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How to Use Coconut Oil Before Coloring Your Hair?

They weren’t joking when they said coconut oil is gold liquid. In the game, coconut oil is one of the best multitasking oils.

Coconut oil will moisturize and nourish your hair, soften your dry skin and cracked lips, whiten your teeth and grow out your eyebrows.

With all these benefits, can coconut oil be used before coloring the hair?

Well, yes! Coconut oil works wonders on color-treated hair or hair that is about to be dyed or bleached.

One of the most stylish ways to revamp your look is by coloring your hair. For this reason, it is important to make sure that your hair stays healthy in between coloring jobs.

People usually work backward in fixing their hair. They try to protect it when it is already damaged.

Coconut oil should be used as a pre-treatment because that is the only way future stress on dyed hair can be minimized if not avoided completely.

Using Coconut oil to moisturize and nourish your hair
Using Coconut oil to moisturize and nourish your hair

To prevent protein loss in your hair, you should always apply coconut oil before coloring your hair. That’s because bleach strips the hair of its natural oils, making your strands vulnerable to breakage.

For efficiency, you should apply coconut oil to your hair the night before you color your hair in the morning.

Coconut oil takes time to be absorbed into the hair, that’s why you need to stay with it overnight.

Follow this step by step guide to understand the best way to use coconut oil before you color your hair.

How to Use Coconut Oil Before Coloring Your Hair?

Step 1: Clean your hair thoroughly

Your hair color will last if you start with clean, healthy hair. Experts believe that a low sulfate shampoo is best since it doesn’t dry the scalp, and it is not too harsh on the hair.

If you don’t, you will leave your hair prone to breakage and damage eventually, leading to damage control, and it is necessary before you dye your hair.

Cleaning your hair removes product build-up so that you will eventually get an even hair tone when you color it.

You can skip the conditioning part since the coconut oil you will be using will replace your hair’s moisture.

You can use the shampoos and conditioners for dry scalp, dry damaged hair, acne prone skin  and color treated hair I reviewed before.

Step 2: Apply coconut oil the night before the day you color hair

Prep your hair for coloring by applying coconut oil generously before you go to bed a day before you dye your hair. Warm the coconut oil so that it melts first.

This way, it will be easier to not only rub into the scalp, but it will also be easily absorbed into the hair follicles.

Depending on your hair’s length, use 3-7 spoons of coconut oil, rubbing it into the hair from the roots to the tips.

If your hair is dehydrated or damaged already, using more coconut oil will be quite helpful in making your hair healthy and your scalp hydrated.

Using coconut oil and cover hair in a shower cap
Using coconut oil and cover hair with a shower cap before the day your color hair (Image: Wikihow)

Cover your hair with a shower cap and sleep with it overnight while the coconut oil does its wonders.

You need to remember that coloring your hair damages the hair by making it weak and brittle.

For this reason, you will have to apply the oil to the dry parts of the hair strands.

Note: Coconut oil is great before coloring hair but If you take too much coconut oil, you’ll need to get coconut oil out of your hair.

Step 3: Dye your hair the way you normally do

Do not wash off the coconut oil before you dye your hair.

Apply the hair dye with coconut oil still in the hair. The coconut oil will not affect the efficiency of the hair dye at all.

As a matter of fact, the coconut oil will make it easier for you to partition the hair into sections.

After coloring, the coconut oil will help the hair retain a sleek and natural look.

Apply the hair dye with coconut oil still in the hair
Apply the hair dye with coconut oil still in the hair

Unfortunately, dyes and bleach contain harsh chemicals such as copper, iron, ammonia, peroxides, and sulfates that damage the hair.

The good news is that coconut oil prevents these chemicals from getting into the hair follicles which then minimizes the damage done to the hair.

Once you are done with the coloring process, you can rinse the hair with shampoo and water but avoid using any products that have paraben, sulfate as part of their ingredients.

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Step 4: Wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner, and add coconut oil too

Clean out all the left-over chemicals using water and shampoo.

Use mild and gentle shampoos that are made with natural ingredients only.

Once you are done with the coloring process, your hair won’t look as healthy as it was before.

Give it time to heal. Find a hair routine that will strengthen it and keep it healthy.

Your hair is most vulnerable when it is weak. For this reason, you should always apply coconut oil before you wash it.

Doing this would reduce the damage caused by frequent styling, heating, brushing, and shampooing.

See also: Best coconut shampoos and conditioners

Step 5: Make coconut oil part and parcel of your hair care routine

Coconut oil can work as a perfect hair mask that nourishes your scalp and softens all your hair strands.

Furthermore, coconut can use as your all-round hair product, hair oil and mask, conditioner, pre, and post-wash protector, as well as for scalp treatment.

The trick is to understand your hair type and know how much coconut oil is needed for it.

Does coconut oil affect hair dye?

Absolutely not! Because coconut oil contains neither acidic ingredient nor stripping elements, it doesn’t affect hair dye at all.

Some experts suggest that you skip washing the hair for a few days if you plan to dye or bleach it because this gives it room to produce its own protective natural oils.

Advantages of coconut oil to your hair:

  • Coconut oil hydrates, moisturizes, and nourishes the scalp.
  • Minimizes chemical damage to the hair from the use of hair products.
  • Reduces frizz and makes the hair healthy.
  • Prevents hair loss.
  • Coconut oil prevents hair breakage, brittle strands, and split ends.
  • Research shows that coconut oil makes the hair grow faster.
  • By hydrating the scalp, coconut oil strengthens all the hair strands.
  • It reduces the loss of proteins when hair is bleached or chemically treated.
  • It also protects the hair from harmful UV rays.

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I’m Aida and this is my blog where I write mostly about beauty & make up related stuff, but I like to spice it up a bit with lifestyle and photography posts. Or with whatever that comes to my mind. Hope you will enjoy the reading enough that we will ‘see’ each other more often!

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