From C+CJust because an oil is edible doesn’t mean it’s not amazing for your hair. When used correctly, hair is shinier, softer and lighter after being coated with oil from your kitchen pantry.

Not every oil will give you saturated, stringy hair and regardless of it’s texture, your hair needs oil to survive.

Castor Oil

Castor oil strengthens individual hair strands, which prevents breakage and hair loss. It also conditions the scalp. Its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties protect hair and scalp from infection. It has Omega-9 fatty acids that prevent the scalp from drying and stimulate hair growth. It’s also a humectants’ so it locks in moisture.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is the godmother of hair oil. It works wonders as a pre-poo treatment, a deep conditioner and moisturizer. Olive oil locks in moisture and lubricates thirsty hair cuticles. This lightweight oil fights dryness in both relaxed and natural hair. It also has antioxidants, which combat hair thinning and loss.

Rosemary Oil

If ever there were a hair oil with dual benefits that should be a mainstay in your beauty cabinet, this is it. Rosemary oil cleans the scalp and strengthens your locks while boosting shine. It’s ideal for tackling a dry scalp and ridding the scalp of dandruff. In addition to these nourishing benefits, this popular Mediterranean herb gives hair a visibly soft finish after the first use.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil reduces protein loss, thickens the hair, adds moisture to split ends and replenishes damaged hair. It reduces flaking of the scalp and is also a good styling aid (use it moderately).

Avocado Oil

This nutrient-rich oil helps with thinning and scalp irritation. Avocado oil has a lightweight formula so it absorbs into hair and scalp easily. It also has humectants, which means it adds moisture. It also works as a natural SPF. Furthermore, it’s full of vitamins A, D, E and B6 and amino and folic acids, all of which your hair craves. You can use avocado oil on hair as a deep conditioner, shampoo or hair mask but it works best with other oils such as olive oil.

Which natural oils do you use on your hair?

-Margaret Francois

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