Moisturize Using Natural Oils

As a naturalista, one of the big secrets to maintaining your hair's health is moisture retention. Natural oils help! If your hair is properly conditioned and moisturized, it is highly unlikely that your hair will break or sustain damage. Try adding an ounce of these oils to your natural hair shampoo, deep conditioner or just use as a daily upkeep to a protective style like a straw set. These natural oils will be sure to seal in your hair's moisture, promoting a soft feel and tremendous hair growth. They are also a trusted means of controlling hair breakage.

Since natural strands are far more thirsty than processed strands, you'll find that natural oils are a trusted means of sealing moisture into hair and should be added to your natural hair care regimen right away. Fun Fact: The rule of thumb in the naturalista game is if you can eat it, it can probably be used on your hair and skin. That's what's cool about these natural oils. All of them are edible and are great for dry skin, too.

Products can be found at Walgreens, Walmart and Amazon. Here is a simple search tool to find and buy all other natural hair products. Even obscure ones!!!

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Jojoba Oil

Jojoba (pronounced ho-ho-bah) Oil is a liquid wax derived from the seeds of the jojoba plant of the deserts of Mexico. Its oil is similar in structure to the natural oil in our hair called sebum. Sebum is an oily substance secreted by the sebaceous glands that prevents hair and skin from drying out. So, it's perfect for preventing flakes.

Tip: Try adding a small amount of Jojoba Oil to your shampoo for soft, supple hair. This oil promotes natural hair growth and regeneration. The oil is light enough to be used daily to nourish and condition your scalp.

Retail: US $11-$15

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Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet Almond Oil is extracted from pressed Almonds. It is rich in vitamins A, B1, B6 and E which improve hair growth and good circulation in the scalp. 

Tip: Try adding this oil to your conditioner or homemade spritz (a mix of 4 oz water, 2 oz vegetable glycerin, 2 oz sweet almond oil and 5 drops of your favorite essential oil, e.g. Lavender, Rosemary etc. in a spray bottle). You can also put a little Sweet Almond Oil onto your fingertips and massage it into your scalp bi-weekly.

Retail: US $5-$15

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Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil or EVOO, also a favorite of health-conscious cooks, contains antioxidants, stimulates circulation and helps facilitate nutrient absorption into the scalp and hair follicles.

Tip: Add EVOO to other hair products to provide extra slip, so the product glides smoothly through the strands, making manipulation of the hair easier. It is a great detangling agent and a wonderful source of sheen. If you hair feels stripped of its moisture after a shampoo, try adding a dime-sized amount into your palms and rub it into you wet hair.

Retail: $5-$7

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Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed Oil is a light, odorless, non-greasy oil with Vitamin E and linoleic acid that helps to strengthen the hair. It supplies sheen and moisture, reduces brittleness and protects against split ends. 

Tip: Use Grapeseed Oil as heat protectant when you blow dry or Instyle your hair. It's great because it has an extremely high burn point, withstanding heat of up to about 420 degrees (F).

Retail:$5-7

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Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil, preferred by health-conscious chefs for high-heat cooking, also promotes healthy hair growth and skin maintenance. It possesses a high level of Vitamin E, K and saturated fatty acids. The oil is also rich in antioxidants so it keeps your scalp dandruff-free.

Tip: Use by itself or in combination with other carrier oils as a hot oil treatment. Warm two ounces of the oil and apply it to your hair, cover with a plastic cap and leave in for 30 minutes. Perform twice per month for beautiful results.

Retail: $7-$15

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Black Castor Oil

Black Castor Oil, which you may find as Jamaican or Haitian Black Castor Oil, is a raw, unrefined form of castor oil so it retains most of its nutritive properties. Note: It is not the same as plain old Castor Oil. Black Castor Oil, despite its pungent scent, increases hair growth by stimulating blood flow to the scalp. It works wonders on excessive shedding, dandruff, eczema and dry scalp. It seals moisture so well that hair remains soft for multiple hours.

Tip: This oil is thick so try adding just an ounce to your deep conditioner. You can also try combining one ounce of Black Castor Oil to two ounces of a lighter oil like Sweet Almond or Grapeseed oil for daily conditioning.

Retail: $8-$12

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