One of our favorite local bloggers, Tamara from Champagne and Macaroons, turned us on to at-home hair oils. Tamara always is sporting soft, pretty locks – so naturally we were sold on giving it a go. But which one to try? It seemed risky to choose one at random without doing any research – after all, not all hair was created equal.
Using natural hair oils can boost shine and softness, reduce frizz and weird fly-away strays, and add to the overall good health of your hair. Used weekly, hair will gradually become softer, more elastic, and just…HEALTHY. Apply a small palm-size amount to damp hair, comb through, and let set for…as long as you are able. Overnight is best! Wash oil out well and style as usual. You will be stunned!
While it may seem counterproductive to use hair oil on hair that is naturally oily, the opposite is true. In fact, whatever ails your hair can be remedied by using the RIGHT oil for your hair type. Here’s a primer.
GOT FRIZZY HAIR? Go with argan oil. Especially if you intend to straighten your hair, sleep with it in and wash out the following morning. Your frizz will be d-r-a-m-a-t-i-c-a-l-l-y reduced when heat styling. It’s readily available at most salons as well as big-box retailers.
Sheamoisture Argan Oil
GOT DRY, DAMAGED HAIR? Macadamia oil is your best bet – in fact, any “nut” oil is for you. The high concentration of fat and protein that is extracted from the nuts will nourish your tresses.
Macadamia Natural Oil
GOT REGULAR OLD HAIR? If you’re not sure which category your hair fits into, play it safe and use a coconut oil. Look no further than your pantry shelf for this one – the same oil you use for cooking is appropriate for use on your hair. Bonus, yes? The fatty properties of coconut oil have been proven to make your hair stronger, but also grow faster (which is not always great news for us girls who color-treat their hair!)
GOT A DRY SCALP? Antioxidant rich almond oil works wonders on dandruff and Argan oil works well on dandruff, also. Here, again…you can kill two birds with one stone here, as almond oil can be used for healthy cooking.
GOT FINE HAIR? Abyssinian oil, derived from the crambe plant (?) is a lighter weight seed-based oil that will not weigh hair down, making it a great solution for fine hair, which can be tricky to condition. Comparable to jojoba oil, use of abyssinian oil will also result in better manageability, and “no more tangles!”
Beware when buying these oils – be sure to buy from a reputable vendor. Some retailers have been known to “water down” their oils with filler ingredients, or worse: paraben-laden crud that doesn’t belong on your hair.
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