3 Oil That Penetrate Hair

3 Best Oils for Natural Hair

3 Best Oils For Natural Hair

 3 Best Oils for Natural Hair are oils that penetrate the hair

There are 3 oils that anyone with natural hair can’t live without. 3 Best Oils for Natural Hair are oils that penetrate the hair. These oils are avocado oil, olive oil, and coconut oil. They will enter the inner structure of the hair.This makes them more moisturizing than other oils.  They also help to strengthen hair by preventing damage.

We will discuss the benefits are all three and why every woman should keep these wonder oils not only in their kitchen but also in their personal beauty supply store they call a bathroom.

Avocado Oil

NOW Solutions Avocado Oil, 100% Pure 16 fl oz $15.99

Avocado Oil is an effective moisturizer for dry, brittle, damaged hair. It is packed with healthy hair vitamins such as vitamins A, B, D, and E. It also has protein, amino acids, iron, copper, magnesium, and folic acid. All nutrients that make it ideal for use to help prevent damage to the hair.

The vitamins help protect the scalp and feed the hair follicles while the amino acids promote healthy cell growth to maintain or restore scalp health. Avocado oil is also loaded with fatty acids which help to make hair feel soft and imparts shine. It is a light oil that absorbs easily into both the scalp and skin. It is said to closely resemble the oil naturally produced by the scalp or sebum.

According to Urban Bush Babes, it has natural humectant properties adding and locking in moisture. It acts as a natural SPF. It’s also great for deep conditioning, strengthening hair, and adding shine. The vitamins, amino acids, and high fat content promote healthy cell growth and are great for maintaining and restoring scalp health (dry, itchy scalp). Avocado oil can be added to shampoo, used as a deep treatment, or used as a sealant.

Avocado oil is usually found in heath food stores more frequently than your local grocery store unlike Olive Oil and Coconut Oil. It’s a little pricey in comparison to the others.  4 oz of Avocado Oil is about $6.99 (Wholefoods) or $7.68 (Amazon) or buy 16 oz for $12.00 (a bottle this size will last you 6 months or more). The price is the reason I use it more sparingly than the other two. I may add a small amount (maybe an ounce or two) to my olive-coconut oil mix for an extra boost of vitamins.

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Olive Oil for Natural Hair

Olive Oil via Naturally Curly

Olive oil is a fantastic conditioner for hair, but there are many other things about this essential oil that make it a great go-to for hair care. It’s also one of the top emollients that can penetrate the hair better than others, and its lightweight nature makes it great for moisturizing. Olive oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties that promote scalp health and prevent dandruff. Extra virgin oil is also rich in high levels of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E, an antioxidant important for hair growth. Olive oil is not likely to cause an allergic reaction, making it ideal for sensitive skin and hair.

Olive oil is easy to find at your local grocery store. Usually the olive oil and olive oil products you find at the beauty supply store aren’t pure olive oil. It’s best to buy pure “extra virgin olive oil” at the grocery store. I believe food grade products are always better for hair and body use. I mix equal parts of olive and coconut oil for my hair and apply directly to my hair and scalp with an applicator bottle.

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Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil For Natural Hair

This is the brand of Coconut Oil I Use

You know I LOVE Coconut oil. I whip it and mix it for my hair, skin and for my son. Coconut oil has been proven to decrease protein loss as a result prevent damage and breakage.

Read: How To Whip Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral due to the presence of medium chain fatty acids, notably lauric acid. For this reason, it can prevent hair loss or scalp conditioners as a result of bacteria or fungus build-up on the scalp.

Coconut oil treatments prevented combing damage in hair when applied both pre-wash and post-wash. Out of the three oils mentioned, coconut oil was proven to reduce the amount of protein loss in hair.

Hair has a high protein make up. Protein is what helps keep it strong. Each time you wash your hair. A little bit of that protein is lost. Pre-treating or deep conditioning your hair with coconut oil will keep this from happening; minimizing any forms of breakage including those dreadful split ends. For further reading check my post 5 Ways Coconut Oil Can Prevent Hair Damage.

A frequently asked question is where do you buy coconut oil. It’s at your grocery store in the baking aisle with the other oils or Amazon, $8.99. I recommend food grade Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.  It may seem a bit pricey at $10.99/16 oz but a little bit goes a long way. 16 oz jar of coconut oil can last you anywhere from 6 months to a year.  That ain’t bad, right?

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Which One Of These Oils Are Your Favorite?


115 thoughts on “3 Best Oils for Natural Hair

  1. CurlyMontage

    These oils are pretty good, but the one thing I have learned during my 3 years of being natural is that my strands are fine and don’t like a whole lot of oil. As a result, coconut oil makes my hair hard and dry, and avocado and olive oil makes my hair greasy. The oil I like to use is batana oil. It is my all around go to for when my hair needs some TLC. It isn’t greasy and totally takes away the crunch from any gel when I use it to seal before the gel application. It is hard to come by, but Natures Crush has consistently had it in stock.

    1. cirila

      hi Tamara,

      thank you for sharing your knowledge.

      been natural after mixing warm castor oil and coconut oil my hair matted horribly after crying for a week I knew there was no comming back.
      why did that happen ?
      now I have a fro and looking to continue on the healthy hair journey yet ill like to understand why it did not work .

      thank you

      1. sandra spears

        I tried coconut and olive oil for the first time,loved how it made my scalp feel.

      1. Tamara Post author

        Coconut oil would with a couple drops of tea tree is best. You may also want to do an apple cider vinegar rinse before shampooing and conditioning your hair. I would mix about a 1/4 cup with 2 cups of water and spray directly on the scalp. Cover with a plastic cap for 20-30 mins. Rinse thoroughly and shampoo & condition as normal. If you have very stubborn dandruff you may have to do this for 2-3 of your next shampoos sessions.

  2. cynthia

    Hi, im a new transitioner. I was wondering what products do u suggest for ultra deep conditioning. My hair does not do well with protein based products

  3. Precious Trotter

    I love these oils. I add Olive oil, coconut oil and a small avocado to my panteen truly natural hair deep conditioner. If I don’t sit under my hooded dryer I leave it in my hair for an hour or more. Rinse out then use Cantu Shea butter leave in conditioning cream. I do this in the winter and summer. My problem is I don’t know what to change when sessions change. Good to see I doing right for the winter,I think 🙂

  4. Shawnda

    Should u rinse the oils out the hair after u put them in or can it stay in with a leave in condition cause I been putting coconut oil in my kids hair after I wash it then putting a leave in condition and styling after words

      1. amy carmex

        Are there any bad side effects to applying room temperature extra virgin olive oil (cooking oil variety) directly to my hair and scalp? I do not want to warm up the olive oil prior to using it. I was hoping to use it as a regular leave-in moisturizer, no need to wash out afterwards. What do you think?

      2. Doudnygee

        can i use the extra virgin olive oil in my hair as a regular oil? what effect it does in the hair please? Can i mix it with another oil like; coconut oil, avocado oil etc…?

  5. Thea

    Hello I have a problem with the edges and the back my hair it’s easily break and thin what can I use to help it get back thick and long again

  6. Joey

    I have major Brillo hair I put castor oil big difference after 1 treatment used liberally massaged throughout washed with shampoo and conditioner after in for about an hour 🙂

  7. Cici

    hi, im new to all of this healthy hair lifestyle and i have a whole lots of questions. First, do i have to big chop if i want my hair to grow. Im stuck since almost a year and half at the same lenght and my hair is not even equal everywhere. My edges are really short and dry while the rest of my hair is neck lenght. Ive stop relaxing my hair for almost 2 years now and i dont know where to start to have healthy hair. Please i need some advice !!

  8. Nelly

    Hello, I have long fine straight hair. I like to keep my hair moisturized without all the grease build up weighing my hair down. I guess my question is what oils or daily moisturizers can I use that will not make my hair greasy and heavy!

    1. Tamara Post author

      All 3 of these oils are very light and absorb into your hair (they don’t sit on your hair). They are all natural so you don’t need a lot. Use a little bit on wet hair to seal in the moisture.

  9. RENEE

    I read somewhere when honey is applied to the hair it will lightened your hair color, well I had been using it for a DC, so i applied honey with olive oil , placed plastic bag and left on for about 30 minutes, well days later i looked at my hair and saw where the color was Popping and shinny, and the hair color was lighter to my liking,,,,,,,,, honey when applied as a DC your hair will be soft as cotton, I wondered if anyone else has experienced this affect

  10. Tanila

    I do not have African hair. I am Hispanic and have fine, wavy hair. I usually highlight my hair to hide my gray and color my roots at least twice a month, again to hide the gray. I also use hair dryer and flat iron my hair. As a result my hair is very damaged. I can’t stand seeing/feeling my dry ends so usually trim my hair every 6 weeks. I wan to have long healthy hair. Is there a hair coloring brand u can recommend, also if I use the 3 oils mentioned in article above, can I expect my hair to retain moisture even if I use a flat iron. Thx 🙂

    1. Tamara Post author


      Try increasing the amount of time between bleaching your hair and try an ammonia-free dye. They are less harmful but may not cover your gray. You may also what to limit your use of the flat iron for stronger, longer hair.

  11. Khay

    I have a. Question, do I have to use this brand of avocado oil or can I use any brand…some I find are dark green and this one is light yellow what’s the difference?

  12. Anas abbas

    Dear Tamara.
    I am losing my hairs day by day due to dandruff scalp and damaging thin hairs please tell me the best hair oil formula or explain me if i can make three oils mixture (Olive Oil, Avocado Oli, Coconut Oil) for my hair what it can be effect-able for my hairs ? how much quantity and measurement do i need to mix them?

  13. mommy

    Please help! What is the natural way to treat dandruff on (baby or adult) which oil works best for dandruff and hair regrowth?

    1. Denise Henderson

      Thanks for that information!!! Trader Joe’s are everywhere!! I just bought some Pure Coconut Oil at the beauty supply store, 7 oz. for $4.99, whew! THANK YOU!!

  14. MsMahogany

    What’s the difference between refined Coconut Oil and unrefined Coconut Oil besides the smell?

  15. Ashley

    I’m really just curious, what about using emu oil?…I have beyond very thin edges, so I’m looking for something that will help with that…I do use coconut oil which is amazing on my hair, but I feel like I may need a little help…any suggestions

  16. venkat

    can i mix avocado oil and extra virgin olive oil for applying to hair…if yes plz tell me in which ratio..?
    does these have any side effects..?

    1. Tamara Post author

      Yes, you can. I wouldn’t think there would be any side effects. I actually mix all three of the oils. Equal parts of olive and coconut and a little less of the avocado just because its a little more pricier.

  17. Brenda

    I’m really trying to get this. I mix coconut and olive oil equal part. Wash and condition hair (blow dry) not sure if I’m supposed to do that but makes hair easier for me to manage. Then I apply oil to scalp and hair. I oil my hair again during the week. Now is this okay or am I supposed to oil when hair is wet. Trying to get hair healthy this winter just wearing hats until spring and find someone to do my hair. Was wearing wigs, braids, twist. Not good at doing hair.

    1. Tamara Post author

      There’s no harm in mixing the oil but the heaviness of castor oil may make your hair feel tacky. Also coconut and avocado or olive oil are all you need to keep your hair soft and moisturized.

      1. sara

        I am a caucasian female who has been coloring her hair for decades. I just wanted to thank you for the great blog. I love using oils, both for hair, face, and body. It is is much more economical to be able to buy your hair treatments in the oil section of the grocery store.
        I haven’t tried the Cocoanut Oil yet, but will definitely give it a try. It’s ironic how healthy these same oils are for your internal health. I guess it makes sense that they would be equally great for your hair and skin.

      2. Tamara Post author

        Oh Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I really appreciate your kind words. Once you try coconut oil you will simply love it!

  18. Tracey

    Hello, Im 40 yrs and have had natural hair all my life and I have always used natural oils. I have four beautiful children, who I also use the same care for our hair. However, My 3yr old daughters hair is extremely dry, thin and suffers from bleeding and extremely dry scalp. Nothing I do helps. I use only oils, namely cocoanut, Jojoba and avocado oil with a hint of rosemary. I do not use any form of sulfate shampoo, only natural ingredients to wash and condition her hair. But, no matter what I do, the oil sits on top of her hair and just comes away in my hand when I style it. Im at all loss with what to do. Ive also tried olive oil, but that too, just sits on top of her hair. Any advice would be very welcome.

      1. Dee

        Hi Tracey..I’m not a hair expert or anything, but i think the first thing you should do is take your baby to a dermatologist to find out the root of the problem..Could be some sort of fungus sitting underneath the scalp, in which Tea Tree Oil applied to the scalp and a Sulfur shampoo/cleanser may be very good..Seek a Dermatologist’s advice first because of her age, but Tea Tree Oil and Sulfur are both great for those sort of scalp conditions you mentioned..

  19. Tracey

    I am also a fan of one N only argan oil, which I love in my hair. However, this too just sits on top of her hair. Nothing seems to penetrate or absorbs.

  20. Brenda

    This is Brenda I asked a question Feb 15, 2014. Someone please give me an answer. I usually apply when hair is dry. If I don’t blow dry hair is really dry and course. So lost and confused right now.

    1. Dee

      Hi Brenda..I’m not an expert in hair care, but i do believe you should be applying your oils when your hair is damp/wet…If your hair is dry when you apply the oils, all it will do is soak it all up..The hair should be wet..I stand corrected

  21. Yacnara martinez

    Hi im new to dis heLthy hair lifestyle i’ve read alot abou products n how to mosturize our hair n stuff so I went on and got all sores of stuff for da hair all new to me Morocan sulfate free sampoo n conditioner along with the oil, coconut oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, dogroo grow oil the one w/o mineral oil in it. So i started 2 weeks ago n i’ve been using the product some of the natural homemade deep conditioning treatment with honey n olive oil. I’ve been moisturizing everyday and sealing with oils( argan oil and coconut oil) 2x a day but from a few days i’ve experienced a lot of pain in my scalp n i dont knw wht 2 do or wht might have caused it, because all i’ve been doing its new to my hair n scalp n I do not want 2 stop my regimen because i’ve experienced great results n I really wnt my hair to grow im so tired of wings and weaves n stuff…. REALLY NEED HELP

    1. K

      Yacnara go easy on the castor oil,if u use too much it will irritate your scalp.I don’t think u should mix so many oils together

      1. mrs.baca

        I suggest that you alternate oils. Especially when deep conditioning. Deep conditioning should be done once every two weeks depending on scalp dryness and the amount of styling stress put on the hair. You can deep condition the hair shaft and ends 2-3 times a week. You mentioned quite a bit of oils and products. Sounds as if your scalp is irritated. Stop using all for one week. Monitor your own production of natural scalp oil. If the pain has subsided then clearly it is too much product. Use less and alternate. Give your hair and scalp off time as well. Too much of a good thing can turn sour in a second.

  22. lakeitha

    I am new to this I’ve been without a perm for a year and 3 months and my hair is really curly and I don’t kn what to put on it to look shiny and heathly after I wash it can someone help me

  23. pantina mus

    I love the way Red Palm Oil makes my babies hair feel. Any comments on using this. I just apply it to damp hair before shampooing their hair let it set for a few hours then rinse and shampoo well. End with a leave in conditioner that is mixed with avocado oil. Absolutely fabulous!!!!

  24. sowmya

    hello…. i looked into ur replies n im glad that it works out …. my problem is that i have scalp psoriasis n lupus so is it fine if i use these 3 oil mixtures on my scalp,, im losing hair bcos of these problems , wil it workout ..pls let me know ur valuable reply

  25. Dry Scalp Treatment

    Thanks for updating this kind of useful post. I was searching treatment for dry scalp from so long time but your post has been finished my search. I will definitely apply olive oil for the problem of dry scalp.

  26. Susan

    Hi Tamara,

    My hair is dry, tough and has a lot of split ends. Should I use these 3 oils to improve it? And I wonder how to use it in the right way:

    1. Wet my hair
    2. Apply the mixture of these oils on my scalp and hair strands. Massage my scalp and leave it there for 1 hour or more
    3. Wash my hair with regular shampoo (or should you please suggest me the shampoo I should use?)
    4. Do I need to use conditioner after washing my hair?
    5. How many times should I wash my hair during a week?
    6. Should I use any serum for my hair?

    Tks for your instruction.

    1. Tina

      My daughters hair is just breaking off all the time.Its bleached and she straightens it every day can she ever get her nice conditioned hair back or will it need cutting short .

      1. Hafeezah

        Tina your daughter’s hair needs a protein treatment you can Google then this will help her hair stay strong and healthy I also recommend that you stop her from bleaching it all the time

  27. HABEEB

    Hi Thamara

    My name is Habeeb, 28 years old man , my hair color is light blck . but i want my hair perfectly black i mean dark , can you suggest any hair oil any ideas . i am waiting for your gentle reply.

    Thank you .

    1. the_Dreamer82

      Rosemary oil has hair darkening properties. It’s a proven remedy for graying hair and those seeking to darken their tresses.

  28. Yolanda

    Hi Tamara, would you happen to have the reference information regarding the facts presented in the post? Thanks!

  29. Flora2

    I have very long colored hair that gets dry at the ends. I rub the Shielo Restoration Oil into wet or dry hair and the ends of the hair are just as supple as the hair at the roots. Plus, I am very, very tender headed and this Shielo Oil makes comb out easy-peasy.

  30. Hassan

    Hey Tamara, great post. I’m in the market for a natural oil for my hair. Im a black male. My hair is usually dry after I wash it and I develop dandruff pretty quick throughout the week. Which oil would you prefer? Also, should I condition with one oil and use a different one for everyday use? Thanks in advance.

  31. Mary

    Tried coconut and olive oils. And now, after reading this post, I am eager to try those avocado oil! Thanks for the suggestion. Enjoy your day! 🙂

  32. fazal

    Hiiii Tamara,
    My name is Fazal & I m 25years.my hair color is black & so silky and its not good & not growing well.please reply me which oil is best for my hair.plz reply me fast.

  33. Sarah Samuel

    Hi Tamara,
    I feel terrible for saying this but olive oil makes my hair feel crispy and brittle, it just sits upon the hair and then drips off. Coconut oil breaks the hair as soon as it touches it, in rather big clumps. It has been a journey caring for natural hair in this instance, but I think I’ve finally got to know what products my hair will tolerate. It seems only light oils like Argan, Castor oil (not Jamaican), Macadamia, Peach & Advocado are the oils that can be readily used and mixed with Shea butter for the LOC method, and the hair is thriving in it’s own naturally beautiful way. When this journey began I could attest to having curl patterns 4a,b & c in various areas of the scalp, but have since tried two oils mixed together with a leave-in moisturizer and now the curl pattern seems to have disappeared, now that was confusing since I had added extensions to the hair prior to crochet braiding, and everything seemed to be straight so it was hard detecting my own hair from the extensions. Loving crochet braids as it prevents the constant hand in hair syndrome, yes I am guilty of that also, so could relate when that blog was posted.
    So, although I would ideally love to enter contests for products, I cautiously do not, as most of them contain coconut oil which the hair is ‘allergic’ to.

    1. It's Just Me

      You are so right. I tried Blue Magic Organics Castor Oil and it made my hair break off within hours. Coconut is a main ingredient of it. My hair does not like coconut oil. I’m considering trying almond oil, but over the years all the suggestions from natural hair wearers have caused my hair to break. My hair seems to break using those “natural” oils.

  34. Asia

    I am newly natural, and I have to say that extra virgin olive oil works miracles. If you dont put it on heavily, its light and a great moisturizer. Could easily be the only moisturizer i need. Probably the best and cheapest you will find. My hair already visibly looks longer and healthier.Oh and jamaican castor oil as well. And if you want other great products try miss Jessie’s baby buttermik and miss Jessie’s coily custard, also great. Thank you for this article.

    1. maat da ruler

      I learned to stop taking advice from black women about hair growth it seems they recommend things that break your hair and keep the good growth aides like t444z a secret.

      1. Dee

        That’s a bit harsh. I think people in general will tell you what works for them, and sometimes it wont work for others that’s why its our responsibility to find out what works for us. Being natural is a journey, some people find their staple regimen early on and others years into being natural. It’s all part of the process.

  35. Sherry

    What works for one will Never work for all. People need to realize that. I doubt anyone is intentionally sabotaging your progress. You have to, through trial and error, find what works best for your hair.

  36. Rae

    I’m normally one not to be bothered with my hair and generally keep it either braided, in a bun or in twists. After going to China and discovering the nightmare of not being able to purchase hair oil I switched to using olive oil. Olive oil felt good on my hair and not greasy, plus it gave it that added shine; after coming back for a wedding I had to straighten my hair and was rather surprised to see how long it had gotten (as I normally have it in twists and they curl after swimming so appear short). As said before what works for some may not work for others but for me olive oil is deco the way to go. I’ve just started using coconut oil so I’ll se how that goes too.

  37. Pamela

    I use castor oil and olive oil, these two oils work for me.. The coconut oil drys my hair out and makes it hard. Does anybody else have this problem with coconut oil.

    1. the_Dreamer82

      Alleluia! !!!!!!! Finally, I have found someone experiencing the same issue as me w/ use of this much praised natural oil! I couldn’t understand why my results were dry, hard hair. I couldn’t even convince my mom that this was so . She, among hundreds of other people root for coconut oil. Seeing your post makes me realize that, no, I’m not crazy. ..the oil is in fact that not beneficial for our hair types. I’ve found olive oil much more hydrating, and flaxseed oil more nourishing, softening.

      1. Durelene Francois

        I use to have the same problem with coconut oil. the trick is to apply it on wet hair. also, a little goes a long way. Its worth a try for all its benefits

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  39. priya

    I have undergone chemotherapy 6 months back for Endometrial cancer, hence I lost hair . And now my hair started regrowing but at really very slow pace. What kind of natural hair products will help people like me?

    1. Jessica A Nelson

      Have you tried castor oil, which can grow and thicken hair? Cayenne pepper is also known to stimulate hair growth. Look up recipes for hair involving these.

  40. Imari

    I have been natural for about 10 years now. Every chance I get, I put my hair in braids. I usually stick with the single braids. Anyway, I’ve been noticing now, that my hair is starting to break off. I believe it’s because I’m not keeping it moisturized. But, when I do try to keep it moisturized, it’s like my hair eats it up within a few hours! By the end of the day, my hair is back to being dry. What oils should I be using? And how much should I use?

    1. afrokinkyhair

      Maybe there are other reasons why your hair is dry. Try the L.O.C method when you are moisturizing your hair. It stands for Liquid, Oil, Cream. Mist your hair with water, then apply an oil then seal it in with a cream or butter. I found that’s has helped me to keep my hair moisturized. Make sure that when you have your hair in braids that you still keep them moisturized. Spay your hair everyday with water and apply an oil and cream to keep the moisture in. Another thing is there might be other reasons why your hair is dry. I moisturized my hair every day but my hair was still dry. Read for more info on why your hair could be dry.

    2. AmCo

      Keep in mind oils are NOT moisturizers. Your number one source for moisture is H20. Whatever product that you use must have water listed as the first. Now to keep moisture in your hair, your hair may require a heavier oil or butters. My hair loves JBCO which is a heavy oil. My hair is low porosity, so coconut oil is not the best for MY head.

  41. Augustina Quarshie

    I have 4c hair and i need the best shampoo,conditoiner and oil to make grow long,thick and shinny.
    Am actually in Kuwait now so i will be glad to know the ptoduct they hv hear.Please will need a reply fast

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