How many times a week should I put coconut oil in my hair?

woman holds a coconut

  • If you want to repair and moisturize your hair, put coconut oil in and leave it on overnight, twice a week.
  • If you want to control frizziness in damaged hair, put the oil on your hair for 40 minutes, thrice a week.
  • If you want to make your hair soft and shiny, put three or four drops of coconut oil on damp hair after shampooing two or three times a week.
  • Before you start putting coconut oil on your hair, I suggest doing two tests. And later I’ll tell you how to do them.


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At this point, you already know  how many times a week you should put coconut oil on your hair. It depends on whether you need to repair it, control frizziness, or make it softer. 


But for a coconut oil treatment to be effective, keep three things in mind before you start putting oil on your hair:

  • First,  evaluate your hair to know what it needs . Do two tests: a porosity test and a test of your ends.
  • Second,  maintain a consistent routine by using oil on your hair for a month . Although coconut oil is effective, it’s not a miracle worker. And if you just use oil on your hair once, it’s unlikely to help repair or control it.
  • Third,  evaluate the results of the treatment after four weeks . This way, you can make any adjustments your hair needs. Plus, you’ll really get a sense of whether coconut oil is what your hair needs or if you should switch to another type of treatment.

Are you ready? Let’s get started!


Evaluate your hair before using coconut oil every week

porosity test to know how many times to put coconut oil in the hair

 The porosity test and the ends test will allow you to check how many times you should put coconut oil on your hair per week.  You’ll also learn about your hair’s condition.


Porosity test

This test is important because  it will tell you how well your hair can absorb and retain the vitamins and nutrients from the coconut oil. 

  • Comb through your hair when it’s dry, and pick out the longest hair caught in the comb.
  • Pour water up to the rim in a clear glass beaker or glass.
  • Place the hair you separated in the water and wait five minutes.
  •  If the hair floated , your hair has low porosity. Therefore, it’s healthy.
  •  If the hair sank to the middle of the glass , your hair has medium porosity. Therefore, it needs hydration and possibly nourishment.
  •  If the hair went straight to the bottom , your hair is highly porous. That means your hair is damaged and needs hydration, nourishment, and care.


Ends test

woman holds the ends of her hair to see if they need oil

Thanks to this test,  you’ll know if it makes sense to repair your ends or if you should trim them off altogether . This may be your best option if they’re damaged and can’t be repaired.

  • Wet your hair from the roots to the ends.
  • Set a kitchen timer or stopwatch.
  • Keep track of how many minutes it takes for the ends to dry.
  •  If your ends take less than five minutes to dry , they’re ruined and you need to trim them off.
  •  If they take longer than five minutes , it’s worth putting coconut oil on your hair to repair them.


After doing these two tests, it’s time to implement your coconut oil hair repair plan and stick with it for four weeks.

  •  If your hair is highly porous , use coconut oil twice a week, leaving it on overnight.
  •  If your hair has medium porosity , use coconut oil three times a week and leave it on for 40 minutes.
  •  If your hair has low porosity , just put a few drops of coconut oil on the lengths and ends after washing your hair to keep it strong and healthy.


How to evaluate the results of the coconut oil treatment four weeks later

woman checks her hair after four weeks of putting coconut oil

 Repeat the porosity test and the ends test. 

Have there been any changes in your hair after using coconut oil for four weeks?

  • For example,  if your hair went from being highly porous to medium porosity , it means that even though applying coconut oil twice a week and leaving it on overnight has been effective, your hair still needs repair. In this case, I recommend you continue to use coconut oil twice weekly for two weeks. Finally, re-evaluate the results.
  •  If your hair is wholly repaired , lower how often you use the coconut oil from the plan you have chosen to once a week.
  •  After four weeks of putting coconut oil on your hair, if you don’t see any improvement, it’s time to try another type of treatment, such as cold keratin or Olaplex.



Now you know how often to put coconut oil on your hair weekly. Remember that any hair repair plan using natural oils requires patience and consistency to get results.

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