My Hair Oil Blend

Hi Lovelies!

I've been getting a lot of questions about how I use all the oils I'm always yammering on about in my hair posts. So today I'm going to show you how I make my signature hair oil blend and how I use it. Here's what I usually put it mine:


Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Castor Oil
Tea Tree Oil
Coconut Oil
Jojoba Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Aloe Vera Gel

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) - This is one of my favorite oils because its so incredibly easy to find, it's cheap and I love the way it smells. EVOO penetrates the hair shaft so its able to condition your hair improving its strength and elasticity.

Castor Oil - I mentioned the benefits of castor oil in my last hair haul post. Its excellent for repairing breakage and stimulating hair growth and thickness. It's also an excellent humectant and can help with dry, itchy scalp. Now that I am a proud owner of some Jamaican Black Castor Oil ( a raw, unrefined version of castor oil) I am very excited for my edges lol.

Tea Tree Oil - Also mentioned in my hair haul post, tea tree oil is another favourite of mine. Its also known to stimulate your scalp and hair growth.

Coconut Oil - Coconut oil is one of the best oils for penetrating the hair shaft which is amazing because it means your hair actually gets all the amazing properties this oil has. Its amazing for conditioning, moisturising and strengthening you hair. Its also jam packed with antioxidants and anti-microbial properties.

Jojoba Oil - Jojoba oil is said to be the most similar oil to our natural body oil, sebum. So its easily absorbed by your hair and skin and is excellent for moisturising. Like coconut oil it has really good anti-fungal properties and antioxidants.  Its also very expensive (boo!) so I'd suggest shopping around. A friend brought me some from a souk in Dubai.

Sweet Almond Oil - Another Dubai souk treat and natural hair community favourite. Sweet almond oil is said to prevent hair loss and improve hair thickness and shine.

Aloe Vera Gel - I've talked about aloe vera gel all over my blog already so I'll keep it short. Its an excellent conditioner and helps with dry, itchy scalp and dandruff. It also promotes hair growth.

I honestly don't take any measurements I just combine random amounts into a bottle with an applicator tip, I use one from an old dye kit (Huge cheer for all the hoarders in the house!) and shake it up!

So how do I use my oil blend?

Daily Moisturising , Sealing and Head Massages  
This is the most important part of my regimen. No matter what style I'm rocking I make sure to spritz my hair with water or use a water-based leave-in conditioner and always follow up with my oil blend to lock in the moisture. Afro hair is especially prone to dryness so this step is very important. Simply using oils or conditioner won't keep your hair moisturised, so remember this two-step process! In addition to sealing my ends I love treating myself to scalp massages whenever I have some time. Just warm the oil up in your hands and massage you scalp for about 10 minutes. Its an excellent way to get the blood flowing up there and to stimulate growth.

Hot Oil / Pre-poo treatments 
I heat up about 6 tablespoons of my oil blend in the microwave (in a microwave safe bowl) and saturate my hair in the oil for bout 20 minutes. You can also cover your hair in cling film and put a hot towel over it to make sure the oils stay warm. There's a lot of debate bout whether or not you should do this on dry or wet hair and before or after shampooing. I recommend you play around with it and see what your hair likes. But I usually do this on wet hair and then shampoo/co-wash my hair after. I try to do this about once or twice a month particularly whenever I use a clarifying shampoo.

In my deep conditioner 
In my Hair Care Regimen post, I filled you in on how I make my weekly deep conditioner. After I've washed my hair, I'll put my deep conditioner on my hair and sit under my trusty steamer for half an hour. This has been a staple part of my hair routine since I started this journey. I love how this makes my hair feel -softer, shinier and healthier than its ever been. 

Some other excellent oils for stimulating the scalp and hair growth are rosemary and peppermint oil so chuck those in to your blend if you have any! Also, I'm not saying you should go out and buy all these oils! I'd suggest you start off with 2 or 3 and gradually add some more to your collection as you go on with your journey. To start off with, I'd suggest olive, coconut and castor oil. Make sure to buy unrefined, raw or virgin oils if you can. A lot of companies have caught on to this and use these buzz words so always check the ingredients! I've nearly bought "pure oils" that had more than one ingredient listed on the back so always check.

So that's it folks! I hope it helps you all.


Love,
Ifeyinwa

 

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    Pls where in Lagos do u get ur unrefined oils? I've been looking all over for unrefined Almond oil but the places I've seen have had the "100% pure and REfined". Thanks. Buki

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Thank you ♥