By Dr. Phoenyx Austin

Phoenyx’s Natural Hair Haiku #102

I see you staring.

You’re thinking “it looks so soft.”

Yeah, you can touch it.

Hola chicas! Phoenxy here and I was feeling a lil’ inspired this morning, so I decided to write a natural hair haiku. Hope you liked it!

Now this haiku was actually inspired by a lovely oil that another naturalista put me onto this past week. It’s camellia oil. I’m usually up on my oils, but I actually hadn’t heard of this one. So I decided to do a bit of research. And after reading many positive reviews, I decided to purchase some and try it out. But before I get to the results, here’s some info on camellia oil in case you aren’t up on it:

Camellia oil, or tea seed oil, is an edible, pale amber-green oil with a sweet, herbal aroma. It is cold-pressed mainly from the seeds of the Camellia flower. It is a great source of unsaturated fats (similar to olive oil and grape seed oil), is rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and is used in many beauty products. When used on hair, it helps to condition the hair shaft, stimulate scalp circulation, and promote healthy hair growth by preventing breakage and split ends. Many women swear by its moisturizing effect on their skin and hair. And after reading many positive reviews, I decided to give it a whirl.

I wasn’t able to find any in my local Wholefoods store, so I decided to purchase it online. There were many brands to choose from. And I ultimately settled on Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Hair Care Oil ($15.29 on I found the most positive feedback on this brand of camellia oil- which is 100 % pure and manufactured in Japan. But if you want to experiment with another popular, yet pricey brand, there’s Elemis Japanese Camellia Oil ($41.00 on But unlike the Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Hair Care Oil, this brand is not 100 percent camellia oil. It also contains almond oil and vitamin E.

How I used the oil:

I co-washed my hair and then placed 4 drops of camellia oil directly on my scalp- one drop on my right temple, the other drop on my left temple, and 2 separates drops near the back of my scalp. I then massaged the oil into my scalp for a couple minutes using my fingertips. I also worked come of the excess oil down my hair, and I added a few more drops of oil to the ends of my hair. I let my hair air dry. Afterwards, my hair smelt sweet, felt very soft, and had a nice shine. I was very pleased with the results and also added a few drops to my daily spray moisturizer.

I also read that camellia oil makes a fabulous hot oil treatment- so I plan on using a few drops in my deep conditioning treatment next week. If the results are this great so far, I can’t wait to see how my hair feels next week!

Have you ever used camellia oil on your hair (or skin)? Where did you purchase it- online or in store? How did it work for your hair? Please share your feedback!

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