When it comes to Holy Grail beauty ingredients, coconut oil is by far the most popular. As the meme goes, “Rub it on your skin! Rub it on your hair! Rub it on your bank account! Coconut oil fixes everything!” One of the main appeals of coconut oil is that it’s so versatile, it feels like you can use it for just about anything—but how exactly are people using coconut oil for more beautiful-looking hair?
We did a little digging, and it turns out people are using coconut oil for every part of their hair care routine—from conditioning to detangling and back again. Not sure how to incorporate coconut oil into your hair care routine or if you should at all? We’ve rounded up six ways people are using coconut oil for hair.
As A Conditioner
Because coconut oil has moisturizing properties, many people have begun to swap out their regular conditioner for coconut oil. While coconut oil has moisturizing properties, we recommend using a salon quality product formulated with coconut oil for the best results. From the L'Oréal portfolio of products, Mizani’s True Textures Moisture Replenish Conditioner is infused with coconut, olive, and marula oils to help retain moisture and help maintain the natural curl pattern for touchable texture with the moisturizing silicone free, paraben free formula.
As A Detangler
Because coconut oil has such a slippery, oily texture, many people find it to be an effective detangler. All you have to do is saturate your hair with the oil and use a wide tooth comb to detangle your strands.
If coconut oil doesn’t work well with your strands as a detangler, we suggest using L’Oréal Professionnel’s Mythic Oil Detangling Spray. This leave-in oil emulsion detangles normal to fine hair and makes combing through damp hair easier.
As A Leave-in.
Leave-in products are great for a wide variety of hair types, but they’re particularly great for people with parched locks. While leave-in products are great at making hair look and feel moisturized, they’re also great styling products. Coconut oil, on the other hand, does not have any styling properties and can only make your hair feel moisturized. Get the best of both worlds with a leave-in formulated with coconut oil like Mizani’s 25 Miracle Milk. The multi-purpose leave-in boasts 25 benefits including helping to control frizz, adding shine, and helping to refresh your style.
To Help Protect Hair From Sun, Chlorine, And Salt Water
As we all know, the sun’s harmful rays, chlorine, and salt water can wreak absolute havoc on your strands. While the thought of dry, brittle, green-hued strands is enough to make you want to stay inside all summer long, your love of the beach and pool means your calendar is jam-packed with fun activities.
Recently, coconut oil has earned a reputation for helping to protecting strand from the sun rays and water. While the oil in general can create a barrier from the pool and beach water, there’s not enough scientific evidence to prove that it can protect your strands from the sun’s rays.
If you’re looking to protect your hair, we recommend picking up Pureology’s Colour Fanatic Multi-Benefit Leave-In Treatment. The formula contains Pureology’s AntiFade Complex, which boasts 21 benefits for hair including shielding against environmental damage.
To Make Hair Look Shiny
Of all of the ways to use coconut oil, using it to make your hair look shiny is probably the most popular. While coconut oil is excellent at making your hair appear shiny, the oil may be too thick for some strands.
If you love the shine coconut oil gives your hair but are looking for a product that’s a bit lighter, we recommend Mizani’s 25 Miracle Nourishing Oil. The lightweight, nourishing hair treatment formulated with vitamin E, sunflower, jojoba, olive, and coconut oils absorbs instantly. The multi-purpose oil is suitable for all hair types and boasts 25 beautifying benefits.
As A Deep Conditioning Treatment
Because of its moisturizing properties, many people have swapped out their weekly deep conditioning treatment for coconut oil. While coconut oil can help make your hair look and feel moisturized, it doesn’t solve any of the other hair woes that plague many heads of hair.
If you love how coconut oil makes your hair feel but are looking for a deep conditioning treatment that will not only moisturize but nourish your hair, we recommend Mizani’s True Textures Intense Moisture Replenish Treatment. Formulated with coconut, olive, and marula oils, the Intense Moisture Replenish Treatment can help to revitalize and intensify strands for touchable texture with the paraben free, silicone free formula.
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