September 11, 2019 3 min read
Thank goodness we are getting away from the days where everyone thought of oil like something that is bad for you. Oils are healthy, good for you and an essential part of your skin and hair routine. Now, we're not talking slicked back, oily hair strands. We’re talking nourished, amazing hair that is healthy and happy.
Most people, especially heat-styling women, would actually benefit from using oils on their hair at least once a week. This means using it either as a treatment or just before applying heat to their hair.
We sat down with Patrick, our fabulous chemist and head of research and development, to talk hair (and all things hair care). He explained that hair is dead as soon as it starts to grow out of the scalp and that all hair is coated with natural oils from the sebaceous glands. Depending on your hair type, you may have more or less oil coating your hair.
Putting oil in your hair actually has so many benefits. The best oils are detangling, strengthening and will act as a heat protectant. They also work to seal the hair and help to "heal" split ends (they replace lipids in your hair with their fatty acids). So, adding hair oil to your routine will supplement the natural oil your body makes.
Everyone has different hair and skin, so using the right product and the right amount of oil will make your hair shine. Putting oils on your hair can be done in two main ways (yes, there are many more too): The first, as a nourishing and strengthening treatment, and the second as an added step to your styling routine.
If you want to use oils as a nourishing treatment, the best time to do it is before you shampoo. Steps to use it as a nourishing treatment:
For those with thicker, curly or more damaged hair, oil can be a miracle worker for you when styling and doing your hair. In this case, add a drop or two of oil to your hair whilst wet, and either let it dry or style as usual.
There are some great oils out there, and some oils that are ideal to use on your hair. Here are some of the best hair oils and hair types they will benefit:
Coconut Oil - Coconut oil is great for all hair types and gives you an amazing boost. It not only keeps your scalp healthy, but is great for preventing breakage and loss. This is number one for hair care as far as oils are concerned as it helps hair retain moisture, look shiny and feel great.
Abyssinian Oil - If you have thin or fine hair, this is the hair oil for you. Abyssinian oil is an up and coming oil that is great for your hair, but is also light. It won't weigh your hair down or give it too much oil. It is also great if you heat style. Win-win?
Jojoba Oil - Jojoba oil actually shares a few of the characteristics of sebum, the same as what our scalp naturally produces. This makes it great for our whole head and means it penetrates deep into the hair for added moisture. Jojoba also has antibacterial properties and that makes it great for scalp issues like dandruff.
Lavender Oil - Lavender oil is one of those essential oils that has so many uses. It has been thought to promote hair growth, and give you fuller, thicker hair. Lavender oil is also antimicrobial and antiseptic, so this is another great oil for those with scalp issues.
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