Benefits of Natural Oils for Curly/Kinky Hair


Curly hair, biracial or not, benefits from oils. When I say oils, I don’t mean mineral oil! It just sits on top of the hair and blocks anything from coming out or going in. That and petroleum are not good for natural hair. Back in the day, most of the natural hair products out there had these as the main ingredients. In time, research has shown that natural oils are much better. Companies like Shea Moisture are making products with only natural ingredients and more have followed in their footsteps. In the L.O.C. method, the “O” stands for oil. Here are some oils to try along with the benefits they have for curly/kinky hair.

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• Coconut – Penetrates hair shaft to provide moisture, softens hair, reduces protein loss, adds shine, helps with detangling, combats frizz, fights itchy and dry scalp and dandruff (antifungal), helps prevent breakage, stimulates hair growth and prevents hygral fatigue in hair shaft.

• Olive – softens hair, prevents dry and itchy scalp and dandruff, adds shine, combats frizz, helps prevent breakage and seals in moisture.

• Grapeseed – lighter oil rich in Vitamin E, strengthens hair, reduces dandruff, adds shine, combats frizz, natural heat protectant and seals in moisture. (Less expensive option).

• Castor/ Jamaican Black Castor – softens, adds shine, stimulates hair growth, combats frizz, reduces premature greying, seals in moisture.

• Jajoba – light oil closest to sebum (oil produced by scalp), penetrates hair shaft to provide moisture, combats frizz, fights itchy and dry scalp and dandruff, prevents hygral fatigue and helps prevent breakage.

• Sweet almond – adds shine, stimulates hair growth, combats frizz, helps prevent breakage and seals in moisture.

• Avocado – light oil, adds shine, stimulates hair growth, combats frizz, helps prevent breakage and seals in moisture.

• Argon – softens hair, adds shine, helps with detangling, combats frizz, fights itchy and dry scalp and dandruff, helps prevent breakage, stimulates hair growth, minimizes damage from chemicals, strengthens hair and seals in moisture.

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As you can see, all of these oils and more are very beneficial to natural hair. My favorites are coconut and olive oil. They aren’t as expensive as some and still do a great job protecting the hair. You can do pre poos (conditioning/treating with oils before a shampoo and condition) or hot oil treatments, as well as using them to seal in the L.O.C. process. Remember that a little can go a long way, especially if your child’s hair type is in the 2’s or 3’s. Some people do L.O.C. in a bottle. Start with warm water and add a bit of leave-in and/or cream and a little oil. Shake well and use in between wash days for a quick alternative to adding products one at a time. Feel free to comment on your favorite oil. Thank you for reading.

-Sherry Ulvick