Traditional societies have long understood the benefits that natural oils can offer hair: nourishment, luster, health, thickness and better growth. Recent findings also suggest that oil is good for hair, just as moisture is good for skin, particularly when combined with massage.
Different kinds of natural oils; olive, coconut, almond, mustard oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, rosemary oil and various others are used, depending upon the climate, traditions of the people and the topography and vegetation of the area.
Here is what natural oils can do for your hair:
Olive oil is one of the most recommended hair oil. Because of the many nutrients it contains it is good for the hair shaft as well as the scalp. It helps to condition the hair and moisturize it, lending shine and luster. Many also recommend warm olive oil massage to the scalp for combating problems such as dandruff.
Almond oil is another natural oil that is traditionally used not only for hair health but for great looking skin. Packed with natural nutrients, almond oil can help to stimulate the hair follicles to grow and can help combat hair loss, thereby boosting growth of fine or thin hair.
Coconut oil is something that many traditional communities swear by. It is believed that the molecular structure of this oil enables it to penetrate the hair shaft to nourish it. This is supposed to boost hair protein and prevent hair loss. This oil is however difficult to use during the cold seasons since it has a high freezing point and can feel uncomfortable when it congeals in the hair. It is best suited for warm climates.
Jojoba oil is thought to be similar to our scalp’s natural oils and can therefore help the hair in all the different ways that our body’s own natural oils can.
Rosemary oil is another remedy that not only helps to moisturize the hair and scalp, but is also thought to prevent hair loss by stimulating the hair follicles. It may also, in cases help with dandruff, premature graying of hair and reducing frizz and brittleness of hair.
Avocado oil is one more natural oil that is supposed to be great for the hair and scalp. Not only can it help nourish the hair and prevent hair loss, it can also help to ease dandruff.
When you buy natural oil for the hair, look for ‘virgin’ or ‘cold pressed’ oil that has few or not additives, so that your tresses get the best of nature’s goodness.