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Coconut Oil for Out of Control Curls and Lack-Lustre Locks!

Michael Donelly
By: Michael Donelly on March 19, 2013
Coconut Oil for Out of Control Curls and Lack-Lustre Locks!

Perhaps you have noticed the mane of thick shiny hair owned by people living in tropical coastal regions? Their secret is Coconut Oil. People everywhere are switching on to its natural benefits.

Wrongly demonized by the FDA for years because of its high saturated fat content, coconut oil is finding new proponents daily, with internet doctors such as Dr Oz and Dr Mercola singing its praises to the masses.

Coconut oil has been used for thousands of years, and it just happens to be one of the most effective conditioners for all hair types, In fact if you check, you’ll find it’s the secret ingredient in many a commercial hair conditioner. Studies show coconut oil is superior to both mineral oils and safflower oil for rebuilding hair proteins [1]

How Does Coconut Oil Care for Your Hair?

Regular conditioners chemically soften hair and smooth the cuticles, thereby adding shine and giving the appearance of healthiness. Coconut Oil does this too, but instead of only creating the cosmetic appearance of health, it actually does boost hair and scalp health and repairs your damaged hair. As a bonus it’s also an antimicrobial which controls the fungus causing dandruff, so you can skip the dandruff shampoo.

Unrefined, organic coconut oil is thick, white and semi-solid at cooler room temperatures and should be warmed to melting point prior to use on hair.

Penetrates, Thickens and Protects
Virgin Coconut Oil is completely absorbed by the hair, filling up the hollow shafts, adding body and making hair appear thicker, whilst also protecting it from damage (by reducing fiber swelling).
Prevents Protein Loss and Boosts Shine
Coconut Oil helps hair retain proteins [1] – normally lost through weak, damaged hair. It also seals in moisture, making hair stronger and silkier.
Prevents Dandruff and Hair Fall-Out
Coconut Oil’s antibacterial properties protect the scalp against infections resulting in itching, dandruff and weak dry hair. They also protect hair follicles, strengthening hair – meaning less breakage and less hair falling out!
Promotes Hair and Scalp Health
Vitamins E and K found in coconut oil nourish hair and boost health and shine. Massaging it into the scalp makes it easier for hair follicles to absorb nutrients, whilst stimulating blood circulation to the area, moisturising and preventing build-up of dry skin (another cause of dandruff).

How to Use It

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Personally, I use a ‘super moisturizing conditioner’ as my regular conditioner, thoroughly mixing honey, aloe vera juice and a standard conditioner for dry hair (a tablespoon of each). Note that these other ingredients are optional. Aloe vera is an excellent aid for skin repair.

You just use it in the same way as you would any normal conditioner, massaging into wet hair. I run my fingers through my hair rather than combing it through. To avoid greasy roots, I don’t massage into the scalp, but rinse thoroughly. Getting shiny nourished hair is nice and easy. After a few minutes, shampoo it out. It’s a simple as that.

Smooth and Shine Spray

That is all that is needed, but to maximize results, after shampooing I also use a spray comprising of both Aloe Vera gel and Aloe Vera juice (a tablespoon of each), a teaspoon of Jojoba Oil and enough water to ensure the mixture isn’t too viscous. Some people add Glycerin because it is a humectant (makes water stick to the hair), but I don’t like it as I found it too sticky.

Give the bottle a good shake and then spray evenly to clean the damp hair. If, like me, you’re prone to slightly oily roots, then start lower down working towards the ends. This spray is great for smoothing split ends!

And if you want to go the whole distance, when the hair has dried, lightly smooth on small amounts of ‘jojoba jelly’ – Jojoba Oil and Glycerin (a tablespoon of each), mixed with a 1/3 of a cup of Aloe Vera gel.

Deep Conditioning Coconut Oil Treatment

For hair that is dry/damaged I perform a regular deep conditioning treatment. A mixture of 4 tablespoons of conditioner and 3 tablespoons of cold pressed virgin coconut oil works wonders for me. My hair feels so much healthier afterwards, and since using it, it’s almost dandruff-free.

I simply work it into my hair when damp, towel wrap, and leave to work its magic for around 2 hours, before rinsing and shampooing it out. I treat my hair to this ‘healing session’ every other week, although it would be even more beneficial to do so weekly.

If you want to learn what else you can do with your virgin coconut oil, check out our pages about skin and the amazing health benefits.


Why GNet Only Sells Nutria

Nutria is the gold standard in coconut oil, but it has a very important differentiating factor from other organic coconut oils. Nutria comes in a glass jar. Chemicals in plastic containers seep into oils and are proven to cause hormonal imbalances leading to weight gain, various diseases and cancer. The plastics problem is particularly bad for oils as they absorb much more synthetic estrogen than other foods. Do your self a favor and NEVER buy fatty foods or even topical oils wrapped in plastic.

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1 Comment
  1. GNet Governor

    Hi Folks. Site administrator here to answer a few questions we have had. Firstly this one:

    “Hello, you guys had a recipe on this website that used Coconut Oil, Aloe vera juice, jojoba oil, vinegar, epsom salt, glycerin etc. for dry curly hair. I tried it once and it worked great, when I went to try it again this week I see it has been taken off your site. Please help! are you able to email it to me? I would greatly appreciate it as I now have all these oils and gel and juice that I don’t know what to do with :(

    We didn’t realize how popular the recipe was so we have put it on a new URL for you. Anyone who wants to try Tanya’s recipe can find details here: gnet.org/coconut-oil-recipe-for-frizzy-hair

    One satisfied reader: “This link worked great!!! I’ve saved it! Thank you soooo much!!!! “

    We also had many questions about shipping times. We ship coconut oil only within USA and Canada because the cost is prohibitive for the rest of the world. Shipments are made on the next business day after an order is made. Allow 2-3 days after postage for delivery.

    Thanks for all your kind feedback. We have opened this page up for comments now to allow site users to freely discuss the pros and cons of coconut oil for hair use.

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