Beloved readers, if you’ve followed me for a bit, you know I am very for adding oils to deep conditioners. Oils, by themselves (on clean hair) can be used as a deep conditioner (the infamous “hot oil treatment” comes to mind, but one doesn’t have to heat up the oils from the start if your fear scalp burns). It is best to use coconut, avocado or olive oils for this. Why? They actually penetrate the hair strand.
The Beauty Brains, reference a particular study that found these oils do actually penetrate the hair shafts and others do not. My disclaimer for the Beauty Brains is as follows: I don’t agree with everything they’ve stated, as I’ve had experiences that have been to the contrary of things they’ve noted. That said, they’re more than willing to give you their credentials as cosmetic scientists.
You can read the whole article here, or my cliff notes version below on the penetrative abilities of these three oils:
“…Yes, studies have shown that coconut oil actually penetrates the hair to help make it stronger.
And as it turns out, olive oil also has penetrating properties. Scientists at the Textile Research (J. Cosmet.Sci 52, 169–184, 2001) tested Olive oil, Avocado oil, Meadowfoam seed oil, Sunflower oil, and Jojoba oil.
Their results showed that straight chain glycerides like olive oil easily penetrate into the hair.
Polyunsaturated oils , like Jojoba oil, are more open in their structure so they don’t pass through the layers of cuticles very well.
What does that mean in plain English?
Meadowfoam seed oil partially penetrates, and jojoba and sunflower oils don’t penetrate at all.…”
More information on each of these oils particular properties are to follow in the coming weeks.
Until then, want to do a simple treatment?
1. Mix equal parts of any of these or use one straight.
2.Apply enough to coat hair.
3.Apply a plastic shower cap for at least an hour or overnight.
4.Rinse THOROUGHLY. You may need to rinse with tea or co wash with your preferred conditioner (even possibly lightly shampoo) to fully remove excess oil (but not all of its oily goodness! ^_~)
5. Enjoy healthier hair! The more you use them…the better. ^_^
Until next time! We’ll explore properties of each of these oils individually in the coming weeks.
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