Donna Kim-Brand

The feast continues! Last post we explored a few of the popular hair oils on the market for restoring damaged hair or scalp and supporting hair growth. Treatments range from intensive and perhaps expensive to relatively inexpensive and maintenance mode by inclusion with other hair products.

I’ll start with some everyday oils you may not have considered for treating your hair, and move onto some more exotic possibilities.

Avocado Oil-

We tend to know that avocados are a Superfood, high in nutritional value. They contain a range of Vitamins: A, D, E & B along with protein. Used as a hair treatment in oil form, you can also gain access to these nutrients to moisturize and massage both your hair and scalp to promote and maintain good healthy head and hair.

Olive Oil-

Jokes aside, Olive Oil is an easy product to access both for cooking and hair treatment whenever your hair needs a good soak and hydration boost. Full of Vitamin E and fatty acids, olive oil is one product you can use directly without needing a specific hair product to gain great results for shiny hair. You can leave in for some minutes prior to washing out, or leave in, hair wrapped in a towel, overnight. Just hold the Italian seasoning.

Canola Oil-

Another household oil harbors high concentrations of unsaturated fats, which help fight frizz and strengthen your locks from splitting and breaking. Who would have thought to use canola oil for hair care? Easy peasy, and cheap to boot.

Castor Oil-

Let’s not even go where thinking of castor oil makes us go… with its usual use to lubricate your intestines to get your insides flowing as a laxative, to start labor in pregnant women or even as a hydraulic fluid to ease friction. Use castor oil on your hair to cultivate flowing locks, restored strands in an environment of scalp stimulation and new hair growth. And it’s cheap.

Shea Butter-

While not oil, per se, many people use shea butter for purposes related to skin softening. You can slather it on your hair in its normal thick, viscous form, or heat the shea oil up and use it as a hot oil treatment to soften and strengthen your tresses. Pretty cool!

Almond Oil-

Here’s the oil that will leave you wafting a sweet scent after use: Almond Oil. Natural fats moisturize and hydrate brittle hair, and the distinctive aroma of almond blossoms will linger after your hair treatment. Nice.

Pomegranate Oil-

Introducing another oil rich in anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids, allow me to introduce you to Pomegranate Seed Oil! This oil is found in products that soothe and smooth both your hair and skin, not to mention provide nutrients in liquid drinkable juice form. So you can do a whole body rejuvenation with pomegranate products, and bring on extra hair shine for damaged tresses with the oil version.

Jojoba Oil-

Jojoba was one of the first plant-based oils to hit the market big-time. Being near in structure to the natural oils produced by your own hair, and high in nutrient value, it’s an easy match to revive life to limp strands while hydrating and conditioning your hair. Jojoba is also known to reduce dandruff, so is a multi-purpose hair oil.

Amla Oil-

One of the more exotic hair oils is Amla Oil, from Indian gooseberries, and used across centuries and continents. It contains properties that prevent dandruff even while conditioning hair for luxuriant bounce and shine. But here’s the kicker- apparently when you apply Amla Oil on a regular basis, it restores pigmentation to your hair by way of preventing or covering your encroaching gray hair. No wonder it has attained miracle status!

Once again, the list of hair oils above is far from complete, but allows you to see that you have a wide range of products to choose from for a variety of general or specific results you are looking to achieve. Many are available within products such as shampoos and conditioners and others are found in concentrated form, often in specialty stores. Costs vary widely.

So go ahead, experiment with several of the oils that intrigue you and just notice how your hair looks and feels. Of course, oils being oils, a good wash may be in order after treatment to make sure you retain the benefits of an oil treatment without a limp look when too much oil remains. Choose a gentle shampoo which is less likely to strip the lubrication you just applied. A side benefit might be that your hands, face and scalp will also become silky soft. Oooh la la!

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