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Hair Oils 101; A Tutorial

It’s Time to Polish Up Your Hair Oil Repertoire

Not too very long ago, the very mention of oils in hair products was unthinkable. Traditionally, oils weren’t considered desirable because they added weight and tackiness. But, professionals see oils very differently now. That’s because there’s an oil boom in the making, as women everywhere are asking for more ways to calm their frizz, while ensuring health and shine. Product companies are answering the call with a plethora of oil options. While the boom is new, oils themselves aren’t. For centuries, women around the globe have used botanical oils to lend their hair healthy sheen and appealing fragrance.

Macadamia Hair Oils Treatment

Argania spinosa kernel oil, or Argan oil, has been the superstar, with companies such as Moroccanoil, Agadir, Orofluido and DermOrganic creating entire lines around it. Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the Argan tree, which is indigenous to southwestern Morocco. The oil softens thick, coarse and unruly hair, and brings shine to dull hair. High in vitamin E, Argan oil also provides natural UV protection, which is especially beneficial for color-treated hair, but works on all hair types.

While Argan oils are definitely the most popular in this vast market, many companies have been blending it with other popular, health-boosting ingredients such as pequi and amla oils.

For example, Macadamia Natural Oil combines Argan with macadamia seed oils. The matching of these two oils, the performance of the product is unparalleled as far as the absorbency and as far as the great benefits. The combination of the two oils gives hair elasticity which prevents breakage and split ends.

hair oils

Although many women expect hair oils to leave a greasy residue, these oils can actually have the opposite effect, even with daily use. Many women who have finer hair will typically have an oilier scalp this helps even out the porosity in the hair. The oils also help speed up blow-drying time, similar to the way oil and water separate.

When combined with an oil, certain extracts like aloe vera, which is said to heal minor skin injuries, can help repair a scalp that’s been damaged by chemical processing. If your scalp is on the dry side, most of the time, you need to have a combination of natural and synthetic materials.

Botanicals have been around for a long time and as hair styles have changed, things become sort of cyclical. Botanical oils are gaining popularity among health-conscious consumers who have been pushing the envelope toward natural ingredients in food, personal care, and health.

Moroccanoil hair oils

One of the pioneers in the oil boom is Moroccanoil, which introduced its signature Moroccanoil three years ago. Driven bv the success of the initial products, the company has introduced new products ever since.

The popularity of the Moroccanoil products was especially evident among curly head women and the hair stylists who use the products. As a result the company answered the demand with several curl-specific products containing its argan oil. The line now boasts a curl-defining mousse, curl control cream and intense curl cream. Moroccanoil infuses their argan oil with vitamin A, E and F to protect against free-radicals.

What makes the Moroccanoil curl line so unique is that the formulas work on dry and wet hair. These formulations not only make styling easier, but they also decrease fizz, make curls more manageable, and restore moisture to the hair.

Now there are a number of great oils available, including: Mizani Supreme Oil; Oscar Blandi products with jasmine oil; Oribe Haircare’s oil-infused products; and Alterna’s Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil.

Bottles of four different hair oils

Oils and Their Benefits

Abyssinian Oil is a natural vegetable oil that contains a high percentage of unsaturated C22 fatty acids and produces a natural radiant luster. It will form a light continuous lipid layer to help detangle the hair and lock in essential moisture.

Amla Oil is considered one of the world’s oldest natural hair conditioners is marketed to stimulate hair growth and pigmentation and prevent premature graying of hair and dandruff, while increasing the strength of your hair follicles.

Argan Oil hydrates the hair, penetrating into the hair shaft and enhancing elasticity. It is especially good for uncontrollable and, unmanageable hair, restoring and repairing damage.

Avocado Oil is a perfect oil or dry hair and is full of vitamins such as A, E. D and potassium. This oil is typically added to other carrier oils for a deep treatment.

Castor Oil is rich in ricinoleic acid {triglyceride of fatty acid), and is marketed as nourishing to the hair and good for preventing a dry scalp. When added to hair care products, castor oil can seal in moisture, as well as and thicken hair.

 

Hair Oils

Coconut Oil helps in the lubrication of the hair. It hair and conditions the scalp, and provides the essential proteins for nourishing damaged hair. Also good for dandruff.

Hemp Seed Oíl brings gloss and manageability to hair as well as relief from dry scalp or hair damage caused by blow-dryer heat, chemical perms, hair color or sunlight. It contains moisturizing and replenishing essential fatty acids.

Jojoba Oil is great for all hair types, and has an ability to inhibit excess activity of the sebaceous glands making it the perfect choice for people with oily scalps that still need conditioning.

Kendi Oil is a source of multiple essential fatty acids (Omegas 3, 6 and 9). The oil, repairs and maintains the hair’s natural lipid layer while its anti-oxidant powerhouse Tocopherol fights free radicals, protecting hair from further damage.

Macadamia Nut Oil allows for absorption and rapid penetration into hair and skin. Macadamia includes a rich concentration of essential fatty acids, natural antioxidants and vitamins, which penetrate, smooth and coat the hair shaft, improving elasticity and strength, leaving hair nourished and revitalized.

Olive Oil strengthens and nourishes the hair in addition to adding shine, olive oil smoothes the cuticles and is great for frizzy hair.

Rosemary Herbal Oil is very useful for flaky dandruff problems. Rosemary oil is known to help stimulate follicles.

Vitamin E Oil is a well-known antioxidant, and acts as a rejuvenator to protect scalp and skin.

How to Apply Hair Oils

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