Archive | January 2017

Are ALL Oils Sealants?

NO! NO! NO!

I know some of you have read that oils do not moisturise; they only seal in the moisture that’s already in your hair. This is partially true – some oils only work as a sealant and therefore, if you were to use them as moisturisers, you will simply be sealing in the dryness, making your hair even drier. However, they are a few “elite” oils that have molecules small enough to be absorbed into the hair’s cuticle.

Moisturising Oils include: 

These oils have the ability to penetrate deep into the hair shaft (cuticle) and moisturise the hair and scalp from within. However, the absorption rate depends on one’s porosity.

  1. Coconut oil – “is bae” *pours coconut oil over 2017* – I find that this oil is great for colour-treated hair, fine strands and highly porous hair. Therefore,  I keep it as a staple product.
  2. Jojoba oil – its properties and consistency is very similar to the sebum secreted on our scalp.
  3. Avocado oil
  4. Olive oil

Sealants:

  • Castor oil  –  Stimulates hair growth when massaged into the scalp.
  • Shea butter 
  • Mango butter
  • Almond oil – stimulates hair growth when massaged into the scalp.
  • Macadamia oil 
  • Vitamin E oil 

Essential Oils:

These are oils that have been extracted from a plant source and they usually have a strong fragrance. Most essential oils have antifungal and antioxidant properties. I notice this when I massage them onto my scalp as it creates a tingling effect. They are also great as hot oil treatments. 

  • Rosemary oil – stimulates hair growth when massaged into the scalp.
  • Tea Tree oil
  • Peppermint oil 
  • Lavender oil 
  • Chamomile oil 

Did you know?!

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What are your best oils for natural hair?