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Coconut Oil for Dry, Damaged Hair

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.

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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8:47AM PST on Feb 17, 2014

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

9:27PM PDT on Aug 22, 2013

It smells good, too.

7:51AM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

Thank you for sharing

8:28AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

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

2:25AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

Thank you :)

7:38PM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

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

2:35AM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

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!

5:18AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

This is marvelous concept. I like it very much and Thanks.
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4:49PM PDT on Apr 10, 2013


8:39AM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

Thanks for sharing

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