There was once a time when you would hardly find natural hair tips on the internet. If you decided to rock your natural hair, you would have to figure out close to everything on your own. Thankfully, a lot has changed over the years as there are now tons of information on natural hair care.
While rocking the natural hair, what we all want is a healthy natural hair that grows beautifully ( if you want the opposite, your hair should be chopped off). If you are new to this whole thing, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what and what not to apply. Fortunately, you’re in luck if you’re reading this article. Five important oils will be talked about here. These oils are free from side effects and will leave your hair healthy. They will also give your natural hair the boost you have been dreaming on. Let’s get right on with it!
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is an antibacterial and anti-fungal oil found in a coconut’s kernel. It possesses essential ingredients that help to nourish the hair, protect it and keep it moisturized. Some of these ingredients include : lauric acid, Vitamin E, Iron and Vitamin K. The lauric acid in the oil contributes to hair growth, protects the root of your hair and helps avoid hair breakage. The iron and vitamins act as moisturizing agents while giving your hair a wonderful sheen. Coconut oil in its natural form retains a lot of moisture and hardly breaks down when massaged into the scalp. Its nature is such that it is easily absorbed into the hair shaft, this quality makes it ideal for conditioners. All of its qualities are perfect for the afro-natural hair because of its inability to retain moisture and maintain dryness. Finally, coconut oil is effective in protecting hair from environmental damage, dandruff and lice.
2. Castor Oil
The oil gotten from the seeds of the castor plant is called Castor Oil, but do you know where it was first discovered? Beavers! Oops, you probably did not know that. Guess what “beaver “ is in Latin, you were wrong, it’s castor. Before the oil was found in plants, it was first found in beavers, thus the name “castor “. We learn everyday, right? Anyways, castor oil is a wonderful hair oil with lots of benefits, even though it can be quite viscous. Three important ingredients(fatty acids) are found in the oil, they include : oleic, ricinoleic and linoleic. These are important moisturizing agents and also decrease hair loss. Its moisturizing properties eventually renders the hair soft and improves the hair sheen. If you’re also looking for an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory oil, castor oil is what you need. The oil is easily absorbed into the scalp, clearing out irritants and bacteria and providing a conducive scalp environment for better hair growth. Go for the refined castor oil as it can be poisonous in its unrefined state.
3. Lavender Oil
The fragrance of lavender is enough to make anyone a believer. It literally has the ability to calm the nerves according to studies carried out in 2012. Away from that, lavender is a hair oil that can do wonders to your natural hair. The oil is gotten from the pretty purple lavender plant. Lavender oil is known to make hair grow. This was ascertained with an experiment in which the oil was applied to the hair of mice and significant hair growth was noticed. It was also noticed that the hair grew faster and thicker. This means cases like alopecia are not hopeless (Praise God!). Lavender is also antimicrobial, this means that it prevents bacterial and fungal growth. It also cleans up the scalp preventing itches or dandruff. Using lavender oil also reduces the risk of a lice infestation and prevents dryness of the scalp.
4. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil is an oil gotten from peppermint. A compound called menthol is found in the oil, which is responsible for most of its usefulness. It is known also for its pleasant scent which gives the hair a fresh smell and is thus found in shampoos and several other hair or scalp products. The oil helps protect the scalp from scalp problems like itching, dryness and others. Its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties help protect the hair from infections and inflammations, eliminate dandruff and combat lice . It is also known to prevent hair loss, because of its menthol property which helps to improve blood flow, thus creating a good environment for hair growth. You will almost always find it in hair thinning or balding products. Peppermint oil is generally filled with a lot of essential minerals and nutrients with fatty acids, all of which work together to give you a healthy hair.
5. Chamomile Oil
Chamomile goes beyond being used as tea. Its oil is beneficial to the scalp as it prevents dryness and dandruff. It is often used as a replacement for chemical treatments that are unhealthy for the hair to treat mite and lice infestation. Chamomile oil also works to soothe the scalp and protect it from infections. Collagen is a protein that supports hair growth and re-growth – chamomile oil increases the proportion of this protein in the hair which in turn improves hair growth. The oil possesses Vitamin C and Vitamin E which keeps the hair healthy and protects hair damage. It is also useful in promoting oil production and helping balance your scalp’s acidity, this in turn helps regulate oily hair. Finally, chamomile oil enriches the colour and sheen of the hair by just adding a few drops to the hair.
In conclusion, it is of great importance what you apply to your natural hair. However, having a great natural hair is not just about finding the right hair oil or hair product. A lot of other simple things contribute to having the hair of your dreams.
They include :
• Avoid frequent styling and maneuvering of your hair to prevent hair breakage
• When detangling hair, do so with great care to get the best result.
• Try to reduce using heat on your hair as much as you can .
• Avoid washing your hair so much with hot water, warm water is a better call. Hot water can cause hair dryness.