Coconut oil has many benefits and you may want to use it for getting rid of dryness in your hair and dandruff as well. Whether you mix it with other ingredients or use it just like this, you may end up with a big problem: how to get it out of your hair.
Here are some useful tips when you find yourself in a pickle because of the coconut oil.
- Use shampoo
This may be one of the easiest ways to handle the problem with the coconut oil left in your hair. You simply rinse your hair with the shampoo and your typical conditioner so that the hair looks nice and clean, after all. It’s a good idea to use a shampoo designed for the oily hair, though.
If this doesn’t seem to give results, try a clarifying shampoo that is especially made to remove the buildup in your hair, coconut oil including.
When you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to wash your hair, you may want to try a dry shampoo instead. A pure homemade dry shampoo is a great and healthy option too.
You can very easily mix some baking flour, rice flour, corn starch and uncooked oatmeal. Sprinkle the dry shampoo onto your scalp and leave it for 5 minutes or so. You finish by brushing it off, but keep in mind you should wash your hair later on so that the dry shampoo doesn’t build up, blocking the pores.
- Aloe Vera
We all know that Aloe Vera presents impressive anti-oxidant abilities. It’s a great plant that contains enzymes, minerals and vitamins that work together for removing oil from your hair.
Here are some easy ways to use Aloe Vera to get rid of oil in your hair, coconut oil including:
- Use a teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel and mix it with your typical shampoo
- Add a teaspoon of lemon juice
- Apply the mixture and leave it in your hair for 15 minutes. Wash your hair with lukewarm water when time’s up.
You may also simply apply some Aloe Vera gel on your hair and wash it off after 15 minutes.
In case you don’t know it by now, vinegar is a natural astringent that may remove coconut oil from your hair and scalp as well. It’s the acid in the vinegar that balances the pH level of the scalp, but you should only use a diluted solution.
White vinegar or apple cider are good options that reduce the buildup of the oil on your hair. They also soften and make your hair shinier.
Here are some steps to follow:
- Pour 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar in a cup of water
- Apply the mixture on your hair and massage it well, until it reaches the scalp
- Wash it off with some lukewarm water after 10 minutes or so.
Using eggs for removing the excess oil from the hair isn’t new at all. Everybody knows how eggs cut through oil and grease as they include many proteins and vitamins that thicken, strengthen and give shine to your hair.
Here’s how to do it:
- Beat 1-2 eggs and add 2-3 tablespoons of water
- Massage the mixture into your hair and scalp and leave it there for 10 minutes
- Rinse it off with some lukewarm water. Never use hot water as it’s going to coagulate all the proteins within the egg…. which is a terrible mess
- You may finish with some castile soap for massaging your hair. Don’t forget to rinse off too.
Lemons are also a great way to get rid of the coconut oil in your hair. Lemon juice contains citric acid that cleans dirt and oil from both your hair and skin, balancing the pH level of the scalp at the same time.
Here are some steps to do:
- Get the juice from 2 lemons, adding 2 cups of water too
- You should add 3 tablespoons of honey for better results
- Massage the mixture into your scalp and hair and leave it there for a couple of minutes
- Wash it off with lukewarm water
- Black tea
Due to the tannic acid in its formula, black tea presents great astringent properties and this means it helps you get rid of build-up of excess oil on the scalp. Follow these steps for best results:
- Add a good amount of black tea leaves in a cup of water
- Let it boil for 10 minutes, strain the leaves and let the decoction to cool down
- Apply plenty of it onto your hair and scalp once it gets to room temperatures
- Let it stay for 5-10 minutes
- Rinse it off with water
- Mint and rosemary
You simply mix a tablespoon of rosemary sprigs and mint leaves in two cups of boiling water. You may also add some lemon juice (from a single lemon is the right amount) and use the mixture to get rid of the coconut oil from your hair.
Tomatoes may help you balance the pH level of your scalp as they have an acidic content. They’re also great for removing unpleasant odors from your hair, which may happen when using coconut oil.
Here’s how to do it:
- Use the puree from one tomato and mix it with one teaspoon of fuller’s earth
- Apply the mixture on your hair and leave it there for 30 minutes
- Use some cold water to wash it off
- Fuller’s Earth
Fuller’s Earth is a clay material that is very efficient when it comes to absorbing oils. The minerals within may also improve the blood circulation in the scalp and here are some easy ways to use it:
- Use 3 tablespoons of Fuller’s earth and some water to make a thick paste
- Apply the paste to your hair
- Rinse it off with lukewarm water after 20 minutes
- Henna powder
You can make a smooth paste of henna powder and some water when you want to get rid of coconut oil from your hair. Use some water for rinsing it off, leaving your hair shiny, soft, and clean.
A bit of olive oil into the mixture may give even better results.
Alcohol is very efficient when it comes to cleaning your hair and may give fast results to various oily hair problems. The best solution would be vodka that not only gets you rid of the coconut oil, but also balances the pH of your scalp.
Here are some easy steps:
- Dilute a cup of vodka with two cups of water
- Use the alcoholic mixture to rinse off your hair
- Let it stay for 10 minutes and rinse it off with water when you’re done
- Witch Hazel Oil
You may not know it, but witch hazel is a great remedy for various hair conditions and here’s how you can use it:
- Take four drops of oil and mix it with 2 tablespoons of water
- Soak up the mixture use a cotton ball and dab gently your hair and scalp
- Paper towels
This is an urgent solution when you have nothing else near you. You get some paper towels and simply press them on your hair as it’s going to soak up all excess oil. You don’t want to do it like this, though.
- Baking soda and detergents
Remember that liquid dishwashing detergents are used to remove the strongest stains/dirt from your utensils. If you’re only using small quantity, you may apply it to damp your hair and remove coconut oil. You want to use as less as possible, only if nothing else has worked as it’s not made to use on human hair in the first place.
You can also grab some baking soda from the kitchen, add some water until you get a nice paste and apply the paste all over your hair. You should rinse it with warm water after 20 minutes.
Take care of your hair
You don’t want to go excessive on your hair and wash it daily, as you are going to wash up all the oil from the hair. It’s only a matter of time until your hair gets dry, if you’re washing it daily.
Keep in mind that you should always use cold/lukewarm water when you’re cleaning or rinsing your hair for the same reasons. Despite of what you may think, hot water is only stimulating the oil-producing glands and actually makes it worse. Cold water does the opposite and helps the hair follicles close up as well.
Last but not least, if you’re determined to use coconut oil on your hair, try not to get the very first thing that pops into your eyes when shopping. Check it with a doctor first as he/she’s the best person to tell you which kind may fit the best your hair.