My lovelies, how are you? Happy New Year Guys.
I’m not going to say natural hair, I’m just going to say hair in general. Black, White, Asian, Martian whatever you are, if you are looking out for your hair there is one thing that is very important…..natural oils. Yes, you moisturize, condition, and natural oils seal in the moisture on the strands of your hair. And on your scalp it helps keep it free of dandruff, and some oils even act as an ….i want to say…antibiotic, antibacterial. This oils are especially important if you do the greenhouse method and love to wear your hair open. My hair is mostly in braids so, I use them for my scalp mostly. And I also mix it in with a conditioner and water in a spray bottle and spray the length of my hair in the braids.
Natural oils are essential when it comes to:
- Hot Oil Treatments
- Scalp Massages/treatments
- Adding to conditioners/deep conditioners (for daily use)
- Adding to your spray bottle mix(for daily use)
- Sealing in Moisture
So here is a list of the most popular oils used. The first three are what most hair fanatics agree to be the best oils, especially for natural black hair. (Source, Natural Hair Rules)
- Avacado oil is number three for me.Avocado Oil is an effective moisturizer for dry, brittle, damaged hair. It is packed with healthy hair vitamins such as vitamins A, B, D, and E. It also has protein, amino acids, iron, copper, magnesium, and folic acid. All nutrients that make it ideal for use to help prevent damage to the hair.The vitamins help protect the scalp and feed the hair follicles while the amino acids promote healthy cell growth to maintain or restore scalp health. Avocado oil is also loaded with fatty acids which help to make hair feel soft and imparts shine. It is a light oil that absorbs easily into both the scalp and skin. It is said to closely resemble the oil naturally produced by the scalp or sebum.
- Olive oil. Although it is very effective when it comes to the health of your scalp and hair. Olive oil is a fantastic conditioner for hair, it’s also one of the top emollients that can penetrate the hair better than others, and its lightweight nature makes it great for moisturizing. Olive oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties that promote scalp health and prevent dandruff. Extra virgin oil is also rich in high levels of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E, an antioxidant important for hair growth. Olive oil is not likely to cause an allergic reaction, making it ideal for sensitive skin and hair.
- My number one, my ride or die, Coconut Oil. Olive oil is a fantastic conditioner for hair, but there are many other things about this essential oil that make it a great go-to for hair care. It’s also one of the top emollients that can penetrate the hair better than others, and its lightweight nature makes it great for moisturizing. Olive oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties that promote scalp health and prevent dandruff. Extra virgin oil is also rich in high levels of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E, an antioxidant important for hair growth. Olive oil is not likely to cause an allergic reaction, making it ideal for sensitive skin and hair. (Next week Coco-controversy)
The other oils are:
- Castor oil (Jamaican Black) , very popular and surprising its not in the top three. I would swap out Avacado oil for Castor any day. Castor oil has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties and is high in Vitamin E, minerals, proteins, and Omega 6 and 9 beneficial fatty acids.Castor oil can be used on the scalp to help prevent and remedy hair loss and it is effective at this for several reasons. It’s antibacterial and anti fungal properties make it beneficial against follliculitus, dandruff and scalp infections and its ricinoleic acid content helps increase circulation to the scalp and improve hair growth.Ricinoleic acid is also said to help balance scalp pH which can also help replenish the scalp’s natural oils and undo some of the damage of harsh chemical hair products (and even damage from no-poo, due to over alkalinity). The antioxidants in castor oil also support the keratin in hair and help make hair stronger, smoother and less frizzy. (Source, Wellness Mama)
- Jojoba Oil, is great for addressing dry scalp but also hair loss, and in preventing split ends. But unlike any other oil, jojoba mimics your hair’s own natural oil (sebum) which causes your strands to respond quite positively by absorbing it into the hair shaft, which results in more moisturized and shinier hair. It contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and E, which work together to protect against damage. It has an even higher content of monounsaturated fats than avocado oil (98%!) which of course make it excellent for strengthening the hair against breakage. It adds volume, encourages hair growth, and helps the hair revert from damage. It also works great for scalp massages because it gives you great benefits without weighing your hair down. It is excellent when used in deep conditioners because it helps the hair bounce back, especially from heat styling. (Source, Black Naps)
- Grape Seed oil, This light and moisturizing hair oil can benefit all types of curls. A natural heat protectant, grapeseed oil can be used as a thermal agent up to 425 degrees when blow-drying or flat ironing. Apply a bit throughout the hair before applying heat to give your hair added shine and protection. This oil works great to strengthen each strand, increase manageability, and can also be used to combat dry scalp and dandruff.
- Sweet Almond oil, This light, all-purpose oil is great for all hair types and offers many benefits to naturally curly hair. Sweet almond oil works great as a sealant, so apply a small amount on top of your moisturizer to lock in the moisture. It is also great for improving manageability by smoothing the hair shaft.
- Argan Oil, I am a huge fan of this, especially as a heat protector. This rare oil is making waves in the natural hair community for its moisturizing properties. Easily absorbed and quite nourishing, this oil is great for your hair, skin, and nails too. For curly girls, argan oil helps with manageability and can also strengthen the hair. It can be pricey, but a little goes a long way.
- Ayurvedic Oils or as I know it as Amla Oil family. For ages these hair oils have worked wonders across the globe and they are a wonderful option for naturals. Some of the more prominent oils are amla, neem, brahmi, and bhringaraj; each of these distinctive oils offers their own unique benefits for your curls. For example, amla oil is great for condition the hair, neem oil is excellent for tackling dandruff, brahmi can be used to stimulate hair growth, and bhringaraj is great to combat shedding and breakage.
- Rose Oil. A lightweight oil, rose oil is perfect for wavies or those with fine, low density hair. Rose oil strengthens hair at the root, protects against frizz, and adds shine.
(Source, Naturally Curly)
I have noticed that if i don’t use it in its pure form, as in that gold liquid and use it in other forms, my scalp itches like crazy. Be careful of all the add ins, product manufactures include in conditioner. Perfume is the worst when it comes to an itchy scalp. These oils also have a shelf life. Take good care of your oils so that they can take care of you.