Let me tell you about essential oils for curly hair!
To give you a brief introduction on oils for your naturally curly hair, there are two main categories you will come across:
- ESSENTIAL OILS- highly concentrated scent, contain specific therapeutic benefits, normally extracted from plant sources and diluted with carrier oils
- CARRIER OILS- vegetable/nut/seed derived oil, usually odorless, can be used alone or used to transport or carry the scent and properties of an essential oil
Examples of essential oils widely used in the natural hair community are rosemary, tea tree, lemon, eucalyptus, lavender, and sandalwood. Carrier oils commonly used are olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, etc. Of course, there are many others, but these are found in many natural hair products for their healing and restorative properties. To help you navigate, here’s a list of some of the more popular and a few obscure natural oils on the market.
What curls do you care for? Not all coils are the same! Learn tips and tricks for your curls here.
For the best results, you should already know your curl type. Not all curls can use just any oil. Please read about curl types here.
Essential Oils: For Growth
Lavender promotes hair growth, keeps hair smelling fresh and floral, soothes sensitive scalps.
Peppermint essential oil gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body. which can relieve sore muscles when used topically. It also has antimicrobial properties so it can help freshen bad smells and stimulate hair follicles for growth.
Rosemary essential oil has antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities that make it beneficial in efforts to eliminate eczema, dermatitis, oily skin, and acne. Topical application of the essential oil or regular massage with the oil helps in toning your skin and removing dryness. It can also give your skin a healthy, even glow when regularly applied, or when it is the main component of your moisturizers and other creams. Powerful hair growth aid, good for relieving itchy scalps, reduces scalp inflammation, fights off scalp irritants and fungal scalp infections and treats dandruff.
Sandalwood keeps curls moisturized. It has a warm and woody scent, fights scalp infections, stimulates hair growth.
Essential Oils For Health:
Geranium helps to balance sebum production on the scalp, regulates hormones which combat hormonal hair loss, has a beautiful flowery scent that’s feminine, makes hair appear shiny.
Lemon essential oil is good as a disinfectant. Since Lemon oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties, Lemon is a good cleaner! It is used for cleansing the body, metal surfaces, dishes, and clothes. Has a refreshing and fruity lemon scent, combats oily scalp & hair, keeps hair clean, neutralizes scalp and hair mustiness, gives hair a beautiful sheen.
Tea tree essential oil has antiseptic properties and is good for hair growth. Tea tree oil helps to unclog hair follicles and nourish your roots. To use tea tree oil as a hair growth treatment, mix a few drops of tea tree oil with any carrier oil (coconut, jojoba, almond). Mix it well and massage the mixture onto the scalp. Rinse thoroughly. Tea tree oil is applied to the skin (used topically) for infections such as acne, fungal infections of the nail (onychomycosis), lice, scabies, athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), and ringworm. Disinfects the scalp, wards off scalp irritants and scalp infection causing microbes relieves dandruff, reduce itchy scalp.
Neroli essential oil is great for sensitive scalps, smells beautifully citrusy and floral, moisturizes hair, can be attributed to its properties as an antidepressant, aphrodisiac, antiseptic, bactericidal, cordial, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, disinfectant, antispasmodic, deodorant, emollient, sedative and tonic substance
Essential Oils For Moisture:
Jasmine instantly moisturizes dehydrated hair. Jasmine flower makes hair silky and shiny, has one of the most beautiful scents in the world.Knowing your porosity level is an excellent tool in your daily hair care.
Palma Rosa is good for giving hair a natural sheen. It has an enchanting scent, while hydrating dry curls.
Rose oil is a lightweight oil. Listen up my 3A-3C sisters out there, this is for you! Rose oil is perfect for waves or those with fine, low-density hair. Rose oil strengthens hair at the root, protects against frizz, adds shine and smells amazing.
Ylang Ylang smells exotically exquisite, boosts hair growth, makes hair shiny.
Learn how to test your hair, and find your porosity here.
I am describing these oils as a density of light and heavy.
- Lighter Oils: Can be used for all curl types. Curl types 3A-3C benefit most from these oils.
- Heavy Oils: Heavy oils are recommended for dense, tight coils, This is usually described as 4A-4C hair.
Argan oil is a rare oil making waves in the natural hair community for its moisturizing properties. Easily absorbed and quite nourishing, this oil is great for your hair, skin, and nails too. For curly girls, argan oil helps with manageability and can also strengthen the hair. It can be pricey, but a little goes a long way.
Coconut oil is light and non-greasy, coconut oil can easily be enjoyed by all hair types. Coconut oil is one of the few oils that can actually penetrate the hair shaft. There are several types of coconut oil available but go for the extra virgin (EVCO). This oil is typically clear in its liquid form and a white color that is solid at room temperature.
Grapeseed oil is a light and moisturizing hair oil that can benefit all types of curls. As a natural heat protectant, grapeseed oil can be used as a thermal agent up to 425 degrees when blow-drying or flat ironing. Apply a bit throughout the hair before applying heat to give your hair added shine and protection. This oil works great to strengthen each strand, increase manageability, and can also be used to combat dry scalp and dandruff.
Jojoba oil is closely matching the sebum, your hair’s natural oil, jojoba oil is a great staple in your natural hair care routine. This hair oil can be used to balance oil production at the scalp, helping to prevent the sebaceous glands from over-producing oil and causing an oily scalp and hair. Jojoba is also non-greasy and gives your hair a healthy shine.
Olive oil is packed with anti-aging antioxidants and hydrating squalene, making it superb for hair, skin, and nails. Just like coconut oil, it’s an essential in any DIY beauty maven’s kit. This multi purpose oil is a staple in many hair care regimens. Not only is olive oil a great pre-poo and hot oil treatment option, extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) works wonders to seal moisture in and can add a kick to your conditioning routine too. If you have finer hair you may want to use just a small amount in order to not weigh the hair down. Olive oil has been used as a hair treatment since ancient Egyptian times.
Sweet almond oil as a light, all-purpose oil is great for all hair types and offers many benefits to naturally curly hair. Sweet almond oil works great as a sealant, so apply a small amount on top of your moisturizer to lock in the moisture. It is also great for improving manageability by smoothing the hair shaft.
Avocado oil is this super nutrient-rich oil is heaven for thick-haired curlies. Chock-full of natural goodies like amino acids, minerals, and vitamins, avocado oil can help strengthen hair and enhance deep conditioning treatments. Try mixing this hair oil with your favorite conditioner as a deep treatment and adding a plastic processing cap or heat cap for added conditioning. Since this oil is a heavy and slightly oily, it is best for thicker or more tightly coiled strands.
Ayurvedic oils. For ages, these hair oils have worked wonders across the globe and they are a wonderful option for Naturals. Some of the more prominent oils are amla, neem, brahmi, and bhringaraj each of these distinctive oils offers their own unique benefits for your curls. For example, amla oil is great for condition the hair, neem oil is excellent for tackling dandruff, Brahmi can be used to stimulate hair growth, and bhringaraj is great to combat shedding and breakage.
Castor oil Is a heavier oil great for tighter coils. My sisters with 4a-4c, listen up. Castor oil can be great for sealing moisture into your hair. Many have also used this oil to help regain thickness around thinning hairline. A little definitely goes a long way. Too much can leave your hair heavy and weighed down. Another popular variation is Jamaican Black Castor Oil. This less refined version can be used to encourage hair growth as well as protect and seal your ends.
DIY RECIPE TIME
Lovely Hair Styler/Crème/Moisturizer
- ½ cup Organic Shea Butter
- ¼ cup pure Organic Aloe Vera gel or juice
- 5 dropsPalma Rosa Essential Oil
- 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 5 drops Tea Tree Oil
- Large mixing bowl
- A hand mixer, 8 oz glass container, preferably amber *to protect the product from light degradation
Mix it up!
- Scoop your soft shea butter into a mixing bowl (if your shea butter is hard, you might want to soften it first using a double boiler method or mashing it up a bit to get it to soften).
- Next, scoop in your pure aloe vera gel then add the drops of essential oil.
- Use the hand mixer to whip up the ingredients to a smooth creamy mixture.
- Transfer to an amber container and store in a cool dry place like your bathroom cabinet. Don’t forget to use the remainder (if any) in the glass bowl for your first application!
Hair Growth Treatment for Longer Thicker Curls
- Large Organic Egg
- 1 tsp Organic Coconut Oil
- 7 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
- 7 drops Lemon Essential Oil
- Blender Bowl
Mix it up!
Crack the egg into the blender with the coconut oil and blitz till it’s frothy.
- Pour it into a bowl and stir in the essential oils using a disposable chopstick.
- Your hair growth mask is ready!
- Apply it on dry hair over your bathroom or kitchen sink then tie up your hair and cover it with a shower cap. Let it penetrate for 10 minutes.
- When the time is up, wash off well with COLD water and shampoo, if you want.