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Oils for Curly Hair Are a Curly Gal’s Best Friend

Oil your way to beautiful, healthy-looking ringlets.

Besides a good diffuser or a great moisturizing conditioner, oils for curly hair should be every curly gal’s best friend. There are a plethora of oils one can use on their ringlets but it all depends on your specific needs. 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

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Kick dry hair to the curb on a daily basis. Rub moisturizing oils for curly hair on your strands at night for moisture.

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.

Alternatively, you can use a coconut-infused oil like Love Beauty and Planet Hope and Repair Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang 3-in-1 Benefit Oil.

Locking In Moisture

If you’re after a hair 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.

You can also opt for a castor oil infused leave-in product like SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner.

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.

We suggest Love Beauty and Planet Sandalwood & Grapeseed Natural Oils Infusion for an easy way to get the benefits of multiple oils.

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 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.

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