Can Coconut Oil Help Strengthen Your Hair?

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Could your damaged hair benefit from coconut oil?

Beauty experts tell Good Housekeeping that coconut oil can be used to moisturize and condition the hair, and it may work better than other oils out there. "Coconut oil is unique because it's similar to hair's natural lipid structure and able to penetrate the hair more than other oils," IGK Hair Care co-founder Leo Izquierdo notes.

Benefits to Using Coconut Oil 2 to 3 Times a Week (Use less if you have fine hair)

  • Enhance hair's lubrication
  • Makes hair easier to comb
  • Increase hair's shine
  • Prevent frizz
  • Protects damaged hair from becoming waterlogged (which can lead to cuticle lifting and further damage)
  • Reduce protein loss in undamaged and damaged hair

How to Use As a Hair Mask

  • GH's beauty experts say to use raw coconut oil or a product that lists coconut oil as a top ingredient
  • Apply to hair and comb it through
  • Let sit for 15 to 30 minutes
  • The shampoo out the oil -- you may need to wash twice to remove all the oil
  • For maximum benefits, this treatment can be left on overnight in a hair wrap or shower cap but might require 2 deep washes to remove oil from the hair

Also, GH's beauty experts suggest applying a tiny amount of oil to the ends of your hair to tame frizz when you style. Check out 3 great coconut oil products that may help the health of your hair!

Nutiva Organic Cold-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil

Nutiva Organic Cold-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil

Provides nutrient-rich hydration as a natural moisturizer for radiant skin and hair, made with organic virgin coconuts and stringently adheres to USDA certified organic and non-GMO guidelines.
$17.99

SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil

SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil

Daily hydration for all hair types and leaves hair delicately fragranced, while simultaneously looking and feeling silky smooth. Also, effective as a finisher to lock in moisture, shield strands, tame unruly flyaways and add healthy looking shine.
$14.85

Damage Remedy + Coconut Miracle Oil

Damage Remedy + Coconut Miracle Oil

The conditioner repairs and revives and is ideal for dry, coarse or frizzy hair and helps tame flyaways as it bring out natural smoothness. Plus, the sulfate-free surfactant hair care system is paraben-free and gentle on your tresses.
$6.97

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