Prior to me stepping back into this natural hair world, I had no idea about the importance of oils. The only talk around my household was hair grease. For a long time, I thought I needed a lot of hair grease to keep my hair moisturized. However, I soon learned hair grease is very heavy and can clog your pores. If the pores are clogged, hair growth can be sluggish. Do oils clog pores? Yes and No. Whether oils can clog your pores is based on the amount of oil used, the type of oil used, and how the oil is used.
I think I should go over why oils are an important part of most people’s natural hair journey. There’s this thing called hair sebum. Sebum is produced from glands in the skin. Think about your face. I have dry skin, but I notice my face is oilier at the end of the day compared to the beginning of the day. This is how your hair sebum works. Hair sebum is produced to prevent the hair strands from drying out. The sebum starts near the roots and eventually works its way down to the ends. Therefore, the closer the hair is to a straight texture, the faster the hair becomes naturally moisturized by the produced sebum. Interesting, right? It’s kind of cool that our hair makes its own oil. The kicker is the hair sebum takes forever to reach hair ends for people with very textured natural hair. TA DAH! This is why oils are used and talked about so much in the natural hair community. We need oils because it could take days for our sebum to reach the end of our hair strands. As well all know, the ends of our hair is the oldest part of our hair strand. The ends need help (or oil) so it can function like the other parts of the hair strand.
I read this book called “The Chemistry and Applications of Sustainable Natural Hair Products” by Kalyani Barve and Apurva Dighe. The books dedicates an entire chapter to hair oils. The chapter had some great information. I decided to share benefits of a variety of hair oils listed is this book or on other platforms.
Coconut oils prevents protein loss, prevents loss of moisture, and helps control dandruff. Another great thing about coconut oil is its capability to prevent water from penetrating the hair shaft. In my blog post Root Cause of Damaged Hair, I discussed when the hair cuticles are open, it provides the opportunity for the hair cortex to be damage. WELL, coconut oils does a decent job preventing this action from happening whenever water hits the hair.
Olive oil can be used to moisturize hair, to soften hair, and to prevent hair damage.
Avocado oil contains properties that can moisturize hair, repair hair, and strengthen hair. Avocado oil can improve hair elasticity.
Almond oil can be used to moisturize hair, to soften hair, and to improve hair elasticity. Also, the chemical composition of almond oil causes the oil to have the ability to help cleanse the scalp.
Jojoba oil is a very special oil because it has so many benefits for our hair. First, this oil is very similar to our natural hair sebum. Second, the oil hydrates, moisturizes, and has the ability to cleanse our scalp similar to almond oil. Third, jojoba oil reduces oiliness of the scalp. There are many other things this oil does but I’m not going to list them all. Just accept that jojoba oil is the ish, which is probably why jojoba oil is expensive.
Vegetable Glycerin (not the cooking vegetable) oil is one of my favorite oils. I add this oil to some of my bought hair products used to style my hair. Vegetable glycerin improves hair moisture, elasticity, and strength. A special thing about this oil is that it is a humectant because it helps to preserve hair moisture.
Castor oil contains omega-9 fatty acids. Therefore, castor oils can penetrate the hair strand easily to provide nourishment to hair.
Grapeseed oil moisturizes and strengthens hair similar to other oils listed, but this oil can help to reduce hair loss. Grapeseed oil contains antioxidants, which blocks hormones that causes hair loss.
Black Seed oil is another special oil a friend told me to check out. This oil is magical for many other reason than hair but I’ll only talk about its contribution to hair. The main thing I received from my research is that black seed oil tremendously improves the health of the scalp. The oil contains various vitamins and nutrient properties used to treat hair thinning and baldness. I encourage you to check out the other benefits of this oil because they are AMAZING.
Argan oil is great for nourishing hair and adding SHINE to hair.
Do all of these oils promote hair growth? YES! Pretty much anything that contributes to healthy hair promotes hair growth. Please be mindful that I did not say these oils with make your hair growth. Simply put, these oils with provide you with amazing healthy hair that will lead to hair growth. I hope this blog post was helpful. Thank you for reading!