Hair oils are a must have when it comes to managing hair, especially if you have a dry, itchy scalp. There are so many benefits to using hair oils and also so many out there. With all that being said, it’s important to understand all that using hair oils has to offer and learn about a few that you may want to add to your collection.
Different Purposes For Using Hair Oils for Dry Itchy Scalp
Hair oils have so many different uses to them and are a very multifunctional product. The overall theme for the uses of hair oils are moisture and nourishment. Whether you are using a hair oil on its own or adding it to another solution, oils are used to replenish that dry itchy scalp and nourish your hair. We’ve listed some of the ways that oils are used below. What do you use hair oils for?
Adding Hair oils to the hair when detangling makes it easier for the hair to glide past one another without it breaking or pulling other strands. Additionally, nourishment of the oil allows the hair to stretch more, making it easier to comb out.
Deep Conditioning is something that should be done regularly when managing black hair. It’s important to alternate between moisture and protein deep conditions to ensure that there is a good balance between the two. Oils are used in deep conditions when you want to increase your hair moisture and softness.
Scalp treatments and massages promote new hair growth as it stimulates the blood flow in the scalp which results in the hair follicles opening up and the dead skin being removed.
Hair oils are great to use within scalp treatment especially if you have a dry scalp that is lacking moisture. A dry scalp can be tough and it's important to get that nourished as soon as possible so that it does stump your hair growth and cause any hair damage or breakage.
If you’re curious about learning more about how to manage a dry itchy scalp, check out our last blog, How to Soothe a Dry Scalp & Conquer Dandruff.
Seal In That Moisture
Hair oils can give the hair a natural shine. Coarse, textured, and curly hair naturally requires more moisture to stay hydrated and nourished. The extra oil coats the hair and is used as a sealant which causes the oil to be stored in the hair and formulating a smoother cuticle.
Why You Should Use Hair Oils Before Installing A Wig Or Sew-In, Especially if you have a Dry, Itchy Scalp
The use of hair oils is not limited to natural hair styles, it is also very important to use hair oils before and during wearing a sew-in or wig. When you are wearing a sew-in or wig, you are not washing your hair as frequently, though you don't want to be patting that weave non-stop. We want to make sure that the hair beneath those protective styles are still nourished and moisturised and not dry, brittle, and damaged.
Hair oils can be used to, again, seal in the moisture and promote hair growth beneath your protective style. If oils are not used, it leaves a big chance for you to have a dry itchy scalp as well as dandruff. Please make sure that your hair is nice and nourished before each and every wig install for the best results.
Different Hair Oils (Benefits & Uses)
So now let’s get down to the best hair oils on the market and what they can do for your hair.
Pure and Unrefined Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is such a versatile product. It’s used for cooking, skin, and hair of course! It’s made up of a medium-chain fatty acid called lauric acid, giving it a long chain-straight structure.
Coconut oil also helps reduce the loss of protein within the hair. This is because it’s low in weight and structure which makes it easier to penetrate into the hair shaft. The structure of the oil also allows it to easily be absorbed into the hair and seal it with moisture.
Coconut oil contains hydrophobic properties allowing it to pull moisture from the hair, back into the hair as well. This allows it to hold the moisture even longer. This overall helps to protect damaged and brittle hair from breaking.
Additionally since coconut oil is formed of lauric acid it helps to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation. This is great for those who have a dry, itchy scalp who usually experience inflammation as well. Coconut oil can be used to soothe your scalp, remove the bacteria, and retain that moisture.
Coconut oil is great to use as a prepoo or mixed with conditioner. It helps to detangle the hair and restore that moisture. As mentioned before, you can also add coconut oil to the scalp to soothe dry itchy skin and remove dandruff. Finally, coconut oil can be used to style your hair as well. It helps to combat frizz, add shine, and seal in moisture.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Castor oil has a lot of great properties that are great from promoting hair growth. It consists of unsaturated fatty acids, protein, minerals, and vitamin E that together increase the blood flow to your scalp which then increases the speed and thickness which your hair grows at. Castor oil also contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that are great for all those dry scalps out there. These properties assist in removing dead skin cells and stimulate hair growth through the open hair follicles.
One thing to keep in mind when using castor oil is it’s thick density. If you are planning to wear your hair out make sure to monitor how much you are using. When working with castor oil just remember, a little goes a long way!
Some main areas where castor oil is applied are the following: your edges, your scalp and the ends of your hair.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Massage extra virgin olive oil into your scalp to promote hair growth and retain moisture. It can be added to any spray bottle solution that is used for hair moisture.
Another great thing about the use of avocado oil is that it protects the hair against sun damage. The sun can be very drying to natural hair and cause it to be very brittle and damaged. Avocado oil will be your hair’s best friend, especially in warmer climates and summer seasons where the sun’s rays are hitting the hair directly and stronger.
Similar to avocado oil jojoba oil helps to manage dry scalps, though it also is a great tool for hair loss prevention. One unique trait of jojoba oil is that it mimics your hair’s natural oil which makes the hair shaft absorb it quicker allowing your hair and scalp to be moisturized and shiny.
It contains a number of vitamins including vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and E. Together they aid in preventing hair damage. If you thought Avocado oil had the highest monounsaturated fat contents, Jojoba oil surpasses that which makes it even better for hair strength and preventing damage and breaking. Jojoba oil promotes hair growth, volume and nourishment.