Washing Coconut Oil from Hair and Scalp With Soapnut Decoction

Sooo, you've applied a pre-shampoo coconut oil treatment to your hair and let nourish and condition your scalp and hair for 15 minutes. 

You're ready to remove it, but don't want to use shampoo.

You'd much rather use your soapnut decoction because you've fallen in love with what it does for your hair.


You're not inclined to spend an hour and use a barrelful of product just to remove a bit of coconut oil. 

A quandry to be sure.

Luckily, there is a way.

I know there is a way, because for the better part of the past 6 months, I've been trying different methods to see if it was possible to get soapnut decoction to behave enough like a shampoo to remove coconut oil from hair with max. 2 applications.

And the following method has proved a winner for my (fine, short, straight) hair.

How to Remove Pre-Shampoo Coconut Oil With Soapnut (or Soaproot) Decoction

Important Coconut-oil Applying Tip:
When applying coconut oil to your (dry!) hair, use only just enough to 'saturate' the hair, but not so much that there is oil dripping off of your scalp and hair. You want the hair to look 'slightly wet' (like the hair above). Let the oil sit for 10-30 minutes (the longer the better).

And to remove it again:
  1. Apply soapnut decoction directly to the scalp and hair WITHOUT WETTING IT FIRST. Apply enough decoction to amply cover the hair/scalp. This cannot be done without a bit of dripping, so this step is best done in the bath/shower. (Tip: do not let the soapnut get into your eyes - at all)
  2. Distribute by massaging lightly.
  3. Let sit for 5-7 minutes. This is a good time to do all the other bathing stuff that you normally do while in the bath/shower)
  4. Rinse hair thoroughly
  5. Repeat step 1 and 2 (if necessary). If a second application is desired, you do not need to let it sit for more than a minute.
  6. Dry and style hair as usual
  7. Rejoice

Give it a Go

Find the how to with soapnuts right here.
Find the how to with soaproot right here
How to use to cleanse the hair
How to do a Coconut Oil hair treatment (removing with normal shampoo)
Coconut oil for skin and hair


María Zamora said…
Oh, lucky you! For my hair soapnut decoction I'd not really "powerful" enough to remove the oil bath. And I only apply on the length and tips because of my oily hair.
I've found my perfect companion in my solid shampoo with clay.
However, I have to say that soapnut decoction and/or aritha work beautifully for face. It makes gorgeous micellar water and face cleanser ;)
María Zamora said…
I realize that aritha actually IS soapnut xD. I meant to say also soapwort (Saponaria). Sorry!
Lise M Andersen said…
HI María - sorry about this delayed reply - your comment got somehow buried- I'm SO curious to hear more about your solid shampoo bar with clay. Is this a DIY? Please do tell me more!
Namrata Jain said…
Hi, for waist length hair how nany soap nuts to use? And how much should be concoction around 2 litres?
Lise M Andersen said…
HI Namrata - I would probably use about 10- 15 soapnuts for a liter but you know, you can adjust this to suit your need. More soapnuts to water will give a stronger concentration.