Natural Hair Oils

I use various oils in my hair skin care regimen.  Particularly in my hair butter mixes, deep conditioners, and hot oil treatments. I also use it to tame frizz and sometimes as a daily moisturizer. Also in my HM body lotions and I add to my face lotion and face soap.

I am not partial to any particular brand.  But I check for no animal testing, vegetarian, paraben  free, organic, cold press etc. All depending on affordability. Some oils are pricey so go with works with your pockets. Just because someone else is using a certain brand doesn’t mean that you HAVE to use it too. Which why I didn’t picture any brands.

Cautions

If you are pregnant or have medical concerns, you should consult your doctor before using any oils you are not familiar with.

Carrier Oils:

Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil)

This oil is rare and expensive natural extract from the seeds of Moroccan argan tree and is characterized by extremely high content of the most popular skin vitamin – E (74%) and oligo-linoleic acid (45%). For your hair it restores hair strength, brings back healthy shine to the dull hair. It reduces hair loss, boosts hair elasticity and repairs hair after dying. Its also excellent for your skin to reduce appearance of aging. (Argon oil is in Moroccan Oil. Moroccan oil is not Argon oil. Check the ingredients)

Avocado Oil

It’s loaded with  amino acids, essential fatty acids, as well as vitamins A, B, D, and E, protein, copper, magnesium, iron, folic acid and amino acids. All these nutrients are vital for hair nourishment and growth. It is excellent for moisturizing, deep conditioning, improving hair strength, strengthening hair, and boosting shine.

Castor Oil

The oil, in a solo application or as a component of masks from natural ingredients, is a highly effective remedy against hair loss, promoting hair growth and improving its density. The oil is best for extremely dry and fragile hair which is, alas, not rare among the admirers of frequent hair bleaching and dying. Castor oil thickens hair, promotes hair growth, prevents thinning, moisturizes, helps reduce split ends, helps to tame frizz, and prevents scalp infections.

Coconut Oil

The fatty acids in coconut oil serve as a very good Anti Dandruff agent. Has a high moisture retaining capacity and does not let moisture escape, Strengthening hair, thickening hair, and preventing damage.  Nourishes hair and skin

Flax Seed Oil

The Omega-3 fatty acids in flax seed oil have been shown to contribute to healthy hair growth, and it is believed that low levels of these acids may be one cause of dry hair. Also promotes hair growth. It reduces dry scalp and works the hair shaft to reduce brittleness.

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids and omega-9 fatty acids. Hemp oil prevents skin disorders like psoriasis, eczema, acne and dry skin.  Washing hair with hemp oil shampoos and conditioners, can thicken the hair texture and keep the scalp away from dandruff. The oil is also a natural moisturizer that boosts scalp health, shoring up the intercellular matrix, which protects against moisture lost.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Jamaican Black Castor Oil is processed differently from usual versions of castor oil- it is made by manually roasting and then grinding the castor beans. Then the beans are heated up and the oil extracted from the crushed beans. It’s the unique roasting process that gives Jamaican Black Castor Oil its distinct dark color.

It has been proven to be extremely effective in this because it increases the blood flow to the scalp while also supplying nutrition to the hair follicles.  Because JBCO is rich in vitamin E and omega 6 fatty acids, it is also excellent for treating damaged, dry, and brittle hair by providing intense nourishment to the hair and scalp. It also acts as a humectant, so it attracts and locks moisture into the hair shaft.

In its all natural form, it is also safe to use on eyebrow and eyelashes to thicken their volume as well.

Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis)

The oil is a liquid vegetable wax, extracted from the seeds of the plant, remarkable boosting hair growth and caring for dry, fragile and dyed hair. However, jojoba oil suits any hair kind. The oil will work for you while you are resting or simply sleeping. Wax creates invisible film of unique natural components, covering every hair and nourishing, moisturizing, repairing its structure and bringing back strength and natural shine.

Can also be applied for eye-lashes and eye-brows care, stretch marks, scars after pregnancy; minor traumas, sun burns, acne/problematic skin to name a few

Sesame Oil

Full of antibacterials; great for healing scalp infections, dry scalp, dandruff and fungus.Prevents harmful environmental pollutants from damaging the hair. It is known for its hair darkening qualities. Hence, it is very useful for those who suffer from pre-mature hair graying or who have plenty of gray hair. it also Acts as a natural sunscreen for your hair and protects from harmful UV rays. It is great for adding luster and sheen to your hair, while it nourishes and strengthens the root and hair shaft, preventing unnecessary breakage

Sweet Almond Oil

The almond oil, or more specifically the sweet almond oil, is saturated with beneficial minerals such as protein, magnesium, zinc as well as potassium and contains high amounts of vitamin E. These substances are essential for healthy hair, making almond oil a perfect candidate for natural hair treatments.

The almond oil easily penetrates through the scalp and hair and provides moisture all day long. It takes longer to evaporate away then water based products and is therefore effective for this purpose. The oil soothes the scalp and prevents itching and any discomfort caused by dryness.

When applied, the almond oil provides the necessary nutrients for hair repair and growth, thus speeding the recovery of damaged hair. It also forms a thin, oily layer on the hair which protects it from further damage and strengthens existing hair. Applying the almond oil also gives the hair a lustrous, healthy and attractive appearance making it perfect for dull, damaged hair.

Essential Oils:

Carrot Seed Oil (Daucus carota)

This oil is very expensive. Using this essential oil for hair growth is surely an upcoming remedy benefits of Carrot Seed Oil, when used in hair.  Scientifically, it is known that carrots are rich in vitamin E, C and A, beta-carotene, potassium and other antioxidants. Vitamins A and E as well as beta-carotene are great nutrients that have conditioning properties. They moisturize the skin or scalp on the body, thus providing better blood flow and further giving healthier skin. However, many doctors suggest that eating fresh carrots would prove more beneficial to hair, skin and eyes by using the seed oil of the carrot plant.

Grape Seed Oil

It absorbs easily and quickly to hair that has clogged pores. Its excellent in regulating sebum production and toning hair follicle bulbs. Filled with flavonoids (antioxidants) and vitamins A, E, B, C content, the oil will nourish and repair your hair, protect it from fragility and restore the elasticity of every curl.

Use on your skin too. The oil, containing up to 70% of polyunsaturated Omega 6 linoleic acid, is equally beneficial for extra dry skin care with wrinkles and oily, problematic and porous skin with acne.

Grapeseed oil is a light oil that locks moisture inside the skin so cells have enough water to work efficiently. It can be used to nourish the scalp and hair without leaving the buildup of other oils that weigh the hair down

Lavender Oil

Not only known for its gorgeous scent, it has proven hair benefits and is good for all hair types.  Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. It is a good treatment for dandruff and itching, helpful in controlling hair breakage and improving hair growth. Most widely known to treat alopecia areata, a condition where you lose excessive hair, especially in patches. Daily massage with lavender oil has proven to help significant re-growth and gives you the results in a few months. Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including jojoba, rosemary and tea tree oils.

Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis)
Sweet Orange Essential oil is created by distilling orange peels, and smells like oranges (of course!)   Sweet Orange Essential Oil is a great for healing scalps with bacterial infections and fungal infections, delays aging of the skin, improves skin texture and tone, heals acne, great for breaking up waxy sebum on the scalp, and balances an oily scalp.   Do not apply to skin before going out into the sun for long periods of time as Sweet Orange Essential Oil is phototoxic (“renders the skin more susceptible to damage by light”), so it is best used at night time.  Sweet Orange Oil is known to help remove toxins from the skin and hair.

Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita)

Helps to stimulate blood flow to the root of the hair. This is very important for hair as it helps the hair to receive proper nourishment. This in turn will lead to hair growth. That tingly feeling when peppermint oil is felt on the scalp is actually the stimulation of  blood flow to hair.

 

Rosemary Oil

Is another oil which doubles as a fragrant oil and an essential oil. The oil is derived from the rosemary plant and is very useful for dandruff problems and flaky itchy scalp. Rosemary oil stimulates the hair follicles; as a result hair, can grow longer and stronger.

Tea Tree Oil

is a great moisturizer for the hair, it helps to keep the scalp free of bacteria and fungal problems. Tea tree oil unblocks the sebaceous glands and encourage the flow of the scalp’s own moisturizing oils while clearing away dead skin cells.  This is why its considered moisturizing. Tea tree oil mixed with other essential oils is especially good as a scalp treatment for relieving dandruff.

Also great as an acne treatment. It’s a powerful ingredient, that has proven to be very effective, reducing skin inflammation and regulating sebum production. The oil, however, may and should be applied directly and undiluted on the acne affected areas. The secret of tea tree oil is its ability to kill the bacteria Propionbacterium acne, inhibiting skin pores and causing acne inflammation and spreading.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an essential oil and helps to improve circulation. Increased circulation in the scalp is beneficial for hair health and growth. Vitamin E, taken internally or applied topically, can make hair lustrous and bouncy, as well as prevent breakage. When added to homemade products, Vitamin E extends their shelf life. This oil  rejuvenates and offers protection for the scalp and skin.

I use the extract which is very thick. I use in my toner, and add to a butter for my face. I don’t add too often to my hair products, as other oils and food that I eat contain already.

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