Is Coconut oil a hair moisturizer?

Is coconut oil a hair moisturizer

Is coconut oil a hair moisturizer

Q: Please do you think coconut oil is OK as a hair moisturizer? Some blogs say yes. Some say no. I’m really confused.

A: I don’t think coconut oil is a moisturizer. Although, it is a very absorbent oil, it cannot replace a water-based moisturizer. When you hair is dry and needs moisture, you need to use a hair moisturizer that contains water. I think that Coconut oil is good for pre-shampoo oil treatment/pre-pooing, hot oil treatment after washing your hair or sealing your hair AFTER moisturizing.

On occasion, I do use oils on my hair without moisturizing first. However, I do this

  1. When my hair doesn’t feel dry or is not in need of moisture. I have noticed that when I apply oil to my hair that needs moisturizing, it tends to break more.
  2. Once a week as a pre-poo/Greenhouse thing.

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Dr Fomsky

Nigerian-born Dr Fomsky is a God-lover, a wife, a mom of three and a medical doctor by day. She is very passionate about hair, skin and weight management. Since she had babies, she's been struggling to keep her weight and her tummy down!
At night, she likes to read books, write blog posts and leave comments on other blogs. She lives in Paris, France and is also the author of Solving your relaxed hair breakage book
HAIR TYPE: 'Texlaxed' hair, High porosity, Fine hair strands, low to moderate density
CURRENT LENGTH: Between shoulder and armpit length
LOVING: Argan oil for sealing, Brown Butter Beauty Love Deep conditioner, Shescentit Blueberry Co-wash conditioner and Hairveda Red Tea Satin Moisturizer
LONG-TERM PLAN: Trim off bone-straight ends (6 inches left) over time

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2 Comments to Is Coconut oil a hair moisturizer?

  1. You are definitely on the right track. Oils do not moisturize because they are not water based. Moisture can only be derived from a water based substance. The words are used interchangeably which leads to confusion.

  2. Myne Whitman says:

    I always assumed it was a moisturizer, thanks for this.

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