Sunday, September 4, 2011

Truth About Oil!

Are you looking for a list of the best natural hair oils for black hair care? Finding the right oils for your hair care regimen all depends on your hair goals.

There are many natural oils with a wide variety of benefits and nutrients that can be used for black hair care. Commonly used for their fragrance, healing properties, and cosmetic benefits, natural oils can be found in many lotions, soaps, creams, moisturizers, perfumes, and other beauty products.

Extracted from plants, flowers, nuts, seeds, bushes, and fruits, natural hair oils are comprised of many unique and beneficial properties that can:

- Add shine to hair - Supply the scalp with nourishing nutrients - Promote hair growth - Prevent hair loss - Keep dandruff at bay

Natural hair oils for black hair care can best be used for:

- Sealing in moisture - Scalp massages - Protecting the ends of hair - Hot Oil Treatments - Hair Growth

When selecting the right natural oils there are two different types to consider, essential oils and carrier oils. Essential oils (EO) are extracted from plants, flowers, and bushes and distilled for their aromatic properties. Typically, these oils are used for aromatherapy and massage purposes. Carrier oils (CO) are used to dilute essential oils and other hair oils onto the skin. They are used to "carry" essential oils onto the skin. Many CO’s are used for cooking, baking, and massage purposes.

List of some essential and carrier oils:

Essential oils: - Eucalyptus Oil - Grapefruit Oil - Juniper Oil - Lemon Oil - Oregano Oil - Sandalwood Oil - Tangerine Oil - Frankincense Oil - Lavender Oil - Lemon Oil - Myrrh Oil - Rose Oil - Spearmint Oil - Tea Tree Oil - Ylang Ylang Oil - Peppermint Oil - Mandarin Oil - Rosemary Oil - Sweet Orange Oil - Vanilla Oil - Jasmine Oil

Carrier oils:

- Almond Oil - Apricot Kernel Oil - Avocado Oil - Burdock Oil - Camellia Oil - Castor Oil - Cocoa Oil - Evening Primrose Oil - Grape seed Oil - Jojoba Oil - Kukui Nut Oil - Macadamia Nut Oil - Meadowfoam Oil - Olive Oil - Peanut Oil - Rose Hip Oil - Safflower Oil - Sesame Oil - Shea Oil - Sunflower Oil

Essential Oils for Hair Care

Cedarwood - has good astringent properties which work well on oily skin. It is used as a fragrance and it also known to promote hair growth.

Chamomile - helps to protect dry skin and is good for all skin types.

Eucalyptus - mainly used for fragrance in cosmetics but also good for oily skin.

Jasmine - used as a fragrance in hair products, cosmetics, and perfumes.

Lavendar - used mainly to scent products. Has been known to promote hair growth.

Lemongrass - a good fragrance for products.

Patchouli - can be used as a fragrance. Also good for oily hair and skin.

Peppermint - helps to increase circulation and stimulates the scalps production of natural oils.

Rosemary - helps to stimulate scalp and prevent hair loss.

Sandalwood - can be used as a fragrance but is also good for dry skin.

Ylang Ylang - has been known to stimulate hair growth. Good for oily skin. Can also be used as a fragrance.

Base Oils for Hair Care

Apricot Kernel - a great softening oil which is especially beneficial for sensitive skin.

Almond (Sweet) - used on hair for softness and has good lubricating & conditioning properties.

Avocado - great for dry and mature skin.

Canola - helps to soften hair and add sheen.

Castor - a good hair protectant.

Coconut - an excellent moisturizing & protective oil which helps hair retain moisture.

Evening Primrose - an excellent oil for dry hair.

Grapeseed - a good antioxidant which helps to protect sensitive skin.

Hemp Seed - has good regenerative properties and absorbs well.

Jojoba - helps hair retain moisture, protects, & softens. It is the oil most similar to our scalps natural oils.

Macadamia Nut - helps dry hair to retain moisture.

Neem - works well on dry hair, but has a very strong odor. Also has antibacterial properties as well.

Olive - an excellent all purpose oil which is a good conditioner for hair.

Safflower - has excellent moisturizing properties.

Sunflower - great for dry and damaged hair. Also works well as a conditioner.

Wheat Germ - used to condition hair. Great for dry skin and hair.

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