If you’re applying oil to mask and improve the appearance of split ends, you’ll want something that’s not too heavy (as not to weight the hair down), fast absorbing so it doesn’t look to wet or greasy, imparts a dash of shine, and is able to coat the strand to keep the appearance looking in tact.
Enter: coconut oil. Coconut oil is a beloved multitasker and has a long history for hair use by people of all backgrounds. Some use it as pre-shampoo mask, others as a quick styler, and finally as a split end mender. “The question you should be asking yourself is, ‘Is my hair dry, coarse, or damaged?’ If yes, then coconut oil is great for you,” says hairstylist Clay Neilson. What’s so powerful about coconut oil is that it provides the perfect balance of many of the above traits.
Here’s why: thanks to the oil’s smaller molecular size and it’s nutrient dense properties, some of the oil will be able to penetrate the hair shaft. This means it can provide nutrients deeper into the shaft, ideally strengthening the hair at its core. Its strengthening properties come from antioxidants (like vitamin E) and fatty acids to help feed and condition the strand, providing protection from free radical damage, which can further splinter the hair.
And, again, while it won’t completely heal your split ends, it will help make sure that damage doesn’t get worse. See, split ends have a nasty habit of splintering further and higher up the hair shaft once they’ve started. So if you are experiencing split ends, it’s vital for you to make sure they don’t get worse.
Finally: there’s the aesthetic point. While some of the coconut oil will seep into the strand, some will sit gently atop. This improve the appearance of the strand, reflecting light and making it look lustrous.