Hair oils are among the top necessary things you need in your hair care regimen regardless of your hair texture. Here you are going to find the 12 most commonly regarded as the best hair oils and their benefits that you will find in most DIY hair or body cream recipes.
I have used most of them separately and also blended for different things like hot oil treatments, moisturizers and detanglers but the best way to use them for me has been a blend so i can get the most out of a few. The oils i will discuss here are Almond, Argan, Avocado, Babassu, Carrot, Coconut, Grape seed, Jamaican Castor (JBCO), Jojoba, Moringa, Olive and Sapote.
Before you pick out your favorite carrier oils, you might wanna know what good it does to your hair and general health, or? So let`s get to it.
Almond oil (Get it here)
Depending on where it was extracted from, Almond oil can be sweet or bitter. Sweet almond oil is pressed from sweet almond kernels whereas the bitter one is of course pressed from the bitter almond kernels.
- Almond oil contains magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E which are a good combination for healthy hair.
- Nourishes and moisturizes hair and scalp.
- Gives hair silkiness and shine.
- Regular use may reduce breakage and split ends.
Argan oil (Get it here)
Argan oil is pressed from the argan fruit kernel. The purest and best argan oil is the hand pressed Moroccan Argan oil which is also the most expensive considering the production process and the purity of the oil is not industrially compromised.
Larger companies on the other hand use solvents to extract the oils for mass production and it is possible that its purity may be compromised.
- Argan oil contains antioxidants, fatty acids and vitamins great for general healthy hair.
- Prevents heat damage.
- Boosts shine and reduces frizziness
- Moisturizes and soothes itchy scalp and fights dryness.
- Contains a good amount of Vitamin E which fights free radicals promoting your hair health.
Avocado oil (Get it here)
Avocado oil is pressed from the pulp of the avocado fruit. This oil is rich in omega – 3 fatty acids, potassium, lecithin, vitamins A, D and E which are a great combo for healthy strong hair.
This oil is one of the few oils which penetrate your hair shafts and moisturizes it making your hair strong. It is also lighter than most oils meaning that you can apply on your hair without worrying about build up or your hair being weighed
- Contains antioxidants which may help heal dry irritated skin.
- Great moisturizer because of its ability to penetrate the hair shafts reducing breakage and frizz.
- Massaging avocado oil onto the scalp helps stimulate blood flow and unclogs blocked follicles which may eventually promote hair growth.
- The Vitamin E in avocado oil act as a sunblock protecting your hair from the sun rays.
- The Vitamin D helps in generation of new hair follicles hence promoting hair growth.
Babassu oil (Get it here)
Babassu oil is extracted from the Babassu palm seeds native to the South American rain forest. This oil has many similar properties like coconut oil and you could substitute the two.
Like coconut oil, it is solid at room temperature but melts when in contact with the skin. Babassu is however lighter than coconut oil and won’t weigh your hair down.
- This oil is rich in lauric and myristic acid which are antibacterial and can reduce scalp irritation and promote wound healing.
- Great moisturizer since it is easily absorbed into the scalp.
- Restores hair elasticity and strength reducing breakage and split ends
- Nourishes the scalp providing a good environment for hair growth.
- Rich in antioxidants which protect your hair from harmful free radicals that may cause cellular damage.
Usage :- Babassu oil can be used as a hot oil or pre poo treatment, mixed with hair mask or deep conditioner, carrier oil in a DIY hair and body butter. You can also add a few drops in your shampoo and shake well before using.
Carrot oil (Get it here)
Carrot oil is extracted from the seeds of the carrot plant. This oil is a natural source of Vitamins A, E and beta – carotene which help moisturize your scalp.
- Encourages the production of sebum
- Stimulates the growth of new cells increasing hair thickness
- Softens hair and adds shine
- Strengthens hair roots thus reducing breakage and split ends.
- Its Vitamins protect your hair from the harsh UV rays
- Its antibacterial properties are said to help reduce dandruff and
- Boosts circulation making your hair generally healthy.
Usage :- You can use carrot oil as a final conditioning rinse, mix in your conditioner, carrier oil or after styling to add sheen.
Coconut oil (Get it here)
Coconut oil is extracted from the kernel (meat) of a mature coconut which is then dried to create copra which is then pressed to produce the oil. Like Babassu, it is solid at room temperature and melts when it gets in contact with the skin.
The best coconut oil to use is the extra virgin coconut oil since it does not go through industrial processes that may tamper with its properties.
- Nourishes your scalp providing a good environment for healthy hair growth.
- Moisturizes your scalp reducing flakiness and dandruff.
- Acts as a sunblock protecting your hair from the sun rays.
- Penetrates hair shafts making your hair strong and improves its elasticity.
- Its ability to penetrate your hair shafts help control frizz and split ends.
- Softens hair hence making it easy to detangle.
- Adds shine
Usage :- Coconut oil can be used as a hot oil or pre poo treatment, mixed with hair mask or deep conditioner, carrier oil in a DIY hair and body butter or after styling to add shine to your hair and live in treatment.
Grape seed oil (Get it here)
This oil is extracted from cold pressed tiny grape seeds, mostly left over after the wine making process. Grapeseed oil contains Vitamin E, flavonoids and linoleic acid which are a great combination for healthy hair growth and is lighter and non greasy in comparison to coconut and olive oils.
It also has nutrients that can promote the growth of healthy skin cells. This makes it perfect for scalp nourishment.
- Locks in moisture preventing breakage and frizz.
- Contains properties likely to block production of Dihydrotestosterone which causes hair loss.
- Helps fight dandruff.
- Great scalp moisturizer, and doesn’t weigh your hair down.
- The linoleic acid promotes hair growth.
- Contains antioxidants that help build tissues hence Strengthening your hair.
Usage :- Because it is light, you can use it as a heat protector before styling, Sealant after applying leave in conditioner, hot oil treatment, carrier oil in your DIY hair and body cream
Jamaican Black Castor oil (Get it here)
This oil is extracted from roasted castor bean by use of heat. The method of roasting castor beans started in Jamaica and that is the reason why Black castor oil is often referred to as Jamaican Black CastorOil (JBCO).
Black Castor oil has a high content of omega-9 fatty acid. It also contains antimicrobial, antioxidants and antiinflamatory properties which are a good combination for healthy hair.
- Moisturizes the scalp providing a good environment for hair growth.
- Has properties that fight inflammation easing dandruff.
- Prevents breakage.
- Strengthens and thickens your hair.
- Increases blood flow to the scalp.
Usage :- You can use this oil as a carrier in your DIY hair cream, hot oil treatment or leave in oil. Because of its quick absorption, it is unlikely to soil your pillow.
Jojoba oil (Get it here)
Jojoba oil is waxy and extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant, a shrub that grows in the dry regions of southwestern US and Northwestern Mexico.
This oil is a good micro emulsion because it helps your scalp and hair absorb the other substances better. In this case, it is best to combine other products or substances to maximize absorption.
- Rich in properties that strengthen your hair and as a result could reduce hair loss.
- Moisturizes and nourishes your scalp fighting dandruff caused by dry scalp.
- Prevents hair breakage.
- Makes your hair silky and shiny.
Usage :- Jojoba oil can be used as a hot oil or pre poo treatment, mix with your shampoo to prevent dryness, mixed with hair mask or deep conditioner, carrier oil in a DIY hair and body butter or after styling to add shine to your hair.
Moringa oil (Get it here)
Moringa oil is extracted from the seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree either by hand using a screw press or industrially through the solvent extraction method. Every part of the Moringa tree have many overall health benefits. You can read more about it here.
This oil is a mono saturated fat high in proteins, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids which are great for healthy hair.
- Moringa oil is light thus a good moisturizer.
- Regular use will strengthen your hair.
- Helps deal with dandruff caused by dry scalp.
- The vitamins and minerals help get rid of split ends and stop breakage.
Usage:- Best way to use moringa oil is as a sealing oil, leave in scalp moisturizer or as an ingredient for your DIY hair cream. You could also add a few drops in your live in conditioner.
Olive oil (Get it here)
Olive oil is pressed from ripe olives with a purplish black and have some kind of oily sheen. Unrefined olive oil. Meaning it is less processed, is greenish whereas refined has a golden colour.
Olive oil is further categorized into 3 .
- Extra virgin – This is the finest and most expensive version because it is extracted without heat and solvents from the first pressing. It contains not more than 0.8% acidity. This means all the good stuff is intact.
- Virgin – This on the other hand is extracted from the first pressing of the olives without heat and solvents but has acidic content of up to 2%. The good stuff is intact but, it has more acid. You can get this if you can’t find creme de la creme.
- Regular/Pure – This is extracted with heat or solvent and it is possible that it is pressed from washed and treated olives to produce more oil from them. Mostly, this oil is blended with the virgin olive oil.
- Moisturizes hair reducing scalp irritation, dryness and dandruff.
- Strengthens hair thus preventing hair loss
- Protects hair from free radicals
- Softens and adds sheen to your hair
- Helps reduce and prevent split ends.
Sapote (Sapuyul)oil (Get it here)
Sapote oil is extracted from the seeds of the sapote fruit by cold pressing. This fruit is native to the tropical countries of America like Belize and Mexico but has spread along the tropical belt
Sapote oil solidifies in cold temperatures and can be turned to liquid via double melting method. This oil is rich in vitamins and minerals which are great for healthy hair.
- Soothes the scalp and relieves itching.
- It is a good detangler because it makes your hair smooth.
- Gets rid of split ends
- Nourishes hair increasing its volume.
- May reduce dermatitis
- Reduces frizziness
Usage :- Sapote oil can be used as a hot oil or pre poo treatment, mixed with hair mask or deep conditioner, carrier oil in a DIY hair and body butter or after styling to add shine to your hair.
NB : Do NOT use any of these oils if you have an allergy to the fruit or the nut. Consult your doctor before applying them on your hair.
That said, most of the hair growth evidence as a result of usage of these oils are anecdotal. However, all the oils mentioned are good moisturizers and you need to use them frequently to get the best out of them. When your hair is moisturized, chances are low that they will break.
When you apply the oils on your scalp, you are advised to massage in for sometime ( a minute or so). This practice automatically stimulates the blood flow in your head which will in turn encourage hair growth.
Using a good oil is not enough to have healthy hair. You need to combine this with good hair practices like eating healthy avoiding heat as much as you can and generally have a good hair care regimen. It is a combination of all these practices that will help you have healthy hair overall.
I hope you enjoyed my brief breakdown of the hair oils and their benefits. These were just the 12 common ones but there are many more. If you have any questions or personal experience with any hair oil feel free to leave a comment below.