Oils- The good, the bad, and the ugly...

"coconut oil was the only oil found to reduce the protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair ..."

The above quote about coconut oil and protein from a research article on the effect of a few oils on hair. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12715094

About coconut oil...I just want to add again that I am not saying coconut oil does not absorb. I am also not saying that it isn't moisturizing or readily absorbed. In fact it is very moisturizing and the skin and hair do absorb it. What I am suggesting is that it has a lengthy absorption period. And I am further suggesting that if this is true, this may have something to do with why this property or characteristic of any oil can contribute to hair suffocation for some hair.

The prolonged absorption of fractionated coconut came from a chart on the oil & butter properties.


Disclaimer: Of course I realize that all hair is different and will react differently to any given product or ingredient. Since some people have been having trouble with products and were not sure why, I was hoping to point of some things I've learned about coconut oil that may be affecting hair in a negative way. This is all for the sake of learning and figuring out what is good for our individual hair, not to dethrone coconut oil as a hair/skin ingredient with a lot of benefits to offer.
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I'm leaning toward a theory that fine haired curlies like coconut oil. Any out there care to respond? How does fine hair react to coconut oil?
I did a coconut oil treatment 3 days ago and my hair hated it!!! I'm fine haired and very porous so I thought as you did that my hair would love it. Not so!

My hair is soft but extremely frizzy, even more than usual and nothing I've done has reduced the puff for more than a few hours. Any trace of humidity too has swelled my hair up even more. I'm so frustrated right now....

I'm going to do a Marshmallow Root rinse tonight to see if that will help reduce puffiness...I have nothing to lose.
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