Know Your Healthy Hair Oils
WITH THE EXPLOSION AND PROLIFERATION OF NATURAL AND CURLY HAIR PRODUCTS ON THE MARKET, it’s been wonderful to see the emergence of hair oils in mainstream hair care. Now all kinds of drugstore products boast about including oils in their formulation, but are you truly getting the benefits? As far as I’m concerned, ain’t nothing like the real thing. Instead of buying a shampoo or conditioner that includes argan oil or black cumin oil, I recommend buying your own 100% natural oils to create your own hair treatments at home!
Confused about which oils you should try first? Allow me to break it down—you’ll be mixing up at home pre-shampoo concoctions in no time. These are six oils to add to your beauty arsenal!
- Olive Oil: Generally the first oil that at-home beauty experiments begin with, olive oil is a staple in the kitchen and in your beauty product arsenal. It’s great for pre-shampoo treatments and for body scrubs made with coarse sugars or salt. Less can be more when it comes to oils for hair in general, so go light with your EVOO to give your hair moisture without weighing it down too much.
- Jojoba Oil: Known and loved for being the closest match to your hair’s own natural oils, jojoba is used in a plethora of hair products. It’s readily absorbed into the scalp and adds shine to your tresses. One of my very favorite oils, but it can be expensive so beware for sticker shock on 100% jojoba oil.
- Coconut Oil: Few oils can actually penetrate the hair shaft, and coconut oil is one of them. It’s amongst the most versatile oils – it can be used for cooking, for your hair, for shaving your legs, moisturizing your skin, or making at home DIY beauty concoctions. Coconut oil is lighter than olive oil and the oil solidifies in cool temperatures, but melts down quickly in the palm of your hand.
- Sweet Almond Oil: Used for cooking and for beauty, this oil is popular for sealing in moisture for kinky, coily, curly hair. Sweet almond oil can be added to a pre-shampoo treatment for smoothing, softening, detangling manageability.
- Argan oil: Argan is the new buzzworthy hair product, being touted for its nourishing moisture. Popular in the Middle East and Asian countries, now it’s making waves stateside. Argan oil is extracted from kernels of Moroccan fruit, which is why so many products from that region make use of it. It is great for skin and for hair.
- Castor Oil: If you have thinning or breaking hair, castor oil could be your best friend. The thick oil from the castor bean has a variety of uses, from internal benefits to your digestive system, to helping with skin disorders and sunburns. For hair it has been said to have growth and regenerative properties, and Jamaican and Haitian blends of black castor oil are popular in the natural hair community for that reason.
Do you use hair oils in your beauty regimen? Which are your favorites?
Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.