Excellent Oils for WinterSunday, January 01, 2012
Hopefully you are all enjoying the festive season or at least enjoying the time off work!
Accompanying this festive season is always the inevitable cold snap. So I thought I would give you a run down and description of some oils that can help maintain and moisturise your hair in the cold and dry months
Some Excellent Oils for Dry Environments:
- Jojoba Oil - Another of my favourite sealers. Due to the tight coil pattern of our type of hair we produce very little sebum (the scalp's natural oil) resulting in the dryness and breakage which is very common. It is easily absorbed by the hair and scalp and provides excellent lubrication and smoothing. Natural Contents: Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E (RICH IN), Myristic Acid, Plant Wax (mimics skins collagen).
- Avocado Oil - has regenerative and moisturising properties. Natural Contents: Vitamin A, B1, B2, D, and E, Rich in protein, linoleic acid, minerals.
- Coconut Oil - Oh the heavenly smell. This oil is another moisture sealer leaving hair feeling soft and supple. Natural Contents: vitamins A, B and E as well as phosphorus, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium.
- Mint Oil - ph balancing and soothing properties help with the itching many of us with dry scalp experience. Pairs well with carrier oils such as almond, castor or olive oil. S
Some Excellent Oils for Cold Environment
- Macademia Nut Oil - A natural emollient, because of its similarity to sebum, it infuses into the hair and scalp and is absorbed very quickly. An excellnet protectant from chemical and heat damage and gives natural UV protection. My favorite blow dry cream at the momnet is the Body Shop Macademia Straightening Balm, great smell and leave my hair feeling silky and smooth even after blow drying. Natural Contents: Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, proteins and minerals
- Safflower Oil - Softens and retain natural moisture. Natural Contents: Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, B6, Vitamin E, Rich in linoleic acid and minerals.
- Castor Oil - Castor oil helps to seal in moisture.It is a humectant ie. attracts moisture to the hair. It also makes hair softer, promotes growth at the scalp and causes hair to become thicker with regular use. You already know that I am partial to the castor oil of the 'Jamaican Black' (JBCO) variety and I cannot recommend this enough.
- Sweet Almond Oil - This oil is good for dry and dull hair. Lubicating but not penetrating Contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E, and essential fatty acids.
- Neem Oil- natural antibacterial and soothing properties. Excellent for use on fungal infections. Natural Contents: Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D, Rich in protein, linoleic acid, minerals.
- Apricot Kernel - The high content of Oleic acid gives Apricot greater affinity with the skin compared to some other oils which means that it is more easily absorbed. Natural Contents: Vitamin A Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B6, B17 and Vitamin E.
- Argan Oil - has some anti-ageing properties, due to high levels of Vitamin E and saponins (which soften the skin), these are well documented. It cools and soothes inflammation. Its ant-oxidant properties contribute to the neutralization of free radicals, particularly useful in the polluted Western hemisphere. Natural Contents: Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, proteins and minerals
Products with these oils are excellent for the winter months or I like to use some of these oils on their own as a prepoo or mixed with my deep conditioner.
Did I leave any out?
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