BABES… IF YOU WANT TO GO FAR IN THIS NATURAL HAIR JOURNEY AND KEEP YOUR HAIR NOURISHED AND HEALTHY …YOU NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH YOUR OILS!
Oils are so So SO important for natural hair growth! Make sure you incorporate Oils into you hair regimen! And this goes for both naturals and ladies with chemically-treated hair! Oils are natural substances that are flooded with vitamins and nourishing minerals that your tresses will love! Vitamin C, B, D, E, omega 3, fats, etc.
Thankfully I realized this quite early on in my Natural Hair Journey. When I first started planning out my hair regimen, I found Oils very confusing, just because they all looked the same and there were so many of them. I wasn’t sure how to even use the oils, whether it was just for the scalp or for the hair, whether mixing oils was bad or whether it was more beneficial. But im gonna break it down for you, so read on!
There are 2 main broad categories of Oils that can be applied to hair. There are carrier Oils and there are Essential Oils. Carrier Oils are plant based oils that can be applied to the hair and scalp freely and can help “carry” other substances, such as Essential Oils to the scalp and hair.
Essential Oils are Oils that are in very high concentrations and are very potent, meaning you only need to apply very very little when using them. To use essential Oils, it is best to add a few drops and mix it in with the carrier oil that you are using. So basically, carrier oils are needed to help dilute essential oils!
Carrier Oils include:
Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Castor Oil and Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Argan Oil.
Lavender Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Chamomile Oil, Peppermint Oil, Rosemary Oil, etc
How to use these Oils:
You can use as many carrier or essential Oils as you please, but just ensure that you only use a few drops of essential oils and mix it with carrier Oils. E.g For a hot oil treatment you can warm up a mixture of coconut and Olive Oil with 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. You can even add drops of Essential or Carrier Oils into your conditioners and your shampoos. Oils are also fantastic sealants, using the L(liquid).O(oil).C(conditioner) method for moisturizing your hair, you can see that oils are great in sealing moisture from water and water-based products. Finally, you can use Carrier Oils for Oil Rinsing, to find out more on what Oil rinsing is about and its benefits click here.
Oils I use in my regimen:
My favourite mix of Oils is Jojoba Oil + Extra Virgin Olive Oil + Castor Oil + Tea Tree Essential Oil.
I particularly love Castor Oil / Jamaican Black Castor Oil because when I see my edges thinning or my hair thinning, using castor oil helps thicken up my hair again and restore my edges. It is an amazing sealant to seal in moisture from water based products. Tea Tree essential Oil is great for my scalp and to prevent itchiness. Jojoba Oil is very similar to the natural hair sebum that our scalp naturally produces, so our hair loves jojoba oil. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a great sealant and leaves my hair feeling soft.
Make sure to find a way of using at least one carrier and one essential oil in your regimen.