5 + 1 Things to Look out for when Picking Oils for your Natural Hair
How to pick the right oils for your natural hair
Oils are an essential part of any healthy natural hair regimen. Basically, oils are emollients which act to lock up moisture into your natural hair strands.
Your natural hair tends to coil up into itself and this prevents the much needed moisture from travelling all the way to the entire length of the hair shaft for hydration. What’s more, with natural hair, you might find your cream drying out quicker which is why oils are what you need to seal the deal!
The right oils will act not only to nourish and hydrate your hair, but will also lock in moisture to your strands - it will prevent your hair from drying out and ensure total hydration from the roots to tip.
Now that you know that oils are essential for your natural hair, how do you pick the right ones?
Look for Oils that Absorb Quickly into Your Hair
A lot of bad oils just sit on your hair and weigh it down without actually penetrating your hair to hydrate it. These are the kinds of oils that can easily cause clogging on your scalp because your hair will be unable to breath!
Oils like Jojoba oil are very lightweight oils that are easily absorbed into your hair and scalp for maximum hydration and protection. More importantly, if you have oily hair, Jojoba oil is anti-inflammatory and will easily dissolve sebum without leaving your hair feeling greasy or oily. Jojoba oil is perfect for moisturizing, while soothing and softening at the same time!
This oil is perfect especially when you’re in a hurry and you don’t want to look like you just slathered oil all over your hair in one minute! Genuine organic Coconut, Almond and Olive oils are also absorbed well into the hair.
Look for Oils that gives a Shine that Lasts Long
If you find yourself having to reapply that oil over and over again on your hair then I suggest it is time to ditch it! You should not be oiling your hair everyday because no matter how good it is, it can clog up your pores after a while and lead to an accumulation of dirt.
Of course you can “pamp” it up daily with a little hydration spray (water) or spritz, but not oiling it daily!
You should oil your hair 1 - 2 times per week at most. Coconut oil and Shea butter as well are very good oils that not only penetrate and hydrate your hair, they give it long lasting shine and radiance for up to 3, 4 days without you having to reapply!
Look for Oils that actually Penetrate and Revive your Hair Game
Once again, we just have to go for Sister Coconut! Coconut oil is one of the most consistent and strong oils in the game. It not only gives your hair the much needed shine, it also gives your hair much needed nutrients to revitalize dry or dull hair.
The best way to get the most out of Coconut oil is to use it as a mask with other ingredients like avocado or olive oil and let it sit on your hair for 20 - 30 minutes before washing it off. It is great for revitalizing dry ends as well.
Look for Oils that Protect your Hair
A very good protectant for your hair is Coconut oil when doing heat styling as it protects against the effects of heat styling. As a naturalista, you shouldn’t even resort to heat styling but if you have to, coconut oil is a good protectant.
However, coconut oil can get a bit oily so make sure to use just a few drops to protect your hair and spread evenly. Shea butter also works great as a protectant!
Look for Oils that Repair and Regrow Damaged Hair
Oils are not just meant to add shine to your hair, oils should also repair your hair and regrow it to make it thicker. If you have thinning edges or damaged, broken hair - massaging your scalp with oils will improve blood circulation to those areas and increase hair growth.
Castor oil is what you need for those thinning edges and damaged hair as well. It also relieves scalp itchiness and dryness.
However, Castor oil can be quite heavy on your hair so make sure to apply minimal amounts and spread evenly for maximum effect. Remember, a little goes a long way.
Look for a Multipurpose Oil!
The great thing about oils is that one oil can be used for several purposes, how awesome!
Take Coconut oil for example, it’s a great protectant, sealant and is very good for hydration and adding some radiance to your hair.
Jojoba Oil is a lightweight oil and has anti inflammatory properties which is great for healing your damaged hair or scalp.
Castor Oil helps a lot with thinning edges when you use it to massage your scalp and improve circulation.
Our Hair Growth Oil is a combination of essential oils like lavender oil, rosemary oil and other natural organic ingredients that work to improve your hair growth and hair health in no time!
Try out some of these oils and watch them work wonders on your hair! Remember, you don’t have to try all of them out, you only have to find what works for you and stick to it!
A little goes a long way.
Feel free to leave a comment or get in touch if you need any help with finding the right oils for your natural hair!