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. Solomon is a practicing dentist (DMD) in Toronto, Canada, and holds a B.Sc in Physiotherapy. This certified personal trainer, spinning instructor, professional fitness model and cover girl is known around the world for [read more]

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