10 Oils You Should Try for Your Natural Hair

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Oils are the holy grail of products. They work seamlessly as part of the LOC (liqud, oil, cream) method. You MUST add [insert oil of your choice] into your regimen. 

A little side note natural oils are great for your hair. You don’t have to use all 10 to reap the benefits.  Choose according to what’s available in your area and your budget.

When I first went natural, I was inundated with information about natural oils. With properties such as fatty acids and emollients, oils are extolled; but with so many types it is difficult to tell them apart. To save you from the confusion, here is your cheat sheet:

Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed oil is a light, non-greasy oil with a consistency similar to jojoba oil. It is rich in Vitamin E and linoleic acid, which strenghens hair follicles. Another use is the reduction of dandruff and dermatitis. It has a high smoke point of 400-450 degrees, so some naturals use it as a heat protectant. (It is important to note that heat protectants are designed to “protect” the hair, while grapeseed oil is not.) Because it is odorless, it is also great for mixing in hair concoctions. Available at your local grocery store.

Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is the most similar to natural hair sebum. It is high in monounsaturated fatty acids, Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, and E. Because it is similar to natural hair sebum, it does not interfere with the scalp’s natural balance. Thus, it can be used to treat issues with dandruf — especially due to its antibacterial properties. The high fat content helps to strengthen hair follicles.

Buy: Jojoba Oil

Olive Oil
Olive oil is a penetrative oil that has a heavier consistency that is heavier than both grapesed and jojoba oil. It is rich with fatty acids that coat the hair shaft, thus making it a great sealant. It is most often used to help with dandruff, frizz, shine, and sealing hair.

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Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a penetrative oil rich in Vitamin E and Lauric Acid that have the ability to penetrate the hair shaft. Coconut oil is known to reduce frizz, impart shine, and reduce damage during the wash process (if used as a pre-poo).

Buy: Coconut Oil

Avocado Oil
Avocado oil is a light, penetrative oil high in monosaturated fatty acids. (It’s fatty acid content similar to olive oil; only jojoba oil has a higher fat content.)It is also rich in Lecithin, Vitamins A, D, E, B6, and Amino Acids. Rich in nutrients, it has the ability to nourish and protect hair.

Buy: Avocado Oil

(Sweet) Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil has a slightly heavier density. It is comprised of saturated and monosaturated fats. Because of its density, it is great for sealing and protecting the hair. It is especially beneficial on dry, damaged ends.

Buy: Sweet Almond Oil

Castor Oil
Castor oil is a dense oil with a unique composition of a triglyceride of fatty acids with riconleic acid. The most common uses for castor oil are for both ends of the hair. At the scalp, it is known to improve scalp circulation and help regrow [healthier] hair. It also a heavy sealant for ends to prevent breakage and split ends.

Buy: Castor Oil

Safflower Oil
Safflower Oil is a monosaturated oil comprised of Oleic acid Polyunsaturated oil. It is high in omega- 6 fatty acids. Because of its small molecules, it is able to penetrate the scalp and hair. Its molecular size and fatty content makes it an excellent choice for nourishing your scalp and hair.  Available at your local grocery store.

Sunflower Oil
Sunflower oils is a light oil comprised of gamma linolenic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid.  Because of its emollient properties, it has the ability to condition and soften the hair. Thus, preventing breakage. It is important to note that it cannot penetrate the hair like coconut and avocado oil.  Available at your local grocery store.

Canola Oil
Canola Oil is an inexpensive oil comprised of monounsaturated fats.  It is has been praised as a great hot oil treatment to reduce frizz and breakage. If you are looking for a cheap oil to add to your arsenal, then consider canola.  Available at your local grocery store.

Have you tried any of these oils? Which is your favorite and why?


14 thoughts on “10 Oils You Should Try for Your Natural Hair

  1. Erika Quinerly

    My favorite oils are coconut oil, avocado oil, and argan oil. I use the religiously every day sometimes twice a day. I will start trying castor oil and sweet almond oil too.

  2. Dry Scalp Treatment

    Oil gives required vitamins to our hair, 10 oils which you have suggested for getting best hair really work well because I have used 5-6 oils from them. So I would like to tell every visitor that if they also try these oils then they will definitely get rid of dry scalp and will get naturally good looking and healthy hair.

  3. Amanda

    Hi, nice advices! Moroccan Argan oil works really well to repair damaged hair. I use the brand Pro Naturals, it leaves my hair super shiny and smells amazing. 🙂

  4. Redfeather

    Interestingly, I have been using coconut oil on my toast, in my rice, in my sautees, etc….. Along with washing my face which has been heaven, Buuuuuut! Lol……. In my multiethnic hair, if there is such a thing, lol, I began experiencing hair loss after 1 month. I continued to use it after hair bathing

  5. tammy faye

    The best conditioners are natural oils like Argan Oil, I get mine from LadySoma… it’s called SomaLuxe Argan Oil. I have naturally curly hair and this is the ONLY product I trust.

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  7. shreeree

    The only oil on the list I had a problem with was grape seed oil. It broke out my face and made my face and scalp itch. So you might want to do skin patch test with all oils before trying them.

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  9. Marley20bc

    I use Safflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil on my hair and skin and I love them. I get mine from a local company called Sociiterra Oils. They have a lot of natural oils to choose from and they are all certified organic. You can find them on Etsy too. Use code BW10off to save 10%!!!

  10. Kristen

    I personally use coconut sweet almond castor tea tree peppermint and olive oil in my hair and tell all work just fun for my hair my ill grape seed oil


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