Before I started my transition to natural hair, I always relied on off-the-shelf brands to keep my hair moisturised, conditioned and healthy. The great thing about going natural is that you learn so much about what your hair needs. I’ve found that some of the best products are very simple and can be found in your local health shop or even in your kitchen.
Natural oils have become my best friend. They make my hair soft, shiny and strong and they’re also great for keeping my skin moisturised and healthy.
Check out these fabulous natural oils…
Use it in your hair to detangle, deep condition, or on dry ends to hydrate and tame frizz. It's also great for preventing dandruff, promoting hair growth, moisturising, strengthening hair and preventing damage.
Coconut oil provides deep and real moisture to the skin in a way that far surpasses any commercial/manufactured moisturiser. Apply a bit to your face just as you would a normal moisturiser to strengthen your skin and remove dead skin cells on your skins surface. And since a little bit goes a long way, it’s a budget friendly replacement for your body lotion as well. It will leave your skin soft and glowing.
Shelf Life: Approximately 1-2 years
My thoughts: Coconut oil is my all time favourite oil and i'm always fully stocked up. I use it moisturise my skin, remove make up, for pre-pooing, as daily moisturiser for my hair and scalp and it's a vital ingredients in my homemade lip scrub/exfoliator.
Closely matching the sebum, your hair’s natural oil, jojoba oil is a great staple in your natural hair care routine. This hair oil can be used to balance oil production at the scalp, aiding overproducing glands that cause oily hair. Jojoba is also non-greasy and gives your hair a healthy shine. At this time, however, jojoba oil is very scarce and that is reflected in the skyrocketing price.
Jojoba oil has many organic and mineral ingredients, which gives a wonderful and nicely groomed skin. It helps to fight facial lines, skin scarring and fatty tissue. It is also efficient on challenging skin circumstances like acne, skin psoriasis.
Shelf Life: Can be indefinite.
My thoughts: Jojoba oil is slightly thicker in comparison to coconut oil. It's great for adding to my deep conditioners and hot oil treatments, plus it's an important ingredient in my hair and skin oil mix. Even though this oil is quite expensive in comparison to coconut and olive oil. It's definitely worth the benefits.
Olive Oil (Extra Virgin)
This multipurpose oil is a staple in many naturals’ hair care regimens. Not only is olive oil a great pre-poo and hot oil treatment option, extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) works wonders to seal in moisture and can add a kick to your conditioning routine too. If you have finer hair you may want to use just a small amount in order to not weigh the hair down.
A good olive oil for skin care can provide daily moisture, UV protection and cell regeneration. In addition, Olive oil is a natural, deeply penetrating moisturiser that contains a wide variety of antioxidants not found in other oils.
Shelf Life: Up to 2 years
My thoughts: The consistency is similar to jojoba oil and is one oil that i can't live without. I use it for pre-poo's, deep conditioning, hot oil treatments and it's also apart of my hair and skin oil mix.
This rare oil is making waves in the natural hair community for its moisturising properties. Easily absorbed and quite nourishing, this oil is great for your hair, skin, and nails too. For curly girls, argan oil helps with manageability and can also strengthen the hair. It can be pricey, but a little goes a long way.
Argan oil has been used by women in Morocco for generations to achieve more youthful, healthy skin. It improves dry skin, acne, psoriasis, eczema, wrinkles & premature aging. It doesn’t clog your pores and it regulates sebum production (a plus for blemished skin). It restores elasticity to skin and noticeably softens wrinkles and fine lines, reduces skin irritation and inflammation, and smoothes stretch marks. It’s packed with twice as much Vitamin E as other oils so it’s also amazing for your nails and cuticles.
Shelf Life: Approximately 2 years
My thoughts: Argan oil is an important ingredient in my Creme of Nature shampoo and leave in conditioner, which I love. I’ve just purchased my first batch from Amazon, so I’m looking forward to experiencing the benefits.
Castor Oil (Jamaican Black Castor Oil)
A heavier oil is great for tighter coils, castor oil can be great for sealing moisture into your hair. Many have also used this oil to help regain thickness around thinning hairlines. A little definitely goes a long way with this oil; too much can leave your hair heavy and weighed down. Another popular variation is Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO). This less refined version can be used to encourage hair growth as well as protect and seal your ends.
As an unrefined form of castor oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil is very rich in nutritive properties. Jamaican Black Castor Oil is processed differently from usual versions of castor oil- it is made by manually roasting and then grinding the castor beans. Then the beans are heated up and the oil extracted from the crushed beans. It’s the unique roasting process that gives Jamaican Black Castor Oil its distinct dark colour.
JBCO has a traditionally been known as an all-purpose healing oil. It can be used to treat dietary ailments as well as various skin disorders, though now it is most popularly used in hair care.
Shelf Life: Indefinite.
My thoughts: This stuff really works. My hair has definitely thickened as a result of using this daily, along with scalp massages. I have to be careful not to use too much on my fine hair, as it tends to leave my hair heavy and weighed down. I usually mix it with little bit of coconut oil to help lock in the moisture and to promote growth.
This super light and moisturising hair oil can benefit all types of curls. A natural heat protectant, grape seed oil can actually be used as a thermal agent up to 425 degrees when blow drying or flat ironing. Apply a bit throughout the hair before applying heat to give your hair added shine and protection. This oil works great to strengthen each strand, increase manageability and can also be used to combat dry scalp and dandruff.
Grapeseed oil, sometimes known as grape seed oil, is just what it sounds like – it is the oil extracted from seeds of grapes. Though the extraction process for these oils is elaborate and complex, what they do for your skin is very simple: grapeseed oil can treat acne, moisturize, and so much more. You can also apply it in many ways for your skin.
Shelf Life: Approximately 1 year
My thoughts: I've not tried this oil as yet, but I’ve recently placed an order, so i'm looking forward to seeing a difference in my hair and skin.
Which oils do you love?