Coconut Oil for Hair Extensions: The Ultimate Nourishing Treatment

Coconut Oil for Hair Extensions: The Ultimate Nourishing Treatment

Coconut oil works wonders for hair extensions!

After a few weeks of wearing them, hair extensions can get really dry, tangled, and look dull. Coconut oil is amazing because it's similar to the scalp's natural oils from our scalp. It can soak into the hair cuticle strands and nourish them from the inside out. This helps revive dry, brittle extensions and keeps them feeling soft and looking shiny.

Coconut oil also protects extensions from getting damaged by the sun, pollution, or heat styling tools. If you want your extensions to look fabulous, using coconut oil is a total game-changer.

In this guide, Roxy Hair will explain all the great things coconut oil for hair extensions. You'll learn how it deep conditions, protects from heat, and more. I'll recommend some top coconut oil brands to look for. And I'll share tips on how to properly apply it to your extensions to get the best results. Plus some insider tricks to make coconut oil work even better!

Key Takeaways

  • Coconut oil is a hair hero - it deeply moisturizes, fights germs, repairs damage, prevents protein loss, and boosts growth for extensions.

  • It's an amazing frizz-tamer and shine-booster that leaves extensions smooth and glossy.

  • For extensions, use virgin or unrefined coconut oil - the processed stuff doesn't have the good-for-hair nutrients.

  • Top coconut oil picks are Nutiva, Trader Joe's, Viva Naturals, and haircare brands like Via Natural Ultra Care.

Why Coconut Oil is a Miracle Worker for Extensions

Coconut oil is like a miracle potion for your natural hair as well as hair extensions! It has so many great benefits:

  1. It's an awesome moisturizer. Coconut oil is a champ at hydrating dry and damaged hair extensions. It locks in moisture while making the hair stronger and protecting it.

  2. It has natural germ-fighting powers. The antibacterial and antifungal properties in coconut oil can help keep your scalp healthy and prevent issues like dandruff when you're wearing extensions.

  3. It gets deep into the hair. Unlike some other oils, coconut oil can really penetrate the hair shaft and nourish from the inside out. This helps repair and strengthen damaged extensions.

  4. It prevents protein loss. Coconut oil stops proteins from being lost, which can lead to split ends, and damage. It restores those proteins, making extensions look glossy and shiny again.

  5. It encourages growth like castor oil and argan oil. Using coconut oil regularly can help your extensions grow longer, thicker, and faster. It nourishes the scalp and clears out excess oil and dirt from the follicles, creating the perfect environment for healthy hair growth.

  6. It tames frizz. Coconut oil is great for calming down frizzy hair flyaways in extensions, leaving them smooth and manageable.

  7. It adds beautiful shine. Putting coconut oil on your extensions gives the hair an amazing glossy shine and luster.

How to Choose the Right Coconut Oil for Your Extensions

If you want to use coconut oil for your hair extensions, go for the virgin or unrefined kind. This oil is taken straight from fresh coconut meat without any heat or chemicals being used. That's really good because it keeps all the healthy nutrients, antioxidants, and other good things that make coconut oil great for your hair. The regular processed coconut oils don't have as many of those hair-loving properties left in them.

Virgin coconut oil is packed with things like lauric acid, which helps moisturize and fight off bacteria or fungus. It also contains vitamins and minerals like vitamin E that nourish and protect your hair. Plus, it still has that nice, natural coconut scent we all know and love.

The refined coconut oil you might find at the store has gone through a lot of processing with heat and chemicals to remove impurities and odors. But in doing so, it loses a lot of those hair-loving nutrients and beneficial properties. While it can still moisturize to some degree, it's just not as effective for hair extensions as the virgin, unrefined stuff.

There's also fractionated coconut oil, which is even more highly processed. It has a longer shelf life, but it's missing most of the good-for-your-hair fatty acids and nutrients found in virgin coconut oil.

Top Coconut Oil Brands for Hair Extensions

Some top hair oils in the market are:

Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

A top choice. Nutiva makes high-quality organic coconut oil using a cold-press method without refining it. Works really well for hair extensions.

Trader Joe's Virgin Coconut Oil

A budget-friendly pick. Trader Joe's coconut oil is also cold-pressed and unrefined, so you get good quality without paying too much.

Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Another affordable option. Viva Naturals' extra virgin coconut oil gives you that unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil at a reasonable price point.

Via Natural Ultra Care Coconut Oil for Hair, Scalp & Body

Made specially for hair extensions. This all-natural formula contains essential oils to strengthen, add shine, and improve hair health. Safe for all hair types - natural, braids, extensions, colored, etc. Moisturizes skin and nails too.

Perfect Hair Coconut Oil Hair Serum

A serum designed for extensions like clip in hair extensions. Loaded with coconut oil, almond oil, aloe, olive oil, keratin to nourish hair. Promotes growth, heat protection, silky smooth finish. No harsh sulfates or parabens.

How to Use Coconut Oil on Hair Extensions

You'll need:

  • Virgin coconut oil (organic and unrefined is best)

  • A bowl or microwave-safe container

  • A spoon

  • A wide-tooth comb

  • A shower cap (optional)

How to apply:

  1. If the coconut oil is solid, melt it in the microwave for a few seconds until it's liquid. Don't overheat it.

  2. Use just a small amount, like a dime-sized blob. Too much can make your extensions look greasy.

  3. Apply the oil mostly to the middle and ends of your extensions. Avoid getting it too close to where the extensions are attached to your hair.

  4. You can either:

    • Use it as a deep conditioning treatment: Massage the oil into your wet hair extensions, cover with a shower cap, and leave it on for 30 minutes to overnight. Then shampoo and condition as usual.

    • Use it as a leave-in conditioner: Apply a tiny bit to damp extensions after washing and conditioning.

  5. Use a wide-tooth comb to spread the oil evenly through your extensions.

Coconut Oil Masks and Treatments for Extensions

For your hair care, don't put coconut oil directly on the bonds or clips holding your extensions in place. This can loosen them up and cause the extensions to fall out. Instead, focus on applying the coconut oil from the middle of the hair down to the end of the hair strands.

Here are some easy DIY hair mask recipes using coconut oil for your extensions:

Simple Moisture Mask:

  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut hair oil

  • Rub it into your dry hair gently, concentrating on the ends

  • Cover your hair with a shower cap for 20 minutes to an hour (or overnight for an extra deep treatment)

  • Wash your hair really well to get all the oil out

Honey Mask for Shine:

  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • Mix them together and use it like the moisture mask above

  • The honey helps add shine and lock in moisture

One important thing - always test a little bit of any hair masks on a hidden piece of hair first to make sure you don't have an allergic reaction before putting it all over your head.

While coconut oil is awesome for deep conditioning treatments, it can be too heavy for daily leave-in use on extensions. Try this lighter option instead:

  • Mix a dime-sized amount of coconut oil into your regular leave-in conditioner

  • Work it through your damp hair, focusing on the ends

  • This gives you a little coconut oil moisture without weighing down your extensions.


Coconut oil is awesome for keeping your hair extensions looking fantastic. The cool thing about it is that it can actually get inside the strands to nourish and moisturize from the inside out. That helps prevent damage and dryness.

Here's what we'd recommend: Once or twice a week, use some pure, unrefined coconut oil as a deep conditioning treatment or overnight hair mask. Massage it into your extensions, let it soak in for a while, then rinse it out really well. Don't use too much though, or it can make your hair look greasy.

After doing that coconut oil treatment, your extensions will be revived! They'll be so soft, shiny and healthy-looking. It's like giving them a drink of hydrating goodness.

If you need some great extensions to try this with, check out Roxy Hair's clip-in extensions. Our extensions look super natural and blend in seamlessly. The coconut oil will make them look ah-mazing!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use any coconut oil on my hair extensions?

No, you should only use virgin/unrefined coconut oil that is free of additives. Refined, processed coconut oils can actually dry out and damage hair extensions.

How often should I apply coconut oil to my extensions?

Once or twice a week is recommended. Apply it as a deep conditioning treatment or overnight mask.

Will coconut oil make my extensions look greasy or weigh them down?

When used sparingly and rinsed out thoroughly, coconut oil should not make extensions look greasy or weighed down.

Can I leave coconut oil in my extensions overnight?

Yes, coconut oil can absolutely be used as an overnight hair mask for extensions