Does Coconut Oil Lift Hair Dye?

by Amy

A hair stylist told me oils lift hair dye. My hair has very resistant grays and doesn’t take well to color so I wouldn’t want to lift the color out even more. Even immediately after coloring, the top roots look like I didn’t do much.

However, I do like the idea of using coconut oil to strengthen, grow, condition and shine my coarse, curly hair and my scalp, so I’d appreciate your response to this question.

Also, I’ve quit using shampoos with sulfates and am wondering if my hair is going to end up greasy with this type of shampoo?

Many thanks.

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Hi Amy,

I regularly dye my hair black, my natural hair color, due to grays (I started developing gray hair in my early 30s). After doing this for about 5 years, and massaging coconut oil on my hair and scalp for 6 years, I can say that coconut oil does not lift the color out. Once dyed black, it stays black for me.

Actually, you don’t have to use coconut oil like a shampoo. First, you wash your hair with the mildest, all-natural shampoo you can get your hands on. Or, just wash with water alone. Then, massage a generous amount (but not dripping wet) of coconut oil on your hair and scalp. After an hour, preferably more (overnight is best), wash your hair again as mentioned above.

If you find your hair too greasy after washing, using the gentlest, chemical-free shampoo you can find will solve that.

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Hope this helps,