Last year, I posted an article on “25 Popular Oils, Butters and Natural Ingredients and How To Use Them on Natural Hair.” The list contained a number of well-known oils — such as olive, coconut, and avocado — that many of us incorporate into our hair care. Obviously, not everyone is going to like some of those ingredients. Also, there are way more oils and butters out there. Well, for those who want to use alternatives, here is a second list for you:
4. When you want a heavy sealant:
Cupuacu butter mixed with any oil, soy butter mixed with any oil, avocado butter, cocoa butter (melted) mixed with any oil
Why: Many butters contain fatty acids like oils but are heavier than oils.
How to use: Use separately or add some to your moisturizer.
5. When your scalp is itchy:
Peppermint essential oil, sesame oil, sage essential oil, burdock root extract
Why: Some find peppermint oil and sage essentials oil to be soothing. Sesame oil and burdock root extract also have anti-itching properties.
How to use: (Peppermint, sage, or burdock root extract) Use a few drops with water or a carrier oil. (Sesame oil) Use straight. NOTE: If you are pregnant or have a health condition, please consult your doctor before using essential oils.
6. When your scalp is dry:
Sunflower oil, amla oil, wheat germ oil, macadamia nut oil
Why: Many of theses oils are light, making them just right for a dry scalp. Macadamia nut oil contains squalene, which may help with a chapped scalp. Sunflower oil and wheat germ oil contain a good amount of linoleic acid, which has been shown to protect against moisture loss (British Journal of Derm. 1976 Sept;95(3):255–64).
How to use: Massage a few drops into the scalp.
7. When you want a moisturizing or softening oil:
Apricot oil, rice bran oil, wheat germ oil
Why: These oils tend to leave the hair feeling soft and moist.
How to use: Use separately on damp hair or add some to your moisturizer.
8. When you want shine or sheen:
Amla oil, soybean oil
Why: Those who use amla oil tend to like it for increased shine or sheen. The same applies to soybean oil.
How to use:Use separately or add on top of your moisturizer. (Amla) Use as a post-wash rinse with cold water for 5 minutes.
11. When you want a more moisturizing conditioner:
Amla oil, rice bran oil, wheat germ oil, cupuacu butter, hibiscus petal powder
Why: Many of these ingredients have emollient properties.
How to use: Add some to your conditioner.
12. When you want a more strengthening conditioner:
Why: Hydrolyzed protein provides reinforcement by temporarily patching the cuticle layer.
How to use: Mix with an avocado, yogurt, and/or oils to create a strengthening conditioner.
14. When you want to add fragrance to your mixture:
Lemon essential oil, lemongrass essential oil, tangerine essential oil
Why: The citrusy scent of these essential oils are great for adding fragrance to your mixtures.
How to use: Add some to your moisturizer or spritz.
15. When you want a lighter, less oil-based whipped butter (e.g., warm weather):
Apricot oil, hazelnut oil
Why: moisturizing, but light
How to use: Mix a 1:1 butter of your choice and apricot/hazelnut oil to create a whipped butter.
16. When you want a heavier, more oil-based whipped butter (e.g., cold weather):
Rice bran oil, wheat germ oil, kokum butter
Why: moisturizing and sealing
How to use: Mix a 1:1 or 2:1 butter of your choice and oil(s).
Ladies, do you use any of these oils/butters/ingredients? How do you use it (them)?