The truth is, whether it comes to skin care or hair care, oils are having their own benefits. Hair growth oils such as Castor oil or Mineral oil
restore nutrients to your strands and scalp, which increases hair production, strengthens the roots, and eliminates breakage. Rapunzel's secret? Probably a hair growth oil
. Here are our five favorite hair oils
and how to use them to fix your hair problems.
1. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is quite a holy grail of hair oil. It acts like a heat protectant, substantially moisturizes hair strands, prevents damaged hair and breakage, helps to decrease hair loss, as well as aids in hair growth. Because of its moisture retaining properties, coconut oil stays inside the hair instead of evaporating, making it one of the most effective hair treatments there is.
Since coconut oil is loaded with fatty acids, it penetrates the hair more deeply than regular conditioners, which tend to only sit on top of the hair, leading to beautiful soft, silky and shiny hair. For maximum benefits, we recommend using organic coconut oil whenever possible.
How to use coconut oil:
If your scalp usually gets oily, apply coconut oil to your hair from the midsection to ends, excluding the roots. If your scalp is dry, apply on to the scalp as well. Since coconut oil is solid at room temperature, we recommend heating it up slightly so it melts, which will make it much easier to apply. Leave the oil in your hair for 30 minutes to an hour (or even overnight) and rinse with a natural, organic shampoo. Repeat once a week for best results.
2. Castor oil
Castor oil comes from castor beans and is a great oil for hair care because it has vital qualities such as vitamin E, minerals, and proteins. Castor oil also contains antioxidants, which supports the keratin in hair, making it stronger, smoother, and healthier.
100% pure castor oil offers many other great benefits such as controlling hair loss, fighting scalp infections and dandruff (due to its anti-fungal properties), conditioning and moisturizing the hair, as well as preventing split ends. A tiny bit of castor oil can also be applied to your lash line to promote thick, long eyelash growth.
How to use castor oil:
If you’re fond of using castor oil for hair growth, try rubbing just a few drops of the oil into your scalp. You can also massage a few additional drops of castor oil into your hair’s mid-shaft and ends, which may protect against breakage and improve hair texture.
To prevent oil drippings from staining your clothing and other items, consider covering your head with a shower cap until it’s time to wash your hair. Because castor oil is extremely heavy and often difficult to remove from hair, hair treatment recipe typically calls for diluting it with other plant-derived oils. Combining oils can also lessen the scent of castor oil, which many people find unpleasant.
3. Mineral oil
Mineral oil is a colorless and odorless oil made from liquid petroleum. Because mineral oil creates barriers over the cuticles which prevent the moisture from evaporating, it has the ability to hold in the moisture of your hair.
Mineral oil can also be a solution if you have a problem with dandruff, scalp psoriasis and cradle cap. Since mineral oil enhances the clamping of adjacent hair strands, for example African American hair which has less moisture and is more fragile compared to that of other hair types, mineral oil can properly increase the curl formation.
How to use mineral oil:
You apply mineral oil to dry hair (from roots to ends) and scalp – a tablespoon (for shoulder-length hair) or two spoons for very long hair. It shouldn't sit in long to avoid scalp irritation and hair dryness. Ten minutes are enough. Then, you wash the mineral oil off with a shampoo.
You should always make sure that your hair is well hydrated before applying mineral oil because it prevents any moisture from penetrating to the hair strand. You should also be careful not to use mineral oil on hair with a lot conditioner for it might reduce its effectiveness.
4. Jojoba oil
Before anything else, let's establish how to pronounce this: ho-ho-ba! Jojoba oil is extracted from the jojoba plant and has a chemical structure that resembles the oil that is produced naturally by our scalps (sebum). This means that your scalp is more likely to readily accept it without showing any side effects.
Jojoba oil, similar to mineral oil, treats dandruff and dry scalp problems, as well as adds shine and hydrates the hair deep within, moisturizing and treating the hair follicles from the inside-out. It also hydrates the hair deep within, moisturizing and treating the hair follicles from the inside-out.
How to use jojoba oil:
You can use jojoba oil as a leave-in treatment. Apply to the scalp before washing your hair and leave in for 30 minutes or even overnight. For a nice scent, you can add a drop of your favorite essential oil (like lavender or eucalyptus).
Alternatively, you can add a few drops of jojoba oil to your conditioner or simply apply a little bit to your ends after washing.
5. Olive oil
We hear about this one all the time, not only when cooking, but also when it comes to natural beauty products. Olive oil is high in fatty acids and oleic acid, which are emollients, softening and smoothing hair strands by creating a film and coating hair shafts.
Olive oil is also high in vitamin E, which fights off free-radical damage from sunlight and pollution. This hair oil acts as a natural heat protectant, as well as conceals the damaged hair strands, giving a sleeker look and leaving you with the hair of your dream.
How to use olive oil:
Once a week, apply 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil to dry or damp hair, distributing it evenly and thoroughly. Wrap in a towel or shower cap and leave it for about half an hour. Rinse with cold water and feel free to skip the conditioner.
We are all different, and what works for one person may not necessarily work for another. Always listen to your hair and know what is best for your hair. Be sure to try a hair oil out and if you feel it's not working for you, don't be afraid to move on to something else.