Natural Beauty 3 Healthy Hair Oils

Published on February 15th, 2012 | by Liz Thompson

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3 Surprising Oils That Will Transform Your Hair

3 Healthy Hair Oils

There are so many treatments that offer benefits to your hair, and it seems there’s always something new in the world of natural hair care. We’re used to seeing recommendations for coconut oil or olive oil, but there are other natural oils with excellent benefits to hair.

Related: Beauty Secrets from India: Oiling Your Hair

3 Healthy Hair Oils

1. Avocado

Possibly the best oil for lending bounce, shine, and volume to hair. Avocado oil is rich in vitamins A, D and E to support hair strength and growth. This oil is also high in essential unsaturated fatty acids which softens and adds luster. To get in on the goodness of avocado, try applying the oil to hair once or twice monthly as a treatment. Simply massage into scalp and work through ends of hair. Don a towel for 15-20 minutes and allow oil to soak into hair and scalp. Shampoo and condition as usual. Hair is soft, springy, and voluminous. If you’d rather use an avocado oil containing product, opt for Yarok Feed Your Youth Anti-Aging Hair & Scalp Treatment.

2. Apricot

Apricot kernel oil is lightly moisturizing and a natural anti-inflammatory, perfect for those with dry or sensitive scalp. This oil is also rich in omega-6 fatty acids, plus vitamin A and E, which soothe the skin. For dry scalp, massage apricot kernel oil into scalp before shampooing. A dab of the oil applied to ends of hair helps to stave off split ends. Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner contains apricot kernel oil –plus olive, jojoba, and evening primrose oils- to prevent breakage and damage.

3. Argan

If you are looking to add shine and manageability, and reduce frizz, argan oil is your new BFF. Argan oil can work wonders on coarse hair as a leave-in. May be applied to wet or dry hair before styling. Simply apply a few drops into ends of hair. Avoid hairline and scalp, to steer clear of the greasy look, if using argan oil as a leave-in. Those with fine hair may find this oil a bit too heavy, but makes a great moisturizing treatment when massaged into scalp prior to shampooing. Try Kahina 100% Organic Argan Oil.

 

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  • How about flaxseed oil? It is rich in essential fatty acids that really help nourish the hair and scalp.

    Sarah

    • Hi Sarah

      I haven’t researched into flaxseed oil for the hair but I’m sure it is great too. I’ve not seen it mentioned often.

      Aside from the oils in this article, other fantastic hair oils include: coconut, olive, Argan, almond, castor, grapeseed, avocado and jojoba oil – plus I’m sure there are lots I’ve missed out.

      Essential oils such as rosemary, tea tree and lavender have also been found to have beneficial qualities.

      Daisy

  • Audra

    Where would you find natural and authentic emu, snake and mustard seed oil? Would it be at a local health food store or do we order online? I think I would like to try these products. Are they expensive? How much do you use and for how long before you see results?
    Sorry for all the questions, but I’m fascinated by this stuff and would love to learn more.
    Thanks!
    Audra

  • Rabbiya

    Has anyone ever tried snake oil? i wanna know about it i got a bottle of snake oil from somewhere and it claims to do wonders for hair but i’m not too sure if i should trust it, i have a massive hairfall problem and thinning hair, please do reply 🙂

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