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Coconut Oil For Hair - Why We Love Products That Work As Good As They Smell

14 February 2019
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Alexandra Lazic

Beauty Editor

As a hair and beauty journalist, Alex is committed to equipping readers with all there is to know about the latest trends, tips, and tricks in order to make sure you get your next haircut, colour, or style just right.

If you’ve got your finger on the pulse when it comes to all things beauty, you’ve no doubt heard about coconut oil for hair. We’re here to tell you it’s not just hype. This nifty little ingredient is part of the movers and shakers in the hair oils industry, with potential fast results and minimal effort required. We delve a little deeper into this miracle worker, to see exactly what it has to offer your locks and why the world has gone loco for coco (nut oil that is)!   

What’s The Deal With Coconut Oil For Hair?

If you’re after sleek, supple and shiny strands (and let’s be real - who isn’t?) you’ve come to the right place. Coconut for hair is how you take your mane from floundering to flourishing in no time at all. In the beauty world, this ingredient is a pretty.big.deal because of its apparent highly beneficial properties. So what makes it so acclaimed? Bear with us, we’re about to get a little technical to break down this amazing ingredient.

Coconut oil for hair is unique amongst most hair oils in that it is similar to the natural lipid structure found in hair. Basically, this means that it is able to penetrate hair deeper than other hair oils - which is ideal for those with dry and/or damaged hair. Damaged hair is naturally more porous, which means it’s susceptible to absorbing a lot of water. This might sound like a good thing - isn’t water always good for hair? Au contraire mes amis: weakened hair runs the risk of becoming waterlogged and more damaged if left unchecked (or in this case unsealed). Coconut oil for hair seals the cuticle, preventing this nightmare of a situation, in order to get your hair into tip top shape. On top of these excellent qualities, coconut oil is one of the hair oils that is also a very fast worker. Yup, that means you should start seeing results straight away. Which leads us to the next question…

What Results Can You Expect From Coconut Oil For Hair?

In short, you can expect smoother, stronger and healthier hair results when applying coconut oil for hair. After using products with coconut for your hair, locks will be more voluminous and more moisturised, and shine is enhanced, adding lustre to your hair. Frizz, the second worst f-word in the hair world (after fade), will be reduced and hair will be less likely to tangle, which means no more daily fights with your brush, for manageability that’ll make you look forward to styling.

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What Hair Types Work With Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil for hair is not for every hair type. As it helps hair retain its natural protein, it’s beneficial for those who lack protein hair follicles - which is usually people with fine to medium hair. For those with coarse hair, coconut oil might not work as successfully, causing hair to become brittle. It’s a good idea to make sure you choose the product that best suits your hair type and needs to make sure you’re getting the most out of your hair care routine and hair oils. 

How To Use Coconut Oil For Hair

Using a product with coconut oil usually means a double advantage for your hair because not only do you get the best of coconut oil for hair, but you get other essential hair oils in the mix too. One such line that provides this is the L'Oréal Professionnel Nutrifier rangeL'Oréal Professionnel Nutrifier Shampoo and Conditioner contains just the right dose of glycerol and coconut oil, two star ingredients to make dry and undernourished hair a thing of the past. This silicone-free shampoo and conditioner helps to fight the signs of dry hair, like a lack of shine, roughness and frequent tangling. Coconut oil helps to make the hair feel softer, more supple and appear shinier, while the glycerol leaves hair nourished. For an extra dose of goodness, try the L'Oréal Professionnel Nutrifier Masque regularly for beautiful results.

Ideal for dry, colour-treated hair, Pureology Hydrate Superfood Treatment is formulated with natural ingredients and essential nutrients in hairs oils such as avocado oil and coconut oil to moisturise and soften hair. This silicone-free hydrating hair mask works to create a smooth, shiny and frizz-free look and feel, while offering maximum colour protection. Apply after freshly shampooed hair, allowing it 5 minutes to work its magic, and then rinse.

Kérastase Aura Botanica Concentré Essentiel is a multi-use natural hair oils blend. It helps to tame frizz, and makes demanding hair easier to manage. Composed of 5 different oils, including Samoan coconut oil, this silicone-free goody can be used on the scalp, as a pre-shampoo, treatment and massage. It can also be blended with a conditioner like Kérastase Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental Conditioner for an extra boost of nutrition. As coconut oil is mostly used as a conditioning treatment, it works wonders as an addition to conditioner. Use a small dollop - as the saying goes, a little goes a long way!

We’re all about TLC: tender, loving, coconut oil!

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