Can coconut oil cause protein overload? Short answer: No!!!

protein overload by coconut oil

  • It’s impossible for coconut oil to cause protein overload in your hair because it works on the outermost layer of your hair.
  • So, if you’re sure your hair has a protein overload, my advice is to take a look at the hair products you use daily because it could be one of them that is causing the problem. I’ll tell you about what kind of ingredients you should avoid in shampoos, conditioners and masks.
  • But if you use too much coconut oil, other problems could appear in your hair that don’t have to do with protein overload, like excessive grease, dandruff and even hair loss.


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Tell me the truth,  why do you think coconut oil caused protein overload in your hair? 


Don’t tell me because I think I can almost guess it.

Everything started when you noticed that your hair was dry, opaque, lifeless and lacked movement. Your hair was damaged.

And so, since you’re determined woman, you took the reins and started with a plan for your hair.

An infalible plan that would get your hair back everything it lost.


You went to Amazon and brought and arsenal of products for your hair, including coconut oil, keratin shampoo and conditioners, a hydrolyzed protein mask, and perhaps another keratin mask.

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Once you got the products, you got down to work.

  • You washed your hair with the keratin shampoo and conditioner three times a week.
  • You used the coconut oil on your hair twice a week and left it in all light.
  • You used a hydrolyzed wheat protein mask twice a week.
  • And just in case, so nobody could tell you that you didn’t take care of your hair the right way, you used a keratin mask once a week.


After 15 days, your hair was exactly the same, like you’d never even used any of these products.

What happened?


The answer is simple.  All of the products you chose contains proteins. So, you overloaded your hair with protein. 


But, I can assure you that the coconut oil wasn’t what caused the protein overload in your hair.

How do I know?

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Because the coconut oil only penetrates the outer layer of your hair, repairing your hair cuticles

coconut oil repairs outer layer of hair

And to help you understand what I mean, let’s take a look at a key concept.

Your hair is made up of three layers:

  • External layer or cuticles
  • Middle layer, hair fiber or cortex
  • Inner layer or medulla


When you use coconut oil on your hair, it only penetrates the external and middle part of your hair. So, it repairs and nurtures your hair cuticles and fiber.

Coconut oil has a light molecular structure, making its capacity to penetrate your hair low. That’s why you can use coconut oil in your hair all night long as if it were a hair mask up to twice a week.

Since it penetrates the outer layer, it seals the cuticles and reduces the loss of moisture, protein and vitamins E and K.


You can also use it after washing your hair by applying five or six drops on the ends of your hair to seal in its moisture.

woman applies coconut oil to the ends of her hair

 What I want you to take away from this is that coconut oil isn’t wait caused the protein overload in your hair.  But that doesn’t mean you can use it in your hair every day.

Because if you do, it will cause other problems that don’t have to do with protein overload. I’ll tell you what those problems are shortly,

But first, let me answer the million-dollar question.


What hair products can cause protein overload

shampoo with keratin for daily use

 If you have protein overload in your hair, it’s because all of your hair products contain protein. 

And you might not have even realized it.


People hear keratin is good for their hair and the run off to buy a million products with keratin in them. A cousin recommended a product that contains hydrolyzed silk because it left their hair baby soft and they didn’t stop to think a moment before buying it.

But everyone’s hair reacts differently to different products. And, each product needs to be used in just the right amount.


 If all of your hair products contain proteins, sooner or later, you’re going to end up with a protein overload in your hair. 


So, my first piece of advice is to check the labels on your hair products and read the list of ingredients. What ingredients should you look for?

  • Keratin
  • Soy protein, silk protein, hydrolyzed wheat protein or hydrolyzed rice protein
  • Hydrolyzed collagen.


How many of your hair products contain one of these ingredients?

 If all of your hair products contain protein, my advice is to alternate between a deep moisturizing treatment and a protein treatment. 


For example, if this week you use a coconut oil mask, then next week, you can use a keratin mask.

Because it’s important to maintain a balance between moisture and protein in your hair.

So, if you use these hair products in the right quantity, you won’t have a protein overload in your hair anymore.

Now, I promised that I’d tell you what problems coconut oil can cause if you use it too much in your hair. And that’s what I’m going to tell you now.


What problems can coconut oil cause in your hair if you use it too much?

use of coconut oil on oily hair

You already know that coconut oil can’t cause protein overload in your hair.

However,  some problems can appear if you use it on your hair every day. 


If you have greasy hair, use coconut oil in moderation.

Because it’s 90% saturated fat. And if you abuse these kinds of fats, you can suffer from hair loss, excessive grease and dandruff.

So,  I’d recommend starting to use coconut oil gradually and in small quantities 

You can use three drops on the ends of your hair three times a week, avoiding your roots.


Also, keep in mind, that coconut oil solidifies at 75° F, so if you use too much, you hair can become opaque.

And in excess, it can cause your hair follicles on your scalp to become blocked, accumulating grease and toxins.



Coconut oil doesn’t cause protein overload in your hair, but you should use it in moderation to avoid dandruff or hair loss.

If your hair needs repairing remember that it’s important that your hair products maintain a balance between protein and hydration.

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