Coconut Oil Leaves My Hair Feeling Dry

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

I know coconut oil. I’ve cooked with it for years and I love to eat the nut and drink its milk. So just to see what coconut oil would do for my hair, since a lot of naturals I know swore by it, I purchased a huge organic container at Costco’s and was set to use it strictly on my hair in hopes to eliminate dryness and bring about a natural healthy shine.


I used it as a pre-poo. I applied it to my shampoo. I added it to my conditioner. And I put it on my hair and ends. As a result, coconut oil left my hair feeling just as dry, brittle and hard as it was before. What did I do wrong?

I used coconut oil.

It took me a while to figure this out but after some research I discovered that I am protein sensitive. This means my hair produces enough protein on its own, so if I add something to it that imitates protein, it will cause my tresses to become dry. Who knew? I didn’t.

Coconut oil has a limited amount of protein in it but acts like a protein when it is on the hair and bonds to the hair like a protein. Therefore, if your hair becomes a broom-like brittle mess after applying coconut oil, then you are protein sensitive too.

Olive oil penetrates my hair best so I am going to stick with that.

And, how did I use the huge container of coconut oil I purchased with confidence for my hair? On my skin as a moisturizer (during the warm months) and as a make-up remover.

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2 Responses to “Coconut Oil Leaves My Hair Feeling Dry”

  1. Novella L. says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    I experience the same thing when I use coconut oil it makes my hair brittle. I like using the coconut cream, Manuka Honey, olive oil and a banana it leaves my hair super soft especially when I use the steamer. :)

  2. Kadijah says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Before I colored my hair, my hair HATED Coconut oil…but since the dye job, it loves it.

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