Most folks on a healthy hair journey have one or two oils in their arsenal and I am no exception. Here are my favorite oils.
My love for castor oil runs deep. It was one of the first oils I tried when I decided to take better care of my hair. Using this oil with scalp massages brought my edges back from the brink. I’ve also done the Hairlista castor oil challenge. Castor oil has anti-fungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties which can be used to improve scalp health. It is also thought to thicken the hair and stimulate hair growth. Castor oil is a humectant as well. I use two types of castor oil: the clear one and lavender Jamaican Black Castor oil (JBCO). I use the clear one when I want to ‘doctor up’ my deep conditioners. When I started my hair journey, I used this type of castor oil on my scalp as well. Now, I use JBCO on my scalp. I don’t like using JBCO in my conditioners because the scent can get a bit strong. Castor oil is very thick so I don’t use it to seal my hair. My strands are pretty fine and they get weighed down when I use heavy oils.
This is another oil that I’ve used since the early days of my journey. Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft and helps prevent protein loss and hygral fatigue. I use the Parachute brand of coconut oil but you can find it in your local market and other vendors. You can also make it yourself, if you’re about that DIY life. I use it in my oil mix to seal my hair and for pre-poo/hot oil treatments. Sometimes I add it to my conditioners. I use it in my shea butter mix for my skin. It can really be used for anything.
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Hemp seed oil
Hemp seed oil is another part of my oil mix. It is packed with ceramides, which help hold the cuticle layer of your hair together. I’ve been using hemp seed oil for over a year and I think my hair feels smoother. I get my hemp seed oil from Natural Nigerian.
The last member of my oil mix is olive oil. I try to get the extra virgin variety. There are plenty of adulterated versions out there. Olive oil is lightweight and can penetrate the hair shaft. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and contains vitamin E. I usually get my olive oil from a supermarket. I got this one from GAME in Lekki.
I was never really into essential oils when I started my hair journey. I would normally add them to my shea butter mix to help preserve it. Sometime last year, I was noticing some flakes near the front of my scalp. I wanted to use some essential oils to help the situation so I got eucalyptus, tea tree, and peppermint essential oils. It also helps that these essential oils are part of the Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner. 🙂 Tea tree oil has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Peppermint oil has a stimulating and astringent effect. Eucalyptus oil also has anti-fungal and stimulating properties. I mix these oils with my JBCO and apply it to my scalp. I use this mix 2 – 3 times a week. I got these essential oils from Natural Nigerian.
There we have it… my favorite oils. It may seem like plenty of oils but each one has a purpose.