There are several benefits to using coconut oil on your hair. Virgin Coconut oil has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties that can help with many scalp problems such as dandruff. It can also aid in length retention because it strengthens hair strands and helps to keep them from breaking.

Virgin Coconut oil is a great oil to use to soften your hair and condition your scalp. Virgin Coconut Oil can also be used as a weekly scalp massage oil. The fatty-acids in coconut oil are the exact ones contained in sebum, the natural oil that our scalp produces. They both contain medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which can easily penetrate the hair strand to reduce protein loss.

Virgin Coconut Oil also prevents destructive free-radical formation and provides protection against them. It can help to keep the skin from developing liver spots and other blemishes caused by aging and over exposure to sunlight.

It helps to keep connective tissues strong and supple so that the skin doesn’t sag and wrinkle. In some cases it might even restore damaged or diseased skin. The oil is absorbed into the skin and into the cell structure of the connective tissues, limiting the damage excessive sun exposure can cause.

Ayuredic Hair Recipes Using Coconut Oil

For an Itchy Scalp:
Add 1 teaspoon of camphor to half a cup of coconut oil and store it in glass container. Massage this oil into your scalp before bed.

For Dandruff:
1. Add 1 teaspoon of camphor to half a cup of coconut or neem oil. Store it in glass container. Massage this oil into the scalp before bed. Wash with warm water after three to four hours or leave overnight.

2. Mix 1 teaspoon of castor, mustard and coconut oil each and massage into the scalp. Wash with warm water after three to four hours or leave overnight.

3. Mix one part of lemon juice with two parts of coconut oil. Massage into the roots of the hair regularly.

Ayurveda Recipes:

Ayurveda Herbal Remedy
Coconut Connections
ehow – Coconut Oil Treatment
Coconut Oil Central
Afrobella’s Coconut Oil Blog Post

– Laquita Thomas-Banks

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  • FauxBLAsian

    I’ve been using coconut oil on my hair and scalp for over a year now, and my hair and scalp are cleaner than when I was using petroleum-based products. I also massage some into my facial skin before I hop into the shower. I let the steam help the oil to absorb, then wash my face before I get out. Best facial ever! Thanks for piece.

    • On your face? I wouldn’t have thought of that– going to try it (although it’s cool now and the oil has hardened in the jar).

    • hehe

      Yes! coconut is great! I put in braids and for about three weeks my hair was itchy with dandruff. Even when I wash it the itch and dandruff would not go away. As soon as I put coconut oil in my scalp it ALL went away! Coconut oil also great after you put on a leave-in makes your hair shiny and soft without adding weight. Also great to use for OCM. no breakouts! soft skin!

  • Thanks so much for these recipes and links. I’ve always had a very itchy scalp, and since going natural this summer, I’ve bought several oils but don’t have the right concoction that works for me yet.

  • The proteins in coconut oil don’t seem to agree with my hair. Furthermore, I steer clear of hair products which have coconut oil as their primary ingredient.

  • I may try this for my itchy scalp, its becoming annoying

  • RockRach

    I love, love LOVE coconut oil on my hair! My scalp is super dry so it helps there, and it the length I get from putting it on my ends (which split like crazy) is amazing. Its the closest thing I’ve found to a miracle product – plus its natural and you can buy it at the grocery store. The only thing I don’t like is how it can get a little TOO oily…I’m natural and wash about once a week so oily hair two days later can be a problem. I usually just put moisturizer on the ends and then follow with the oil to seal it before I go to bed. When I wake up, its all been absorbed by my hair which is soft & smells good.