What Oils Can Do For You by Tiffany Shawn

Oils seal in the moisture from water-based products such as leave-in conditioners, aloe vera juice, teas, or moisturizers that you use on your hair. Having one without the other can lead to dry, un-moisturized hair. Nikki Walton, also known as Curly Nikki, shared on a blog post that “oils are a key step in any natural hair routine. The molecules in most butters/oils are too large to pass into the hair, so they stick to the outside of the shaft, trapping in the rich goodness of the moisturizer and/or leave-in conditioner.” The Liquid, Oil, Cream method is popular to many naturalistas. It’s simple to remember and easy to apply.

Although there are many to choose from, here are a few of my favorite oils and benefits for each.

  • Peppermint oil is full of nutrients, which is the basis for a healthy scalp. When my scalp is itchy (especially when I have extensions on), this oil cools my scalp and calms the itch.

  • Almond oil is high in protein, nourishes hair, and smoothes hair cuticles to control shedding. Coconut oil’s molecules are small enough to penetrate into the hair shaft. I use a small amount every so often to add shine to my tresses, but I use it more so as a pre-poo to finger detangle prior to shampooing.

  • Jojoba oil is the closest to the oils our scalp naturally secretes. It can eliminate frizz and combat dry, brittle hair. I even use this daily on my face.

  • Rosemary oil relieves dry scalps and eliminates dryness, which is essential for length retention.Castor oil thickens hair, promotes hair growth, prevents thinning, moisturizes, helps reduce split ends, and helps to tame frizz. This oil is thick, so I tend to only place it on my fingertips and then massage it into the thinner sections of my hair.

Many naturals have inquired about where I purchase my oils. No store has everything I like, but you can find many of the oils above at Whole Foods, Wal-Mart,, and from fellow naturals and

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