05 March 2014

It's too Cold to Blog...

...Apparently the Polar Vortex has the East Coast in it's Grasp. 
So, I thought I'd post this friendly reminder about taking care of natural hair in the frigid months - orignially posted on All-Natural Locs

Great Oils for Sealing in Moisture in Your Natural Hair
Author Stacie Harris
Stacie Harris:
Author, Natural, and Mom
 
Coconut Oil - Unrefined Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is a best bet for optimal hair health. The molecular structure of this oil is small enough to allow it to penetrate the hair shaft, but in a very limited quantity. It is usually most effective when used with water or a water-based leave-in conditioner. The natural protein it provides can help fortify new growth and minimize damage to hair.


Olive Oil - Extra Virgin Olive Oil is also known for its penetrating and moisturizing properties. Similar to coconut oil, it is best used with water or a water-based leave-in conditioner. It’s also a great as part of a monthly deep treatment with avocado and coconut milk…see the recipe here.

Avocado Oil - Avocado Oil is another penetrating and moisturizing oil. High in essential vitamins and nutrients, many have seen improved hair stimulation and growth using this oil regularly. It’s best used as weekly deep treatment before washing.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil - is the unprocessed form of Castor Oil. It works great to soften hair, draw out impurities, and stimulate hair growth. Its thick consistency makes it an ideal sealant for thicker hair textures.

Grapeseed Oil - is idea for those wanting to seal in the moisture from their water-based leave-in conditioner without the weight of heavier oils. This light oil is extremely effective, for fine or thin hair textures. Try using Grapeseed oil as a deep treatment mixed with a few drops Lavender Essential Oil or Tea Tree Essential on a monthly basis.

Jojoba Oil - is light and effective for sealing moisture in natural hair. It is also an effective treatment for dry / flaky scalp… a deep massage with jojoba oil before washing the hair will help replenish lost moisture and restore proper pH balance.

If you feel that oils aren’t exactly right for sealing in moisture in your natural hair, try using a natural vegetable butter or a leave-in conditioner with  with Pure Aloe Vera Juice (Its acidity is perfect for closing the cuticle).