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Benefits of Coconut Oil for Your Hair
There’s some evidence that lauric acid—a type of saturated fat abundant in coconut oil—may benefit your hair by protecting against protein loss.
Hair is made of protein, particularly keratin.1 Dyes, bleach, shampoos, and styling products can damage this protein and leave hair dull and fragile.
In a 2015 report, researchers reviewed several studies testing the effects of plant-based oils on human hair.2 The authors noted that coconut oil is similar to natural hair proteins and that it has a unique ability to penetrate the hair shaft (the part of the hair that shows above the scalp).
By penetrating the hair, coconut oil can reduce the amount of water absorbed into your hair. This helps limit everyday hair damage.
In addition, one of the reviewed studies determined that coconut oil was the only oil capable of reducing protein loss. This was true for undamaged and damaged hair when participants used the oil as a prewash and post-wash grooming product.
This study also sized up the effects of mineral oil and sunflower oil on hair. Neither helped reduce protein loss.2
Dry Scalp, Dandruff
There is evidence that you can use coconut oil to help manage a dry, itchy scalp and accompanying dandruff.
A 2021 study of 140 people in India—70 with dandruff and 70 without—found that topical applications of coconut oil to the scalp had antifungal benefits. It also promoted the growth of beneficial bacteria and reduced scalp flaking.3
Other research shows that coconut oil may help repair the skin barrier, which is the top layer of your skin.4 This would make it a good treatment for both dandruff and dry skin.
Coconut oil has also been found to combat scalp yeast infections.3
Evidence from one study suggests that coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties, and study participants also had increased production of collagen, the chief structural protein in skin and other tissues.5
While there isn’t any scientific research on the link between collagen and hair, personal testimonies and theories claim that collagen treatments are beneficial. And there’s no evidence that collagen supplements are specifically helpful—eating a healthy diet is the best way to get collagen.6