Use Refined Or Unrefined Coconut Oil For Hair?

by admin on March 18, 2015

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Before And After Coconut Oil Hair Mask

If you are reading this, it is very likely you are aware that coconut oil is the most effective and universal beauty tool EVER. In fact, at any given moment, it is highly likely that I have coconut oil both in and on my body. Coconut oil is most certainly not limited as a hair conditioner. A coconut oil mask will soften, hydrate and give hair that attractive shiny-smooth look all while preserving volume. The common question begs, do I use refined or unrefined coconut oil for my hair?

Refined Vs Unrefined, What Is The Difference?

In a nutshell, unrefined coconut oil is the pressed fat of the coconut that still has some coconut meat particulate in it. On the other hand, refined coconut oil is bleached and deodorized to have the coconut particulate removed along with the scent of coconut that puts some people off. If the refined coconut oil is organic, totally natural ingredients are used to bleach and deodorize the coconut oil. However, if it is not organic, there may be some questionable chemicals used in the process.

Regardless, we are talking about external application to the hair, so in my opinion, organic or conventional is not really a serious issue to consider. Even if there are traces of chemicals, they will not make it inside your body.

Cost wise, refined coconut oil always has a bit of a cheaper price tag than unrefined.

Proponents of unrefined coconut oil will claim that the coconut particulate in unrefined coconut oil provide beneficial antioxidants. In reality, the amount of extra antioxidants in unrefined coconut oil is so minuscule it doesn’t even matter.

All of coconut oils benefits come from the unique and powerful medium chain fatty acids contained within it, not from the coconut particulate. While I generally agree that unrefined is a healthier option, when you are using coconut oil for hair application, it is my humble opinion that you should not be paying extra dollars for unrefined coconut oil when refined is just as healthy and safe.

None the less, let us quickly summarize the pros and cons of each.

Unrefined Coconut Oil Pros And Cons


-More “naturally” processed, simple is often better

-If you like the smell of coconut, unrefined is where it’s at

-Contains small amounts of beneficial nutrients other than the coconut oil itselfrefined unrefined coconut oil hair


-More expensive

-If you don’t like the smell of coconuts, it is smelly

Refined Coconut Oil Pros And Cons


-It is cheaper

-If you don’t want coconut smell, it doesn’t smell

-Makes your hair just as beautiful as unrefined coconut oil


-If you like the smell of coconuts, it lacks the scent

-Refining uses extra ingredients/steps, it is more processed


The fact that it is the pure fatty acids in coconut oil that lend to the beauty of your hair, leads me to recommend the refined coconut oil. This will save you a few bucks and it will also prevent you from being that weirdo that smells too strongly of coconuts. Though if you have been using unrefined and you like the smell and results, keep on it!


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Carol April 1, 2016 at 12:08 am

Have to try this soon! Thanks!


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