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, a medical doctor by day. Plus she owns a Nigerian-based online hair product store called Sizzelle.
Dr Fomsky is very passionate about hair, skin and weight management. Since she's had her 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 Alberta, Canada and is also the author of Solving your relaxed hair breakage book .
LAST RELAXER DAY: December 15th, 2016
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Natural Hair, Unknown Porosity, Fine Hair strands, Low to Moderate Density

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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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