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How to Wash Hair After Applying Coconut Oil

3 mins

Shweta Mirani

Coconut oil is great, but it can leave your hair greasy. Learn how to wash hair after applying coconut oil to enjoy its benefits without any side effects.

Coconut oil is, without a doubt, one of nature's plentiful gifts. It is also a natural product that can help maintain your hair's health. However, it is important to know how to use it properly. 

Table of contents 

1. What are the benefits of coconut oil for hair?
  1.1 Pre-shampoo protection 
  1.2 Conditioner enhancer 
  1.3 Detangling agent
  1.4 Split-ends eliminator
  1.5 Non-toxic lice removal
2. How to use coconut oil for stronger, healthier hair?
3. How to choose the best coconut oil for your hair?
4. Should you apply coconut oil to dry hair or wet hair?
5. How long should I leave coconut oil on my scalp?
6. How to wash coconut oil out of your hair? 

What Are The Benefits Of Coconut Oil For Hair?

# 1 Pre-shampoo protection 

Coconut oil is ideal for people with dry or curly hair. Coat dry hair with a glob of coconut oil an hour or so before showering. The oil will help keep each strand from drying out when shampooing. Rinse the oil out of your hair and apply conditioner as usual. (Please keep in mind that if you have thin hair, coconut oil may be a bit too much for you.)

# 2 Conditioner enhancer

Applying a layer of coconut oil on top of your conditioner can also work great, as the oil will help trap the hydrating components of the conditioner within your hair. Wait at least 15 minutes before rinsing your hair.

# 3 Detangling agent

Hair tangles? Coconut oil acts as a lubricant and makes your hair slide.

# 4 Split-ends eliminator

Coconut oil will not glue your split ends back together (nothing will, despite what some products claim). However, it can help conceal frayed ends. Apply a small amount of coconut oil to your ends to add luster to your damaged hair and temporarily soften it.

#5 Non-toxic lice removal

If you loathe the thought of applying chemical lice treatments, coconut oil is the substitute. In a 2002 trial, 940 children were given a hair mixture of coconut oil, anise oil, and ylang-ylang oil. For five days, the blend was applied to each child's hair three times a day. 92.3 percent of the lice cases showed positive results. This was slightly higher than the 92.2 percent success rate for the medicated control group.

Ylang Ylang oil

How to Use Coconut Oil for Stronger, Healthier Hair?

Everyone loves long, sleek, and shining hair. But day-to-day wear and tear from styling, grooming, the weather, and pollution can damage it. Maintaining long hair is notoriously difficult. Coconut oil can help you grow longer hair by moisturizing the shafts and preventing breakage. 

For medium-length hair, two tablespoons of coconut oil should suffice. Apply the oil evenly on your hair and leave it on for at least half an hour. 

How to Choose The Best Coconut Oil For Your Hair?

Invest in an unrefined (aka virgin) coconut oil, which is obtained from pressing the coconut flesh, without any further processing. Also, choose products made from responsibly harvested ingredients, whenever possible. 
Besides coconut oil, there are also other natural oils that you can use to enhance your hair’s health, such as:

#1 WOW’s Castor Oil

Castor oil

WOW's Castor Oil
is one of the most versatile oils, suitable both for your skin and hair. It contains a high concentration of fatty acids which allow it to penetrate the hair deeply. Castor oil is also rich in vitamins and minerals that are essential for hair health. 

#2 WOW’s Onion Black Seed Hair Oil

Black seed hair oil

WOW's Onion Black Seed Hair Oil
contains almond, castor, jojoba, olive, and coconut oil. Packed with antioxidants and nutrients, these oils boost healthy hair growth and help strengthen weak hair. This oil is a perfectly safe alternative, as it is devoid of hexane, mineral oil, and silicone.

Should You Apply Coconut Oil To Dry Hair Or Wet Hair?

You can apply coconut oil both on damp and dry hair. Because coconut oil is solid at room temperature, you can slightly warm it up before applying it to your hair. Apply it to the hair avoiding the roots, particularly if you have an oily scalp. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it off and applying conditioner.

ACV shampoo + conditioner

How Long Should I Leave Coconut Oil On My Scalp?

Since it takes time for your hair to absorb coconut oil, it is best to apply the oil in the evening and leave it on overnight. Shampoo your hair the next morning. If you are in a hurry, gently massage the coconut oil on your hair and leave it on for half an hour. Follow this with a nourishing shampoo and conditioner.

Coconut milk shampoo and conditioner

How Do You Wash Coconut Oil Out Of Your Hair? 

When it comes to eliminating coconut oil from your hair, bear in mind that a second shampoo application may be necessary. To entirely remove the oil, you will need to massage the scalp and hair thoroughly, but ever so gently. 

Explore the WOW website for more natural hair care products. From our all natural sulfate, silicone and paraben-free hair care collection we recommend Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Red Onion Black Seed Oil Shampoo. And if you would like to learn more about apple cider vinegar's benefits or onion oil's benefits check out our ultimate guide on how to use them on your hair. 

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Shweta Mirani

Shweta is a millennial obsessed with all digital. Often found talking about shooting stars and safaris or chasing rainbows, if you find her bedroom lights on, she is packing for the next big adventure.

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