Four Oils To Add To You Hair Care Routine
Today’s blog post is going to deal with a topic most girls gloss over – and that’s understandable! After all, who wants to talk about the “boring” topic of oils when it comes to your skin care or hair care routine? Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to know about the different kinds of oils you can use to enhance your hair routine and combat dryness, frizziness and dandruff. The four oils we’ll be covering are: coconut oil, argan oil, castor oil and olive oil.
If you’ve ever used coconut oil for cooking or otherwise, you’ll know that it’s an extremely versatile oil and is of course great for being used as an hair oil. It acts as a heat protectant, rejuvenates hair strands through moisture, guards against damaged hair and breakage, prevents hair loss, and even aids in hair growth. If you’re still not convinced that this is an oil that you need to add into your hair routine, know that coconut oil (due to its moisture retaining properties) stays within your hair as opposed to evaporating thus making it one of the best hair treatment oils there is. To get a little deeper (pun intended), coconut oil (because it’s loaded with fatty acids) penetrates further into the hair strands than normal conditioners, giving you that beautiful glossy shine to your hair.
Now that you know why it works, you’re probably wondering how you can use it to maximum effectiveness. Well much of that depends upon your hair situation. If your scalp gets oily, you can apply coconut oil to your hair from around the mid-shaft to ends, not touching the roots. If your scalp is dry, just apply to your scalp again. A quick tip to make life easier is to warm the up the oil slightly, or just above room temperature before application. Leave the coconut oil in your hair for about 30 minutes or longer and then rinse it out with shampoo. Try and repeat this once a week for best results.
Argan oil is another great oil to add to your hair care routine. Like coconut oil, argan oil is full of awesome ingredients like vitamin E, fatty acids, antioxidants (which fight UV rays and guard against cell damage) to name a few. Argan oil is a heat protectant, will moisturize your hair and help fight against dryness, brittleness and frizziness. A neat thing about argan oil is that it isn’t nearly as greasy as coconut oil so it’s a bit easier to manage and apply more frequently or even just as something to use to finish your hair routine off when you’re done styling. Application is simple. Apply to your hair evenly and avoid touching your roots. You can use more often than coconut oil so definitively take advantage of this.
Castor oil is perfect for those who have thinning hair and are in need of hair growth because that’s exactly what castor oil is great for: aiding hair growth. This is due to castor oil having ingredients such as vitamin E, proteins and minerals, antioxidants among others. Castor oil even fights scalp infections and dandruff due to its anti-fungal properties, moisturizes and prevents splits ends. Unlike coconut and argan oil, it’s actually best if you buy this oil cold-pressed and don’t warm it up during hair application.
Castor oil is very thick so it’s a good idea to mix a few drops in with another oil such as olive oil. Work this mixture in by massaging the oil into your scalp. It’s a good idea to leave castor oil in overnight, but wear a shower cap to prevent you from making an accidental mess of your bed sheets! Wash it out in the morning and feel free to use as needed.
While you’ve definitively heard of using olive oil for cooking, you may be wondering about its use as a hair care product in your hair care routine. Not to worry, olive oil is packed full of fatty acids which soften and smooth hair strands and hair shafts by covering them in a protective shield and is also high in vitamin E that fights against sunlight damage. Not only that, but olive oil is a heat protectant and will essentially hide damaged hair strands giving your hair a nice slick shine. Olive oil is one of the best oils you can use on your hair and add to your hair care routine.
Olive oil is best applied once a week and should be used on dry or damp hair. Unlike every other oil we’ve talked about, you can lather olive oil in generously to your hair and don’t have to worry about not touching your roots. It’s best not to leave on too long – half an hour should be enough before rinsing out with cold water.
Which oil should I buy?
So you’ve just read about four incredible oils you can add to your hair care routine, but maybe you aren’t sure exactly which ones you should start using. While we can’t pick for you as we don’t know your individual hair situation, a good idea is to try them all out and choose the oil or oils that work best for your hair. Remember, every girl’s hair is different so something that might work for someone else won’t necessarily work for you. Bottom line? Experiment and have fun with it!
Another point to remember is that all these oils are greasy (some more than others) so don’t put too much in your hair to avoid having oily hair even after washing it out. When you do wash your hair, be thorough and use a alcohol-free shampoo. Finally don’t forget that you’ll only see results after long-term consistent use.
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