6 Beneficial Oils for Natural Hair + Purposes

Hey guys! ❤ Naturacurls here with a list of great oils for natural hair, PLUS the purpose and benefits of it for hair. Note that this doesn’t go in any order.

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1. Jojoba Oil: Jojoba oil is unique because it closely resembles our own scalp’s natural sebum, which is awesome for scalp massages. It also works really well as a sealant after washing your hair or moisturizing to seal in the moisture. It strengthens hair follicles, and doesn’t interfere with your natural oils since it’s so close to it (psst water-only washing; learn more here). It’s also rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and E. Finally, it promotes hair growth and is hypoallergenic. Now let’s just give jojoba oil a round of applause for all its great benefits! ❤

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2. Castor Oil: Castor oil is a very thick oil that is commonly used on the ends to prevent split ends and on the scalp to improve circulation thus helping to grow hair. It also works really well as a sealant to keep all the moisture in your hair, and since it’s thick I’d recommend using it for high porosity hair since it tends to lose moisture quickly. It adds shine to your hair, reduces frizz, and helps reduce premature greying. It’s great to combine this with other oils for many benefits and to dilute it a bit. This oil gets an A+! 😉

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3. Avocado Oil: Avocado Oil is the opposite of Castor Oil in thickness. It’s a light oil that can be easily absorbed into the scalp, and is a great base for essential oils since it’s so light. So if it’s being absorbed what is being put on your scalp? Monounsaturated fatty acids, Vitamin E, and phytosterols, which together helps to nourish and protect your hair, stimulate growth, and unclog blocked follicles even! It revives hair that has been damaged in some sort (styling, relaxing, etc.) and is great for anyone prone to split ends and frizzy hair. Lastly, avocado oil helps to retain moisture, of course not applied alone, but to retain the water. DIY oil mixture for a relaxing hot oil treatment? Oh yeah.

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4. Coconut Oil: No list of oils is dare completed without the famous Coconut Oil, one of the most if not most popular and used oil for natural hair! Coconut Oil is one of the few oils that can penetrate deep into the hair strands making it an extra boost plus a light sealant when you moisturize with water. It’s rich in Vitamin E and helps reduce frizz, and prevents damage from hygral fatigue. A bit off topic but let me stop here and tell you what hygral fatigue is and a myth that really need to be busted:

Hygral fatigue is when you over-moisturize your hair. When you add water to your hair, the cuticles slightly lift up and the hair swells. Nothing bad, but if your cuticles keep going up and down and up and down from adding water too much everything gets messed up and your cuticles become damaged, plus when you stetch out shrunken hair it won’t shrink back up, and becomes weak, breaks easily, mushy and “soft” (not the good kind of soft). How much water you can put on your hair before it becomes damaged depends on the person’s hair, but I found out a lot of people still barely use water on their hair except wash days which is on average 5-14 days for most people. When I mist my hair 2 times a day people complain that I’ll get hygral fatigue. This not true. There’s a difference between lightly misting which might not even make the tiniest difference in cuticle raising, and constantly drenching your hair stretching cuticle to the maximum. Just had to say that. Plus, if you put water frequently into your hair like me (following Naptural85’s frequent washing theory watch video here) be sure to incorporate a polar oil (oils that protect from hygral fatigue eg: coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, and avocado oil) to your regime. Everyone’s hair is different, so just in case.

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5. Olive Oil: Olive oil is an oil with a pretty middle-ground consistency, not light but not heavy either, and is another penetrative oil. It’s a great and loyal sealant to have to ensure moisture is kept into your hair, and helps with dandruff, itchy and dry scalps, and overall scalp health. It prevents hair loss and stimulates hair growth when massaged onto your scalp. So you have a great healthy scalp and an aid in hair growth! ❤

6. Canola Oil: The last and most uncommon oil on this list is canola oil/rapeseed oil! Didn’t see that coming, did you? 😉 Canola oil is a very inexpensive oil that you probably already have, that is a perfect carrier oil (oils to dilute essential oils) and hot oil treatment. Since it’s widely used in cooking a loottt are refined, so this was my emergency oil when there was no olive oil available. It’s nothing special, seals in moisture, lightweight. It does have nutrients such as vitamin E and omega 3 and 6, but you’d have to get a higher quality version (which I don’t have) to reap the benefits. It still gets a round of applause anyways! xD

So this wraps it all up. I might do a Part 2 of this, and maybe an essential oil version if you’d wish, but eh. I’ll think about it. Hope the info was helpful, and if there are any articles in general you would like me to do feel free to comment below 🙂 I certainly learned a lot of things from the many sources (The sources below aren’t even all of it) and now have a bit of a new love for researching.

~Naturacurls

SOURCES: http://blackhair.about.com/od/products/tp/10-Great-Oils-for-Black-Hair.htmhttp://blackgirllonghair.com/2011/11/8-herbs-oils-that-promote-hair-growth/http://www.naturalhairrules.com/10-oils-natural-hair/https://www.nenonatural.com/hair-blog/8-benefits-of-castor-oil-for-natural-hair-a-warninghttps://www.nenonatural.com/hair-blog/the-benefits-of-avocado-oil-on-natural-hairhttp://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/2012/08/does-your-hair-have-hygral-fatigue.html

What Has Been Making Your Natural Hair Journey EXPENSIVE? Part 1: Hair Products

Hello to all, Naturacurls here with a burning desire to answer this question:

“Why is natural hair so expensive??”

maxresdefaultSource:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JmVV6ZWaRc |This is a great video in which Naptural85 one of my favorite natural hair Youtubers explains on how natural hair doesn’t have to be expensive. Don’t worry the link goes to another tab/window. ^-^

And this statement:

“Caring for natural hair is too expensive… smh”

I do agree that providing the needs for natural hair can be expensive at some point, or all together, as with all things. In total everyone spends a lot on haircare needs, it’s no different to buying skincare products and make-up. You can make it as expensive or as cheap as you want to. Now that that’s out of the way, here are different routes to go from the cheapest regimen to most expensive (not unnecessarily expensive though) regimen. All are awesome and will benefit your hair, plus keep that money where it belongs; your wallet.

1. Most inexpensive option: Water-only Washing, or if you’re interested in natural hair abbreviations, “W.O.W”. Because it saves a ton of money! ^.^

Woman-washing-her-hair-0101Source:http://www.blackhairinformation.com/hair-care-2/shower-head-slowing-journey-healthy-natural-hair/

Some of you might know what W.O.W. is, some might not. But fear not I’ll explain! \(^-^)/ “W.O.W” is pretty self-explanatory, only washing with water, right? There’s much more to that. You start off with clarified and/or detoxed hair to remove everything, then as frequently as possible wash your hair with only water. Your hair will be dry at first because it’s not covered in your own sebum or butters and oils to moisturize, so the water won’t be sealed and will just wisp away.. 😦 But it will eventually bring the sebum down to the shaft of your hair, finally to the ends! ^.^ A lot of you may have thought that you have to wait and not wash often so the sebum can come down, but that’s a myth that has been busted  (By me of course.. ^.<) The reason sebum won’t fully coat our hair is because 1. We don’t wash often and 2. We use products that disturb the process. We also tend to have less sebum in general. The water, having it’s chance to shine will help spread the sebum to the shaft of your hair.

CONCLUSION: The sebum basically eliminates the need of sealing oils and butters, and water will be all you need to moisturize, PLUS hearing other people’s experience you retain much more length than you would with products.. sweet! That eliminates a majority of oils and creams. I personally don’t know a lot about W.O.W. myself nor do I plan to try it, but if you’re interested then feel free to research further and prepare to be relieved because you’ll be saving tons of money. 😉 Also please do share your progress, I’d love to learn about W.O.W. myself. 🙂

2. Middle-ground: Making your own hair products (Which is what I’m trying to do currently! 😀 I was actually inspired by Naptural85 who mostly makes her own hair products.)

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So this route has 2 roads you can go through, Road 1: Buying all ingredients needed at once or in bulk, which would be expensive at first you can imagine but pretty inexpensive in the long run, or Road 2: buying a few or one at a time. I’m going through Road 2! If you loovvee DIY (I’m beginning to.. lol a DIY newbie here!) this is perfect! And don’t worry, making products are easy. You just mix ingredients together! So no worries, it’s all good. I currently only have coconut oil as a new added feature (yes I JUST decided to buy coconut oil, I know), extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), and.. water? Other than that I have conditioner, barely-finished shampoo once I started co-washing pretty recently (YES.. pretty recently! xD), and aloe vera gel as just a gel, but it isn’t 100% aloe vera so afterwards it’s getting replaced with flaxseed gel) and I have had no problems so far. Really the only thing you’d need pre-made is a conditioner (cheap conditioner preferably to save the most money. Don’t underestimate one, most of the time they work just as well if not better than fancy ol’ conditioner. ^^)

3. Most expensive but easiest: What I like to call the “Mainstream Route” because most naturals fall into this category, Buying products!

hair-products2Source:http://enjoyingthejourneys.com/2010/11/24/natural-hairhair-productsjunkie-confession/

Let me start off with this: Here are a list of items which are all you really need.. of course you can buy extra if you’re willing to spend a bit of more money.

1. A Moisturizing (sulfate-free) shampoo and/or clarifying agent and moisturizing conditioner

2. A Leave-In Conditioner / Daily Moisturizer (Remember: It ISN’T a moisturizer if it doesn’t contain water high in the ingredients list (usually first or second)

3. Deep Conditioner

4. Sealant (A sealant is what seals in the moisture, AKA water the purest form of moisture. It includes oils and butters)

The most Most products you can buy are 6, and I’m guessing some of you want a gel as well for styling, which might make it 7 if you buy one but here’s what I suggest: Making your own clarifying agent (It’s like a “deep shampoo”. Moisturizing shampoos are just for casual cleansing as conditioners are casual, well, conditioners, if that makes sense.) and gel. Flaxseeds are super inexpensive and can be reused as well, and you only really need apple cider vinegar (ACV) and water to clarify (there are more ways) so I don’t find the point in buying a clarifying shampoo or gel. But if you still want to go through, feel free to. 🙂

Also, to make sure that you don’t have to go through hundreds of trial and error, learn NOT about your hair type (which is very overrated in my opinion) but about porosity, density, and strand thickness. Whether you hair is low, medium, or high porosity, high medium or low density, and if your strands are fine, medium or coarse. Those are what really helps you in making sure products work for your hair.. there’s no such thing as “What product works for my hair type?” Hair texture does have its place but in terms of finding products then not much.”

FINAL THOUGHTS: I believe the reason providing for your natural hair can be expensive for a lot of people is either because they’re falling into the hype of companies and unnecessary “needs”, or getting the exact same items as your favorite vlogger/blogger and being disappointed, very common reasons being that she’s your “hair crush” or having the same hair type as you, in which like I said before hair typing and hair texture does have its place, but not with products. Also not taking the time to actually learn about your hair, and EXPERIMENTING, RESEARCHING about qualities of your porosity, density, and strand thickness, and realizing this isn’t the end-all-be-all of being natural. Store-bought hair products may be the mainstream around our community but there are amazing and dreadfully underrated options out there, even more than what I provided!

For DIY hair products, buying 100% real ingredients gives best results, and if you decide to try the first 2 and make better choices with the third route, please feel free to share your progress and comment down any questions, comments, or concerns. I’d love to hear from all of you! ^_^

TYSM for reading and part 2: Hair tools is coming up next so stay tuned!

                              ~Naturacurls♥