There are so many good oils for hair on the market that sometimes one gets overwhelmed with the many options to choose from. Keeping and growing a healthy hair is a big deal much so is knowing which oil to invest in and why.
I would like to explain the two main types of oils significantly used in hair care. These oils are 1) Essential Oils and 2) Carrier Oils or base oils.
Essential Oils are natural oils that are typically distilled either by steam or water from the stems, leaves, flowers, roots or bark of a plant. It is also called “essential oil” because it contains the essence of the plant and the fragrance of the plant from which it was derived.
Essential Oils are widely used in cosmetology and beauty as it used to cure certain skin disease and also used to enhance the skin. These oils also have the potency of treating hair and scalp related diseases such as dandruff, psoriasis, dry or itchy scalp. They also have the ability to stimulate hair growth. Some of the popular essential oils used in homemade hair care include tea tree oil for dandruff, lavender for dry scalp, Rosemary oil for growing hair and peppermint oil for stimulating hair growth. Because these oils are highly concentrated, just few drops can go a long way. Below are some popular Essential oils for Hair.
Tea Tree Oil: Extracted from the Melaleuca Alternifolia leaves a native of the northeast coast of New Wales in Australia, Tea tree oil is mostly used to treat many hair and beauty problems like many essential oils. Its formula naturally curbs itchy scalp and solves scalp problems such as dandruff, psoriasis and baldness. It reduces hair loss and promotes hair growth.
Lavender Oil: This oil is extracted from the flowers of the lavender plant. Lavender oil is not only popular for its sweet scent; it is a great product for all hair type. In fact, it is widely known to treat Alopecia Areata, a condition where one loses excessive hair in patches. It is undoubtedly an oil significant in the regrowth of hair. It is also helps to treat dandruff, itchy scalp and of course, reduces hair breakage.
Peppermint Oil: This oil helps to stimulate hair growth by stimulating blood flow into the root of the hair and allowing the hair to receive proper nourishment. When applied and massaged unto the scalp, a tingly sensation is felt on the scalp. This tingly feeling is what stimulates the blood flow to hair.
Rosemary Oil: Derived from the rosemary plant, it is very efficient and effective in growing a healthy and strong hair. It is also useful for solving dandruff and flaky scalp problems.
Carrier Oils are also known as base or natural oils. They are extracted from the seeds or nuts of plants and they are called carrier oils because the carry essential oils to the skin. Carrier or base oils are very important in hair care because they great for nourishing and strengthening the hair.
Some Popular Carrier Oils
Olive Oil: Rich in vitamins A, E and antioxidants, olive oil promote healthy shiny hair. penetrate the hair shaft, protects the keratin in hair and seals in moisture. When lemon is added to olive oil and applied to the scalp, problems such as dandruff and flaky dry scalp can be prevented. It also smooths down hair cuticle and reduces hair loss.
Coconut Oil: This oil also nourishes the scalp and hair follicles which allows healthy and strong hair growth. Rich in saturated fats such as vitamin E and K and other minerals, coconut Oil is considered one of the best natural oils for the nourishment of any type of hair. Its light weight property makes it easy for the oil to penetrate deep into the hair shaft and helps to repair damaged hair whiles still softening and conditioning the hair.
Jojoba Oil: Also known as the king of the carrier oils jojoba oils. It is the only oil whose molecular structure. is similar to that of the natural sebum our scalp produces. Because of this, the oil does not temper or alter with the natural ph. of the natural sebum. Jojoba oil also helps to loosen and dissolves any build ups that may clog up the hair follicles and prevent good growth. Its antibiotic properties help to cure scalp diseases and its protein properties helps to penetrate the hair shaft and strengthen the hair follicles from the inside.
Avocado Oil: Avocado oil is one of the most if not the most nutritious oil. Full of fatty acids, amino acids, folic acids, Vitamins A, B, D, E, proteins, iron and magnesium. It is in fact, a powerhouse and very nutritious to the hair. Its light weight formula allows for deep hair shaft and follicle penetration as the formula easily seeps through the scalp and hair. It not only also helps to repair damaged dry and brittle hair, it helps to replenish and strengthen the hair.
Castor Oil: This is a very thick oil which also helps to thicken hair. Castor Oil is very rich in ricin oleic acid which can be used to treat fungal infections, Vitamin E, minerals, Omega 9 and fatty acids. The antioxidants in castor oil helps to make her stronger, smoother and helps to reduce frizz.
There are many other oils but one does not need all the oils as some can be substituted for another. A proper application of these carrier oils mixed with few drops of essential oils will contribute to a healthy hair growth.
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