Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Best Oils for your Natural Hair

Using natural oils in your hair care regimen is a great way to add strength, promote growth, retain hair length and moisturize really dry hair. Natural oils are effective due to the essential fatty acids and minerals they contain; which are beneficial for achieving and maintaining healthy hair. 


  • Jojoba Oil
  • (Benefits: Moisture
    • One of my personal favorites, Jojoba is a great choice as a healing hair conditioner in that the molecular structure of this oil is similar to the natural oil or sebum that is produced by the sebaceous glands of the scalp. Hair that has been extremely damaged or that breaks, splits, or tangles easily usually responds will to this moisture. The beauty of this oil is that you can use it by itself or in a mix and it will work for all types of hair. Jojoba is also very stable and can be stored for years without going rancid.
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • (Benefits: Moisture & Thickening Hair)
    • My number One go-to oil of choice! Extra virgin olive oil has been used for centuries as both a cooking oil and a cosmetic aid. Its great for dry and/or damaged hair. Works miracles for thick/coarse hair. Olive oil also works well as a treatment for scalp conditions and dry skin. It is rather heavy, some naturals prefer to use olive oil in combination with another, lighter oil such as coconut or grape seed.
  • Castor Oil
  • (Benefits: Moisture & Hair Loss)
    • I loveeee me some Castor Oil! Castor oil is often used as beauty aid, to soften and treat rough, dry skin. A naturally-produced vegetable oil makes it ideal for use on the skin both as an emollient, and as a hot oil treatment for dry damaged hair. When used on the hair, castor oil coats the hair shaft and smooths the cuticle layer, sealing in moisture and leaving the hair feeling soft and silky :)
  • Coconut Oil
  • (Benefits: Shine)
    • At room temp coconut oil is a solid, white substance with a faint scent. The oil liquefies when placed in warm water. This moisturizer is great for nourishing the hair to give it a healthy shine and helps to also minimize tangles. Coconut oil is also recommended for the control of dry scalp and dandruff.
  • Avocado Oil 
  • (Benefits: Restores Dry Hair)
    • This clear oil is made from the fleshy fruit of the avocado.
    Avocado oil is particularly great for natural hair. It’s loaded with nutrients, amino acids, essential fatty acids, as well as vitamins A, B, D, and E. And it’s excellent for moisturizing, deep conditioning, improving hair strength, strengthening hair, and boosting shine. Touted as a hair growth  stimulant, this oil nourishes and restores softness to dry, dehydrated and mature hair  and skin. Avocado oil has its own distinct aroma and goes rancid quickly. Buy in small amounts and refrigerate.
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • (Benefits: Great for Shine)
    • Grapeseed oil is one of the lightest oils and is easily absorbed by the hair and skin. It also can act as a preservative in hair care preparations. Note, this oil has a slight flavor and a noticeable odor.
  •  Sesame Oil
    • This clear light oil is made from uncooked seeds and is used in many sun care preparations for the hair and body to protect the hair from harsh temperatures. It can be added to other oils to enrich them. Note, sesame becomes rancid quickly and must be stored in a cool dry place.
Shopping for Oils
When shopping for hair oils, be sure to look for oils that are 100% pure extract and not chemical reproductions. Pure oils are known to be the most effective conditioners for the hair and can be found in health food stores, online and in stores that sell organic products. When shopping locally, be on the look out for dust on the bottles, which can indicate that the oil has been sitting around for awhile. Also steer clear of  oils that are not blends of two or more oils and that have no additives. I get a lot of my oils from the local grocery store or even Walmart. Whole Foods & Trader Joes tend to be on the expensive side for me lol =P
I hope this blog helps you all! Comment and 
let me know some of your favorite natural oils 
& how you use them!



2 comments:

  1. Avocado and olive oil is my fav. Have you tried honey, plain yogurt, and olive oil deep treatment??

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    1. Never tried Avocado! Where do you get it from? and no i havent tried it...on my to do list for this weekend!!

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