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Why Black Hair Needs Hair Oil and 7 of the Best Ones to Use (with Product Examples!)
by Jacqueline Samaroo
Oils are an important factor when it comes to taking care of Black hair. That’s because black hair, by its very nature, is prone to becoming dry, frizzy, and brittle. These, in turn, make it prone to breakage.
Black hair is often referred to as textured hair because of its curls, coils and kinks. And, we all know that there is nothing more beautiful than healthy textured hair with those curls, coils, and kinks in all their bouncy glory!
But, it is those same curls, coils, and kinks that make it difficult for the scalp’s natural oils (sebum) to travel along the hair shaft to lubricate, nourish, and moisturize the hair. The strands then become dry, frizzy, brittle, and prone to breakage, as well as lose their healthy glow and their lovely bounce. THIS is where hair oils (thankfully!) come into the picture.
They coat each strand, hydrating and nourishing it, in addition to sealing in the moisture. This is why the best natural hair care products feature a range of beneficial oils that help textured hair grow healthy and strong.
Here are seven of the best oils to use with Black hair.
Avocado oil is rich in amino acids, folic acid, iron, and protein, in addition to vitamins B and E. It has high-quality monounsaturated fats that coat strands. It also penetrates deep into each strand to nourish and moisturize it. Your curly hair is left frizz-free with a healthy shine.
NaturAll Club Hydrating Oil Blend with Avocado and Kiwi combines the goodness of avocado for Black hair with the natural hair growth power of kiwi.
This rich source of omega 3 fatty acids is also packed with antioxidant vitamin E. Its oleic and linoleic acids, are well known for their ability to moisturize natural hair. It is easy for curly hair to absorb this lightweight oil which won’t weigh down the bounce in your lovely curls.
SheaMoisture 100% Pure Argan Oil is a head-to-toe formula that’s great for your hair and can be used on your face and body, too.
The fatty acids in coconut oil help it penetrate deep into hair strands. It also has vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates in abundance to nourish hair. Coconut oil is a good remedy for dry, dull, and damaged hair. It has been touted for centuries as one of the best oils for Black hair growth.
Perfectly Pure Extra Virgin Pure Coconut Oil is raw, organic, vegan, and 100% natural. Plus, it’s actually good enough to eat!
Jojoba oil might seem like a new kid on the block that everyone’s crazy about but it deserves all the attention it gets. Jojoba oil is very much like sebum. This accounts for how well it penetrates hair shaft and is absorbed by the scalp.
Cantu Shea Butter Tea Tree & Jojoba Hair & Scalp Oil is an oil blend that conditions the scalp while encouraging healthy hair growth.
Olive oil is a nourishing, protective, and moisturizing oil for Black hair. It is a lightweight oil, rich in fatty acids and vitamins. Olive oil coats hair strands and protects the keratin is side them while sealing in moisture. Many natural hair products include it for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
Allpa Botanicals Olive Hair Oil is a good choice for treating the frizziness that curly hair usually experiences.
Sweet Almond Oil
This fast-absorbing oil seals in moisture, softens hair, and increases hair elasticity. It is lightweight and will not make curly hair look limp and lifeless. Sweet almond oil contains vitamins A, B, and E, along with essential fatty acids and protein.
NOW Solutions Sweet Almond Oil helps to nourish and revive both hair and skin. It is 100% pure expeller-pressed sweet almond oil.
Tea Tree Oil
This antibacterial and antifungal oil is good at preventing dryness, as well as unclogging pores and follicles. Its potency means it should be mixed with a carrier oil before use. Common carrier oils used with tea tree oil are coconut, jojoba, and olive oils.
Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment is a mix of tea tree oil, charcoal, witch hazel, and biotin. It can be applied directly to your scalp without irritation.
What oils do you use in your hair routine?