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The art of the oils

When I started my Natural hair journey back in 2012 the only oils I knew of for hair period was Olive oil and Carrot oil. Nearly six years later I have mastered the “ art of the oils” . When you decide to go natural you’re clueless and It's no amount of blogs you can read or youtube videos you can watch that can honestly let you know what your hair needs, likes and don’t like and this blog entry will be no different but I assure you that you will learn the basics to the oil game and hopefully it will make applying oils to your regimen much easier. When picking out oils that you want to try it's important that you know properties and benefits of it so that you can add it into you regimen properly. I’m six years natural and I’m just now completely understanding oils and how to make them work for me. For a long time I was using coconut oil because it was so highly praised and I blamed other products for my hair dryness and I never used essential oils. It wasn't until I started to pay attention to my hair's porosity ( entry coming soon) Now I use oils in every step of my wash day.


The Basics

The way I understand oils is in groups by categories that express their characteristics.

1.Essential oils

2. Carrier oils

3. Moisturizing oils

4. Sealing oils


 

Essential oils are naturally obtained by distillation, the oil usually has the fragrance of the plant or other source from which it was extracted. There are many essential oils some used for hair health and some used for other health and beauty purposes. The most common Essential oils in the natural hair community are Lavender, tea tree, peppermint and rosemary. All of these oils are great for hair growth and of course they smell amazing! But the list goes long and far when it comes to essential oils, lucky they are expensive as hell so It keeps me from going crazy with buying them. Essential oils can be very strong so a little goes a long way. A few drops of any of these oils can enhance a shampoo or condition for maximum benefits. I suggest that when using essentials always mix it with a carrier oil or product especially tea tree and peppermint oils, these two are really stimulating. I like to add lavender and peppermint to my shampoos and rosemary and Ylang Ylang to my Deep conditioner but my favorite thing to add essential oils to is Almond, and Avocado oil. These are both really good carrier oils.

Carrier oils are vegetable oils abstracted from the fatty portion of a plant, usually from the seeds, kernels or the nuts. The most common carrier oils in the natural hair community are Coconut, almond and olive oil. My hair hates coconut oil as a carrier oil and olive oil is super heavy on my hair so my list goes grapeseed, almond and avocado oil. While carrier oils are the best for helping incorporate essential oils in to your hair care regimens they also have amazing benefits. Carrier oils are not exclusive to this category. Oils like coconut oil and Avocado oil are moisturizing oils too. According to my research its not alot of oils that have the molecular structure that can penetrate the hair shaft so most oils sits on the hair more like a protectant or sealant.


Moisturizing oils

  1. Advocado oil

  2. Coconut oil

  3. Olive oil

For every head of hair this can vary so I recommend trying different oils and seeing what works best for your hair. My hair can tolerate these oils mixed with things that are rinsed off like conditioners and hair treatments. So natural can use coconut oil as a styling product to promote moisture for me issa NO.


Sealing oils

  1. Grapeseed oil

  2. Jamaican black castor oil ( castor oil)

  3. Jojoba oil

  4. Almond oil

Sealing oils are my favorite kind of oils. I use them in my hair and on my skin. Right now I’m loving grapeseed oil, I’m currently using it as a face oil, a heat protectant and a moisture sealant in my L.C.O method. Sealants can also be a carrier oil. They vary in thickness so its one out there for everyone.


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