Does Coconut Oil Help With Hair Growth?

Coconut oil is a natural oil derived from the flesh of coconuts. Compared to other plant-based oils, it is uniquely high in saturated fats and remains solid until melted (via Healthline). While coconut oil has long been used for both cooking and cosmetic purposes, it has increased in popularity in recent years and reasonably so, as it helps promote skin and hair health.

In fact, it can help improve the overall quality and texture of your hair. "Coconut oil has benefits for hair as it promotes cell growth, improves circulation, and is extremely hydrating," Dr. Michele Green, cosmetic dermatologist, told Insider. Since coconut oil is full of fatty acids, like lauric acid, it can help hydrate and moisturize your hair. It can also help repair hair damage. Research has shown that coconut oil's antioxidant properties can repair and strengthen hair, making it less likely for breakage to occur in the future. But can it help with hair growth?

Coconut oil can improve length, not growth

According to experts at Byrdie, coconut oil can provide benefits that may inadvertently lead to longer locks. While there's no evidence it stimulates hair growth in the same way as treatments like Rogaine will, putting coconut oil in your hair can help maintain the hair's ends and promote a healthy scalp.

"Coconut oil can help to strengthen hair and nourish the scalp as well as reduce oil buildup," Dr. Shari Marchbein, board-certified dermatologist and assistant professor of clinical dermatology at NYU School of Medicine, told Byrdie. "By reducing hair breakage, the hair is less brittle and can appear healthier." You can use coconut oil on your hair by applying a small amount after showering. Warm the oil in your hands so it's in its liquid form. Focus on the areas of your hair that are more damaged, especially the ends where breakage tends to occur most.