Do Doctor’s Recommend Coconut Oil for Healthy Hair?

Periodically check back with this blog post for updates.

This post will continue to grow, as Dirty Organics continues conducting research into this area.

Please note, the only purpose of this post, is to document a doctor’s approval of coconut oil for healthy hair.

  • Undated from, but appearing there on February 15, 2014, Dr. Heidi A. Fowler reported that coconut oil “works well as a hair conditioner and as a skin moisturizer. It contains Lauric acid which is antimicrobial. It is used in some cultures for wound care & for viruses”. (1)
  • Undated from, but appearing there on March 20, 2014, Dr. Faryal A. Ghaffar wrote, “In some cultures coconut oil is used in the hair (massage into hairs) as a conditioner/moisturizer. It will make hair oily but you need to put in and leave it for few hours and then shampoo your hair”.(2)
  • Editor’s Note: If you apply coconut oil to your hair and your hair appears oily after drying, use less coconut oil next time. You should be able to enjoy the benefits of coconut oil without having hair that looks oily.

  • Undated from, but appearing there on March 20, 2014, Dr. Nayla Z. Mumneh, wrote that coconut oil is “good to apply to moisturize the skin and scalp, put on the hair and skin overnight”. (3) Dr. Jeffery Fromowitz agreed.
  • Undated from, but appearing there on March 20, 2014, Dr. Robert L. Jackson, was asked “Rogaine for women is really drying my hair, can i use coconut oil?”, to which he replied “Yes.”. (4)


(1) by Dr. Heidi A. Fowler. And, appeared there on February 15, 2014. Dr. Fowler practices Psychiatry in Newport, RI. She specializes in Depression, Anxiety, Sleep and Exercise.

(2) by Dr. Faryal A. Ghaffar. And, appeared there on March 20, 2014. Dr. Ghaffar is trained in Pediatrics, from Grapevine, TX, and a graduate of University of Karachi, Dow Medical College, Pakistan, class of 1991.

(3) by Dr. Nayla Z. Mumneh. And, appeared there on March 20, 2014. Dr. Mumneh Dr. Mumneh completed her training in internal medicine at Carney Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She went on to specialize in allergy and immunology with a focus on Skin rashes and Hypersensitivity. She also served as the President of the New Jersey Allergy Asthma and Immunology Society in 2012.

(4) by Dr. Robert L. Jackson. And, appeared there on March 20, 2014. Dr. Jackson is a Board Certified Dermatologist. He has been in private practice for 26 years. He specializes in laser medicine, treating keloids-scars, earlobe repairs, nail therapies, hair-scalp disorders, acne, psoriasis and eczema.

Article source: Tawne Bachus of Dirty Organics. Originally published here on February 15, 2014. Last updated on March 20, 2014.

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Results should be expected to vary from individual to individual. Also, please understand that you may still need to do other things to support your health in addition to using the information on this site as the information on this site is not intended for diagnosis or treatment.

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