Can I dye my hair with coconut oil in it? Can the oil affect how the dye turns out?

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  • Yes, of course, you can use coconut oil on your hair before you dye it. The oil won’t affect the dye’s color and it also won’t make the color turn out uneven.
  • But, you should use it three hours before you dye your hair and avoid using it on your roots. In a few minutes, I’ll tell you exactly how to do it.
  • This way, the oil will minimize the harmful effects of the dye on your hair, which will result in much healthier dyed hair.


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If there was ever an extremely versatile product, it’s coconut oil. I use it for literally everything, even cooking.

Have you ever made breaded chicken in the oven, fried in a few drops of coconut oil? Well, you should try it, you’ll love it.


Because coconut oil has such unique properties, you can use it in my different facets of your daily life. Like, for example, to moisturize sensitive areas of your skin, like your elbows and knees.

 But it’s also an ideal protective barrier when it comes time to dyeing your hair because it can protect your hair fiber from the damage caused by peroxide and ammonia in hair dye. 


But, like everything in life, it’s necessary to know how exactly to use it when you dye your hair. Because it is true that if you use it right before putting the dye into your hair, everything can go wrong, making your hair color come out uneven.

So, can you use coconut oil on your hair before dyeing it?


Yes, you can, but you need to know when and how to do it right.

If you’re crazy about coconut oil like me, stick around, because I’ll tell you:

  • How to use coconut oil on your hair correctly before you dye it
  • Other possible uses for coconut oil in your hair

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How to correctly use coconut oil before you dye your hair

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When you use oil in your hair, your hair fiber quickly absorbs its nutrients, making your hair softer and shinier.

What is the advantage of using coconut oil before you dye your hair?


It’s simple: peroxide, which is the chemical that opens your hair cuticles, won’t damage your hair as much as it would if you didn’t.

Because as an excellent moisturizer, coconut oil can protect your hair against the chemicals, minimizing their most aggressive effects.


 But, for coconut oil not to intervene in the dye’s job, which is to deposit color, you need to use the coconut oil at least three hours before you dye your hair. 

Why three hours before?


Because that way, you’ll give the moisturizing ingredients in coconut oil enough time to enter into the interior of your hair fiber, strengthening it.

Now let’s take a look at another very important part of this process.

When you use coconut oil on your hair, where do you start applying it? At your roots?


 No! You should avoid using coconut oil at your roots because your scalp already generates enough natural oils to keep it perfectly moisturized.  

Three hours before you dye your hair, what you need to do is use a few drops of coconut oil on your hair, leaving about 2.5 inches without it at your roots, massaging the oil through to your ends.

Also, since your roots are new hair, they don’t need as much protection against the dye as the rest of your hair. Now that we’ve gone over these very important points, let’s see exactly how to use the oil on your hair before you dye it.


How to use coconut oil, step-by-step

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Three hours before you use the dye in your hair, do the following steps:

  • Put six or seven drops of coconut oil in your hands and rub them together to distribute the oil over your them.
  • Start to apply the oil, leaving 2.5 inches free of oil at your roots. Remember, do not use the oil on your roots.
  • Massage it through your hair from where you started near but not at your roots to the ends of your hair.
  • Once three hours have gone by, you can use the dye without rinsing your hair.
 If you follow these steps, the coconut oil will not change the color of the dye and your hair will be well-moisturized and much softer. 


In the beginning, I mentioned that coconut oil also can play a role in other hair care procedures. Do you want to know which ones it works well for? I’ll tell you in a sec.


Other ways to use coconut oil

Are you considering bleaching your hair?


Wait, don’t do it before using a few drops of coconut oil.

I don’t know if you already know or not, but bleaching your hair is an aggressive process for your hair, so the more precautions you can take to minimize the damage, the better. And one of these precautions has a name: coconut oil.


  • Just like with dyeing your hair, you should use coconut oil three hours before using the bleach mix on your hair.
  • Try to use the coconut oil on the section of your hair you’re planning to bleach. For example, if you want to bleach the ends of your hair, then you should just use the oil there. If you want to bleach all of your hair, you should use it from close to your roots to the ends.
  • Put 7-8 drops in your palms and massage it into your hair from close to the roots to your ends, but don’t allow the oil to come into contact with your scalp.
  • Then, after three hours, you can go ahead and use the bleach mix without rinsing your hair.


  • Is your hair dry and you’re tired of spending a ton of money on moisturizing masks? Get a hand from coconut oil. 

You can use it as an intensive hydration treatment, and even leave it in your hair all night.

But, do remember to wrap your hair in a bath cap to protect your pillowcase.

If you don’t want to leave it in all night, use the coconut oil on your hair from the middle to the ends and let it sit for 50 minutes.


  • How are your ends? Do they feel dry and damaged? It’s time to give them a little love with a few drops of coconut oil.

Because it will close your ends’ cuticles so they feel softer and more docile.

A few simple drops of coconut oil can work miracles on damaged ends.


If you’re unsure about what to do with your ends, I can tell you about the differences between dead ends and split ends here, and what you should do in each case.



Coconut oil can be a great protective barrier for your hair to minimize the harmful effects dye can have on it.

  • Just remember to use it on your hair three hours before dyeing it, distributing the oil from the middle of your hair to the ends, and don’t rinse before you dye it.
  • Also, if you want, you can add 3-4 drops to the dye mix, and incorporate it well. That will protect your hair fiber even more and won’t change the color of the dye.

Now, tell me: have you ever used coconut oil on your hair before you dyed it?

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