At this point we have the basic understanding of Natural Oils, the different types and their many benefits to natural hair care and growth. We know how powerful Essential Oils are. Let’s talk Carrier Oils.
A carrier oil is a vegetable oil derived from the fatty part of a plant, usually from the seeds, kernels or the nuts. We use them often in food preparation.
Carrier Oils are also known as base oils/fixed in aromatherapy. According to aromaweb.com, the term carrier oil is derived from their purpose in carrying the essential oil onto the skin.
Carrier Oils for Natural Hair Care
A Carrier Oil is used to dilute essential oils to prevent irritations and sensitization that could arise from applying essential oil directly on the skin. They contain fatty acid, vitamins and nutrients that nourishes the skin and hair.
There are many to choose from. Select your oils according to the needs of your hair (hair type,porosity,density etc). High Porosity hair will need heavier oils than medium-low porosity hair for best results. Heavier Oils seal the outer cuticle layer slowing down the process of evaporation and in essence keep more moisture.
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|CARRIER OIL||PROPERTIES||USES||WEIGHT-TYPE||BEST FOR HAIR TYPE|
|scalp cleanser and conditioner, controls dandruff, prevents hair loss by replenishing hair shaft and follicles||Light Oil||All Hair types|
|ARGAN OIL||Rich in Vitamin A&E, antioxidant, Omega and Fatty Acids||treat split ends and tame frizz, sleek and shine styling. In Shampoo and Leave-in Conditioner||Heavy/Dense Oil||Dry Hair|
|HEMP SEED OIL
|very high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, protein rich (25%), vitamin E, Fatty acids provide emollient action (prevent water loss&softening effect)||used to relieve dry, itchy scalp, increase hair elasticity and shine to hair||Heavy Oil||Dry hair|
|SWEET ALMOND OIL||Saturated&Mono-saturated fats, penetrating properties||Great for Conditioning, Sealing and Protecting,||Light Oil||Fine&Thin Hair
If you have weakening/dry ends mix a sweet almond oil and castor oil base with rosemary essential oil and rub into your ends daily/regularly.
|AVOCADO OIL||Rich in Vitamins A, B6, D E, Amino(protein) Acids, Lecithin, monosaturated fatty acids. Penetrative||Sun protection||Light Oil||Dry, Frizzy Hair|
|GRAPESEED OIL||Vitamin E and Linoleic acid||Good as heat protectant||Light Oil||Thin Hair|
|OLIVE OIL||Rich in fatty Acids,Penetrative Properties||Great as a sealant, tames frizz and adds shine||Heavy Oil||Thick, Coarse, Frizzy Hair|
|CASTOR OIL||Rich in fatty acids,linoleic acid triglyceride||Uses to increase blood scalp circulation, prevent breakage and split ends||Heavy Oil||Dry&Course Hair|
|COCONUT OIL||Rich in Vitamin E and Lauric Acid. Penetrative||Used to reduce frizz andd add shine.||Light Oil||Fine&thin Hair|
I hope by now you get the gist on how Carrier and Essential Oils are beneficial to Natural Hair care and growth. It is important to add them in your natural hair care regime if you want to achieve healthy hair on fleek goals💯💯
Mixing both type of Oils together will have your hair swimming in Heaven! Remember It is important to buy your oils from quality distributors.
Read more on Natural Oils: How to Dilute Essential Oils with Carier Oils
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