Oils are just so amazing for your hair. They provide great benefits to your curls, and also provide nutrients that penetrate the hair for growth and thickness. There are many different oils that provide unique benefits to the hair and skin. One of the best ways to stimulate hair growth is through the application of natural oils along with scalp massaging.
I will list my top 5 favorite oils, their benefits, and how you can use them in your regimen to promote thicker, healthier hair. I would suggest that you get these oils in their purest forms to get all their nutrients.
- Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has many benefits which include but are not limited to hair care, skin care, and improving digestion. It is a lightweight oil that does not leave the hair oily and weighed down. It is anti-fungal and helps to clear dandruff associated with sensitive/dry skin and fungus. Coconut oil aids in healthy hair growth and it gives your hair shine. It contains proteins which reduces protein loss, and it contributes to the strengthening of the hair.
It protects against hygral fatigue (damage that occurs to the hair from repeated expansion caused by wetting and drying the hair). It is an exceptional conditioner that penetrates the hair to provide softness and treatment for dry, over processed, and damaged hair.
Even though coconut oil has excellent benefits to the hair, it does not work well for all hair types. As with any product, you have to do trial and error to determine if that product works well for your hair. It is the same with coconut oil. A lot of women have stated that it does not work well on their hair, so you need to experiment to figure that out.
How you can apply it to your regimen.
- You can use coconut oil as a hot oil/pre-poo treatment(pre-shampoo treatment for moisture).
Put your hair in 4 or more sections. Apply the oil to each section (making sure each section is generously coated), and cover your hair with a plastic cap/bag. You can add heat to help the oil penetrate the hair more by tying your hair down with a scarf or using a steamer/microwavable cap. You can leave this on for 20-30 minutes or overnight.
This provides the hair with moisture and reduces the stripping effect of your shampoo.
- Treating Dandruff.
Most dandruff is caused by dry, irritated skin which is caused by a yeast-like fungus called Malassezia. Malassezia feeds on the oils secreted by your hair follicles and then leaves your scalp dry and irritated. Coconut oil removes this fungus due to its anti-fungal nature.
Warm some coconut oil and apply it to your scalp. I would recommend oiling your scalp 3-4 times per week if you’re trying to get rid of dandruff.
- Use it to treat dry, damaged hair (for growth).
As stated earlier, coconut oil is an excellent conditioner and growth stimulator. It is one of the few oils that penetrate the hair. It adds protein to the hair to fill in the damage caused by daily manipulation and treatments. Since it has protein I would not recommend using it on a daily basis if you do frequent protein treatments (every 2-3 weeks). This can cause protein overload which will lead to breakage.
Apply oil to scalp and hair 2-3 times per week for growth and conditioning if you do not use a protein treatment often (4-6 weeks). However if you do protein treatments more frequently I would suggest using the oil 1-2 times per week.
Apply a few drops of coconut oil to your scalp and massage it in for about 5-10 minutes. This will clear the scalp of any dandruff and promote a healthy scalp.
2. Castor Oil.
Castor oil is considered one of the most effective oils for hair loss and thinning, and it is used in hair and skin treatments. It is a very thick, odorless oil,and it’s a great conditioner. It is a humectant (attract moisture from the air) which gives it great moisturizing abilities. It has anti-bacterial and anti fungal properties which helps to fight fungus and soothe the scalp. The ricinoliec acid in castor oil protects the scalp from bacteria and infections that causes hair loss.
Castor oil does not penetrate the hair strands, so I would recommend using it as a sealant and not a direct moisturizer. It coats the hair well to hold moisture in the strands and to protect the hair from friction from daily styling. It nourishes the hair and scalp with its omega-9 fatty acids to stimulate hair growth and thicken up the hair.
How you can apply it to your regimen for growth and thickness.
- Hot oil treatment
Put your hair in 4 or more sections to make sure your strands are equally coated. Apply the castor oil to your hair and scalp using an applicator bottle. Cover your hair with a plastic cap/bag, and leave the treatment in for 20-30 minutes or overnight. You can help the oil penetrate the hair even more by using a steamer or microwavable cap.
- Thickener and hair growth treatment
Castor oil makes the hair thicker by nourishing the scalp to promote hair growth and it also reduces hair loss.
Add some castor oil to an applicator bottle. Warm the oil by placing the bottle in warm water then apply to the affected area. Leave oil in until wash day. You can do this 2-3 times per week. Castor oil is very thick, so I would suggest checking your hair and scalp every day to see if you have build-up. If you do, you should go ahead and cleanse your hair and reapply your oil.
- Dandruff treatment
Castor oil is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and will help to soothe irritation on the scalp and get rid of dandruff.
Simply apply warm castor oil to your scalp and leave it on overnight. You can also choose to leave it in however long you desire.
3. Olive Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains antioxidants that makes the hair very soft and manageable. It hampers DTH hormone production that is responsible for shrinkage of hair follicles. It penetrates the hair to condition and nourish while fighting bacteria and fungus on the scalp. Olive oil has many nutrients including mono-unsaturated fatty acids that help to reduce hair thinning and hair loss by strengthening the hair shaft.
How to use Olive oil for hair growth
Warm the oil and apply it to your scalp. Massage it into your scalp for 3-5 minutes to spread the oil and nourish the hair. Apply a plastic cap or bag and leave it in overnight. Rinse and proceed to styling. Repeat 2-3 times per week or you can choose your frequency.
Hot oil treatment.
Extra virgin Olive Oil provides many great benefits to the hair including conditioning, strengthening and getting rid of dandruff on the scalp
Warm oil and apply to hair and scalp. Massage the oil into your scalp for 3-5 minutes and cover with a plastic cap/bag. Leave in for 20-30 minutes or overnight. This treatment will leave your hair very soft and shiny and prevent your shampoo from stripping your natural oils.
You can also add olive oil to your deep conditioner for added moisture and nutrients.
4. Argan Oil
Argan oil is a plant oil derived from the kernels of the argan tree that’s endemic to Morocco. Argan oil is a light oil that absorbs quickly and does not leave an oily residue. It can be used as a moisturizing treatment, as a skin toner, and used to treat acne and razor bumps. It has a myriad of benefits in skin and hair care. Argan oil is commonly used for skin care because of its high vitamin E and fatty acid content. This oil has been proven to make hair smoother, silkier, and shinier, and it also is great for taming frizz.
- Treats Acne
Acne is the product of having oily skin. Argan oil is perfect for treating acne because it is non-greasy and it balances the skin by providing natural moisture.
Apply a few drops of organ oil to the affected area after cleansing and patting the face dry. Repeat treatment daily.
- Conditions the hair/ Hot Oil Treatment
- De-frizz the hair
This lightweight oil does wonders for keeping frizz at bay. Apply a few drops of oil to your hair after cleansing to close your cuticles which will prevent frizz.
5. Avocado Oil
Avocado oil has the highest concentration of monounsaturated fats, potassium, and vitamins A,E, and D. Mono-unsaturated fats are great for the hair, and body and they nourish the scalp to produce long healthy hair. Avocado oil is rich anti-oxidants which has been shown to reduce heart disease over time.
Some benefits of avocado oil are:
Mono-unsaturated oils readily penetrate the strands to provide moisture and shine to the hair. It also helps your moisturizer penetrate your hair even more, so you can add a few drops to your daily moisturizer to add more nutrients and shine to your hair.
- To add slip to your conditioner.
Avocado oil is a natural lubricant that you can add to your deep conditioner or regular condition to amp up the slip.
- Hot Oil Treatment
Section your hair and apply oil generously to each section. Cover with a plastic cap/bag, and leave it in for 20-30 minutes or overnight. Rinse and proceed to cleansing.
There are a lot more oils on the market that provide wonderful benefits to the hair, but the ones I talked about are my favorite oils. What are your favorite oils? Please share your thoughts and ideas with us. Please share, like and subscribe using the links below.