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3 Oil Mixes that Boost Natural Hair Length Retention

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by Cassandre of cassandrebeccai.com

I’ve got a thing for quality oil mixes since learning that a myriad of hair issues can be mended with just the right oily potion. It takes a little experimenting to come up with your own ride or die, holy grail mix, but once you do, the difference it makes could mean a few extra inches of retained length per year.

Here are some of my favorite, personal oil mixes and how I use them to achieve maximum length retention.

Brilliant Sealant

This recipe contains some of my favorite mix of oils for shine, anti-frizz and moisture. It also has impressive occlusive properties similar to a silicone oil mix except there’s no silicone in it. Castor oil is a rather unique oil, boasting of unique fatty acids and similar “humectant” qualities of the well known vegetable glycerin. With a base of castor oil and the oil/wax like characteristics of jojoba that mimics our own scalp’s sebum, you’re bound to experience an intense moisture, making for an amazing length retaining potion.

In a small glass bowl mix the following oils.

1oz  castor oil

1 oz jojoba oil

½ oz grapeseed oil

½ oz vegetable oil (yes. Vegetable oil)

Stir until they appear to be a homogenous mix.

I use this oil mix immediately after washing my hair and follow up with a leave in. It’s done wonders with keeping my hair moisturized for a good week. I also use it on my baby girl’s hair and find that her hair stays soft for days.

Amla Be Rich

Amla oil is produced from a combination of the fruit  (amla aka gooseberry) with any base oil or butter.  Amla’s pH is perfect for reviving your curl and helping to calm a scalp issue. Combined with ultra fatty oils it can really boost your moisture retention, which eventually spells L‑E-N-G-T‑H for your strands.

In a small pot, combine these ingredients on low heat.

4 oz cocoa butter

2 oz coconut oil

2 oz  almond oil

2 tbs amla powder (dried amla fruit)

Stir mix while on low heat. Remove from heat after 15 or so minutes. To get a really rich infusion, leave the amla in the oil overnight or for a week. Strain the amla powder with cheesecloth.

I use amla enriched cocoa butter and coconut oil as an extra luxurious hot oil treatment. Leave it on your hair for as long as you wish. I get the best results on freshly washed or clarified hair. Check out my how to video here.

Ditch Your Itch

I’m convinced that poor scalp health can halt any “long hair don’t care” aspirations of most naturalistas and this particular oil mix right here has been used by so many of my clients and friends to help with their scalp situations.  I recommend seeing a dermatologist about on going scalp issues and even though I’ve had no adverse reactions from using the oils in this recipe, they are strong so experiment at home at your own risk.

The base oil of this mix is neem oil. Neem oil is a natural anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-viral, and anti-bug (such as lice) remedy. It’s also uber potent so if you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant consult your doctor about using it topically. When you combine this oil with rosemary essential oil, you get a very powerful (albeit, also very stinky) oil mix for your scalp.

Combine in a glass bowl

2 oz organic neem oil

6–8 drops rosemary essential oil

Neem doesn’t sting at all, and it feels like a very fatty type oil (kind’ve like olive oil), but you should do a little skin test on a hidden part of your body just to make sure you won’t have any adverse reaction to this potent mix at least 24 hours before applying a few drops to you scalp. You can also dilute the neem oil with another oil (1:5 ratio). I strongly recommend diluting it if you already know you have sensitive skin.

Once you’ve established that you won’t break out in strange hives from it, apply just a few drops to the troubled areas on your scalp. Massage it in and let it sit for an hour or so. Rinse it off with a water and apple cider vinegar mix or follow up with an anti-itch or anti-dandruff shampoo.  Do this weekly for a few weeks. Stop using this mix if you find that your symptoms increase or you experience a negative reaction.

Can you share your home oil mixes that make a notable difference in your hair’s health and length retention?

Cassandre Beccai: Just another naturalista playing by my own rules!
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Zuri
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Zuri

I really like these suggestions. For my hot oil treatment I use coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, and caster oil
And for a sealant olive oil, castor oil and jojoba oil (my moisturizer already contains coconut oil). Only difference is I use the LCO method instead of the loc method I find my hair is really dry if I put the oil in before the cream

Bella
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Bella

Neem Oil has an extremely foul odor. For those that are nasally sensitive, proceed with caution..

Cass
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bahaha! Yes- smells like hot dirt!

Jacky
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Jacky

Nice! Thanks for posting. I usually don’t combine my oils( I use one oil per process ) but now, I’m thinking about it. It would be nice to have the benefits of my Amla hair oil and coconut oil in my sealant; along with my almond hair oil. Thanks, I may try it.

Dee
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Dee

Wonderful article!
I’ve wanted to try Amla for so long, but I heard the smell is horrible 🙁 woe is me

naps#1
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naps#1

good post, but I’m not using vegetable oil.…and Apple cider vinegar drys my hair…what to use in replace if these 2?…goood post

Dananana
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Dananana

Have you tried sunflower or safflower oils? Both are relatively cheap and light oils that my super coily hair seems to like in oil mixes 😀

Cass
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Hey naps#1- I think Dananan’s suggestions are perfect. What I should have specified was the vegetable oil whose ingredients list has only soybean oil. As for a replacement for apple cider vinegar to rinse the scalp, perhaps if you’re experiencing dandruff you can use a shampoo that caters to it.

Brittany.L
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I wanna buy some alma powder I hear so much great things about it, and I also just want to try something different.

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mimz
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mimz

How do I get this castro oil please?

Shaniqua
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Get it from a drug store or order it from the internet…

Minnie Mack
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Minnie Mack

also try Vitamin shop

folamix
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folamix

I use castor oil, coconut oil and avocado oil as my hot oil treatment/prepoo.

Whoopi2u
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Whoopi2u

50/50 mix of olive and avocado oil is my go to. I use it for my ends before bed and prior to applying my leave in in the morning.

Michelle Spice
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Michelle Spice

Great tip! As Winter is coming early to Toronto this year it is a good time to start to get your hair ready for the harshness coming!

Natiya
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Natiya

I second the use of safflower oil. It makes my hair really soft

K.J.
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K.J.

I use 1oz of olive oil, castor oil, almond oil,lavender oil, and rosemary oil in a 6oz applicator bottle. Coconut oil (all 6oz) in a bottle alone. When you need to mix Coconut oil with the other oils, you can. But if you need to use the darker oils alone, then you apply them. Same as with the Coconut oil. Mixing oils are beneficial.

Soleil
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I used to mix up a whole bunch of oils, but once I got down to the nitty gritty, my oil mixture of choice is castor/EVOO. Together it’s the bomb dot com. I apply it right after co-washing and it has been a game changer in my hair journey.

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Kashmere
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Kashmere

I mix 1 part water to 1 part jamaican black castor oil and 2 parts coconut oil. I originally intended this for my hair, but used it to seal my skin one day when I ran out of mousturuser. And it worked wonders! I don’t even bother with skin cream now, just my magic oil and water mix. My hair actually didn’t like it (it has an aversion to castor oil) but it works on my little brothers hair. His hair loves this mix, especially as a hot oil treatment, and I think it would work well on others too.… Read more »

angela
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angela

I mix evoo, grapeseed, bhringraj oil or mustard oil, coconut, almond, rosemary, jam black castor, glycerin, avocado and a drop of tea tree (the smell) in a bottle. I have a spray bottle that I add distilled water to and add the oil. As someone said upthread I find myself spraying my skin with the water/oil mix and putting a little of the oil mixture on my skin after my nightly beauty regimen, in the morning I steam myself with a hot cloth, apply sunscreen and my face is moisturized all day. Make sure you skin test the oils as… Read more »

Jennifer
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Jennifer

I have a bunch of essential oils and regular oils, can they be mixed together and used everyday in my hair?

Mocha B Williams
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Mocha B Williams

Hemp, sunflower ????, coconut, and castor oil thats my mix

gargi
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gargi

Hi Guys: I would like to share my experience for obtaining Siky, smooth, shiny and manageable hair. 1. do this before you go to bed. Add 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp Almond oil, 1 tsp olive oil (depending on length of hair). 2. puncture two vitamin E capsule in the mixture and mix nicely. make it a little warm. Now comb your hair delicately and part four sections. 3.Start applying the oil to your scalp with the help of finger nails. Then apply the rest to your hair and ends thoroughly. 4. Make sure you give a scalp massage… Read more »

Carolyn L Nance
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Carolyn L Nance

Can you explain what you mean when you said you add the oils to wet hair and you leave in?
Do you blow dry the hair with the oils on the hair and theb style with the flat iron?

Keneesha Hodge
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I will try these. Thank you

franky
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franky

is the combination working for you

Shakis
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Shakis

I am just so proud of the improvement I’ve seen in my scalp since March 2015. I’ve suffered from sebhorrheic dermatitis for over 10 years and just recently I haven’t had major flares/big patches of flakes on my scalp and the reason was washing I began washing my own hair every week (instead of ever 2 weeks at the salon) and and I moisturized/scalp massage my scalp (almost) everyday (sometimes I get lazy). Once I started doing that, my scalp has looked so good! When I was brushing my hair I noticed there weren’t any flakes and that made me… Read more »

Shawnee1895
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Shawnee1895

I’ve been oily my scalp for over forty years and it has not damaged it nor my hair. I do not have dandruff. Just like your skin, your scalp and hair need moisturizing.

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