Besides a good diffuser or a great moisturizing conditioner, oils for curly hair should be every curly gal’s best friend. There’s a plethora of oils one can use on their ringlets but it all depends on your specific need. To help you on your quest for finding the best oils to use on your hair, read on as well break it down with this simple guide.
Oils for Curly Hair: How to Implement Oils into Your Hair Routine
Moisturize Curls Daily with Oils
It is true, and we have said this time and time again: Curly hair is naturally dry and there’s almost no way around changing that. What you can do however is find a way to keep moisture in your hair. There are some oils for curly hair that work well when it comes to moisturizing. An oil like coconut oil has the ability to penetrate the hair shaft, allowing it to condition and moisturize your curls from the inside. To use, add a few drops of this oil to your hands and work it through your hair in sections. Too much oil can cause weighed-down locks so go easy on the application.
Locking In Moisture
If you’re after an oil that will trap in the moisture that you’ve added to your hair after moisturizing it with a hair lotion, leave-in conditioner or water, you need an oil that is considered as a sealant to lock it all in. Castor oil is a great sealant. This oil has a super thick consistency and stays on the top layer of your hair. Unlike coconut oil, it doesn’t have the ability to penetrate into your strands. Rub a small amount of castor oil onto your locks after moisturizing your hair to seal your moisture in.
Oils as Heat Protectants on Curly Hair
Are you a fan of using a blowdryer, curling iron or flat iron on your hair? Other than using heat protectants, you can also use oils as a protective barrier. A great oil for heat styling is Argan oil. This oil has a lightweight consistency, so it won’t weigh your curls down. Another great oil for heat styling is grapeseed oil which is said to have a high smoking point which gives it the ability to withstand heat. However, unlike Argan oil, grapeseed oil can leave your hair feeling weighed down if you apply more than needed.
Oils for Curly Hair Treatments
You can use just about any oil on your hair as an oil treatment. It’s up to you if you want to use a natural oil, or a product infused with an oil. If you’re looking for a moisturizing treatment, avocado and olive oils are great. If you’re looking for damage repair, you can opt for a coconut oil treatment. One of our favorite coconut oil infused products is Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Oil. Add a few pumps to damp hair for repairing visible hair damage. This formula smooths rough cuticles on your hair and leaves your curls shiny and healthy-looking.
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