Oils that have the ability to penetrate the cortex of the hair shaft are called penetrating oils.The oils that have the ability to penetrating includes coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil.
There are also some beneficial oils that although cannot penetrate the hair shaft, have the ability to seal whatever the shaft has in it. These coating oils are Castor oil, Grape Seed oil and Jojoba oil.
Coconut Oil is a miracle oil and one of the most penetrating oil. It works very well on natural hair and best for frizzy hair. Coconut oil is quite high in triglyceride content (60% short-chain triglycerides) and also in lauric acid, a 12-carbon lipid which is small to get past the cuticles of your hair rather than just coating it with a film.
You can use the oil to:
- Seal in moisture
- As a pre-poo treatment
- As a deep conditioner
You can mix coconut and olive oil for your hair and scalp. You can also whip up a wonderful Coconut Oil Body Butter. It helps to prevent damage in natural hair and scientists have done extensive research on the benefits of coconut oil for hair.
Decreases Protein Loss
Protein is an important building block of hair and helps to keeps the hair strong (by defend your hair against breakage). Coconut oil has been proven to decrease the amount of protein loss naturally during each cowash and shampoo.
Prevents Split Ends
Keep using the oil to your regular deep conditioning treatment will help to prevent split ends. It naturally penetrates the hair shaft, leaving it soft and increasing elasticity.
Reduces Effects of Hygral Fatigue
The oil help to reduce efect of Hygral fatigue, which is the stress of the hair swelling and contracting when water leaves and enters the hair shaft. Use pre-pooing with coconut oil in eact wash to combat hygral fatigue.
Note that coconut oil is not a moisturizer but it naturally penetrates the hair and bind to the hair’s internal proteins. This binding increases the hair’s ability to hold onto water molecules.
Avocado oil is rich in Vitamins (A, B1, B2, D and E) and Monounsaturated fats (the good type of fat). The oil promote growth so make sure you add it to your hair regimen. Avocado oil is the best moisturising strands and stimulating growth. Avocado, Coconut and Olive oil are one of the few oils that has a molecular structure small enough to penetrate your skin and hair.
It works better when blended with other oils like almond oil or olive oil which are also very good for hair care.
- Use it as a pre-poo treatment
- Mix it in your conditioner
- Use it to seal in moisture after you cleanse your hair.
The oil contains some nutrients that can benefit the growth and the health of all kinds of hair, especially dry hair and African American hair. It contains essential nutrients like proteins, vitamins A, D, E and B6, magnesium, copper, iron, amino acids and folic acid, all of which is extremely essential for hair growth and nourishment.
Grape Seed Oil
Grape Seed oil is a lighter oil with a light nutty flavor and is an excellent heat protector. Use it:
- On your hair before blow drying to prevent heat damage
- Rub some on your hair before spending a day at the beach
- Use it to seal your ends after you wash and condition your hair.
Almond Oil feels more greasy than Grape Seed Oil but not as greasy as Olive Oil. Almond has a very good composition of fats and fatty acid properties which is beneficial for most type of hair. The fats and fatty acids is very nourishing, and softens and strengthens the hair. Almond oil can be effectively used as an emollient and tends to soothe your skin.
- Rub it on your scalp for moisture and shine
- Prevents dandruff
- Smoothes down hair cuticles
- Pre-poo treatment
- Mix it in with your deep conditioner
- Seal your ends
- Using Avocado Oil on natural hair
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