In the land of oils!
Our scalp naturally produces an oil called sebum. I have noticed that the looser the hair texture sometimes the oilier the hair can be. Why is this so? Oil travels down the strand of the hair to naturally moisturize it but for those who have kinkier hair, it makes it difficult for oils to get down the hair strand.
I came across some interesting videos on YouTube University (that is what I like to call it) of women who do water wash only. This encourages the production of sebum and the water assists with distributing the sebum down the strand of the hair.
If you are dealing with dry scalp you can incorporate oils into your hair care regimen.
Let’s talk about some of my favorite oils for healthy scalp and hair growth!
Olive oil is a penetrating oil and can be used to help relieve dandruff. Combine olive oil with lemon juice and it will help loosen the dandruff flakes and the oil itself moisturizes the new layer of skin. It also helps to reduce split ends and tame frizz. I personally apply olive oil to my hands before unraveling twist outs and Bantu knot out hair styles.
Due to its’ thickness, it can be used as a sealant.
Grapeseed oil contains a lot of vitamin E. Use this oil in a hot oil treatment to add shine. The great thing about this oil is that it is non- greasy! I know I am not the only one who is not in favor of having greasy hair.
Coconut oil is a penetrating oil that is accepted easily by the scalp. The next time you are shopping for coconut oil, pay close attention to the labeling. There is refined and unrefined coconut oil. What does this mean? Refined means it has been bleached and deodorized. Unrefined means it is unfiltered without any additives. Unrefined is definitely the route I like to go. You can also apply unrefined vs. refined when it comes to shea butter products.
Coconut oil can assist in fighting off dandruff. It adds shine and helps prevent split ends.
Moisturizing the scalp with sweet almond oil provides hair with strengthening vitamins and magnesium at the root of hair, which can aid against excessive breakage.
Almond oil helps to stimulate the scalp therefor increasing hair growth. I also notice that it adds shine to my locks!
Jojoba oil is considered a Wax Ester. Wax Esters are relatively similar to the oil our skin produces naturally. When applied, it helps to balance the production of oil. It can be used as a strong hair conditioner.
I like to incorporate this oil in my pre pooing process or just use it as often as I need. It is not a thick oil and is accepted by the skin easily. This oil is able to remove hair residue and moisture hair follicles resulting in strong healthy, growing hair.
Using this oil can help your hair cells reproduce at a rapid pace. You can add this oil to your shampoo and conditioner.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Jamaican black castor oil is my absolute favorite oil, hands down! I have been using JBCO since I have been on my natural hair journey. I incorporated it into my regimen to thicken my hair and grow fuller edges.
Jamaican black castor oil increases hair growth, thickens hair, deeply conditions and moisturizes the scalp and eliminates dry hair . It also contains an antifungal so it can be used to relieve dandruff.
There are many brands available so pay close attention to the labeling to see if the oil is pure or mixed (diluted). Rooted Treasure castor oil is one that I personally use and it is undiluted, no salt added and is a product of Jamaica. There isn’t anything added and it is great quality.
It is thick so it does not require much when applied.
These are the oils that are a part of my hair care regimen as well as what I use on my daughters.
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What are some of your favorite oils? What works for you and what doesn’t?