The oils compared were: mineral oil, sunflower oil and coconut oil and it was found that only coconut oil reduced the protein loss which can result in unhealthy looking and weak hair that is subject to breaking. This benefit carried through for both damaged and undamaged hair, making coconut oil a potential option for everyone.
The best results for using coconut oil were achieved when it was used just prior to washing your hair.
Some researchers feel that applying the coconut oil to your face as well helps to produce more youthful looking skin, but I have not seen any studies supporting this claim.
Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S.