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.
- 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.
- Jojoba oil – its properties and consistency is very similar to the sebum secreted on our scalp.
- Avocado oil
- Olive oil
- 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
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?!
What are your favourite oils for natural hair?