Coconut Oil and Biotin- Saviors of Hair, Skin and Nails?

I’ve been looking into some of the interesting posts circulating through Pinterest about Coconut Oil being the best thing ever for your skin, wrinkles and hair as well at a vitamin called Biotin that’s supposed to save me from flaking nails and thinning hair. Well… I’m a skeptic but this is a cheap experiment.

Coconut Oil

The first post I saw by PoshGlam listed 52 things to do with Coconut Oil, but not how to use it exactly with some of their tips and some I would never do. Eat a spoonful? No thank you. So, more research ensued. I read that you can make a cellulite scrub with coffee grounds and your favorite massage oil. Coconut Oil maybe? I may mix up a jar and give it a shot. You just have to massage it in your “trouble” areas then shower it away… Sorry, no before and after pictures from me. But I will try this and report results.

I was off to buy some Coconut Oil for myself. My Coconut Oil was about $8 at Whole Foods but costs about $6 at Trader Joe’s, and they even have it at your local grocery store as well (I saw it last night for $6 at a local Pic N Save.)


My first experiment was an eye cream  made of Coconut Oil and Vitamin E. The post I read says it “replaces expensive eye cream!” Well, I was using an awesome anti-aging night cream made by Oil Of Olay that was a whole $25, which is why I stopped buying it lately, but I used it for about 5 years, and people always told me (and still do) how amazing my skin looks. I also think not smoking, staying out of the sun too much, and eating a healthy diet has something to do with it. So I mixed up the Coconut Oil and Vitamin E and will be using it under eye for a few weeks to check the results and get back to you. (I’m reading this article on Coconut Oil with a string of comments saying that it can clog pores and cause breakouts  on your face, so I don’t recommend using it as a moisturizer. Just an under eye rejuvenator, and even then it’s an experiment. If you notice anything abnormal, stop use. Some people swear by it, other’s won’t put it on their face at all.)

The next experiment was as a hair cure-all from I have always had frizzy hair. Summer, winter, doesn’t matter. I’ve tried every possible combination of hair products to cure dead ends, frizz, add shine, tried shine treatments, hot oil treatments, and i’m one stop from something made for african american hair. I can’t think about leaving my hair air dry after a shower without heat styling or at least 3 products. It’s fun… really. Thanks genetics.

So I put a big old handful (about 2 – 3 tablespoons) of this stuff in my hair (per instructions from How Does She) the other day and watched a few episodes of How I Met Your Mother, then hopped in the shower and shampooed and conditioned like usual. I was afraid that having oil in my hair would make it… well, oily. But it didn’t. You just have to shampoo it out. I thought my hair felt softer after just one time, but by the next shower, I was back to my old texture. Maybe you have to do it many times? The experiment continues. Also take the time to read this Hair Bootcamp article. They say to put a little blend of coconut oil, jojoba oil, and olive oil in your hair overnight and shower in the morning. Hmm. I’ll try that tonight and let you know how it goes.


I guess I don’t have as much to say about Biotin as Coconut oil. It’s a vitamin derived from B7 that people take for many medical reasons, some extreme being a biotin deficiency (related to hair loss) to kidney dialysis and even Diabetes. It’s said to help with hair growth and nail health as well. I’m going to start taking it today since I’ve been blessed with flaky brittle nails ever since I could use nail polish. Which looks like crap on little broken nails by the way… I also deal with thin brittle hair too. I eat a good diet, and am a healthy person. I never understood why my hair was like this. Again, genetics? So I’m going to see if it helps me at all. I think I have to give it at least a month.

Some people have claimed it helped them incredibly, and some said it didn’t do a thing for them. Some claimed it gave them acne. I have been blessed with good skin, so I’m not that worried about this side effect. Again, everyone will react different than the next person when it comes to certain vitamins. It’s not proven to work, so this is an experiment, and I will keep you updated on the results.




11 thoughts on “Coconut Oil and Biotin- Saviors of Hair, Skin and Nails?

  1. Very good information I use coconut oil daily. The B-7 I believe is a vitanin needed by those of us who live in the north and lack the suficiant sunshine. also may I suggest using Braggs apple cider vineger and honey in a cup of warm water 3 times daily for all the benifits of apples. An apple a day thing. Again you have to experiment with the taste thing. Tomato juice or fruit mixed in the Magic Bullit is a good way to better health and its just kinda fun.

    1. I dont know for sure, but my nails are brittle, pill and have ridges in them. They use to grow slow, but I put anti fungal liquid on them cant believe how fast they grow, but still have the other problems. I have a slight heart problem so I have to watch what I take. That is why I decided to try Biotin liquid on my nails. I do know taking Biotin pills will make your nails strong. My daughter has been taking Biotin pills for a long time and her nails are very strong and pretty. So I check internent to see if I could find Biotin in liquid form. Since I did, I am going to try to use this liquid Biotin on my nails. If I thought the liquid would hurt me, I wouldnt do it but it is not going into my system just on my nails. Dr says should be ok. Dont know if this helps or not, but I wish you all the best.

  2. Hi …. I found this while looking for something and thought I would help out by telling you all what I have found out over the last few years.
    Yes you can put the biotin right on your nails. I just cut open a soft gel and rub it into my nails. I had two very thin and one splitting down the center. It’s almost healed now.

    As for your hair I use a combination of olive oil and coconut with a few drops of lavender. Put on a generous amount and wrap in a plastic bag, then heat for about 15 minutes. You can then wash it out but I leave it on over night and wash out in the morning. I have baby fine naturally curly hair that used to frizz no matter what I did.

    I started doing this because I had very thin hair, but now after the last 2 years it is healthy and with the hennas I mix and use once a month my hair grows 1/2 an inch a week….I LOVE IT. My hair is getting thicker and fuller as time goes by. I have my sister doing this same thing now and she has beautiful hair now after a year.
    Hope this helps you all, =0)

    1. I have very thin, curly hair that is so unruly! I started wondering if I could do this same thing. HOw often do you put the olive, coconut oil on? Do you have to use shampoo to rinse it out? or can I rinse real good with warn water and condition?

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  4. Hi can anyone maybe help me or give me advice. I have really oily hair but it’s also damaged the last quarter of my hair my hair was just under my shoulders blades until i cut about 3 inches off because of split ends. Does anyone have some advice on what to do?

  5. I had Great skin until I used Biotin. Keep in mind I drink a lot of water! At least 6 bottles (16.9fl oz each) a day & I Still broke out. I was using 5000mg, it did help slightly with my nail growth but it was NOT worth it. I took it for 5 months & within 1 month I started getting cystic pimples on my face. I have never had more than 1 pimple at a time on my face & when I would get the one pimple it would be no more than like 2x a year. I now have several scars on my face from cystic pimples. I would suggest to anyone trying biotin start off with a very low dosage & drink A Lot of water.

  6. People in South India apply coconut oil every day, and rinse it out during shower. They have beautiful long hair. So the answer to your question is that yes you have to apply every time you are going to wash your hair. I couldn’t do it because I’m lazy to do that every day. I guess there is a price for everything.

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