5 Natural Oil Treatments to Moisturize Hair
Using different natural oil treatments are my personal favorite way to keep my hair moisturized and smooth, especially during these harsh winter months. It’s so important to maintain a good level of moisture in the hair to promote healthy hair growth and keep frizz at bay.
Before I switched to natural hair products, my hair resembled that of a scarecrow – straw-like, tons of split ends and lackluster color. I used to follow the advice of my hairdresser and drown my hair in silicon-based products before heat styling. But, silicone serums are just a temporary fix to the frizz problem – they simply add a greasy film to the hair, leading to product build up. Some types can be damaging for your hair long-term, so it’s best to avoid them and stick to natural oils that actually nourish your strands. Since I started experimenting with oil treatments, my hair feels softer, has much less breakage and has a faster growth rate. For each hair mask, I use a few tablespoons of oil to coat my hair and scalp, braid my hair and leave in for at least 4-6 hours before washing and conditioning.
Avocado Oil + Sweet Almond Oil
Use these lightweight oils together for a smooth, glossy treatment. Avocado oil penetrates the hair shaft, which leads to longer lasting moisture than chemically made hair products. You can also use a small amount as a leave-in conditioner (avoiding the roots), to smooth your strands. It also acts as a natural sunscreen, with UV absorbing properties. Sweet almond oil is very moisturizing, with vitamin E and omega fatty acids that can help with hair growth when massaged into the scalp.
Coconut oil is great, multi-purpose oil that provides a ton of moisture for your hair. It’s solid at room temperature, but quickly warms up in your hands and is easily applied to both the scalp and hair. Coconut oil penetrates the strands, adding protection and shine. Its molecular structure acts as a shield, preventing moisture from escaping. Since it has antibacterial properties, coconut oil can help keep dandruff at bay. It’s also a great oil to use as a leave-in conditioner for your ends, smoothing any split ends you may have.
Jojoba oil is a classic for keeping natural hair moisturized. Its molecular structure is similar to sebum, which is the oil our scalp produces. This ensures it won’t mess with your scalp’s natural moisture balance. Jojoba oil acts as an emollient, filling it cracks and smoothing bumps along the hair shaft, while penetrating deeply to moisturize from the inside out. It’s great oil to tame frizz.
You’ve probably heard a lot about argan oil in the past couple of years (likely in the form of Moroccan Oil, one of the most popular brands on the market). Unfortunately, this brand, and many others, doesn’t actually give you the full benefit of argan oil, since they have a low purity level. When in its pure state, argan oil has many amazing nutrients for your hair and is a perfect leave in treatment and heat protectant. You only need a few drops to let the vitamin E and omega fatty acids improve the elasticity of your hair.
Grapeseed oil is a great oil treatment because of its linoleic acid content, which is a type of omega 6 fatty acid. When applied to the scalp, it helps prevent against moisture loss. It can also act as a moisture sealant for your hair – apply a few drops to damp hair after washing to lock in moisture.