I hope your day is going well. I know mine is off to a great start. Finally got around to refilling my bottles and getting some post started for this site. Today is all about getting your hair into top shape to fight against this dry winter weather. But, in order to do that, we gotta make your day a little worse.
Did you know that hair products contain a lot of fillers and chemicals? This could be because since hair is essentially dead, it is easy to use one moisturizing ingredient (like shea butter or coconut oil) against many chemicals like synthetics dyes and Mineral oils. Moreover, drugstore brands are notorious for using large amounts of Cyclopentasiloxane (a silicon based compound that is an endocrine disrupter and increases organ toxicity (source)). Unlike certain alcohols that help with spread-ability on the skin, within hair care products they are bad.
Garnier’s Whole Blends Argan and Camilla oil $7:
1041707, PS3, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIMETHICONOL, CAMELLIA OLEIFERA SEED OIL, ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL, TOCOPHEROL, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, LINALOOL, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE, COUMARIN, LIMONENE, HYDROXYCITRONELLAL, CITRAL CITRONELLOL HEXYL, CINNAMAL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, BENZYL SALICYLATE, F.I.L. #D184855/1
This list was not easy to find and I can see why. The amount of crap in it is awful.
Let’s look at something a little more expensive.
Moroccainoil Treatment Original $44
CYCLOMETHICONE, DIMETHICONE, ARGANIA SPINOSA (ARGAN) KERNEL OIL, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, LINUM USITATISSIMUM (LINSEED) SEED EXTRACT, CI 26100 (RED 17), CI 47000 (YELLOW 11). MOT01
The first and third ingredients are silicone based. Cyclomethicone has a low hazard rating on EWG while dimethicone has a low-moderate one, contributing to organ toxicity especially in high doses (like in this!).
Hair care is expensive, but I am very wary of store bought oils because they tend to be packed with silicones and other fillers and very little real nourishing oils.
Now, for the better day!
There are a few great natural oils that can be used as hair oils. Like most plant based oils, they are moisturizing yet these five specifically promote hair growth, leaves hair soft and shiny, and easy to detangle.
Oleic acid: Is a monounsaturated fatty acid. Fatty acids are the main components of food fats, oils and fat deposits in animals and man. Besides the work they do inside the body, monounsaturated fats like oleic acid are less susceptible to spoilage than some other fats, which makes them useful in food preservation (source).
This oil is probably the most well known of the bunch. Macadamia nut oil is bursting with monounsaturated fatty acids that are able to spread the oil throughout the hair from root to tip. As the oil is made up mostly of oleic acid (source) This oil reduces hair loss and hair breakage as it contains palmitoleic acid which is know to slow down the aging process. Macadamia nut oil also contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and linoleic acid.
- Reduces hair loss and improves health of hair
- Revitalizes skin and hair (get that nice gloss)
- Contains antioxidants to fight free radicals
- Locks in moisture, tames frizz and strengthens hair follicles
#2 Tamanu Oil
If you are interested in buying Tamanu oil from this site, there are two different types: one from Vietnam and one from Madagascar. The only difference is the price; they are both cold-pressed and unrefined. I buy both but usually the Vietnam one because it’s cheaper.
Tamanu oil is probably my favourite oil. It is a cure all. I also recommend this oil above all else. While I love Rosehip, Tamanu can be used for rashes, wounds, pigmentation, hydration…just everything.
The oil is composed of phospholipids and glycolipids which are known to protect skin’s moisture barrier by creating a barrier over the skin to protect it (source). It contains tons of fatty acids and soothes dry scalp because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Protects the skin barrier
- Tons of anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (great for scalp burns and wounds)
- Quickens the healing process and smooths out split ends and frizz
- controls acne and hyper-pigmentation
Only a few stores actually use Babassu oil in their hair care which is sad because this stuff is amazing! Babassu is obtained from the kernels of the Babassu palm found in the southern regions of Brazil. Moreover, it contains a high content of lauric and myristic acids (source of antioxidants. Good in moderation only). Babassu oil is used as a substitute for coconut Oil because of their similar properties. It is a superior emollient for both dry and oily skin, and gently moisturizes the skin without contributing to an oily sheen (source). I really enjoy using this oil mixed in with my conditioner/co-wash and letting it sit for roughly twenty minutes to soothe my hair (source).
- Treats dandruff and split ends
- Reduces hair loss
- Soothes acne and eczema
- Increases hair strength
- Balances hormones
#4 Avocado Oil
Avocado Carrier Oil contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, D, E, and Beta carotene. It is classified as monounsaturated oil and is used for topical skin application (source). Moreover, because of the large amounts of vitamins in this oil, it instantly revitalizes the hair and nourishes it throughout the day!
- Contains antioxidants which fight free radicals
- Promotes hair growth
- Quickens healing process of burns and wounds
#5 Broccoli Oil
I don’t think anyone knows about broccoli oil. It’s still a hidden jem. I also like putting this in my conditioner to give it a nice boost (source). Its excellent antioxidant profile makes broccoli Seed Oil an easy substitute for silicones where the film forming activity results in a natural shine, and cuticle smoothing of the hair while preventing oxidation. This oil is light, non-greasy, and is easily absorbed into the skin (source). It also smells exactly like broccoli!
- Gives insane amounts of shine, more than any other oil
- Known as nature’s silicone
- Promotes hair growth and healthy hair
- Controls frizz
Tip: I love mixing macadamia nut oil, broccoli seed oil, and babassu oil (mixed with kukui nut oil and some essential oils) into a bottle and using that as a pre-shampoo treatment. This oil mixture is great for clearing up built up grease, oil, and dirt. Also makes getting rid of dandruff a lot easier.
Nonetheless, If you have to choose just one oil, I would choose Tamanu because it’s an all around pleaser. However, specifically for hair, it would be broccoli seed oil. I just love it so much. I love broccoli.