There’s no escaping it – coconut oil has been a hot topic in the beauty industry for a *long* time. Whether people are talking about using it on your skin, your hair, or even your teeth, there’s no denying that influencers and celebrities alike have been pushing the ‘miracle’ benefits of this oil for years. However, there have been just as many people voicing their negative experiences with coconut oil that it can be confusing, especially if you’re just diving into the world of hair care. Today, we’re talking all things coconut oil and hair – we might even bust some myths along the way!
Consider your hair type
While coconut oil itself has fatty acids to help moisturise and soften strands while adding shine, this doesn’t mean that it will work for your hair type. Coconut oil is heavy and can weigh your strands down, while also possibly having the opposite effect that it’s supposed to – think brittle, stringy strands that become even dryer. For those with low porosity hair, you might find that coconut oil will actually clog your hair cuticle, making it hard for your strands to absorb water. Just like any other beauty product, what works for one person may not work for you!
Let’s bust some myths
Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence to back up the claim that coconut oil helps with hair growth or dandruff. As we always say, there is no miracle product for hair growth – healthy, growing hair starts with a healthy scalp and regular trims at your hairdresser! When it comes to dandruff, coconut oil might actually lead to even more build-up on your scalp.
What about products containing coconut oil?
If you’re looking to add coconut oil into your hair care routine, choosing products that contain it as an ingredient can often be better than buying a jar straight off the supermarket shelf. The amount of coconut oil is much more toned down that way and it can prevent some of the side effects such as build-up from occuring.
At the end of the day, there are much better hair care products you can add to your routine that will be suited to your specific hair type! It’s always a good idea to chat with your hairdresser about what they recommend as they know your hair just as well as you do. While it can be tempting to lather your hair in the supermarket ingredient, it’s much better to use something that will love your hair back!