Coconut Oil & Protein Overload



Everyone raves about coconut and its ability to keep hair soft, add moisture, luster and prevent hair breakage. But some individuals don’t get to experience these benefits when they use it. Why not?

Coconut is high in lauric acid, is a powerful fatty acid that is attracted to the natural protein in our hair. The oil helps to reduce the proteins we lose routinely while retaining hair length.

However, too much coconut may not work for you because proteins buildup onto the hair shaft leading our hair to being harder to detangle thus causing breakage. In addition, our hair will be left looking dry and brittle to touch as a result of excessive use of coconut.

The reason why coconut oil is a common favorite is due to its molecular structure. Unlike many other plant or fruit oils, coconut is one of few that easily penetrate the hair shaft to add moisture.

Some individuals may use products that contain coconut as opposed to using 100% pure coconut oil on a regular basis. This is because the other oils are compensating for the lauric acid’s destruction.

*Be weary of the products in your hair arsenal.

Products That Contain Coconut

  1. SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
  2. SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner
  3. As I Am Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner
  4. As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner
  5. Eden Body Works Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner

Do you know if you have protein overload? Take this quiz to find out?

Ways To Remedy Protein Overload:

  • Use a clarifying shampoo to remove product buildup
  • Reduce use of coconut oil products
  • Deep condition routinely
  • Find alternatives like mango seed, red palm or avocado to use
  • Avoid heat from flat irons or hair dryers
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Have you ever experienced protein overload? What did you do to correct the issue?


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Hi I'm Fluffy from Boston, Massachusetts. I believe in "Coil Courage" - it's not about one type of hair being better than another. It's about healthy hair - long or short.


  1. 3caramel7 3 September, 2016 at 12:59 Reply

    It would have been lovely to have had a list of products that do not contain coconut oil. Since about 85% of hair products tend to contain coconut oil because it is cheap and plentiful. I am protein sensitive and has spent many an hour looking at ingredient lists on bottles and I know I cannot use maybe 75-85% of the shop.

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