7 Popular Butters for Soft, Healthy Natural Hair

Some of the most common natural butters that people adore include shea, coconut, and more recently, hemp. They benefit our hair and skin in the most appreciated ways and since they come from fruit, beans, seeds, and leaves. They are universal in their abilities to better the health of our tresses and they also have their own unique properties that give them varied assets. One of those properties is their fatty acids. 

Jamaican Black Castor Oil - Uses for Natural Hair

by Shelli of Hairscapades 

A lot of you have questions about Jamaican Black Castor Oil, and how you can use it for your scalp, edges, and ends. Shelli from Hairscapades gives us the scoop on her experience with JBCO and perfectly describes how and why she came to love it. Read on, and post your questions in the comments!! 

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How to Get Stronger Natural Hair

Many curlies may find themselves on the unfortunate side of damaged hair either from chemicals (e.g. color), heat styling, manipulation, or a variation of the three. It is common and may even be expected from time to time as we get bored, lazy, or overzealous during our hair journey. What is the harm if you repair and maybe even repent? Well, knowing how to properly repair is central to healthy hair.

We hear about the benefits of protein for hair as it temporarily repairs the damage inflicted to the hair’s cuticle, but is it the only protector for our strands? It would seem so since poor ceramides rarely get much love. There are more assets to strengthen or reinforce our hair’s backbone than just proteins, and while some feel proteins are everything, there are others that see ceramides as just as vital, if not more so.

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Red Palm Oil for Healthy Natural Hair

Palm oils give us an abundance of edible oils that are common to some and unfamiliar to others. There is more to palm oil than many are aware of and there is more than just one oil from the amazing African oil palm tree. The two most popular are the red palm oil and palm kernel oil. First off, they are not one in the same. They come from the same tree but where and how they are extracted differ greatly.

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Illipe Butter to Restore Natural Hair Elasticity

What is Illipe Butter?
Illipe butter is the fat from the nuts of the Shorea stenoptera, which is a wild crop in the Borneo jungle of Southeast Asia. It flowers from October through January and the nuts are collected once they fall to the ground.

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Hemp Seed Oil for Stronger Hair

Hemp seed oil is being touted as the newest healthy oil because its balanced concentrations of omega fatty acids make it nature’s perfect food. Natural News says this amazing oil is consumed worldwide because it was one of the first cultivated and consumed crops. Despite its perception by most, hemp does not contain THC or the principal psychoactive constituent of the cannabis plant.

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How Fish Oil Promotes Hair Growth

First off, what is fish oil? This is not a silly question! Drugs.com says, “Fish oil capsules contain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are found in oils from certain types of fish, vegetables, and other plant sources. These fatty acids are not made by the body and must be consumed in the diet.” Fish oil comes from the tissues of fatty fish like herring, mackerel, swordfish, salmon, anchovies, and trout.

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Oil Rinsing for Beginners

Oil rinsing is a technique used to lock moisture in ones hair while in the process of washing and conditioning. It is very similar to the LOC method, except it is only done in the shower. It is usually done with one of three oils—olive, coconut or avocado—because they penetrate the hair shaft.

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Safflower Oil: The Hair Growth Oil

Safflower oil comes from the annual safflower plant or Carthamus tinctorius, which is related to the sunflower. Buzzle.com says this plant that is native to Iran, northwestern India, North America, and the Far East develops petals in a yellow/orange color that eventually drop and reveal the seeds. According to Safflowerseedsoil.org, the seeds are pressed into oil and used in commercial production of products as diverse as lotions to linoleum file tile. Highly versatile and beneficial, safflower oil is rich in vitamin E and only one cup of this oil has 74.3 milligrams of vitamin E which is essential to your diet. Oilypedia says there are two types of safflower oil: one that is high in oleic acid and the other is high in linoleic acid.
Benefits for Hair
This oil has been used for many ailments including baldness and hair loss. This amazing oil has high amounts of oleic acid, so it is light and has the ability to penetrate the skin easily. Buzzle says, “When applied to the scalp, it acts as a vasodilator, which can dilate the blood vessels, resulting in more nutrients supply to the hair follicles through blood circulation, and a healthy environment for hair regrowth.”

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Crisco for Smooth, Shiny Natural Hair?!


Curlies are known for using weird things in our tresses. We are not shy about adding what most would cook or blend as a meal and put onto our hair, because we know the benefits they offer us that our straighter-haired friends would not be caught dead using. It is perfectly okay to skip the tasty guacamole for a deep conditioning masque or bypass sautéing a dish with that olive oil to seal our ends. To know us is to understand this side of us, so as I peak your interest with Crisco, do not frown up it! You know I am going somewhere good with this.
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5 Ingredients to Increase Moisture Retention this Fall

by Toia B of Luvtobnatural.com

We’ve been talking much about how protective styles in conjunction with moisturizing and sealing can be most beneficial for your hair this fall. To keep the theme going, I thought I’d run down a few of the oils and butters I like to use to keep my hair in the best shape possible as the temps continue to drop.

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Tucuma Butter for Hair Elasticity, Slip and Shine

Tucuma butter is a valuable extraction from the seeds of a tree found in the rain forests of Colombia and Brazil. The Astrocaryum tucuma palm tree produces edible fruit, precious leaves, and is cultivated for its wood. The seeds are cold pressed into a rich butter and the results are very similar in composition to murumuru butter, which is in the same family, also derived from Brazil. Murumuru butter, like tucuma, has earned the reputation of providing healing and repairing of the hair and skin.

Unique features
This exotic emollient is heavily sought out by cosmetic companies for its benefits for not only the hair, but also the scalp and skin. Jacob C. Smith notes that its high content of polyphenols fight free radicals to help retain elasticity. Its fatty acid content increases moisture levels and softness and adds shine to the strands. High amounts of vitamin A also contribute to a healthy, supple, oil-producing scalp for hair growth and length retention. Tucuma butter is an excellent choice for damaged hair in need of restructuring and stabilizing. Let’s see how it performs in some of our favorite hair products.

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Using Essential Oils in Your Natural Hair Care Regimen

by Toia B of LuvToBNatural

You’ve probably heard about how great essential oils are to use in your hair care regimen, like the fact that they help to stimulate blood flow in the scalp and therefore, hair growth. But, do you know how to use them?

Well, basically, before using them on your skin (which, of course, includes the scalp), they must be diluted in a carrier oil. These are the oils you may already use like Olive, Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Grapeseed and so on. While carrier oils are made from the fatty parts of fruit or plants and have a fairly mild scent, essential oils are more concentrated, extracted from the blossoms or leaves of plants and are normally quite aromatic. In fact, you probably use some of these for aromatherapy and massages for their soothing effect.

Lupita Nyong'o Uses This Miracle Oil Every Day...

I just love learning about oils that I am not familiar with but have been around forever. Another old but new oil is kukui oil and it has received some recent fame when Lupita Nyong'o shared her beauty secret with Glamour Magazine earlier this year. When she shared that she uses natural Hawaiian kukui oil and avocado oil on her face that nugget of information began creating a buzz in the beauty world.

Red Palm Oil for Natural Hair Growth

by Sabrina Perkins

Red palm oil is taken from the fruit of the oil palm tree and comes from the same part of the palm tree as regular palm oil, but it is less processed and retains its red color. According to the Livestrong, red palm oil has been consumed for over 5,000 years and holds numerous health benefits for our body and hair. It is an edible vegetable oil that is extracted from the fruit of the oil palm or Elaeis guineensis. It gets its red color from the carotenes like alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and lycopene, which are the same nutrients that give tomatoes and carrots their rich colors.

The Curly Hair Oil Roundup- Oil and Natural Hair

When it comes to maintaining your curly hair, you may be seeing lots of products bombarding the market touting all sorts of ingredients. Especially when it comes to the sheer number of natural hair oils, it can be confusing to know which one may work best for your hair. Although you can learn by trial and error, it’s always a good idea to do a little research before trying new ingredients.

To give you a brief introduction on hair oils, there are a couple main types of oils you’ll come across: carrier oils (vegetable/nut/seed derived oil, usually odorless, can be used alone or used to transport or “carry” the scent and properties of an essential oil) and essential oils (highly concentrated scent, contain specific therapeutic benefits, normally extracted from plant sources and diluted with carrier oils).
Examples of essential oils widely used in the natural hair community are rosemary, tea tree, lemon, eucalyptus, lavender and sandalwood. Of course there are many others, but these are found in many natural hair products for their healing and restorative properties.

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Essential Oils For Natural Hair

Nature has given us all sorts of healing solutions since the beginning of time. With so many great solutions available, it’s no wonder we experiment with different oils to see what works for our skin, nails, and definitely our beautiful curls. Essential oils are usually from plants and have benefits that can improve our overall health, as well as help with common hair and beauty concerns. Below is a guide of top 20 oils that can be used in our beauty regimens and overall lifestyle routines. These essential oils for natural hair and health benefits could be the perfect solution to your woes!

*Note that many essential oils cannot be applied directly to the skin without being diluted.  As a general rule, essential oils should be diluted in a carrier oil (vegetable or nut oil, like cold pressed coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil).*

1. Tea Tree Oil

One of the most popular essential oils for natural hair, tea tree oil is a cleansing and purifying oil that comes from tea tree leaves. By diluting tea tree oil with a carrier oil and massaging into the scalp, you can stimulate hair growth. Tea tree oil can also be used for spot treatments for acne breakouts. It’s a healthier option than using acne skin products containing alcohol and other drying agents.

2. Peppermint Oil

The refreshing peppermint oil comes from the peppermint plant. The scent of peppermint oil can aid in alertness and help retain focus. Aching from a hard workout? Rubbing a few drops of peppermint oil on aching muscles can help relieve soreness. Peppermint is also great for dealing with scalp issues since it has antibacterial properties.

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Usage, Storage and Shelf Life of Carrier Oils for Natural Hair

Believe it or not, many carrier oils, which are often used directly on hair or in products, expire. Changes can be observed in the texture, color, and scent of these oils as the fats breakdown. Once the odor becomes unpleasant, it’s time to dispose of it. Typically, there is a best used by date or expiration on the packaging. The way you store oils can contribute to improved shelf life. Some oils are best refrigerated which can sometimes almost double the already pre-determined shelf-life. Your best bet would be to make sure your oils are stored in air-tight containers, in a cool, dry, dark place. Here is a list of commonly found oils in skin and hair products:


Almond Oil (unrefined)
Shelf Life of 1 year
Botanical Name: Prunus dulcis
Origin: USA
Extraction Method: Cold Pressed / Unrefined
Color: Light gold to clear
Obtained From: The kernel
Contains: Glucosides, minerals, vitamins, oleic acid and sterolins
Uses: Can reduce shedding and help with dandruff

Argan Oil
Shelf Life of 2 years
Botanical Name: Argania spinosa
Origin: Morocco
Extraction Method: Cold Pressed / Unrefined
Color: Light/medium golden brown
Obtained From: The nuts
Contains: Considered a very rich and nutritious oil high in Vitamin E and antioxidants. Contains sterols with anti-inflammatory properties.
Uses: Good source of vitamin E, adding shine and luster

Avocado Oil (unrefined)
Shelf Life of 1 year
Botanical Name: Persea gratissima
Origin: France
Extraction Method: Cold Pressed / Unrefined
Color: Rich, dark, thick green
Obtained From: Fruit
Contains: High in Vitamin E, lecithin and phytosterols
Uses: Known for it’s healing, anti-bacterial and anti-wrinkle properties

How Much Coconut Oil Does Hair Absorb? #QuestionsThatNeedAnswers

via TheBeautyBrains

Here’s more good news for lovers of natural hair care products.

Coconut oil penetrates hair

I'm sure you already know about how coconut oil is one of the few natural oils that has been proven to penetrate deep inside the hair where it can strengthen from within. The problem has been there has been no way to quantify how much oil actually gets inside the hair. A 2012 research paper documents a new method involving radioactively labeled coconut oil that can now measure how much oil actually gets inside hair.

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A Simple Lavender Spritz for Soft, Moisturized Natural Hair

It's early in the morning. The alarm goes off and you need to get out the door, FAST. You just noticed your hair isn't bouncy and pretty like you'd want it to be. Of course, there’s always the coveted "bed-head" look. Maybe not so coveted for work, though.

Any of these scenarios are common for you curly girls? There’s a quick, soothing fix...lavender mist. Not only is a lavender mist easy to make, it’s beautiful fragrance and carries medicinal properties can do wonders for your mind and your hair!

Lavender promotes a hair growth; it's amazing for your scalp. Its anti-inflammatory properties ease dandruff issues, too. Lavender has been known to bring about a more tranquil state of mind and lessen anxiety. A good scalp massage with a few drops of this oil can do wonders for a stressful day.
Ok, so what if you don’t wake up with bouncy, happy curls? No fear! Your mister bottle and clips should be near!

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