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Oils. The sealant of moisture. When used properly, Oils have the power to give your hair the shine it desperately needs or leave your hair looking like you took a bathe in a Crude Oil Spill.
The ingredient and weight of the oil you choose to incorporate into a hair routine pretty much determines how well the other products you have chosen will perform.
With my low porosity, Type 4 hair, I’ve come to realise over many, MANY trials & errors that hair oils ARE NOT a moisturiser – so I wanted to give you a breakdown of 5 hair oils that I have used to solve my dry hair problems.
Health Hair Studio by Enitan Deep Follicle Treatment
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Firstly, I’m going to start with the deep follicle treatment from the Healthy Hair studio by Enitan. This oil is great for anyone with weak edges as it will actually encourage and promote overall hair growth.
A quick glance of this product’s ingredient list reveals that this oil blend is based around Ginseng and Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil both of which have been proven to improve the health of the connecting tissue that surrounds the root of the hair.
I can genuinely say a little goes a long way and I’m very pleased with the results I have seen so far.
Naissance Certified Organic 100% Pure Extra Virgin Olive Oil in no. 223
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Olive Oil is a lifetime favourite of mine as the oil is the perfect sealant for any moisture!
High in monounsaturated fat, Oleic Acid, Palmitoleic Acid, polyphenols, Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E, the Naissance Certified Organic 100% Pure Extra Virgin Olive Oil in No. 223 is thick, smooth and by far the best oil for dry, low-porosity, afro hair.
I know that oils like are a little bit difficult to find as they tend to be hidden behind the cooking Olive Oils but I do not have a single con for Olive Oil besides . . . the smell
Jamaican Mango & Lime Original Jamaican Black Castor Oil
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Jamaican Black Castor Oil is everyone’s favourite for re-growing edges but I’ve found that using this oil on my hair whilst out to protect the ends from friction against my clothes, has been a massive help.
I find that friction from clothes and materials can strip hair and leave it feeling brittle, but by putting Jamaican Mango & Lime Original Jamaican Black Castor Oil towards the ends of my hair, it is able to stay soft and silky.
There is an undeniable smell with this product, and a little goes a long way.
Heritage Store Cold Pressed Castor Oil
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Pure Castor Oil is nowhere as near thick as the Jamaican Black Castor Oil but us a great overall hair oil. Castor Oi is actually quite lightweight and has properties known to fight fungus keeping your scalp and hair moisturised, PH balanced and healthy.
The Heritage Store Cold Pressed Castor Oil is rich in fatty acids. The fats act as humectants that can moisturise the hair. It can be used alone due to the hydration it provides, as it fully lubricates the hair shaft, which in return increases the strand flexibility.
Castor oil is definitely a staple if you do NOT want dry hair. It is known to benefit dry scalp conditions like dandruff.
Primal Beauty Argan Oil
Buy Now: £7.99 via Primal Beauty
I came across by accident when I couldn’t find my olive oil but it turned out to be a life saver. This fatty oil is one of the best oils to combat hair dryness (so I mainly use in winter) as it literally saturates the hair with all its beneficially properties.
Pure argan oil, made from the kernels of fruit upon Moroccan argan tree, has been used for centuries to aid the hair shaft and help maintain moisture. The oil is also heavily enriched with Vitamin E, which creates a fatty, protective layer upon the hair that aids with hair loss and fizziness. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties improve extreme dry conditions such as psoriasis.
With the Primal Beauty Argan Oil, a little goes a long way, especially when a good quality oil is used.