The Best Oils for Natural Hair
Moisturizing natural hair is a vital part of healthy growth and retaining length. Disclaimer: the oils listed below are my favorite oils and how they work on my hair may not yield the same results for you.
Starting off with moisturizing oils. Moisturizing oils can penetrate the hair shaft and are most effective at oiling the scalp. These oils are best used with a water-based leave-in conditioner.
1. Coconut Oil: “The Holy Grail”, of course this would be number one on my list. Coconut oil is the most versatile oil, in my opinion, because it can be used as a moisturizer and a sealant on your hair or skin. To get the most benefits, be sure to purchase unrefined or extra virgin since it is the least processed. Now for all my protein sensitive naturals, use this oil very sparingly. Overuse of coconut oil will give you protein overload.
2. Avocado Oil: Avocado Oil has vitamins A, B, D, E, and nutrients such as protein, amino acids, iron, copper, magnesium, and folic acid. All these things help aid in growth stimulation if used consistently. It’s a light weight oil which means it absorbs into your hair and scalp easily. I use avocado oil in my deep conditioner, I also add it into my shampoos.
3. Olive Oil: Would this list be complete if I didn’t include olive oil? I’ve been using this inexpensive gem since my transitioning days, and it hasn’t let me down since. Olive oil not only promotes hair growth, but it also aids in maintaining a healthy scalp. This super lightweight oil is packed with antibacterial properties, along with Vitamins A and E. My all time favorite use for olive oil is hot oil treatments. It always leaves my strands shiny and moisturized.
Next, we have our sealing oils. Sealing oils do not penetrate the hair shaft, therefore it helps lock in the moisture to keep our hair thriving. These are the oils you will use in you LCO/LOC/LOCO method.
1. Jamaican Black Castor Oil: Another holy grail oil and staple product to many naturals. JBCO has omega-6 and omega-9 which help strengthen the hair as it locks in the moisture. It helps improve blood circulation to the scalp, encouraging growth and thickening the hair. A little goes a very long way with this super thick oil, so be careful when applying.
2. Grapeseed Oil: My favorite sealing oil, grapeseed oil is another inexpensive gem. Grapeseed oil is a lighter oil than olive oil, making it the perfect candidate for locking in moisture, preventing frizz, and battling split or damaged ends on any hair type. Because it’s so light, even though it is a sealing oil, you can use it on your scalp to get rid of dandruff! Dry skin? Rub some on after a shower. The nutrients in grapeseed oil are amazing for every and anything.
3. Jojoba Oil: Would any list be complete without Jojoba oil? This oil is most similar to the natural sebum (oil) our body produces. What better way to seal the hair, than with a replica oil? I like to think of Jojoba oil as a two in one because it great for moisturizing the hair and scalp, as well as sealing the moisture in. With things like Vitamins E and B, Copper and Zinc as well as antibacterial and antifungal properties, I always keep some jojoba oil in my bathroom. FUN FACT: oil cleaning with Jojoba oil can help with acne breakouts. (try it out!)
As a bonus, my all time favorite essential oil is peppermint oil. I love the cooling effect I feel on my scalp when I’m finished washing my hair. The tingle you feel when using anything that has peppermint oil in it if from the added blood circulation to that area. Blood circulation to the scalp aids in growth. SO, drop a few drops into your shampoo or conditioner (or both) and give your scalp a good massage. FUN FACT #2: Peppermint helps keep you awake and alert. Groggy in the morning? Have a cup of peppermint tea.
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