If you’ve just begun your natural hair journey, chances are you’ve probably typed “natural hair care” in Google’s search engine. Furthermore, you’ve probably come across all kinds of hair care forums discussing oils that can be used for multiple things. It’s true. There are a lot of natural oils that can be used for your hair’s health. But this wealth of information can be overwhelming for someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience dealing with their natural hair or these oils. Below, you’ll find some short but informative information on natural oils that I have found to be very beneficial.
Olive Oil – I cannot express how much I love olive oil and extra virgin olive oil. Not the kind that you can get at the beauty supply store, but pure and organic olive oil that you can cook with. This has become a staple of mine over the years. I love using it as a hot oil treatment and I love how soft it makes my hair feel. You can even use it on the length of your hair and seal it in with a moisturizer. Olive oil promotes hair growth and it strengthens the hair.
Castor Oil – It’s not just for moving those bowels (he he). When my hair is really dry, parched and limp, I use good old castor oil as a hot oil treatment followed by a deep conditioner. Castor oil thickens the hair over time. It also has omega-9 fatty acids in it which keeps your scalp moisturized. This oil will surely keep your hair thick, healthy, and shiny.
Grape Seed Oil – Grape seed oil is another great oil that will keep your hair moisturized. It can be used as a hot oil treatment or you can spritz it on dry hair. Grape seed oil also helps with dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. The oil can also be beneficial for brittle hair. Because it’s not a heavy oil, you can use it as often as you need.
Carrot Oil – This oil is very unique. It makes the hair strong and prevents breakage. It also protects your hair. It also has loads of vitamin A. I’ve used this oil in my conditioner and my hair always feels so smooth after styling.
Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is great for overall health, but it is awesome for you hair. It also smells yummy. I use organic, raw coconut oil. This oil comes in a large jar and is a solid until you warm it up. I use it as a hot oil treatment mixed with a little peppermint oil. Both of these oils aid in hair growth. Coconut oil also keeps my strands moisturized.
Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil has been a great help to me. I have seborrheic dermatitis and this oil has helped to combat it. It’s an antiseptic and antifungal oil that gets rid of bacteria. It also stimulates hair growth and combats dandruff. A little goes a long way. If you have dandruff, try tea tree oil. It’s expensive, but it’s worth the money.
These are the oils that I’ve tried with success. There are a host of other beneficial oils that aid in hair health, but these are the ones that I find have truly helped me the most. What are some of your hair oil staples?