Coconut oil can be used as a detangler but it tends to make the hair rather oily. The best way to apply it is to wash the tail clean allow to dry and then in a bucket of hand hot water squirt about a dessertspoon of oil and swish it around in the bucket. Dunk tail in it quickly and swish around in the water. Oil tends to float to the surface pretty quickly so you need to be quick to prevent it all collecting at the top again.
Swish the water around again to mix the oil and then dunk again.
You can also keep some of the mix in a spray bottle and apply a light coating of it. Shake the spray bottle really well and spray on the tail or mane, keep shaking the bottkle to keep the oil mixed.
Negative on that.
This would make sense for any other average cooking oil, and the need to dilute it with water and such, but not coconut oil.
It's the only oil the fully penetrates into the hair. After about thirty minutes, it's fully soaked into the hair, and doesn't leave the slightest bit of oily residue. Now, if you were using olive, canola, vegetable oil, etc.- yes that would leave an oily residue. It'd be quite nasty actually.
I use straight olive oil on my own hair weekly, and I have to shampoo it a good two or three times, to fully get it all out. It doesn't even come close to soaking in in the slightest. But, it does do a nice deep condition to my hair, so it's worth the slimy mess of washing it out.
What does coconut oil do?
I don't use the CO as a detangler. It could be, but it's not what it's usually used for.
It works great as a natural conditioner, that really strengthens the hair, and does a great job a preventing breakage, therefore, you get a thicker tail after a while of use.
I put it straight in. Full strength No water to dilute it. No need for it.
In the winter, it's solid, so just warm it up with your hands, and run your fingers through the mane or tail.
I use the olive oil concentrate during the winter, since the coconut oil solidifies in the cold, and with the short, darker days, I just don't have the time to work it back into a liquid. The olive oil concentrate does a pretty good job of maintaining the work the coconut oil has done during all of the summer months.
I bought it in the ethnic isle at the local grocery store.
I've used coconut oil only (no other products besides the olive oil concentrate), straight into the tail for almost a year now, and his tail has never been better, and never have I felt it was oily. Just thick and moisturized.