Coconut oil is a multi-purpose, au natural beauty salve that has just about a million different uses. Some use it as a moisturizer (be careful as it’s highly comedogenic!), a body moisturizer and even a hair mask. It’s richly hydrating, locks in moisture and is insanely affordable and versatile so it’s hard to beat. If you need a good hair mask to help revitalize dry damaged hair, coconut oil is a great, effective option. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is how to completely remove it!
Coconut oil is tricky to completely remove from your hair because it’s hard to see and feel on wet hair. The best way to remove coconut oil from your hair is to wash your hair with a soapy shampoo and to rinse with hot water. There are also methods involving alcohol, lemons and baking soda but save those for the last resort as they are drying and damaging.
There are a few different ways to remove coconut oil. I think the best way to go about it is to use a soapy shampoo and to take your time massaging in the shampoo. Then, rinse your hair for extra long under warm water. Coconut water solidifies at colder temperatures so cold water is not as effective.
You can also use lemon, alcohol or baking soda to remove coconut oil. The problem with those 3 ingredients is that they’re very drying on the hair. They basically counteract all the moisture that was added to your hair from the coconut oil. Sometimes coconut oil can take a few washes to completely wash out so don’t get discouraged if it’s gone on the first try. Using alcohol or lemons should only be used as a last resort option.
The key for this to work is to use a hardy shampoo with sulfates. (Basically any cheap drugstore shampoo.) If you have colored hair you’re advised not to use sulfates as they strip color, but they can help to completely remove coconut oil as they lather. Apply a generous amount of shampoo onto your scalp and massage it in. Let the soapy goodness do it’s work to get all the coconut oil out.
You can shampoo your hair 2x if you feel the need too.
A clarifying shampoo also works really well as they’re made to remove product build up from your hair and scalp.
Coconut oil solidifies at colder temperatures so wash it out using warm or hot water. It’ll work more efficiently, too.
Use dry shampoo or powder if you have small traces of coconut oil left at the roots. The powder will soak up the coconut oil, similar to when your scalp is greasy. Then the next time you wash your hair, do a good shampoo and all the coconut oil should be removed.
4. Eggs, lemon, baking soda and alcohol (not combined!)
So the coconut oil won’t wash out of your hair no matter how much shampoo you’ve tried? Here’s a few different methods for stubborn coconut oil.
Egg: Add 2-3 eggs into 32 oz of water. Beat the eggs to make a fluid mixture and pour this all over your hair. After 5-10 minutes it should be ready to wash out and all the coconut oil should easily wash out from your hair. We don’t hate this method because eggs aren’t damaging to your hair! It’s just a little more effort.
Lemon: Mixing the juice from 2 lemons into a cup of water and pouring it on our hair. Many believe that the acidity helps to remove the oils. The thing with lemon is, the acidity actually dries out your hair and can damage it. If you color your hair, this will seriously strip and damage the color!
The whole point of using a coconut oil hair mask is to add moisture and repair damaged hair. Pouring lemon juice on your hair negates all of that. Use this as a last resort and avoid it if you can.
Baking soda: Create a baking soda, water paste to massage into the oily areas of your hair and scalp. Then wash it out and all the coconut oil should wash out with the paste. Beware as baking soda can dry out your hair. But, it’s better than lemons and baking soda is a pretty basic household ingredient that you’ll probably have around. It’s not the best option for the health of your hair, especially if it’s colored so use this as a last resort.
Alcohol: That’s right, some say rubbing alcohol or vodka can remove coconut oil from your hair. Oh this option hurts us! One, if you color your hair it will completely strip the color. Two, it will dry out your hair and again, reverse all the improvement the coconut oil did.
There’s no point in adding coconut oil to your hair to then go wash it out with vodka. This should be a last, last resort because alcohol will very quickly dry out and damage your hair.
So, next time you can’t wash out coconut oil from your hair, you’re better off shampooing it a few times and gently removing it from your hair. Lemons, eggs, alcohol and baking soda work well but they sure can damage and dry out your hair. The whole point of using coconut oil is to moisturize and revitalize damaged hair. Using lemons, alcohol and baking soda will negate all the goodness the coconut oil did!
Head and Shoulders is a good one because they use lots of SLS or sulfates to combat dandruff. They lather and foam very well and that is exactly what you want to remove coconut oil. Any cheap drugstore shampoo with heavy scents and bubbles will be good at removing coconut oil.
For starters you want to melt your coconut oil or make sure it’s already pretty melted. Coconut oil has a very low melting point so this isn’t a big deal, it just makes it a little easier to apply it if it’s not completely hard. Then you want to focus on applying the coconut oil from the ears down. Unless your hair is completely fried it doesn’t need to touch your scalp. Plus, this will make the washing out process go much smoother.
Nothing bad! The longer it’s in the more hydrated your hair can get. The issue with leftover coconut oil in your hair is that it makes your scalp look very greasy and it’s not the cleanest look. The best hairstyle when you have coconut oil stuck in your hair is a slicked bun and that will hide it pretty well.