Coconut Oil as Pre Shampoo Treatment

Does hair have to be freshly washed and completely clean of all styling products before applying coconut oil as a pre shampoo treatment? Or can I apply the coconut oil to hair that hasn't been washed before leaving it on overnight and using shampoo and conditioner in the morning?


  • You can apply coconut oil to unwashed hair and it will still have a conditioning effect. Of course, the more things in your hair, the less of an effect you should expect to get. It would work best on clean hair, but it will still work otherwise.
  • Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids that nourish and moisturize the scalp and hair. Polynesian cultures historically have and still do use extra virgin coconut oil as a beauty product, notes the Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu, Hawaii.

    A study published in the "Journal of Cosmetic Science" in 1999 found that coconut oil applied to the hair reduced hair breakage, and another study in 2005 from the Journal of Cosmetic Science noted that coconut oil penetrated the hair follicle better than the most common ingredient in hair conditioners, mineral oil.

    According to the book "Coconut Oil: Amazing Health, Skin And Cooking Benefits" by Gene Ashburner, aside from making a great moisturizer for hair and scalp, the oil has been used as a natural remedy to combat frizz; get rid of dandruff; remove and prevent lice; and promote hair growth. Coconut oil can even be used to extract chewing gum from hair.

    While the oil can improve scalp health, therefore improving the conditions for growing thicker, fuller hair, it does not treat the underlying cause of hair loss and cannot be relied on for treating baldness related to dihydrotestosterone. According to some sources, coconut oil can also soothe cradle cap, an issue commonly seen in babies.
  • When I use it in the shower I don't even feel like I have to dry off. I have this coating of oil all over my body that just repels water, it's awesome! Of course I do dry off but it's neat not to feel like I have to. Here Straighten Hair with Coconut oil
  • Yeah the coconut oil is very good and effective for the hair caring ...
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