So what’s the big fuss about hair oils and is it actually that good people keeps telling? Let me break down the facts to you and after that you can decide whether to go for it or lay low at the moment. I will tell you what are hair oils and why they are beneficial for keeping your hair healthy and curly.
What are hair oils?
Hair oils are blended oils that uses carrier oils and essential oils together. A carrier oil is a vegetable oil derived from the fatty portion of a plant, usually from the seeds, kernels or the nuts. Carrier oils are used to dilute essential and other oils prior to topical application. Essential oils are concentrated liquids distilled from parts of the plants, most commonly from the leaves and branches. They containing volatile aroma compounds from the plants giving them their well-known odour. For example castor oil is obtained by pressing the seeds of the castor oil plant and basil essential oil instead is distilled from the leaves of the herb basil.
Why are they beneficial for hair?
Okay know we know more or less where do they come from, but what makes them so good for your hair? Well oils contains fatty acids, which are key ingredients for healthy hair. They aid with blood circulation and cell growth, which are important for your hair follicles. One of the two main fatty acids in vegetable oils are oleic and linoleic acid.
Oleic acid is a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid and occurs naturally in various animal and vegetable fats and oils. The highest sources of this pale yellow oily liquid are avocados, olive oil, and canola oil. Many of these oils are popularly used to stimulate hair growth and make hair thicker, longer and stronger. Oleic acid will also control water loss in your strands while making your hair softer and more flexible.
Linoleic acid is a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid, which cannot be created by our own body unlike oleic acid. It is an essential fatty acids meaning that our body needs it but cannot create it, and therefore must be obtained from other sources. Linoleic acid is found in the lipids of cell membranes, and it is abundant in several vegetable oils, safflower, sunflower, and corn oils. Linoleic acid stimulates hair growth, maintains a healthy scalp conditions, and like oleic acid, will control water loss in your hair.
Oils that are high in oleic acid:
- Avocado oil → From our products Coily hair oil
- Apricot oil → From our products Kinky hair oil
- Sweet Almond oil → From our products Fortune oil and Wavy hair oil
- Hazelnut Oil
- Olive oil
Oils that are high in linoleic acid:
- Grapeseed oil → From our products Wavy hair oil
- Safflower oil
- Evening Primrose oil
- Hemp seed oil
- Pumpkin seed oil
These two essential ingredients make up the backbone of many of the natural oils and sebum. And they are not only beneficial for hair, they have many other health benefits, such as improving your immune system with their anti-inflammatory properties and their ability to fight harmful free radicals and reduce oxidative damage in your body. They have found to reduce breast cancer and supporting blood health and blood circulation.
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The benefits of essential oils for hair
When it comes to using essential oils for hair, there are many benefits you might like. Many studies have demonstrated that essential oils, such as lavender and rosemary, possesses hair growth-promoting effects. You can find also good treat for dandruff and dry scalp from tea tree and sage oil, which have great anti-inflammatory properties. Most of the essential oils increases cellular metabolism and blood circulation in your scalp and therefore can stimulate hair growth.
In a nutshell, make sure you include these oils as much into your hair care regimen than into your diet and you will see results in your well being.