There are so many natural oils to choose from, castor oil, olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, just to name a few. They all have beneficial products but one maybe better for your individual head of hair.
Natural oils have a multitude of wonderful benefits and are a great addition to any hair regimen. When it comes to deciding which one to add to your routine, here are a questions you should ask yourself …
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What does your hair need?
Is your hair naturally dry? (You may what to check out 10 Ways To More Moisturized Hair.) Are you experiencing excessive breakage? I have to make sure that the oils that I use will easily absorb into my hair. This helps to prevent moisture loss. That means staying away from oils that coat and sit on top of my hair. These oils only leave me with greasy hair. Oils that easily penetrate the hair are coconut, olive, and avocado oil. I use a combination of all three after each wash for the LOC Method.
Coconut oil is one of the best oils to help prevent breakage. Here are 5 More Ways Coconut Oil Helps To Prevent Breakage.
What does your scalp need?
When it comes to flaky scalp, it’s easy to assume that the heaviest, thickest oil is the best remedy. But that’s not always true. Dry scalp or dandruff is an indication that your scalp is unbalanced. This could easily mean you need moisturizing oils or that you need an topical treatment. Natural oils can serve both of these purposes. Coconut oil is great for treating dry scalp because of its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and moisturizing properties. But sometimes an essential oil such as rosemary or peppermint oil will get the job done, too.
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What’s your hair type?
Fine hair types will respond better to lighter oils like avocado oil. They nourish finer hair without weighing it down. But once again, you must take your hair needs into consideration. Conversely, thicker hair will appreciate a more dense oil like coconut or grapeseed oil.
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Do you have any food allergies?
Some of the best oils are nut-based. This is a recipe for disaster for those with nut allergies. If you are unsure, test your skin’s reaction before you oil up with any natural oil. Add a small amount on your arm. Look for any swelling, discoloration, or burning/itching sensation. These are top indicators that you may be allergic to that particular oil and you should avoid it.
What’s your budget?
Pure oils vastly vary in price. You can purchase olive oil for about $4 from the grocery store while argan oil is about $15 for 1 ounce at your health food store. I always take price into consideration when choosing an oil. The price will determine how and how much I use. For example, I love avocado oil but it’s about $6 for 4 ounces. That means I will only use a small amount per application or it’s reserved for facial use as a light moisturizer.
What Your Favorite Oil and Why?
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