Coconut oil is having a moment right now amongst naturalistas. If I had to pick one single product ingredient that would bring all the naturalistas to the yard, it would be coconut oil – followed very closely by Shea Moisture (honestly, ya’ll are STANNING for this giveaway!). In fact, coconut oil is to products what tapered cuts were for natural hair styles last year. Or maybe crochet braids. You get the point.
And since last weekend was Valentine’s Day/Singles Awareness Day (I love you though!), I’m sure quite a few of you spent your time being boo’d up with the coco. I KNOW at least one of you shared this pic in your girlfriend group chat with the simple but powerful caption: “Bae”.
Does coconut oil moisturize natural hair?
I hate to break it to you though, but coconut oil cannot complete you. It might get you a real bae because it smells so good, but it alone will not give you healthy hair.
That’s because coconut oil alone is NOT an adequate moisturizer.
I’ve had quite a few clients who reach out for customized regimen list their current regimen as: shampoo, condition, apply coconut oil, and then twist with some product. Obviously this routine doesn’t work because if it did, folks wouldn’t be asking for help, but do you know the reason why?
This routine is missing a moisturizer. While coconut oil can penetrate the hair shaft, it can only do so in limited amounts, meaning it won’t penetrate enough to completely moisturize your hair, especially when it’s as coiled and kinky as our natural hair. Coconut oil needs to be used in conjunction with a water based leave-in conditioner, like some of my favorites below.
Let’s quickly go over the proper way to ensure that your hair is moisturized:
Liquid-based leave in conditioner, Oil to seal, and Cream to style (LOC) OR Liquid-based leave in conditioner, Cream to style, and Oil to seal (LCO).