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Highly Porous Hair? Try Coconut Oil!

By January 27th, 202122 Comments
Highly Porous Hair? Try Coconut Oil!
by Sunshyne of Hairlicious Inc

Is your hair feeling dry, rigid and rough? You may be suffering from overly porous hair! Not sure what porous hair means? It’s your hair’s ability or inability to absorb and retain moisture.

To learn more about porosity and to test your hair’s porosity, click HERE.

As for treatments, coconut oil may be the natural remedy for you!

Since coconut oil is able to bind to the natural protein structure of the hair, this helps the hair retain its natural moisture content and reinforces the hair fiber, making it stronger.

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This form of protection helps preserve the cuticle layer and keep it in tact, thus allowing the cuticle to remain closed and hold on to moisture. In addition, it smooths raised cuticles reducing tangles, enhancing shine, and softness. Only use a finger tip amount, nothing more, or your hair may feel stiff.

Retaining moisture and lowering the pH level of your products (4.5 level) is key in eliminating porosity issues.
Coconut oil’s ability to prevent protein loss and reduce hair porosity makes it valuable for those who relax, color, blow dry, brush hard, sun exposure, and regularly flat iron their hair.


Are you a coconut oil fan? How do you use it? What has your experience been?


  • Goldie Parker says:

    Very helpful article! You hear so many different opinions on coconut oil, but I guess I need to find out my hair's porosity first to come to a much more educated conclusion on it! Thanks Naturalistas!

  • Anonymous says:

    You can buy unrefined at the Walmart website, it's around 6 bucks or so. I swear by it, it makes my hair so lush!

  • Anonymous says:

    They don't stock unrefined coconut oil in the 2 Walmart's near me. They do sell the 100% refined coconut oil in the cooking aisle. I could tell a noticeable difference in the thickness of my hair within 2 weeks. Most folks will tell you that refined kind works fine. Some swear by the unrefined kind. I say at $6 for 32 oz, it's worth a try.

  • Anonymous says:

    I am not an african-american ,but I do have thick coarse hair. Coconut works wonders on my hair!
    I've used it to replace all my silicone serums!

  • Anonymous says:

    For those who have trouble finding coconut oil…,Walmart sells it for $10 in their vitamin/pharmacy section. It's a nice size jar also!

  • Anonymous says:

    I've struggled to find 100% coconut oil where I live…but I've recently bought cocunut milk to use for my next DC. Any idea if the cocunut milk will have any of the benefits of coconut oil?

  • Anonymous says:

    I LOVE it. I've found that it gives my hair a lot slip for detangling! i've started using coconut oil and water…and it made my hair sooo much easier to detangle. when i washed & shampoo'd my hair felt soft and lush.

  • Peter at Coconut Oil Benefits says:

    Not only is coconut oil good for the hair, it is also good for the skin (can treat scars and stretch marks) and is a 'healthy oil' that benefits the heart and helps lower high blood cholesterol levels.

  • Laxmi from says:

    I love coconut oil, it was my hair's best friend when i was relaxed and started my long hair journey and now that I'm natural, I love mixing it into my whipped shea or mixing it with aloe vera gel and twisting, my hair always looks gorgeous when I do that.

  • Q says:

    I love it! I use it in my daily moisterizer mix along with shea, evoo, teatree, grapeseed and jojoba oils and I use it as the base for my DC with a little honey and EVOO. IT leaves my hair supper soft and i feel like its help cut down my porosity 🙂

  • Lovingmafro says:

    I use the TLC Naturals hair product range – their spritz has a low PH, which does help my hair retain moisture for much longer and their Hibiscus Rose Leave In Conditioner contains coconut oil, which a) has help to repair my thinning & split ends and b) corrected my overall hair porosity!!

    thank you for sharing this!

  • MIchelle @Radiant Brown Beauty says:

    I only use coconut oil (Vatika oil specifically) as part of my pre-poo regimen. I don't particularly care for it where sealing is concerned. That's where my Jamaican Black Castor Oil comes in 🙂

  • DiscoveringNatural says:

    I mix mine in my shea butter mix and oil mix. I use it daily for my transistioning hair.

  • leslie says:

    I love coconut oil too.I get mine from the ethnic food aisle. I pay about $6.99 for it and its 100% coconut oil.I drench my hair in it and this past weekend i did that and then put the Shea Moisture Retention masque over it and slept in it. I rinsed it all out and my hair was buttery soft!

  • Anonymous says:

    I use coconut oil from vatika and my hair's so soft. Im a 4c hair type and it's very hard for me to keep it nourished.

  • Jamila Reddy says:

    I love it, but I find that when I use coconut oil while twisting, I get little strands of hair that poke out from the end of the twist, that I usually have to pull out (yikes!).

    What's up with that?

  • Anonymous says:

    I pre-treat my hair with it before I shampoo and I use it as my body oil.
    It's made a difference in my hair.

  • Jeannette says:

    I LOVE coconut oil! On many occasions I mix it with shea butter and various oils but it is the primary oil that I use for my hair. I also use it on my skin as well.

  • Anonymous says:

    @ Anonymous 12:10pm Try Dr. Bronner's Virgin Coconut Oil, you can purchase this either at Whole Foods or online @ their website. Vitamin Shoppe now has a sale on their Garden of Life EVCO for $8.99. If you're tight on cash the beauty supply store in your area may sale coconut oil. I'm in the DMV area and it's $1.99-$2.99 here in a 4oz container. I hope this was helpful, good luck.

  • VioletFem says:

    I mix it with shea butter, EVOO, and castor oil for my butter mix and use this mix as a sealant.

  • Anonymous says:

    I loooove coconut oil. My daughters and I have very porous hair and our hair/scalp does nothing but drink it up. We use it to "grease" our scalp, seal our ends, seal in moisture after we use our leave in conditioner, when flat ironing my daughter's hair. It's definitely some awesome stuff!

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm trying to Incorporate coconut oil into my regimen. Im relaxed with overly porous hair. What brand of coconut oil would u recommend? thanks

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