Oils are an essential part of a healthy natural hair regimen. The right oil will act as an emollient to lock in water to prevent natural hair from drying out and losing moisture. Textured curls and coils can slow the process of natural scalp oils from traveling down the entire hair shaft, therefore it is important to incorporate hair oils to ensure adequate hydration from root to tip.
What to consider when buying a hair oil:
Consider what nutrients your hair needs and what hair goals you are trying to achieve when picking the best oil for your hair. For example, if you want thicker, shinier hair, olive oil could be one of your best options due to it's rich, protective nature. However, if you looking to improve your scalp health, tea tree, rosemary, and lavender oils, all have been proven to promote healthy scalp, prime for hair growth.
Porosity plays a major factor when choosing a hair oil. For low porous hair, lightweight oils, such as grapeseed, almond, and jojoba oil easily penetrate a closed cuticle. For high porous hair, heavier oils that reduce frizz, like coconut, olive, and castor oil are ideal.
Will you be wearing your hair straight, curly, or in a protective style? Your hair will need different types of oil in each of these states. For straight styles, heat protectant should be your no. 1 priority to protect the integrity of your hair. For curly styles, focus on fighting frizz and keeping your hair moisturized. While wearing protective styles, it is all about nourishing the scalp.