For curly, coarse, or dry hair, some extra TLC in wintertime is necessary. Dry indoor air, icy cold, and dehydration can zap the life from your locks. Provide nourishing relief from the elements with some repairing and moisturizing natural oils. These inexpensive remedies can be found in most health food stores and turned into effective DIY beauty treatments. Here are our picks for beautifying, heath-enhancing hair oils.
Sweet Almond Oil
High in vitamins A, B and E, sweet almond oil repairs split ends, improves circulation in the scalp to produce stronger hair, and can add shine to dull, stressed-out tresses. Simply rub this oil into the ends of the hair and leave it to soak in overnight to wake up with noticeably softer-feeling, stronger hair. Or, make a hair mask with equal parts almond oil and avocado or egg yolk. Leave in for hair to soak up to an hour.
Argan oil puts life back into dry, flyaway hair. The main ingredient in the uber-popular Morrocan Oil Treatment, argan oil penetrates the pores of the hair shaft and follicles to enhance hairs' elasticity. This oil also contains a high concentration of antioxidants and moisturizing omega-3 fatty acids. To use, take a strand of hair and rub oil in starting at the ends (the amount will depend on hair thickness) then style as usual. The lightweight oil will work it's magic all day long.
Commonly found in cosmetic creams and soaps, coconut oil has been used for thousands of years. It prevents breakage and frizz, retains moisture, and sooths an irritated scalp. It’s also said to prevent dandruff and hair loss. Use it as a natural intensive conditioner by keeping a coat on hair or a few hours or over night, then washing out in the morning. Say goodbye to static!
The only oil who’s molecular structure is similar to sebum (the oil the scalp naturally produces), jojoba oil is readily accepted by hair follicles. It’s antibacterial properties sooth and treat dandruff and dry itchy scalps, and adds volume by filling in cracks in the hair shaft. Massage into scalp after washing to improve circulation and lock in moisture.
This pantry staple is rich in monosaturated fats, which improves improve elasticity and restores shine (which also makes it great for cuticles.) It’s one of the top emollients, and can penetrate hair better than others. Ideal for sensitive skin and hair. A DIY olive oil treatment, heat the oil ad add essential oils. Massage into scalp, then wrap hair in a hot towel for 20 minutes to an hour.