Oils can be categorized into two (2) Carrier and Essential Oils. Carrier oils are seed, vegetable, nut derived which can be used alone or used to carry the essential oils into the body. Examples are olive, castor, grape seed, almond, jojoba among others. Essential oils on the other hand are plant based and have highly concentrated scents and contain therapeutic properties which are found in a lot of massage products. Some examples of essential oils are eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, tea tree and lemon. Oiling your scalp is as important as washing or moisturizing the hair. Before you purchase any oil, make sure the label says COLD PRESSED or EXPELLER PRESSED; that is a more natural way of extracting oil from seeds.
I use a different number of oils (as pictured above) for my oil mix. The mix is cost effective because it lasts longer; I still have enough in each bottle to make three (3) more batches. It also guarantees that I have all the necessary ingredients for scalp treatment and essentially hair growth. The following is a list of my favorite oils along with their benefits:
Castor Oil - This is a multi-purpose oil, it’s useful for hair, skin, nails etc. (you can find it in many cosmetic products). Since we are on hair today we will stick with just hair, there will be a post on oil facial cleansing soon (sounds weird right?! stay tuned) and of course castor oil is included in that batch. Castor oil is loaded with essential nutrients. Hence, it can put an end to hair breakage, hair thinning and split ends which are common hair issues faced by many. Castor oil is able to penetrate deep into your scalp to smooth out rough hair and reverse the signs of hair damage. In addition, it gives thickness to your hair. Therefore, those with hair thinning issues should use this oil. The shelf life of this oil is indefinite. (You can reserve some of it for your grandchildren. LOL)
Grape seed Oil - This is another light and non-greasy oil which works for hair and skin. It’s a natural heat protectant (whoop for my blow-drying lovers). It helps combat dandruff and scalp dryness while strengthening the strands of the hair. The shelf life of grape seed oil is about a year so if you are like me and tend to buy it in bulk you are good to go for some time.
Olive Oil – Has long been a staple in many homes, this testifies to the potency of this oil. It’s a great hair conditioner and moisturizer as it’s able to penetrate the hair shaft better than others. It also improves the strength and elasticity of the hair averting breakage.
Jojoba Oil- Closely similar to the sebum which is your hair’s natural oil, jojoba oil is a great staple in your routine. This hair oil can be used to balance oil production at the scalp, preventing oily hair. Jojoba is also non-greasy and gives your hair a healthy shine. It’s scarce at this time so the price level has rocketed over the years
Sweet Almond Oil - Another light one in the book, it controls and minimizes hair shedding/loss. Makes the hair soft aiding in manageability especially for thick hair. If your hair lacks the luster and shine, this is the oil for you.
I’m yet to try avocado oil but from the raving reviews it’s a staple for many. I’ll give it a try soon.
A few FAQs:
Mix the carrier oils according to the needs of your hair. If you choose to include essential oils, just a drop or two goes a long way. It can be used for weekly hot oil treatment. Furthermore, It can be used to seal the moisture into your hair. I recommend oiling your scalp at least three (3) times a week.
My Mother big chopped last year ; about three weeks ago she started experiencing shedding so I made a mix of olive, sweet almond and castor oil for her scalp along with a spray bottle of water to moisturize her hair with regularly. After about a week, she reported that the shedding had reduced!
Love your scalp and your scalp will love you!