How to Get Coconut Oil Out of Your Hair

I’ll forever rave about the benefits coconut oil brings. While its original use was intended for cooking, many have made it a part of their skin and hair care routine. 

The only issue I’ve ever had with coconut oil is applying too much of it. A little goes a long way, but new users don’t always know this. When I first started using this product, I thought the more I applied, the healthier my hair would be. Was I wrong! 

You’ll know you added too much oil to your hair when your strands are weighed down, oily, and stiff. Wondering how to wash coconut oil out of hair? Keep reading!

1. Dry Shampoo 

My go-to when trying to rid my hair from excess coconut oil is using dry shampoo. This product is meant to absorb excess oils and give your locks a refreshed look. Many use it to control oily hair or add some texture to limp strands. 

When applying dry shampoo, focus on your roots. Spray 4-6 inches away and work your way through the roots in sections. Then, apply some product lightly through the rest of your strands. Using your fingers, brush through your strands, and you’re all set!

2. Clarifying Shampoo 

If dry shampoo isn’t getting the job done, consider using a clarifying shampoo. These products are designed to get rid of impurities, excess oils, and dirt. You use them like you would your regular shampoo. Massage it onto wet hair, lather up, and rinse.

Keep in mind that these types of shampoos aren’t meant for everyday use. You want to use them 1-2 times a month. Because it’s a heavy-duty shampoo, it will cleanse your hair very thoroughly. They do an amazing job of purging all products, buildup, gunk, and natural oils.

After shampooing, you may want to consider a hair mask to restore all the moisture lost. This will keep your strands glowing and healthy. 

3. Scalp Exfoliation 

This is another method to consider when trying to rid your hair of coconut oil. Scalp scrubs are amazing tools not only to exfoliate the scalp but also to massage it. Massaging your scalp promotes growth by increasing blood circulation to hair follicles. It’s also a great way to destress after a long day. 

Sounds like a win-win when washing out coconut oi? Trust me – scalp exfoliation is!

4. Baking Soda 

I rely on baking soda for so many different things, among them: coconut oil removal! This product does a nice job soaking up all the excess oils in your hair. Just like you’d use it to clean your home, you can dissolve it in water to remove any buildup of oils from your hair.

After ridding your hair from this buildup, you’ll have squeaky clean, soft strands. 

To use, follow these steps: 

  1. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with an equal amount of water. 
  2. Apply the paste on your hair and massage for 5 minutes. 
  3. Rinse out with warm water.
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5. Egg Wash

Eggs are a great protein for your hair! Your strands will be stripped from unhealthy oils through an egg wash while maintaining a healthy look and feel. Here’s what you want to do:

  1. Beat two eggs together in a bowl. If you have very long, thick strands, I would use three eggs. 
  2. Add 32 ounces of water and mix. 
  3. Pour the egg wash on your dry hair and rub it in. 
  4. Let it sit for 10 minutes, and then wash with cool water. The coconut oil should be gone by the time you finish rinsing it.
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Note: Don’t ever use hot water to rinse your hair out because the heat will cook the egg in your hair! The last thing you want is a scrambled egg result, so make sure the water is cool.


No doubts, coconut oil is a product we will all continue to use for cooking purposes, skincare, or healthy hair. If you’re in a pickle and applied too much coconut oil, consider dry shampoo, clarifying products, a scalp exfoliation, baking soda, or an egg wash.

And, next time you apply coconut oil to your hair, be sure to use it sparingly and apply using your fingertips. Worst case scenario you add too much, just utilize any of the above methods to wash the oil out of your hair!

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