Ask anyone who subscribes to the world of organic and natural hair ingredients, and coconut oil constantly reigns superior. And though, yes, coconut oil is amazing, it’s not necessarily for everyone. Much like using coconut oil for skin benefits (ya either love it, or ya hate it), the non-fragrant plant oil can be a game changer for some and a greasy mess for others. So how do you know if coconut oil is right for your hair? Read ahead to find out if it’s a good fit, and if it is, keep scrolling ahead to find out which coconut hair products you gotta check out.
Is coconut good for your hair?
Depending on the condition of your hair, coconut oil, which is full of fatty acids, can absolutely be beneficial. Board-certified dermatologist Michele Green, MD, has told Cosmo that coconut oil works to moisturize and soften strands and enhance shine, and that’s because unlike some oils that sit on top of the hair to trap moisture (aka sealants), coconut oil soaks deep into the hair shaft to moisturize it.
Head’s up, though: If you have a naturally oily scalp, you might want to pass on coconut oil and try a different, less fatty hair oil, like jojoba, instead (it tends to be lighter). And keep in mind that coconut oil has the ability to cause protein buildup on some hair types, so if you notice your hair feeling brittle after playing around with a bunch of coconut-based products, try laying off of it for awhile and switch to a moisturizing oil with fewer proteins, like olive or castor.
Got all that? Good. Now keep reading to find the 13 best coconut-based hair products for all kinds of hair types and hair needs.
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Coconut Oil Curl Gel
Pattern Curl Gel
Crunchy curls? Never heard of ’em. This medium-hold curl gel is nothing like you remember the product being back in the day, and part of that is thanks to the moisturizing coconut oil, aloe vera, and cacay oil in the formula. Next time you want to give your hair a break from heat-styling with a protective style, apply a generous amount of this to your curls or coils first.
Coconut Oil Leave-In Treatment
Color Wow Dream Cocktail Coconut-Infused
For all the times that you do want to bust out the flat irons and blow dryers to heat-style your hair, make sure you have a bottle of this heat-activated leave-in treatment nearby. Full of fatty acids and emollients, like coconut oil, this formula helps to restore strands and smooth the cuticle for silky, shiny hair.
Coconut Oil Conditioner
Not Your Mother’s Naturals Coconut Milk & African Marula Tree Oil Conditioner
I’ll try not to make this entire paragraph about the dreamy tropical scent of this coconut hair product, but I had to at least mention it. Here’s what else you’re gonna love about it: its combination of coconut extract and antioxidant-rich African marula tree oil for major moisture and protection.
Coconut Oil Moisture Spray
Curlsmith Moisture Memory Reactivator
On those days in between wash days, turn to this moisturizing spray to reactivate your curls, revive the bounce, and restore the shine. Coconut oil is just one of many curl-loving ingredients in this formula. You can also thank the glycerin, apricot kernel oil, olive oil, avocado oil, and aloe vera for all the hydrating and moisturizing benefits.
Coconut Oil Styling Gel
IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel
Although it’s categorized as a gel, this styling product will give you anything but crunchy hair. It has the moisturization of an oil with the hold of a gel, and it’s versatile enough to be used when blow-drying or diffusing your strands—though it’s particularly great for air-drying wavy hair. The consistency is lightweight enough that even fine-haired girls can get it on the action for soft, bouncy hair that holds its style.
Coconut Oil Hair Mask
Kopari Organic Coconut Melt
Not only is this all-over coconut melt super luxurious for your skin, it also doubles has a nourishing mask for super-parched hair. If your strands are in need of a deep-conditioning treatment, work a little of this mask, which is 100 percent pure coconut oil, through the length of your strands and leave it on for 30 minutes—or overnight to really let the oil treatment do its thing.
Coconut Oil Leave-In Conditioner
SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Leave-In Treatment
A major key to healthy hair: using a moisturizing leave-in conditioner on a regular basis. This treatment, which contains 100 percent virgin coconut oil and coconut milk, softens stands to help detangle your hair easier and fight frizz. All you have to do is spritz some of this on your hair when it’s freshly washed and wait for the conditioning magic to happen.
Coconut Oil Sea Salt Spray
Herbivore Botanicals Sea Mist Coconut + Sea Salt Beach Wave Hair Mist
Salt sprays are key for creating those incredible beach waves, and unfortunately, they’re often also the culprit for tangled, dried-out hair. But this sea salt spray is made with coconut and aloe vera water, which is ideal for moisturizing and conditioning the hair and scalp to give you soft, healthy-looking waves.
Coconut Oil Exfoliating Shampoo
Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Shampoo
Think of this charcoal- and coconut oil-infused shampoo as the ultimate scalp scrub. This exfoliating shampoo is packed with binchotan charcoal, which will help rid your scalp and hair follicles of dirt and debris, and coconut oil to keep your dry scalp from flaking. Personally, I’m big fans of the tingly, cooling effect that comes from its peppermint, spearmint, and tea tree oil ingredients.
Coconut Oil Curl Styler
Maui Moisture Curl Quench +Coconut Oil Curl Smoothie
This coconut styling cream is a *chef’s kiss* product for curly hair. Curlier hair tends to be on the drier side (since natural hair oils get stuck in the pattern and don’t travel all the way from roots to ends), and this formula works to soften your strands and leave behind a stunning shine. Rake it through your hair when you’re doing a twist-out, braid-out, or bantu knots, and it’ll add so much definition to the shape of your curls.
Moisturizing Coconut Oil Shampoo
Bumble and bumble Creme de Coco Shampoo
Infused with kukui nut oil, coconut extract, and murumuru butters, this rich shampoo is basically a tropical oasis in a bottle. Unlike stripping shampoos, this mild formula will give your mane all the moisture it needs. Not only that, but the hydrolyzed wheat and soy proteins will even moisturize and condition your strands while it cleanses them.
Coconut Oil Mist
Ogx Nourishing Coconut Oil Weightless Hydrating Oil Mist
This fine-oil mist moisturizes with coconut oil, bamboo extract, and shea butter, and helps your hair retain all that moisture with silk amino acids. What’s cool about this product is that you can use it both on wet hair as a moisture treatment and on dry hair to tame flyaways (we love a multi-use product).
Coconut Oil Cleansing Conditioner
Ouidad Curl Immersion No-Lather Coconut Cream Cleansing Conditioner
If your hair texture is a little more delicate and tightly coiled, consider this cleansing conditioner a holy grail product for you. The combination of its avocado, grapeseed, rosemary, and sage oils are formulated to cleanse your curls from any buildup from hard water or other products, but the formula is also gentle enough not to totally strip your strands of its natural oils. Wet your hair and leave this on for a few minutes to let the coconut oil seep into your hair for extra moisture.
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