Next time you’re at the drugstore, skip the expensive, additive-laced hair treatments and grab a jumbo jar of coconut oil instead. This natural oil works as an antibacterial and deep moisturizer, with the ability to burrow all the way to the center of hair strands. Coconut oil is also safe to use on the skin, so even if it drips onto your forehead you won’t break out.

If your hair is on the dry side and prone to flyaways, then coconut oil might be your new best friend. Put a dime-sized oil into your hands and massage it into your hair smooth down frizz — don’t use too much or it can make your hair greasy. Since coconut oil has the ability to absorb all the way into strands it can help increase your hair’s flexibility and hydration.

You can also use coconut oil as a styling product in place of pomade, which can get heavy and sticky. Just warm up a small dollop in your hands and work through your hair to give your strands a piece-y, undone look.

Tips

Coconut oil sets into a solid when stored in a cool, dry place. Make it into a silky liquid with the warmth from your hands, or nuke it in the microwave for a few seconds.

Lots of conditioners claim to be deep treatments, with ingredients such as shea butter and jojoba oil, but they also contain drying glycol and alcohol. You can skip all of those extra ingredients and replace your normal conditioner with coconut oil.

Simply wash your hair with your normal shampoo and follow up with a few tablespoons of coconut oil. Comb the oil through your tresses, focusing extra attention on the bottom half of the strands. Leave the coconut oil in place for about five minutes and then rinse your hair thoroughly. It will leave your strands silky soft until your next wash.

Nothing helps hair look soft, conditioned and healthy like an overnight deep conditioning mask. Measure out 3 to 5 tablespoons of coconut oil and comb through your dry strands in the evening. Twist your hair up into a loose bun and pin into place. Wrap your hair in an old T-shirt or a shower cap.

Leave it in place overnight. In the morning, release your strands and wash in the shower to remove the excess oil. Since coconut oil doesn’t just sit on top of the strands but actually penetrates deep into the center of each tress, your strands will benefit from this treatment for days before the next round.

Delicate tresses need protection before you apply the scorching heat of flat iron or blow dryer. Apply a tablespoon or so of the coconut to your damp strands after your shower to start your heat protection off right.

Continue with your heat styling routine. It might take a few extra minutes to get your hair dry with a blow dryer, but your strands will be softer and smoother because the coconut oil can reach the inside of your tresses and provide soothing moisture. This technique also leaves behind that sweet, tropical scent.