Exactly How To Use Coconut Butter For Hair And Why

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Looking for a natural product great for your hair? Or have some spare coconut butter and wondering if you can use coconut butter for hair growth? Or shiny locks?

In this article, I walk you through what coconut butter is, the benefits of coconut butter on hair and exactly how to use coconut butter for hair as well as the results you might get. Let’s start!

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Exactly How To Use Coconut Butter For Hair And Why

What Is Coconut Butter?

Coconut butter is basically coconut meat pureed which includes the oil from the coconut. Like coconut oil, it is solid at room temperature and softens easily when heated.

Coconut oil is made from pressing the oil from the coconut meat and does not include the coconut meat like coconut butter. So coconut butter is coconut oil + the coconut meat.

Coconut butter contains saturated fat (like coconut oil) as well as fiber. It also has iron, magnesium, potassium and protein.

Coconut butter does feel and smell similar to coconut oil, although I think it seems more coconutty if that’s possible. I also think it tastes much better.

It has a higher melting point that coconut oil which means it can be tougher to melt and keep in liquid form to use.

Coconut Butter Benefits For Hair

Coconut butter hair mask with cling wrap
Coconut butter hair mask

Coconut butter is rich in essential proteins as described above. These help encourage healthy hair and scalp by nourishing the hair strands, conditioning and repairing damaged hair. I’ve also read that one of the coconut butter uses for hair include helping with dandruff but I have not tried this.

Exactly How To Use Coconut Butter In Hair

There are two different ways I like to use a coconut butter hair treatment. One is as a leave in conditioner to help with styling and the other is as a coconut butter hair mask.

Coconut Butter Leave In Conditioner + Styling

I find coconut butter great as a leave in conditioner particularly when I want to use heat in my hair like a hair dryer, curling iron or flat iron.

I simply put a small teaspoon sized amount through my hair before I dry it, running it through with my fingers. If I’m then going to use another heat instrument like my flat iron, I’ll put another teaspoon through before I use that.

You can rub it in your hands to liquefy it before applying or your hair dryer can help with this. The tricky part is making sure it’s all liquid and stays liquid while putting it in as it can solidify quickly and then it’s just annoying.

It helps keep my hair soft and smelling great.

coconut butter

Coconut Butter Hair Mask For Dry/Dull Hair

This hair mask should help encourage hair growth, strengthen hair and help with shine. Everything that you should want from a great hair mask!

In saying that, I recently tried it with coconut oil instead of coconut butter when I had ran out of the butter and I think it worked better with the oil, mainly because it is tougher to keep coconut butter in liquid form.

Melted coconut butter in a bowl
Melted coconut butter ready to use in the hair mask

Ingredients:

  1. Melt the coconut butter in the microwave or in a double boiler
  2. Whisk the egg in a bowl and then add the heated coconut butter
  3. Add the honey
  4. Whisk until well mixed
Whisking all the ingredients for the coconut butter hair mask
Whisking all the ingredients for the coconut butter hair mask

Once you have your hair mask, massage it into your hair from root to tip. It can be easier if you do it in sections. Try to cover hair as evenly as possible.

Then put your hair in a shower cap or wrap it with cling wrap and leave for around 20 minutes.

Applying the hair mask - I wasn't quick enough and it started to solidify
Applying the hair mask – I wasn’t quick enough and it started to solidify

Rinse well and then wash your hair as normal.

The only hard part about this mask is that the coconut butter can solidify quickly. Its melting point is around 93-100 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure you melt all the coconut butter well, mix and apply quickly,

To this end, have everything set to go to apply the mask when you start making the mask. Last time I did this (to take these pics!), it took me five minutes to find the cling wrap. The mixture had clumps of solid coconut butter in this time.

Coconut Butter Hair Products

Artisana Organic Coconut Butter
Artisana Organic Coconut Butter

Coconut butter is not as popular in products as coconut oil and there isn’t a range of ready-to-buy coconut butter hair growth options. I recommend that if you want to try out using coconut butter in your hair that you follow my recipes above.

You can also put coconut butter directly in your hair in a similar way to the mask above without adding the other ingredients.

Conclusion

Coconut butter isn’t as well known as coconut oil but it’s also a great option for your hair. Try it out and see for yourself!

Find all our coconutty guides here from using coconut oil for shaving here to creating a coconut milk face mask here. You can read our full guide to using coconut oil for hair here including another hair mask recipe. You can also read about using coconut butter on skin here.

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By Cara Davis

Cara Davis is a food lover and health fanatic who likes to make life as stress free as possible - thus why she loves to eat quick and healthy!