Coconut Oil for Dry, Damaged Hair

Dear Annie,
My hair is really dry and I’ve tried olive oil to soften it, leaving it in and then washing it, but my hair still feels dry. Any ideas? –Laurie, MS

Dear Laurie,
I just tried using coconut oil in my dry hair, inspired by reader comments on an article we have on the site about repairing your hair with olive oil. I’ve used olive oil in the past, too, with mixed results.

I love using coconut oil for baking, and had some handy, so last night I slathered quite a lot on my hair, wrapped it in a towel, and went about my life for a few hours before washing the coconut out thoroughly with shampoo. I followed the washing with a conditioner, like usual.

I couldn’t be happier with how soft my hair feels today. I am so happy with it, in fact, that I am going to have my hair trimmed to cut off all the split ends and have a fresh start, and have a routine of treating my hair with coconut oil at least once a week.


Carolt M.
Past Member about a year ago

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Julia Cabrera-Woscek

I will definitely try the coconut oil. Thank you for sharing.

Carole R.
Carole R.3 years ago

It smells good, too.

Karen G.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing

Ruth Barker
Ruth Barker3 years ago

Just put a few drops of coconut oil to your shampoo and wash your hair as usual. It's simple.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Adrea Craft-Gentry
Adrea Craft3 years ago

I have used Jojoba with mixed results; I use coconut for just about everything else, so now I will put it on my head!

Elisa Faulkner- Uriarte
Elisa F.3 years ago

Have used argan oil for the last couple of years with good results. This sounds very nice & I look forward to trying it. Thanks for the great idea!

Morgan R.
Morgan R.3 years ago

This is marvelous concept. I like it very much and Thanks.
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Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago