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How to Apply Coconut Oil to Hair

We can sing coconut oil’s praises for days. When it comes to the hardest-working multitasking oils in the game, not many can compete with its reputation for solving so many ailments.

You can apply this oil to swiftly remove makeup, hydrate your dry skin, strengthen your nail cuticles, whiten your teeth, grow out your brows, and more.

I’ve kept a bottle of Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin this oil close by for years. Growing up with severe eczema, I relied on this all-natural oil to soothe my inflamed, dry skin and haven’t been able to put it down since.

I also love slathering it on my lips at night (especially in the winter) and waking up to a supple, smooth pout.

To no surprise, it oil is equally effective on your hair. I have naturally curly, textured hair, so coconut oil has saved my dry strands many times.

When it comes to natural hair, the biggest ailment is dryness year-round.

Coconut oil is ultra-moisturizing and soothing to the scalp. According to a review of the health effects of coconut oil published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition,

“Coconut oil products may also be useful in preventing hair damage due to protein loss during grooming processes and ultraviolet (UV) exposure; however, more studies are needed to confirm this effect.”1

There’s a specific way to apply this oil to your hair strands to get it to work best, though. We called on Nunzio Saviano, owner of Nunzio Saviano Salon in NYC, to fill us in on the tricks for applying coconut oil to hair.

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