair grease since that's what Oyin's site says.

    Wow, I really like it. I oiled my hair for twists and also oiled my scalp a bit with it.

  • Anonymous says:

    I am not a huge fan of shea butter besides sealing at night, but I LOVE castor oil – I just bought some this week and had to keep myself from using it everyday (scared of clogging pores?), so I'll go with every other day. Coconut oil is hit or miss on my hair, but I'm thinking of trying it again. But since I started using castor, my hair has been crazy soft. When I add my leave-in out of the shower, my hair feels so buttery!

  • Amber Nofetari says:

    my wet hair loves castor oil and shea butter those are my holy grails. i never apply anything to dry hair period my hair hates that. i've also tried olive oil but it does not work for me it makes my hair crunchy. unless i do it as a pre-poo it's a no go for me.

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm gonna try this. My hair loves any kind of oil, and coconut and shea are my staples, but this head is a frizz monster and I could definitely use something with more 'muscle' 😉 . Maybe castor oil is the answer…

  • msjayep says:

    I have not had the pleasure of using castor oil yet. But I love what coconut oil do for my hair. I decided to mix it with a few essential oils(jojoba, grape seed, and carrot) with my coconut and it feels AMAZING! I apply my shea butter mix to my wet hair braid out. I am truly loving and embracing my Natural Hair and the growth!

    onelove sistas

  • bella gee says:

    Hairveda's Vatika Frosting is the most divine Coconut Oil blend….love it so much.

  • says:

    i just did an olive twist, fused with a bit of apple organics conditioner for great smell. Granted, I henna'd yesterday and deep conditioned with Aubrey Honey suckle+ 1/3 cup of olive oil, this morning. My hair seemed well conditioned, although had tangles and saw a few knots! Oh well, I hope this works out. Olive oil seems to make my hair plum with moisture. Think I like it.

  • Keesha says:

    I BC'd a few weeks ago so I'm still a novice. However, my third and best yet twist-out was from using a mix of shea butter, coconut oil, and EVOO. About 2 parts shea to 1 part coco oil and a drizzle of evoo (how's that for scientific measurement?). I softened it in the microwave for about 15-20 secs and then mixed it. I did my previous twistouts with MJ Curly Pudding and Buttercream but when I added this oil menage a trois I noticed much improvement! Moisturized, supple, defined, smooth and frizz-free twists. The oils make my strands play nice instead of revolt (which is fine, if you're going for that look 🙂

  • Namun says:

    I love coconut oil, always have and it does wonders for my hair.

    erika, que é oleo de mamoma?

  • Danielle says:

    Coconut oil lover for life! lol
    I use EVCO but I also like to use a light conditioner or hair milk to give my braid out more definition/hold.

    I've also been loving Lustrasilk olive oil's cholesterol for braid outs. I believe it diff from the other cholesterol's b/c you can use it on dry or wet hair – and you don't have to wash out.

    I also have some Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter Cream on the way, so when that arrives – I may have to play favorites lol

    but I will always seal with coconut oil after every wash – while my hair is still wet. This seems to help my hair dry faster and softer everytime.

  • MahoganyCurls says:

    I love EVOO…shea butter is not a good look on my hair either…it is like a hit or i just leave it alone..too heavy..I will have to try castor oil in the future.

  • Unknown says:

    I'm currently transtioning and I wear my hair in braidouts 100% of the time. I prefer coconut oil over castor oil. I do love castor oil but only on my ends, it's too heavy for me on the entire length of my hair. I have never tried Olive Oil.. Plus coconut strengthens your hair strands and slows the the graying process! and provides shine outta this world. Gotta love that.

  • Muzikal203 says:

    I love Castor Oil, I use it for everything just about, mostly for DCing, but I also like it as a moisture seal when mixed with a little Jojoba Oil

  • Miz B says:

    Castor oil is like magic! Love it. It defines and thickens my twistouts.

  • Anonymous says:

    I must try to mix the oils and I also need to find some castor oil. I find the same results with shea butter and coconut oil. I think Olive oil acts the same as coconut oil because it can actully penetrate the cuticle unlinke most others aiding in moisture retention and breakage prevention but does nada for definition. I think mixing sounds like the business, i will try.

  • MissCurly says:

    I guess it's true the statement that says no two curlies are alike. My hair loooves coconut oil it is my all time fav. It makes my hair shiny, soft, and smells delishhhh lol. People always compliment me when I use that oil. Shea butter is way too greasy for my hair. I only use it on the ends or at the end of my dry braid just to lock in extra moisture for my dry ends. Castor oil I'm curious about I only use it to moisture my scalp never really used on the shaft. Its alittle too thick for me

  • Evly says:

    Hey Nikki ! Olive oil is my new love. I used it in my last shea butter mix instead of coconut oil and my braids came out shiny, full, soft and frizz free.
    I would love to get you opinion on jamaican black castor oil, if you ever tried it.
    Btw I think mango butter could give you good definition and hold like shea butter does without the heavy feeling on your hair.

  • erika says:

    eu uso oleo de mamoma, coco, abacate ou azeite apenas em condicionamentos profundos… quando meu cabelo está seco eu uso jane carter solution nourish&shine, porque é o unico que meu cabelo aceita bem quando está seco…

  • Anonymous says:

    Do u guys mean regular castor oil or blk castor oil?? If you use a combo, do u guys make a mixture every time u do a braid/twist out or make a huge mix and set it to the side. Smh last time i made a huge mix, it got moldy quick. I have to research a good preservative.

  • Chelleyrock says:

    I mix castor and coconut oils in my shea butter and apply to my hair while damp. I'm currently transitioning (13 months post). I've been rocking braidouts for almost six months straight. Braidouts are my best friend. lol.

  • Christina says:

    I've never tried mixing shea butter and castor oil and I have both in the cabinet. I'm going to try that this week!

  • Anonymous says:

    I LOVE coconut oil on my dry braidouts. I'm satisfied with my definition, but I do have to re-braid every night. My hair is very fine so I only do two braids and clip the ends with barettes prevent unraveling. I don't use rollers on the ends because I want the natural looking curl/coil.
    I probably use tighter/firmer tension for my plaits. Not so tight that I'm doing damage or pulling, but firm enough to set solid crimps in the hair that last all day.
    I've only used olive oil mixed with AOHR for cowashing and deep conditioning. I love it there. Not sure how it would work without mixing it with something.
    I've had the best luck with shea butter on wet hair.

  • Kerr-Ann Dempster says:

    castor oil is so good! i love the way it makes my hair feel & look: soft, full and shiny! However I'm obsessed with the way coconut oil makes my hair smell. But I get my best twist outs fr a shea butter & castor oil mix on wet or dry hair – never fails!

  • Alicia says:

    Castor oil Give me the best twist outs, other oils are a bit too thin and greasy so I used them on my scalp or in DTs. I just rub a tiny bit of castor oil to each section I am about to twist after applying my leave in. My hair also feels really moisturized for days doing this, and the twist outs are super defined and shiny. I rub some Oyin Burnt sugar over my hair before untwisting, my twistouts last for 5 days.

  • Anonymous says:

    I love the coconut on my dry hair as you stated I don't get much definition but lots of soft fluffy hair. I prefer to use the coconut hair pomade with aloe vera spritzer from Butter-N-Bars on my wet hair. I use the spritzer for moisture and seal with the coconut hair pomade. I just ordered the Oyin Burnt Sugar to try that out.

  • Anonymous says:

    Maybe you can try mixing the shea butter and coconut oil. I mix this concoction to do my "outs" and it works wonders. My hair stays moisturized for a couple of days. Try mixing the oils and see what you like.

  • Unknown says:

    I think olive oil would probably give you the same benefits as the coconut oil. You won't get much hold but you will get some shine and moisture. When my hair was relaxed olive oil was pretty much my only styler. I used it when flat ironing my hair and wrapping it at night. I still love it but when applying it to dry hair you need to use a light hand or else you could end up leaving greasy fingerprints on everything…I'm pretty sure HIH is an incurable disease 😉

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