Oils for Natural Hair

One of the plights of curly hair is dryness.  The sebum from your scalp has a difficult time making it down the shaft of the hair which results in dryness.  Oils do not moisturize the hair.  However they do help retain moisture within the shaft by creating a barrier.  There are a lot of natural oils on the market that are great for sealing the hair and scalp:

Natural Oils

  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Rice Bran Oil
  • Argan (Moroccan) Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Castor Oil

You can find most oils in your local grocery store.  Some oils you will find in the health and beauty section, others will be in the baking aisle.  My motto is: If it is good enough to eat, then it’s good enough to put on your hair.  Other oils can be found at a health food store like Whole Foods or online.

So which oils should you use? This like the other product questions is simply a matter of what your hair likes. Olive oil is by far the most widely available and inexpensive.  Coconut and Castor oils are both fairly viscous and easy to find.  Safflower, Sesame and Sunflower oils are all light oils are are priced fairly reasonably.  Grapeseed oil is great for heat protection and Rice Bran oil works as a natural sunscreen for hair.  Hemp, Avocado, and Almond oils are said to have additional nutrients to aid in hair growth.  Argan and Jojoba oils are the more “exotic” oils, more pricey than the others but worth it as they are marketed as being closest to natural sebum.

I have used almost all of the oils listed above.  My current favorites are Jojoba, Almond and Safflower oil.  I also use Castor oil but not for daily use as it is too heavy for my hair but it is great for smoothing.

Here is my current hair oil blend which is a modification of the Lika Flower Hair Oil Recipe from Thank God I’m Natural blog.

  • 4 ounces Almond oil
  • 2 ounces Safflower oil
  • 2 ounces Jojoba oil

I mix all the ingredients together in a color applicator bottle with a narrow tip and use on my dry scalp as well as rubbing a little on my hands to seal my hair after moisturizing.


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