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10 Commonly Used Oils for Natural Hair




Today we're here to learn about one of the most basic product ingredients out there: oils. Oils can not only increase hair health, but they can increase growth, eliminate scalp conditions, moisturize and nourish your hair. Here is a list of 10 commonly used oils for natural hair.

Essential Oils:

An essential oil is a liquid that is distilled from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots or other parts of a plant. Naturally occurring aromas come from plants containing special oils that are highly concentrated,  and needs to be diluted with a carrier oil. Some essential oils have some safety risks associated with using them, and some are allergens so please use with caution, especially when mixing your own mixes. Not only are there great aromatherapeutic benefits to using these oils, some are said to increase blood flow, stimulate the scalp and increase hair growth. Essentials oils can also be used in making homemade lotions, soaps, shampoos, shower gels and other homemade products. Some household uses are: insect repellent, room freshening, trash can/garbage disposal freshening. Here are some commonly used essential oils and their benefits on hair:
  • Eucalyptus Oil - Eucalyptus oil is a thin, clear oil that has a strong earthy smell and has many medicinal and antiseptic properties.  When a few drops are used with warm olive oil, it can be used as a pre-poo (Massage into hair and scalp, let sit for 20-30 minutes. Follow with a shampoo) to improve blood circulation, make hair shiny and stimulate growth. Eucalyptus oil can increase elasticity of hair, which makes hair stronger and more resistant to hair breakage and split ends.
  • Lavender Oil - Lavender oil s a thin oil that is clear in color with a hint of yellow and has a floral, fresh, sweet, herbaceous and slightly fruity smell. It can be diluted and used for hair growth/regrowth. Regular scalp massages with lavender oil can be helpful in controlling hair shedding and improving hair growth since it enhances blood circulation.
  • Peppermint Oil - Peppermint oil is a thin oil, with a clear yellow color and a strong mint smell. It has a fresh, cooling effect that helps to cool and stimulate the scalp, which promotes hair growth by strengthening the hair root. When mixed with jojoba oil and glycerin or with castor oil, tea tree oil, coconut oil and vitamin E oil it is known to promote hair growth. It works as an astringent which helps in the normalization of the scalp’s oil production and has a neutralizing effect on the scalp (and skin). It balances the pH, and can be used for the treatment of dry scalp and is also known to add shine and gloss to the hair.
  • Rosemary Oil Rosemary oil is a thin, clear oil with a fresh, herbaceous and sweet smell. It has a stimulating effect, which helps stimulate blood flow when applied to the scalp and helps with hair growth. Said to help prevent premature gray hair and hair thinning. Prevents dandruff by unblocking the hair follicles.
  • Tea Tree Oil - Tea tree oil is a thin, clear yellow oil that has a fresh earthy smell and is antiseptic in nature. Helps heal scalp irritations and infections. Can be used to regrow hair, to unblock the clogged hair follicles. When aded to shampoo it reduces itchiness, gets rid of dandruff and aides in overall growth.
 

Carrier Oils:

Carrier oils come from the oils of vegetable seeds, nuts, and kernels. They are rich in essential fatty acids: omega-3 and omega-6. Cold-pressed is the best method for extraction and uses hydraulic press machines which crush the seeds, nuts, and kernels; thus, releasing the oils. Carrier oils are great for strengthening, nourishing and sealing in moisture to our hair. Here are some commonly used carrier oils and their uses for hair:
  • Avocado Oil - Avocado oil is a sweet and nutty oil that has a thick consistency and green color. It is full of vitamins that your hair loves like vitamins A, E, D and potassium. It is said to be nourishing to hair and is great for sealing moisture into our hair or as an additive to any conditioner for an extra boost.  oils and you will definitely feel and see the difference.
  • Jojoba Oil - Jojoba oil is a golden yellow medium consistency oil that has a light and pleasant scent. Jojoba is one of the only oils that can penetrate the scalp and hair shaft and can be used to add moisture to your hair and scalp. Jojoba is very identical to sebum – the natural oil that lubricates our skin and hair, and can be applied as sebum replacement for individuals with dry scalp issues. It can also be used on people with oily scalp to eliminate excess sebum and accumulation from the hair.
  • Olive Oil - Olive oil is a thick green or golden-yellow oil that has a distinct olive smell. Extra virgin olive oil is preferred for hair use, since it is cold pressed and does not contain any chemicals. Olive oil can be used to treat dandruff, tame frizzy hair, add shine, increase manageability, and soften hair.
  • Coconut Oil - Coconut oil is a fragrant oil that is solid at room temperature and liquid when heated. Coconut oil is one of the best oils for hair since it can be used in many different ways. It can be used to treat hair loss and dandruff, mend split ends, condition hair, helps retain moisture, and helps to reduce protein loss in hair.
  • Castor Oil – Castor oil is an extremely thick vegetable oil that is colorless to very pale yellow liquid with mild or no odor. It nourishes hair and helps to seal moisture, softens, and visibly thickens hair. Castor oil is also said to stimulate growth, so many naturals use it to regrow problem areas such as bald spots or their hairline by doing scalp massages.

Which oils do you use? Which are your favorites?

10 Commonly Used Oils for Natural Hair





Today we're here to learn about one of the most basic product ingredients out there: oils. Oils can not only increase hair health, but they can increase growth, eliminate scalp conditions, moisturize and nourish your hair. Here is a list of 10 commonly used oils for natural hair.

Essential Oils:

An essential oil is a liquid that is distilled from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots or other parts of a plant. Naturally occurring aromas come from plants containing special oils that are highly concentrated,  and needs to be diluted with a carrier oil. Some essential oils have some safety risks associated with using them, and some are allergens so please use with caution, especially when mixing your own mixes. Not only are there great aromatherapeutic benefits to using these oils, some are said to increase blood flow, stimulate the scalp and increase hair growth. Essentials oils can also be used in making homemade lotions, soaps, shampoos, shower gels and other homemade products. Some household uses are: insect repellent, room freshening, trash can/garbage disposal freshening. Here are some commonly used essential oils and their benefits on hair:
  • Eucalyptus Oil - Eucalyptus oil is a thin, clear oil that has a strong earthy smell and has many medicinal and antiseptic properties.  When a few drops are used with warm olive oil, it can be used as a pre-poo (Massage into hair and scalp, let sit for 20-30 minutes. Follow with a shampoo) to improve blood circulation, make hair shiny and stimulate growth. Eucalyptus oil can increase elasticity of hair, which makes hair stronger and more resistant to hair breakage and split ends.
  • Lavender Oil - Lavender oil s a thin oil that is clear in color with a hint of yellow and has a floral, fresh, sweet, herbaceous and slightly fruity smell. It can be diluted and used for hair growth/regrowth. Regular scalp massages with lavender oil can be helpful in controlling hair shedding and improving hair growth since it enhances blood circulation.
  • Peppermint Oil - Peppermint oil is a thin oil, with a clear yellow color and a strong mint smell. It has a fresh, cooling effect that helps to cool and stimulate the scalp, which promotes hair growth by strengthening the hair root. When mixed with jojoba oil and glycerin or with castor oil, tea tree oil, coconut oil and vitamin E oil it is known to promote hair growth. It works as an astringent which helps in the normalization of the scalp’s oil production and has a neutralizing effect on the scalp (and skin). It balances the pH, and can be used for the treatment of dry scalp and is also known to add shine and gloss to the hair.
  • Rosemary Oil Rosemary oil is a thin, clear oil with a fresh, herbaceous and sweet smell. It has a stimulating effect, which helps stimulate blood flow when applied to the scalp and helps with hair growth. Said to help prevent premature gray hair and hair thinning. Prevents dandruff by unblocking the hair follicles.
  • Tea Tree Oil - Tea tree oil is a thin, clear yellow oil that has a fresh earthy smell and is antiseptic in nature. Helps heal scalp irritations and infections. Can be used to regrow hair, to unblock the clogged hair follicles. When aded to shampoo it reduces itchiness, gets rid of dandruff and aides in overall growth.
 

Carrier Oils:

Carrier oils come from the oils of vegetable seeds, nuts, and kernels. They are rich in essential fatty acids: omega-3 and omega-6. Cold-pressed is the best method for extraction and uses hydraulic press machines which crush the seeds, nuts, and kernels; thus, releasing the oils. Carrier oils are great for strengthening, nourishing and sealing in moisture to our hair. Here are some commonly used carrier oils and their uses for hair:
  • Avocado Oil - Avocado oil is a sweet and nutty oil that has a thick consistency and green color. It is full of vitamins that your hair loves like vitamins A, E, D and potassium. It is said to be nourishing to hair and is great for sealing moisture into our hair or as an additive to any conditioner for an extra boost.  oils and you will definitely feel and see the difference.
  • Jojoba Oil - Jojoba oil is a golden yellow medium consistency oil that has a light and pleasant scent. Jojoba is one of the only oils that can penetrate the scalp and hair shaft and can be used to add moisture to your hair and scalp. Jojoba is very identical to sebum – the natural oil that lubricates our skin and hair, and can be applied as sebum replacement for individuals with dry scalp issues. It can also be used on people with oily scalp to eliminate excess sebum and accumulation from the hair.
  • Olive Oil - Olive oil is a thick green or golden-yellow oil that has a distinct olive smell. Extra virgin olive oil is preferred for hair use, since it is cold pressed and does not contain any chemicals. Olive oil can be used to treat dandruff, tame frizzy hair, add shine, increase manageability, and soften hair.
  • Coconut Oil - Coconut oil is a fragrant oil that is solid at room temperature and liquid when heated. Coconut oil is one of the best oils for hair since it can be used in many different ways. It can be used to treat hair loss and dandruff, mend split ends, condition hair, helps retain moisture, and helps to reduce protein loss in hair.
  • Castor Oil – Castor oil is an extremely thick vegetable oil that is colorless to very pale yellow liquid with mild or no odor. It nourishes hair and helps to seal moisture, softens, and visibly thickens hair. Castor oil is also said to stimulate growth, so many naturals use it to regrow problem areas such as bald spots or their hairline by doing scalp massages.

Which oils do you use? Which are your favorites?
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