I’ve mentioned several times that I use oils, as a part of my hair regime. I love oils, and highly recommend them, if you have dry hair, or scalp issues. I thought it might be helpful if I told you ladies what oils I use, what benefits I notice from them, and how I use them. So here goes…
There are four main oils/oil blends that I use. I use them all for different things, but they’re all great.
Kinky-Curly Perfectly Polished Nourishing Hair Oil $18
Ingredients: Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Crambe Abyssinica (Abyssinian) Seed Oil, Tritcum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil and natural fragrance
Obviously this is an oil blend, and all the different oils in it are what make it really great. It’s one of the few oil blends that I’ve used that I don’t find to be heavy, yet it’s still good as a pre poo. (A pre poo is basically an oil treatment you use before shampooing) I use this all sorts of ways; pre poo, to scrunch out the crunch (SOTC), as a sealant (after leave-in but before stylers), and as an overnight treatment. My hair is really dry, from coloring, and this is great for getting my hair to feel soft and look shiny. After using Perfectly Polished my hair feels great.
Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi All Natural Hair Oil $9.99
Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Coco Nut Oil, Tiare Flower, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract.
Again another oil blend, I tend to like them better than individual oils, you get the benefits of all of the oils without spending the money on buying them each. I bought this one because I wanted to try out Tea Tree oil and Jojoba. I don’t have scalp issues, but I heard that Tea Tree oil is good for hair growth. I really like it; it’s really moisturizing, but still lightweight. I use this as a sealant, and occasionally to SOTC. It does have a slight Tea Tree smell, but it doesn’t linger.
Jane Carter Solution Hair Nourishing Serum $20
Ingredients: Pure essential oils of lemon, ylang ylang, grapefruit, tangerine, rosemary, geranium, vitamins A,D,E
This isn’t like any of the other oils I use, or have ever used. The other oils I use are mostly carrier oils with a few essential oils, this is totally essential oils. I only use this as an overnight treatment; it makes my hair so shiny and soft. It also gives a different sort of shine to it; a lot of oils can end up making your hair look oily if you aren’t careful about how much you use, this really just looks shiny. Another thing that makes Hair Nourishing Serum different from other oils is that it absorbs totally; I use probably a quarter sized amount on my canopy, and another quarter sized amount on the bottom of my hair, and when I’m done applying it I don’t feel it on my hair, and my hands are completely dry, there’s no oil left on them. It’s strange. J
This is the only oil I use that’s not an oil blend, but it’s great. It’s also the cheapest oil I use; I bought a giant tub at Wal-Mart, in the cooking oil aisle, for less than $5. Coconut oil is great for damaged hair; it helps hair hold on to protein and it’s one of the few oils that actually penetrate the hair shaft, instead of sitting on it. I use this for all sorts of stuff; to pre poo, as an overnight treatment, to SOTC, and to seal. I also use it as a moisturizer on my body, and to remove stubborn eye makeup. Coconut oil is great for your hair and skin, and you can get even more benefits if you eat it. I actually have another post about coconut oil and olive oil if you want more scientific info about how it works, here.
So do you use oils? Any tips/tricks or recommendations for me?
Disclaimer: Some of the products mentioned in the post were sent to me for review consideration. The opinions are 100% my own, and are never influenced by the company.