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We all have favorite oils to apply to our hair and scalp and many beauty companies are adding these oils to their hair care lines because of the added benefits. But how do they all measure up against one another?

Keep reading to learn more about the top five oils for natural hair.

1. Argan Oil also called Moroccan oil, comes from the argan tree, native to Morocco and is most known for treating and aiding in the prevention of split ends. It includes vitamin E and fatty acids that are perfect for conditioning the hair. This oil can used as an overnight deep conditioner, it will leave hair soft and shiny with minimal frizz.

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2. Avocado Oil also contains Vitamin E and fatty acids and is known for its easy absorption into the skin and hair follicles. It also contains biotin, a great nutrient for healthy hair and nails. Though it is emerald green in color, it won’t stain your locks. One benefit to this oil is that it will remain in its liquefied state, unlike coconut oil, which will solidify when the temperature drops.

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3. Castor Oil, specifically the Jamaican Black Castor Oil, is a naturalista must have. This heavier oil is praised for its ability to stimulate hair growth and is best used when massaged into the scalp or as a hot oil treatment.

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4. Coconut Oil is typically used to stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss. Coconut oil is lightweight and known for its ability to easily penetrate the hair and add shine. It can also be used as a deep conditioner and can even help prevent excessive scalp sweat.

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5. Antioxidant-rich Olive Oil adds moisture and shine to dull hair. It can be used as a sealant to wet hair after conditioner is applied, or applied to dry hair and then use a blow dryer to allow time for the hair to absorb the oil.

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While all of these oils are great on their own, some are even better when mixed together to make your own concoction. I generally mix castor and coconut oils together in my hands before applying all over my hair and scalp. My 4C hair seems to respond really well to the combination of the heavier castor oil and the lightweight coconut oil.

Let us know which oils work best for your hair or what combinations you use!


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Lieryn Johnson
Lieryn Johnson

Lieryn currently resides in Nicaragua. She is allergic to Chicago winters.

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