The Effects of Coconut Oil on African American Hair

Work a little coconut oil into your scalp and hair.

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African American hair has its challenges. It can be dry, over-processed and prone to breakage. Consequently, applying a conditioner is mandatory for healthy hair. Nourish and nurture your curly locks with a natural conditioner like coconut oil. Using coconut oil on African American hair can give you dramatic results, giving your hair the oomph it needs to stay healthy.

Coconut Oil Properties

Coconut oil is a polyunsaturated oil, meaning that it becomes solid when the temperature dips below about 75 degrees Fahrenheit and it will be a liquid when you keep it at warmer temperatures. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which is an essential fatty acid. This lauric acid not only makes coconut oil amazingly nutritious, but it also helps coconut oil stay fresh at room temperature for months on end.

Immune System

When taken internally, coconut oil can boost the immune system, which can help improve autoimmune disorders that often cause hair loss. Consuming up to 4 tbsp. of coconut oil every day may help stop and reverse hair loss in some cases. You can bake with coconut oil or add it to smoothies.

Scalp Massage

When used externally, coconut oil can help keep your scalp healthy, which is important for healthy hair. When you massage coconut oil into the scalp, it helps fight infections, parasites, bacteria and fungi that can invade and infect the scalp. Coconut oil can also have major results on a dry scalp, eczema, psoriasis and dandruff.


Scoop out a generous dollop of coconut oil into your hands once or twice a week. If it’s solid, rub your hands together briskly to melt it into a liquid. If it’s already liquid, just coat your hands generously. Now work the goodness into your scalp with your fingertips, making sure you penetrate the hair follicles thoroughly. Keep rubbing and massaging to stimulate each and every one of your follicles. As you work in the oil, don’t be afraid to coat your strands with the good stuff, too. The moisturizing effect of the coconut oil will have big time effects on your hair, too. Wash your hair normally after your scalp massage, and enjoy the fierce results.

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