Moisturizing your hair is great, but if you don’t know how to retain the moisture, it’s pointless. Moisture needs to be locked into your hair with oil which is what most African Americans are lacking in their hair. Water is the most natural moisturizer for your hair. Lock it in with a carrier oil such as grapeseed oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil. Once you do this, moisture will be locked into your hair for the next 24 hours. After those 24 hours are up, you need to spritz your hair with water again and seal with an oil. I like to spritz my hair with a mixture of water, peppermint oil and rosehip oil throughout the week, then I follow up with shea butter, coconut oil, and a styling product. Because shea butter is also a natural moisturizer, I put that on my hair before I apply the coconut oil (locking the moisture in). I’ve compiled a list of carrier oils, essential oils and their benefits below. Finding the right blend of oils is trial and error, so discover what works best for your hair’s health!
Jojaba – perfect for oily scalps with overactive sebaceous glands. Penetrates scalp and hair shaft and breaks down buildup
Coconut – full of vitamin E and K. Great conditioner and aids damaged hair. Also softens hair.
Castor- helps keep hair moisturized and thickens hair
Grapeseed- light weight and won’t leave hair oily. Fights seborrheic dermatitis. Seals in moisture and smooths hair
Rosehip- protects hair from sun.
Olive Oil – strengthens and smooths hair cuticles. Also promotes a healthy scalp
Avocado – conditions hair
Hemp Seed- strengthens hair and thickens hair. Keeps scalp infections at bay
Vitamin E- improves circulation on the scalp and protects scalp from harsh elements
Peppermint- stimulates blood flow on the scalp which leads to hair growth.
Lavender – very fragrant and great for all hair types. Strengthens hair and can treat alopecia areata
Lemon Grass – for oily hair. Great for dry scalp and lice
Rosemary – very fragrant and stimulates hair follicles. Hair grows as a result
Teat Tree – keeps scalp free of fungal problems and bacteria
Chamomile – itchy scalp and dandruff
Myrrh- treats dry scalp, dandruff, underactive sebaceous glands
Sources: seeguides.info / earthlybody.com / care2.com