How long can you leave coconut oil in your hair?

This article will answer the question “How long can you leave coconut oil in your hair?” and how to wash your hair with coconut oil?

How long can you leave coconut oil in your hair?

You can leave coconut oil in your hair for as little as 30 minutes or as long as 24 hours. For best results, leave it overnight.

Can coconut oil make your hair grow?

All of the following proven effects of coconut oil help promote a healthier and cleaner scalp which ultimately leads to strong, frizz-free, and lustrous hair.

Prevents fungal growth

A lab study has affirmed the ability of coconut oil to prevent fungal infections. This makes coconut oil very useful in preventing dandruff. But this doesn’t always work. For some people, coconut oil may trigger dandruff because it clogs the pores when applied to the scalp.

Calm irritation 

The rich in fats, coconut oil, prevents scalp irritation, flaking, and itching and promotes a healthy and hydrated scalp.

Repairs split ends

Hair strands break if they become dry and brittle. Coconut oil hydrates the hair strands and prevents protein loss from hair. Besides, coconut oil is more effectively absorbed into the hair strands as compared to other mineral oils.

Protects from heat damage 

Rubbing some coconut oil through damp hair before styling protects the hair from heat damage by preventing the hair from becoming dry and brittle.

Prevents hair loss

Coconut oil repairs the damaged hair shaft due to excessive styling. It moisturizes the scalp and reduces hair breakage. This prevents hair loss and thinning.

Prevents lice growth 

Coconut oil is better at preventing lice than the medicated treatments. Combining the coconut oil with anise enhances its ability to prevent lice by 40% as compared to chemical permethrin. 

A mixture of coconut oil, anise oil, and ylang-ylang oil is also an effective lice treatment and a good alternative for its medicated options.

How to wash your hair with coconut oil?

To prevent greasy hair, it is recommended to start by messaging only a tsp of coconut oil into your scalp. Then you can increase the amount to as much as 2 tbsp, depending upon the volume, length, and type of your hair.

As a pre-wash hair protector: Pour some coconut oil into your palm and massage it into your scalp. Do not go overboard with the quantity of coconut oil as it will make the roots very greasy. 

Microwave a damp towel for about 10 minutes and wrap your hair with it. Leave on for 30 minutes then shampoo your hair.

As a scalp treatment: Massage coconut oil into your scalp and leave overnight. Shampoo the next morning.

As a conditioner: After shampooing, apply some coconut oil along the length of your hair. Comb to distribute it uniformly.

As a post-wash detangler: Combing some coconut oil through your hair after shampooing and conditioning will make frizzy hair.

As a hair mask: Apply coconut oil to the scalp and along the length of your hair. Leave it on for several hours or overnight for best results.

How to get coconut oil out of your hair?

Rinsing with natural solutions 

  • Mix 1 teaspoon (4.9 mL) with your regular shampoo. Lather it into your scalp and rinse. 
  • Make a thick paste of 1-2 tablespoons (7-14 g) of baking soda with water. Apply this paste to your dry scalp emphasizing the oily areas. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water. 
  • Take about 8 fluid ounces (240 ml) of water in a bowl. Add to it freshly squeezed juice of 2 medium-sized lemons. Spray this mixture into your scalp. Let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
  • Make an egg wash by beating 2-3 eggs and 32 fluid ounces (950 ml) of water in a bowl. Spray this eggwash into your scalp. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes. 

Then rinse with cold or lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water to prevent the egg proteins from scrambling in your hair.

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