Coconut Oil for Hair Growth: A Review of the Scientific Literature

  • if coconut oil really works for your hair;
  • the research on coconut oil;
  • the interesting connection between Indian oil practices and hair;
  • and the best way to use coconut oil for your hair.

What Is Coconut Oil?

Before we get into the research behind coconut oil:

Coconut Oil for Hair Growth and Hair Loss: How Does It Work?

So, let’s talk more about lauric acid.

Coconut Oil and Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA) is a form of hair loss. It’s also known as pattern hair loss. Both men and women experience it.

  • miniaturized hair follicles that produce tiny hairs, called vellus hairs (think: peach fuzz);
  • scarring around the follicle;
  • inflammation on the scalp;
  • decreased scalp blood flow and oxygen;
  • and increased sebaceous gland size.

Coconut Oil and Scalp Fungal Infections

Let’s talk about another form of hair loss:

Coconut Oil for Healthy Hair

Let’s go beyond the scalp:

The Research on Coconut Oil

Here’s the deal:

How to Use Coconut Oil for Hair

You might be wondering:

Coconut Oil for Hair Mask

Hair masks are a perfect way to take advantage of coconut oil.

  1. Brush your hair to remove any knots or tangles.
  2. Take a few tablespoons of coconut oil and melt it down on an ultra-low heat. You don’t want to damage the oil.
  3. Pour the oil into a heat-safe applicator bottle.
  4. Test the oil on your wrist to make sure you don’t burn yourself.
  5. If the oil is cool enough, apply coconut oil until your scalp is coated.
  6. Using your fingertips, massage the coconut oil into your scalp.
  7. Then, take a hairbrush (preferably a no-snag brush) and brush through to the ends to evenly distribute the coconut oil to the ends of your hair.
  8. If you have long hair, you can secure your hair to the top of your head to avoid oil stains.
  9. Leave the oil mask on for a minimum of twenty minutes. You can even leave coconut oil in your hair overnight.
  10. Then, wash out the oil using shampoo and conditioner.

Coconut Oil in Hair Care

I know:

  • A good way to utilize coconut oil’s hair health boosting properties is through leave-in products.
  • Coconut oil leave-in conditioners are usually water-based and can infuse moisture into the hair. It works well for finer hair types and can be used as a first step for coarser, curlier hair.
  • Some coconut oil serums may be too heavy for finer hair types. Serums may work better on coarser hair types to tame frizz and add shine.
  • Avoid mineral oil in hair serums.

Best Coconut Oil for Hair Growth

You want the best of the best. Even with your coconut oil.

Is Coconut Oil Bad for Your Hair?

With all the benefits of coconut oil, is it really safe for everyone to use?

Coconut Oil for Hair: The Verdict

So, is coconut oil really beneficial for hair?

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Daniel Burlington

Daniel Burlington

I am a hair loss researcher based out of East Yorkshire