Oiling our hair has become a part of the Black hair care routine almost as much as meditation has become synonymous with yoga. Due to the ingredients found in natural hair products, many of us are oiling our hair without even realizing it. The best natural oils are great for multiple uses and a variety of skin, scalp, and hair remedies. Let’s take a look:
- Tea Tree Oil - This gem is known for addressing skin and scalp issues. It has a soothing, tingly effect that boasts many positive benefits, including improving blood flow and balancing the pH level of the scalp. The smell is also not too overwhelming for people who are experiencing skin flaking and have to oil more often.
- Castor Oil - This well-known oil is often marketed as the cure for dry scalp, however, its lesser known benefits include the ability to provide a healthier scalp environment overall. For many, castor oil has become an age-old family remedy. This oil can stain fabrics, so it’s best to use at night with a silk or satin bonnet and a towel to protect your pillow. Kreyol Essence makes great products using castor oil; the scents are amazing and the products make hair feel softer, yet stronger.
- Peppermint Oil - If you’re looking to increase circulation, this is for you. Known for helping to promote hair growth, this oil should definitely be diluted. It is recommended to use it with a carrier oil, like coconut oil.
- Coconut Oil - The jumpstart to hair growth and one of the most exciting oils to use! The smell brings you back to being on an island. The vitamins and fatty acids in coconut oil help nourish the scalp. You can use this oil as a pre-poo treatment, or mix it into your conditioner or deep conditioner. It’s so versatile that you’re able to use it warm or cool.
- Jojoba Oil - This one contains a ton of rich vitamins and minerals and is the definition of “a few drops can go a long way”. Frizzy hair craves the moisture that this oil provides. The hair growth oil from Glammed Naturally Oil combines virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, sesame seed oil, rosemary oil, and tea tree oil to prevent breakage.
Disclaimer: remember to always consult your doctor or health practitioner before adding a new oil or remedy to your regular care routine.