Should You Use Coconut Oil for Straightening Hair?

Is Coconut Oil Good for Hair?

coconut oil for straightening hair

Many people wonder what they should use coconut oil for and the benefits of it. Coconut oil is very beneficial to hair since it not only coats the outside of your hair strands, but makes its way inside them to hydrate hair all the way through.

I keep several jars of my favorite organic unrefined coconut oil in the house at all times so I’ll never run out. I use coconut oil for deep conditioning and leave-in-overnight treatments for faster hair growth.

My Coconut Miracle Page will show you step by step how to do those treatments and how to melt your oil. There are plenty of reasons to use coconut oil but there are also some ways I would advise not to use it.


What About Coconut Oil for Straightening Hair?

Is coconut oil a heat protectant for hair? Yes it is. But coconut oil is oil, and greasy hair isn’t the look most women are going for. If you already use coconut oil as thermal protection that’s good that it works for you but I wouldn’t get too excited to try it out if you haven’t done so before. Once you apply coconut oil to your hair it can look shiny and nice, but this will end up spreading to your roots when you brush it, straighten it, or just from handling it.

Straightening your hair already causes the hair to lay flat, being closer to your roots which will allow oils to spread easier. Your hair will become dirty looking and oily very easily. The oily texture and greasy look will outweigh the heat protection benefit of coconut oil. Greasy hair is already a problem for a lot of women and this will only make it worse.

Don’t get me wrong, coconut oil is amazing for hair and has many uses. I recommend trying the treatments I mentioned in the first paragraph with organic unrefined coconut oil. You will see amazing results from them. I only warn not to use coconut oil for straightening hair. It may work for specific hair types but mostly it will just cause your hair to get oily. I’m going to let you in on the best heat protectant product for straightening and curling hair.


Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press

paul mitchell hot off the press

Hot Off The Press is a 2-in-1 thermal protectant and hairspray. It sprays very gently out of a can to coat your hair before you jump in with the heat tools such as your straightener or curling iron. All you have to do is brush it through before styling. After you style your hair, you spray it again to flexibly lock in your hairstyle. Hot Off The Press makes for the slickest straightened hair and the most flawless curls.

Unlike coconut oil, Hot Off The Press will not make your hair oily or weigh it down. If anything, it will give your hair more volume since it’s a hairspray as well. It won’t make your hair crunchy hard either; just a flexible hold. Don’t bother with the other heat protection products that claim they’re the best, and don’t bother trying coconut oil for it. If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself and you’ll see. Read my full review of Hot Off The Press here and find out the cheapest place to get it.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below!


18 thoughts on “Should You Use Coconut Oil for Straightening Hair?

  1. Hello, I think information provided here in your blog, will help to those who are looking for beauty products to straighten hair.

    Your advice which is do not use coconut oil for straightening hair, will be important for women. Sometimes it’s better not try on yourself, it’s better to listen somebody else who is experienced in this area.

    There are so many products which can help us to take care of hair. To hear from professionals who know what is the best for each type of hair is a better option because it saves time for us.

    Thanks for information, all the best, happy writing, Nemira.

    • Nemira,

      You’re welcome!

      It can be fun to try things out for yourself, but yes like you said, sometimes it’s best to hear it from someone else before becoming frustrated. My website will show plenty of products to help people of all hair types. Hair isn’t a simple thing to take care of.

  2. Hello

    l have not used coconut oil in ages, tried it once organic and unrefined in my teens and did not like it.
    l do find it has this overpowering smell that does not go away, not only does it linger too long for my liking, the smell in general is not to my liking but then, we cant all like the same thing.
    Hope readers will not try using coconut oil to straighten hair nothing looks more dreadful than oily hair

    • Roamy,

      Some people can’t stand the smell of coconut oil. Personally, I like the smell of coconut.

      It’s great for treatments, just not great used as heat a protectant! Oily hair isn’t pretty 🙂

  3. Hi Gina,
    Great article! I have actually bookmarked your page! Very informative and I was only just thinking this morning about using coconut oil to hydrate my hair. Your writing style is easy to follow. Thank you for a great article! I look forward to trying your hair treatments…..will let you know my results!


    • Christine,

      Awesome! Come back with your results; I’m sure they’ll be great. Just make sure to follow the precautions on the Coconut Oil Miracle page so you don’t end up with an oily mess!

  4. Thank you for an excellent explanation about coconut oil and using it to protect hair. I have never used coconut oil in my hair before but your post has sparked my interest. However, I do hear your warnings about using it to protect my hair when straightening it. I agree that the ‘greasy look’ is not what I’m going for!

    I look forward to reading more!


    • Melissa,

      The coconut oil treatments work wonders, you should try them soon. Just not when straightening of course 🙂

  5. I’ve never heard this for straighting hair, but I’ve heard it’s good for your hair in general. but I don’t know much to be honest! but thanks for letting people know it doesnt work because if some women get the wrong Idea they might be disappointed! I’ll make sure to share this article!

    • You’re absolutely right. It’s surely better to know what doesn’t work before trying it and ending up having a bad day.

  6. Hello Gina!

    I am a guy and this is obviously the website for woman so I hope you don`t mind. I saw this article and found it interesting cause it is about hair. I have a very long hair, it is strong and curly, and I never used any type of oil before. But I sense that I should use something for protection from weather so I wonder if you could recommend something? Maybe coconut oil that you mentioned in this article, or maybe something else?
    Any advice would be appreciated!

    All the best!

  7. It’s amazing really how many uses and benefits coconut oil has. It’s good for your hair, your skin, it can be used in cooking, even as a makeup remover!

    The only downside is the price! I got a large jar of the stuff on special offer down my local supermarket for £3.00 which was an absolute steal! In most other shops it usually costs closer to £15.

    Great article! Very well explained. I wonder if it would be possible to spike hair using coconut oil?


    • Hannah,

      This is true, it can be pricey, especially for the good stuff: organic, unrefined.

      I’m not sure coconut oil could be used as a gel since it is an oil. Maybe there is some concoction that can make it into a gel!

  8. I love coconut oil for my hair because it really seems to nourish it, but like you say it makes it look greasy!
    I’ve never heard of the Paul Mitchell hairspray, it looks like a really good product to try. I am not fond of any products that makes my hair all crunchy!
    I’ll check out your in-depth review and see where I can purchase it cheap to try it out

    • Lynne,

      I think coconut oil should only be used for hair masks or deep conditioners. This way, you can make sure it’s washed out well instead of having greasy looking hair.

      The Paul Mitchell Hairspray/Heat Protectant is by absolute favorite for styling hair. It surely doesn’t leave your hair crunchy, as I hate that feeling too.

  9. I have tried many products for my hair over the years but I nearly always find they are too heavy for me, weighing my hair down or making it look greasy.

    I am always trying to get more volume in my hair and looking for inspiring new products – Hot Off the Press sounds great to me. Thanks for the advice 🙂

    • Louise,

      I feel you on that. I have thinner hair that gets oily easily too. Hot Off The Press is amazing for my hair type and should be for yours too!

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