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How to Wash Coconut Oil Out Of Hair

Coconut oil is often said to be magic oil. There is a reason for that. It is rich in fatty acids with antibacterial properties. Its lauric acid promotes hair growth. Plus, its structure penetrates hair strands without clogging them. Yet, these aren’t the only benefits. Indeed, some people opt to apply this wonder oil daily to get the most out of it.

From time immemorial, this natural oil never misses in most beauty and hair regimens. For, who wouldn’t want to have long, healthy, shiny, and bouncy hair? But, does that mean that you’ll always have coconut oil on your hair? How do you wash it off when you want to try out another product? In this quick guide, we’ll show you ways of removing coconut oil out of hair without damaging the strands. Let’s get to it!

Benefits of Adding Coconut Oil to Your Hair

  • It penetrates the hair strands.
  • It also strengthens weak and brittle hair.
  • It minimizes hair loss.
  • It gets rid of dandruff or any bacterial buildup.
  • It adds luster to your hair.
  • It repels lice and other parasites.
  • It soothes an itchy or irritated scalp.

Why the Special Cleaning Regimen?

Unlike other oils that coat the hair strands, coconut oil works its way into the strand to nourish it. Then, why would you want to get rid of it in the first place? Well, at times, it can prove tricky to decide on what is enough coconut oil for your hair nourishment. For, too much of the oil will make your hair appear unkempt and oily.

More so, most organic hair products contain coconut oil. Then, if your hair washing routine is not adequate, you’ll end up with a product buildup over time. Warm water alone will not remove this oil from your hair. To solve this, here are simple methods you can adopt at home to get rid most coconut oil out of your hair: –

Method 1: Go Organic

Several natural products will remove coconut oil from your hair without damaging it. Such organic solutions are also beneficial to your scalp and hair growth. Here is a sample: –

Aloe Vera and Lemon Juice

Aloe Vera has healing enzymes that repair the scalp, moisturizes hair, and restores its PH balance. You’ll need a teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Mix this gel with a few tablespoons of lemon before adding it to your regular shampoo. Use lukewarm water to wash your hair. Scrub and massage your hair for about ten minutes.


Egg protein makes hair thick and healthy, leaving it shiny and bouncy. It gets rid of any coconut oil buildup fast. So, beat two eggs in a cup or bowl. Stir in two tablespoons of water. Then, use this paste to massage your hair and scalp. Cover your hair with the egg paste in it for about 15 minutes. Wash your hair in lukewarm water. Be extra careful with the water temperature. For, hot water coagulates the eggs. It will mess up your hair.

Black Tea

Black tea contains tannic acid, an active ingredient that prevents oil buildup. Hence, boil two or three tea leaves in one jug of water.  Let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove the tea leaves and let the tea cool to room temperature. Use the black tea water to wash and massage your scalp. Leave it in the hair for another 15 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.


Henna nourishes your scalp, conditions, and repairs damaged strands. It also balances the PH and controls oil production. Indeed, it gets rid of coconut oil without drying your hair. To use henna, make enough paste of the powder and water in a large bowl. Add several drops of olive oil to make a flowing mix. Use it to massage your hair and scalp.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Similar to aloe vera, apple cider vinegar helps to restore your hair’s PH balance. Yet, due to its strength, ensure you dilute the vinegar with lots of water before using it on your hair. To do this, mix five tablespoons of vinegar with one jug of water. Use this water to wash and massage your hair and scalp. Leave the vinegar in your hair for about 15 minutes. Then, wash it off with lukewarm water.

Method 2: DIY Dry Shampoo and Conditioner

Since coconut oil is fatty oil, a conventional shampoo may not be adequate to remove it from your hair. Instead, you can improvise a dry shampoo then use it with a thick conditioner. A typical conditioner aims at moisturizing and nourishing the hair after wash. You know it is safe for removing excess coconut oil in your hair.

To make your dry shampoo, mixed wheat flour, cornflour, rice flour, and oatmeal. Sprinkle the powder to your hair. Leave it for five to ten minutes. Then sweep it off with a soft brush. Wash it with clean water. Condition the hair.

Method 3: Using Other Products

Baking Soda

Baking soda never misses in our homes. To remove coconut oil, make a running paste of water and baking soda. Apply this paste to your hair. Cover it with a shower cap and let it sit for about 15 minutes.  Then, wash it off with water and your regular shampoo.

Paper Towels

Paper towels are quite absorbent of coconut oil. But, it only works to drain the excess oil on the hair. For ultimate success, you’ll have to combine the towels with another method. Section your hair then wrap each part in the paper towels. Next, cover your head with another absorbent towel. Press or squeeze the paper towels before removing them. You may repeat the process as needed.


Coconut oil is one of the best available hair food. But, to get the most out of it, you ought to know how to apply the right amounts and regulate its effect on your hair. That’s why it is crucial that you know how to wash coconut oil out of your hair the right way. Use this guide to clean and keep your hair healthy, and shiny.

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