OILS FOR NATURAL HAIR

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What is hair Oil?

Oil is an important component in a healthy hair care regimen. When used effectively and consistently they improve the overall condition of the scalp, hair and skin. They can be used as hot oil treatments, sealants, scalp stimulators and moisturizing agents which help to maximize the effect of deep conditioners. These in conjunction with other features are just a few of the functions of oils for hair care.

Tips:

  1. Experiment and find the best oil which can be used as a sealant for your hair. The oil/s you choose should not weigh your hair down and not be absorbed quickly.
  1. It takes time and experimentation to find oils which work for your hair type.
  1. If you have an oily scalp, it is already producing enough or more sebum (natural hair oil) than it already needs. Be careful when applying heavy oils as they tend to sit on the scalp and hair causing buildup.
  1. If you have dandruff, depending on the type of oil used and how heavy it is, this can cause irritation and over production in the scalp.
  1. When purchasing, try to buy oils that are in a pure state. If you are searching for a pure oil, make sure to check the ingredient list to ensure it is not diluted with cheap oils.
  1. Some oils will solidify at different temperatures. You can easily place the container of oil in a bowl of warm/hot water to allow it to melt back into a liquid state. DO NOT heat solidified oil on a stove or in a pan as this will cause the properties of the oil to diminish.
  2. When purchasing oils, be careful of the container and be aware of the nozzle or top attachment. Some covers are not very well designed and result in having a hard time getting the oil out of the container especially when it’s close to depletion.
  1. Do research on an oil before you purchase it to prevent the chances of having an allergic reaction. For example, oils such as peppermint and tea tree have a burning/tingling sensation. If you are sensitive to strong smells, peppermint oil may not be the right oil for you.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF OILS, BENEFITS AND USES

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Different oils have different uses depending on the intended purpose. Here is a compilation of common oils utilized by naturals with their uses and benefits.

JOJOBA OIL

This oil is the most relatable to our own natural hair oil (sebum) and is vegetable based as it is extracted from a plant (Simmondsia chinensis) native to Arizona, Southern California and Western Mexico.

USES:

  • Treatment for dandruff
  • Reduces breakage
  • Encourages hair growth
  • Scalp massages 

BENEFITS

  • Contains vitamins: A, B1, B2, B6 and E
  • Strengthens hair follicles
  • Prevents hair loss
  • Prevents split ends
  • Antibacterial

COCONUT OIL

This oil has many multiple health benefits and uses for hair but is not limited to skin care. It is one of few which is effectively known to penetrate the hair shaft and follicles. It is extracted from the coconut plant Cocos nucifera. When buying this oil try to find a label which reads extra virgin or which is pure.

USES

  • Prevents dandruff
  • Moisturizing
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Conditions the scalp

BENEFTITS

  • Protects hair protein
  • Protects against excessive heat
  • Promotes blood circulation
  • Contains antioxidants and nutrients (Vit E, K and Iron)
  • Antifungal

AVOCADO OIL

This is a light based oil derived from the plant Persea Americana. It penetrates the hair shaft and is loaded with beneficial nutrients and vitamins which promotes hair growth.

USES:

  • Strengthens hair
  • Sealant
  • Boosts shine
  • Use in deep conditioners to provide great moisture, shine and for a deeper moisturizing conditioning treatment

BENEFITS:

  • High quantities of fatty acids
  • Contains vitamins (A, D, E, B and amino acids)
  • Natural Moisturizer
  • Oily and creates slip, can be used to detangle hair

ARGAN OIL

A light oil extracted from the kernels of the green fruit produced from the argan tree (Argania spinose) from South Western Morocco.  

USES

  • Hair conditioner
  • Shine
  • Protects against UV radiation
  • Increases hair health
  • Sealant
  • Promotes hair growth 

BENEFITS

  • Antioxidants
  • Manageable hair
  • Controls frizz
  • Moisturizing properties 

OLIVE OIL

A medium based oil extracted from the olive fruit (Olea europaea L.) native to the Mediterranean, the tropics, Central Asia and Africa. This oil is not only used for various uses in hair care but is also for great skin care use.     

USES

  • Hot oil treatment
  • Sealant
  • Reduces dandruff
  • Improves and strengthen hair
  • Scalp massages

BENEFITS

  • Penetrates the hair shaft
  • Provides nutrients (Vit E)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Moisturizing and conditioning

CASTOR OIL

A thick oil extracted from castor beans/seed (Ricinus communis). Its counterpart black Jamaican castor oil is also common and used in relation or as an alternative to castor oil.

USES

  • Sealant due to its thickness
  • Promotes thick hair
  • Promotes strong hair
  • Apply to edges to promote growth
  • Protects against split ends
  • Tames frizz

BENEFITS

  • Contains nutrients (fatty acids, vit E, amino acids, minerals)
  • Increases blood circulation
  • Antibacterial and Anti-fungal
  • Stimulates hair follicles

GRAPE SEED OIL

This is a light weight oil which is extracted from the seeds of grapes (Vitis vinifera). It is odorless and non-greasy which is great for low porosity hair. 

USES

  • Treatment for dandruff and dermatitis
  • Heat protectant
  • Hair conditioner
  • Strengthens and promotes hair follicles 

BENEFITS

  • Rich in Vitamins (E)
  • Provides shine to the hair
  • Manageability and soft hair
  • Helps the cuticle to lay down and prevents frizz
  • Antioxidant

TEA TREE OIL

Also known as melaleuca oil extracted from the leaves of the plant Malaleuca alternifola and originates from Australia.

USES:

  • Moisturizes and provides nutrients for the scalp
  • Relief of dandruff, dry and itchy scalp
  • Improves hair growth

BENEFITS

  • Antibacterial and antifungal
  • Removes blockage from sebaceous glands
  • Promotes blood circulation as well as sebum
  • Promotes healthy hair

SWEET ALMOND OIL

This is a light but slightly dense oil extracted from the sweet almond nut Prunus dulcis. It originated in Western Asia/ Mediterranean region from small trees.

USES

  • Sealant
  • Nourishes hair
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Enhances shine
  • Strengthens hair
  • Treatment for dandruff

BENEFITS

  • Moisturizes dry damaged ends
  • Manageability and smoothness of the hair cuticles
  • Contains vitamins (E, D, B1, B2, B6, A)
  • Conditions hair
  • Increases circulation

ROSEMARY OIL

This oil is extracted from the plant Rosmarinus officinalis and originates in the Mediterranean region.

USES:

  • Promotes and stimulates hair follicles
  • Prevents hair loss
  • Treatment for dandruff
  • Strengths hair

BENEFITS:

  • Increases scalp circulation
  • Antifungal properties
  • Conditions hair

SAFFLOWER OIL

This is an odorless oil extracted from the seeds of the yellow and orange flowers from the plant Carthamus tinctorius. It is native to Iran, India and North America.

USES

  • Moisturizes and hydrates hair
  • Provides nutrients for the hair (Vit E)
  • Conditions hair
  • Great for dry or coloured hair
  • Keeps hair shiny and vibrant

BENEFITS

  • Penetrates the hair shaft
  • Enhances scalp circulation which stimulates the hair follicles and promotes growth
  • Strengthens hair
  • Increases scalp circulation
  • Antioxidant

LINKS:

http://www.experience-essential-oils.com/essential-oils-for-hair.html

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/the-curly-hair-oil-roundup/

As always happy healthy hair journey,

Naturalkinkstrinis1 & Naturalkinkstrinis2

 

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