Essential Oils: The Facts

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There are loads of natural oils which do wonders for your hair.

You can find them in a lot of foods, and you can use them in their rawest forms in your hair too!

Here’s a list of some of the benefits of essential oils and how they can keep your tresses looking lush:

Oils are a good treatment to use just before bedtime. You can just work it into your scalp and throughout your tresses and then either tie it up, or plait your hair before bed. Overnight your hair gets a deep condition. You can either style as required in the morning, or brush it out and add your favourite product before styling.

Coconut Oil

This comes from the coconut and is usually sold in its raw form in tubs in your local hair and beauty store, or toiletry outlet. It’s a rock hard substance but melts easily when rubbed between your hands.

Benefits: It is more commonly used on the skin to relieve dryness and blemishes. But it can also be used on the scalp to encourage growth, add moisture and condition. Coconut is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants which is easily absorbed by the skin.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba is a plant which grows in Mexico. The oil that derives from the plant has many natural properties which are good for the skin and hair. As the oil is virtually odourless and colourless, it lasts quite a long time in its raw state.

Benefits: It is a great moisturiser for the scalp and can be used to lift dirt off the surface of the skin. More commonly it is used to condition the hair and can be found in many hair products found on the shelves today. As it’s properties are similar to sebum – usually present in human skin and produced by the glands to stop hair drying out – Jojoba is a great oil to use if you need quick absorption.

Argan Oil

This oil has a subtle smell and is more commonly found teamed with another oil or hair product. It is great to add shine to your hair and also for definitive curls or styles. Argan oil is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants.

Benefits: It nourishes dry or damaged hair, promotes hair growth and eliminates frizz. Like the other oils, it is rich in vitamin E, making it a key moisturiser for other areas such as the skin and nails too.

Castor Oil

Castor oil is one of the only oils which can be used for the hair, but has a distinctive taste and smell which many, find difficult to tolerate. It is very greasy, but for hair that needs a good nourishing or repair, this is the best of them all. It it contain minerals that boost strong hair and has a high vitamin E content.

Benefits: It treats split ends, can be used as a conditioner overnight and also as a quick fix product used twice a week to treat damaged hair. It also contains anti-viral properties which mean it can also improve health.

Olive Oil

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Olive oil is definitely the most common of them all. It is used in cooking just a frequently as it is in hair nourishment and can be found in foods too. Olives are high in fatty acids which coat the shafts of your hair which will give a shiny appearanc. Coming from the Mediterranean, this oil has long been used to moisturise the skin and hair and also clean.

Benefits: Hair appears shinier and the oil coats the hair shafts, protecting them from future damage. The antibacterial properties mean it helps with scalp health and lifting dirt from the hair too. It can be used as a deep conditioner overnight, for regular use to treat dry hair and also as a scalp cleanser.

 

So there you have it. Oils can go a long way to keeping your hair long and healthy ladies. So don’t be afraid, next time you are cooking up a storm, save some of that oil or your hair! It does a lot more than you think!

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