Coconut oil for hair

The Complete Guide to Coconut Oil for Curly Hair

Did you know that coconut oil can help restore hydration in your hair strands and follicles? It can be used to help repair damaged hair or treat dandruff.

You can use coconut oil as a hair mask or apply it to damp hair and it offers great benefits to your hair. Keep reading and we will guide you through the benefits of coconut oil for curly hair.

Coconut oil and Caprylic/capric triglyceride

Coconut oil is extracted from the kernel of matured coconuts specifically harvested from the coconut palm. Coconut oil is edible and used as an ingredient in hair products. In cosmetics, it is often seen in a form of Caprylic/capric triglyceride. It is produced by the esterification of glycerol (plant sugars) with mixtures of caprylic (C:8) and capric (C:10) fatty acids, which are responsible for the light silky oil feel. This is a much lighter version than pure coconut oil is. At WildCurl we use this lighweight version of coconut oil in our Moisturizing Curly Hair Oil. It is known to create a lightweight and non-greasy barrier to the hair to retain moisture. And It doesn't only prevents dryness of your curls, but it also acts as a hair conditioning agent making it ideal for extremely brittle and dry hair. 


Is coconut oil good for curly hair? 

The main benefits of coconut oil are that it helps add moisture and makes your hair stronger over time. Coconut Oil is well known for its emollient properties. Because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, the oil easily penetrates the scalp and hair shaft keeping them well-nourished and moisturized. Coconut oil is also shown to help with protein loss by having a high affinity for hair proteins. Once they penetrate the hair shaft they can pull proteins into the hair fortifying the hair from inside. This said, with curly hair, which is already prone to dryness and breakage, coconut oil is extremely beneficial.

Coconut oil vs Caprylic/capric triglyceride for hair - WildCurl hair oil.

Daily beauty regimens, such as washing, brushing, straightening, or manipulating your curls can be damaging, leaving your hair frizzy, broken, or dry. Coconut oil has been found to combat these daily activities and maintain healthy hair.

If you are using pure coconut oil (the one that is solid at room temperature), you might want to incorporate it into your hair at night as an intensive treatment. If used in the morning, it can make your hair look greasy, as it's much heavier than Caprylic/capric triglyceride is. You can also make an intensive treatment with our WildCurl Moisturizing Curly Hair Oil for a lighter touch. Additionally, it is rich in other oils and pure essential oils that will give many extra benefits, such as increasing circulation in the scalp. You can also warm the oil before putting it in your hair. Making a hot oil treatment helps open up your hair cuticles and soak the oil in properly. 

You should put the most on the dry and damaged parts of your hair. Leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes wearing a shower cap or a Microfiber Hair Turban for an extra push to open up your hair molecules before washing your hair thoroughly.

Test it out

Now that you understand the benefits of coconut oil and know how to apply coconut oil to curly hair, you are ready to test it out.

You want to make sure you're hitting all the damaged parts of your hair.

Start shopping for your new hair products on WildCurl or contact us with questions about enhancing your curls.