Natural Hair Oils
How to Use Oils for Your Natural Hair
Today I wanted to share with you five ways that I use carrier and essentials oils in my natural hair care regimen.
These methods are beneficial for both chemically-treated and natural hair textures. The fun part is that oils can be blended and customized to suit your hair type or personal preference.
The oils mentioned in this post are composed of various vitamins, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties. When shopping for carrier and essential oils, always purchase top-grade organic from trusted resources. Not every oil is manufactured with the same level of care.
1. NATURAL HAIR OIL SOLUTION FOR DRY HAIR | DEEP CONDITIONING
Dry brittle hair leads to hair breakage and split ends. Deep conditioning the hair adds needed moisture to dry hair. Most moisturizing deep conditioners are sufficient for relieving dry hair, but for maximum hydration, I add 3 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil to a deep conditioning product.
After shampooing, I apply a generous amount of the deep conditioner/oil mix and leave it on for 30 to 45 minutes. If you deep condition using a heat source like a hair dryer or heat conditioning cap, you can cut this time in half.
The next step is to rinse the conditioner and natural oils from your hair and proceed to style as usual. The results are soft, conditioned, moisturized hair.
For an intense moisture treatment, I apply olive oil or coconut oil to my hair the night before shampooing. I make sure my hair is wrapped well before going to bed. The following day I shampoo my hair.
Deep conditioning on a regular schedule will give you consistent results. I deep condition with natural oils at least once per week or as often as I wash my hair.
2. NATURAL HAIR OIL SOLUTION FOR STIMULATING HAIR GROWTH | SCALP MASSAGE
If one of your hair goals is to grow your hair long, scalp massages might be for you.
Massaging the scalp stimulates blood flow which enhances hair growth. Massaging with oils that promote hair growth further encourages a faster growth rate.
Some claim that some oils like castor oil can actually regrow and thicken the hair. The following essential and carrier oils have aided in my hair growth…
ALMOND OIL, COCONUT OIL, CASTOR OIL, PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL, TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL, LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
Since essential oils like tea tree and lavender are potent, it’s best to add only a few drops to a carrier oil before applying to scalp. My rule of thumb is 10 drops of essential oil for every ounce of carrier oil.
So if I am making a castor oil and tea tree blend for my scalp massages, I will add 2 ounces of oil to an applicator bottle and 20 drops of tea tree essential oil. I give it a good shake and apply to my scalp.
I distribute my natural hair oil onto my fingertips, place my fingertips on my scalp and proceed to gently massage. Do not use your fingernails when massaging your scalp. Scratching your scalp too harshly can cause scrapes and you do not want the damage where your hair grows.
You can opt to massage your scalp and proceed to style as desired, or give your self a nice oil massage before washing the hair. This depends on your hair texture and frequency of doing scalp massages. You do not want oils to build up on your scalp.
3. NATURAL HAIR OIL SOLUTION TO PREVENT SPLIT ENDS | SEALING ENDS
We experience split ends and breakage because of dry, weak hair. Since the ends are the oldest part of the hair strand, they need extra care.
Carrier oils are wonderful for protecting ends from getting dry and brittle. After you have washed your hair or applied a moisturizing product, applying a bit of a natural oil afterward “seals” in moisture.
Using oil as a sealant prevents dryness and fortifies the ends of your hair. It acts as a barrier that keeps moisture from leaving your hair.
I start by applying a moisture product to my hair because oils are not moisturizers. There is nothing that moisturizes hair better than water. My common practice is to apply oil to the ends of my hair after washing. My hair is wet and oils help to lock in moisture as my hair dries.
A second option (on dry hair) is to use a moisturizer. Simply apply a hair moisturizer to your ends and follow up with an oil of your choice. Depending on hair thickness, apply a dime to nickel size amount of oil to the ends of your hair.
I favor lighter oils for sealing my ends. Coconut, jojoba, almond, or sunflower are good choices. If your hair can stand a heavier, castor oil is a good option.
Make your choice of oil and technique based on your hair texture and preference.
4. NATURAL HAIR OIL SOLUTION FOR DAMAGED HAIR | HOT OIL TREATMENTS
Hot oil treatments are constant staples in my regimen. Weekly I deep condition with a blend of oils and my favorite conditioner products. However, every few months or so I like to switch things up a bit with a hot oil treatment.
Coconut oil is my favorite for restoring my hair when it is damaged. Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft and prevents protein loss.
A proper protein and moisture balance is critical for strong healthy hair.
Heat a few ounces of coconut oil or natural oil of your choice. This is also a great time to experiment with a blend of oils if you have them around the house.
I pour my oil into a plastic applicator bottle and set it in a cup of hot water for about five minutes. Always test the oil on your hand to make sure it is not too hot for your scalp.
Heating the oils help open up the follicle and the oil is absorbed more easily. This allows the oils to better fortify the hair leaving it smooth and strong.
My favorite oils for repairing damaged hair are coconut oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, and hemp seed oil… and yes I often blend two or more of these oils to achieve amazing hot oil treatment results. Yet, using a single oil will work great as well. No need to break the bank if purchasing a wide variety of natural oils is not an option for you.
5. NATURAL HAIR OIL SOLUTION FOR DRY SCALP | ESSENTIAL OILS
For many years I used over the counter medicated shampoos to relieve my dry scalp. Some worked (at times), but most of them did not. Before investing in prescription hair treatments, I wanted to see if essential oils would help.
There are several essential oils known for healing dry scalp. I have not tried them all but here is a rundown of essentials oils that I have used for a few years now.
Tea tree, lavender, and rosemary have been my miracle balms for dry, itchy scalp.
There are a variety of methods for applying essential oils to treat dry flaking scalp. You can add a few drops to your shampoo, conditioner or to that amazing hot oil treatment we just mentioned.
Good quality essential oils are more expensive per ounce, compared to a carrier oil. But since essentials oils are more concentrated in their potency, a little goes a long way. Essential oils are potent in small dosages, making them cost-effective in the long run.
You always want to add essential oil to a carrier. Applying essential oils directly on the skin may irritate the skin.
When using a new oil of any kind, always do a patch test to test for allergic reactions.
It has been many years now since I have used a shampoo formulated for dry and itchy scalp. My secret sauce is a proprietary blend of herbal infused oils. Coconut oil, lavender essential oil and rosemary herbs are the key ingredients!
Do you have a favorite natural oil blend for natural hair care? I would love to try it for myself! Leave a comment below!