Hot Oil Hair Treatment Using Coconut Oil

Hot Oil Hair Treatment Using Coconut Oil

hot oil hair treatment using coconut oil

Hair Therapy!

My hair was so DRY! Between the harsh Canadian winter climate and perpetual heat-styling, my hair needed some serious hot oil treatment!

I didn't want to spend money on a salon hot oil treatment or a "do-it-yourself" home kit, so I decided to save money by using something I already had in my pantry: Extra virgin coconut oil!

Hairbrained Idea or Evidence-Based?

I know what you're thinking! "OMG Sara, are you putting cooking oil into your hair?"

Yes! Yes I am! And I found a study for the skeptics. According to a 2003 study in the Journal of Cosmetic Science, researchers found that coconut oil, which is a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft.

Hot Oil Hair Treatment Protocol:

  • Wash hair and towel dry. Do not use any gels, mousses, hair spray or products that would prevent the oil from penetrating the hair.
  • Heat 1 TBSP of coconut oil in the microwave. Allow to cool slightly (so you won't burn yourself!)
  • Apply it to your hair and massage it from your roots to your tips. Comb through and cover with a shower cap (or plastic bag) and sit under a hairdryer with low heat for 15-20 minutes (or cover with a warm towel for 15-20 minutes - you can heat it in the clothes dryer).
  • Shampoo your hair and rinse. I had to rinse it a lot to get the oil out!!!! RINSE RINSE & RINSE! I can't emphasize this enough. RINSE or else your hair will look greasier than a monkey that just had sex for 24 hours straight.
  • Do this once a month. It will keep your hair smooth and shiny!

Daily Maintenance:

Phit Hair Body Daily Use Shampoo Conditioner - 8 Oz. - ShampooFor daily hair care, I like to use:

Coconut Oil:

  • For more information about the health benefits of this oil, I recommend you read my post, "What is Extra Virgin Coconut Oil?
  • Try my favourite healthy recipe using coconut oil:  Snickers Fudge! That's right!  Fudge! When coconut oil is placed into the fridge/freezer, it hardens, creating a fudge-like consistency!  You can use it to make healthy fudge and icing!
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Dr. Sara Solomon
Dr. Sara Solomon is a writer and spokesmodel for Bodybuilding.com and BSN Supplements. She's also a practicing dentist (DMD) in Toronto, Canada, and holds a B.Sc in Physiotherapy, along with certifications in personal training (ACE), Fitness Nutrition (NASM), spinning (Mad Dog), and Jump Rope (Buddy Lee Jump Rope Institute). [read more]
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