Are You Using the Best Quality Coconut Oil For Your Natural Hair?

coonut oilWe all know coconut oil is a God send for hair and skin, but what a lot of us don’t know is why we are told to use extra virgin coconut oil.

Knowing the facts behind which oils you decide to use for your hair is important, so that you know exactly what it is that you’re putting into your hair and scalp.

There are many different brands of coconut oil on the market today that have one or more of the following on their label: refined/RBD, unrefined, virgin/extra virgin, organic, cold pressed and expeller pressed.

Understanding what these terms mean can help you choose the best possible coconut oil for your natural hair.

The difference between virgin and refined coconut oil

These are the two most commonly sold versions of coconut oil. Virgin or unrefined coconut oil costs more, which is why some folks resort to refined versions. You’ll notice that the refined coconut oils have a not-so-great taste and smell.

This is because they undergo extensive processing that include bleaching and deodorization. Virgin, sometimes referred to as extra virgin, has better qualities in aroma and taste. Plus, it still has more of its nutrients intact. This is obviously why we are told that virgin coconut oil is the best choice.


Check for the processing method

Before you grab a jar of virgin coconut oil, you also have to keep in mind the process that was involved in creating the oil.

The two most commonly sold versions are expeller-pressed and cold-pressed. The two are actually sometimes one and the same, but a lot of people don’t realize this. And that’s because the labeling laws aren’t as strong as they should be.

Coconut oil that is expeller-pressed undergoes a mechanical process that involves high pressure and heat to remove the oil from the seeds.

Coconut oil that is labeled cold-pressed undergoes the same processing but in a heat-controlled environment that’s below 120 degrees. This is why it’s important to get to know the brands that you purchase your coconut oil from. Cold-pressed is the better option.

If you really want to get into the nitty gritty of how your coconut oil is being processed, you’ll need to find out if it was wet or dry-processed, centrifuge-processed or fermented.

The quality and freshness of the coconuts and copra are also important. There are some manufacturers that use the Direct Micro Expelling (DME) method for extraction, which means that the coconuts are processed where they are grown, rather than being shipped to the processing factory.

In some cases, the coconuts are manually pressed by local families. DME helps to ensure the best quality and freshness for your oil. Plus, it’s eco-friendly!

As a side note, hydrogenated and fractionated coconut oils should be avoided, since these undergo even more refinement and aren’t healthy.

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About Safiya Elle


Since 2008, I have been embarking on a journey to all things natural. I'm completely chemical-free (body and hair) and because of this, I was able to avoid the big chop, restore my natural curl patterns, grow my hair to tail bone length and clear my chronic acne. Today, I'm an organic vegan, natural health expert, DIY herbalist, DIY beauty, blogger and shop owner. I enjoy helping others with starting and continuing their journeys to natural hair and skin care, and hopefully an overall healthy lifestyle. On my blog, I share health and natural beauty tips, as well as delicious smoothie and meal recipes (I'm all about flava!) that help to promote healthy skin, hair and body from within. Why not maintain our beauty, as well as our youth? Health is the answer!

About Safiya Elle


Since 2008, I have been embarking on a journey to all things natural. I'm completely chemical-free (body and hair) and because of this, I was able to avoid the big chop, restore my natural curl patterns, grow my hair to tail bone length and clear my chronic acne. Today, I'm an organic vegan, natural health expert, DIY herbalist, DIY beauty, blogger and shop owner. I enjoy helping others with starting and continuing their journeys to natural hair and skin care, and hopefully an overall healthy lifestyle. On my blog, I share health and natural beauty tips, as well as delicious smoothie and meal recipes (I'm all about flava!) that help to promote healthy skin, hair and body from within. Why not maintain our beauty, as well as our youth? Health is the answer!

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Perpetue Robert
Perpetue Robert

I used the Costco one and it comes in a plastic jar. I did not no it was not good to use the plastic jar. The brand is carrington Farms

Barbara Leigh

I just use some this morning

Audrey Turnah
Audrey Turnah

I use Nature’s Way. Is it among the high quality brands too?

Josie Jo
Josie Jo

I grew up thinking coconut oil was only for certain ethnic hair types. So although it was always around, even homemade by my grandmother I never put it in my hair. A few years ago with the natural hair and products explosion I learned about a lot of its benefits and started using it in my then relaxed hair. I have since migrated;and currently have a TWA and can’t believe the cost and quality of what is being passed off on store shelves. I currently use the Nutvia Virgin Cold Pressed coconut oil, and wish I had learned how to make my own from my grandmother…and that there were coconut trees in my yard of course.

Tracey Mc Cloud

yes