How to Apply Coconut Oil to Hair, According to a Hairstylist

Maya Allen

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 coconut oils' reputation of solving so many ailments at once. You can depend on coconut 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 Joes Organic Virgin Coconut Oil ($5) 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 lathering it on my lips at night (especially in the winter) and waking up to a supple, smooth pout.

To no surprise, coconut oil is equally effective on your hair. According to one study from the Journal of Cosmetic Science, it greatly strengthens your hair shaft: "Coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft."

There's a specific way to apply it to your 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 how to apply coconut oil to hair. You're going to want to know this for the next time your locks need a re-up. 

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