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4 Lesser Known Oils That Promote Shine in Natural Hair

Love them or hate them, oils are here to stay in most women’s arsenal of hair products. Finding the right oil for your hair could make the difference between a perfectly moisturized coif or a dried out mess littered with white specks of hardened butter.

Naturals the world over use oils to achieve all kinds of results and among the most sought after results shine or sheen has got to be one of them.

Below is a list of (lesser known) oils that I’ve come to trust in the pursuit of high sheen tresses and simple recipes to help incorporate them into your regimen (you don’t think a mixtress like myself would leave you hanging with no recipes, did you??).

1. Rice Bran Oil

Rice bran oil is extracted from the outer layer of the husk of rice. It’s not expensive, and you might be able to get it at a local grocery shop. What’s great about it is that it not only coats your strands making them more manageable and shinier, but it can penetrate your hair, too. Those on a budget will love this in combination with almond oil and castor oil for a pocket-friendly, nourishing shine inducing sealant. It’s also perfect for fine hair types.

Recipe: In a small glass bowl stir in 2 tbsp rice bran oil, 1.5 tbsp almond oil, and .5 tbsp castor oil.

2. Kukui Nut Oil
kukui nut

Kukui Nut Oil is a nut oil from the nuts of the Candlenut tree. It’s a silky feeling oil that absorbs quickly. It’s pricier than our more familiar oils like almond and coconut. And while it provides excellent shine, the shelf life is short like grapeseed oil (just about 9 months). Pair it up with coconut oil which has a very long shelf life.

Recipe: In a small glass bowl stir in 2 tbsp kukui nut oil and 2 tbsp  olive oil.

I prefer this combination because  although I enjoy the feeling of the lightness of the oil on my skin, on my hair I like an oil with just a bit more weight hence the addition of olive oil.

Camelina Oil
camelina oil

Camelina oil has naturally long shelf life of 2 years and makes for an excellent sealant and shining oil. Not only is it nice for hair, it’s great for skin because of its healing properties and moisture retention.

Recipe: (For naturals who want a heavier shining/sealing oil) Mix 2 tbsps camelina with 1 tbsp castor oil and 1 tbsp olive oil. This is a nice combination for helping you to get a nice, stretched out look.

4. Borage Seed Oil
borage seed plant

Borage Seed Oil, like most of the oils listed above, is full of omega 6 fatty acid which is great for lubricating and sealing hair. It is also said to stimulate hair growth. Since this good stuff is kind of pricey, you’re going to want to mix it with some other really nice oils for an irresistible combination of hair shining and sealing goodness.

Recipe: Mix 1 tbsp borage seed oil, 1 tbsp grapeseed oil, 1 tbsp almond oil for the ultimate in shiny and lubricated hair.

Ladies have you tried any of these oils? What was your experience with them? What oils do you love for shine?


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7 years ago

Interesting article. Thank for the info and the recipes.

7 years ago

love rice bran oil. it’s a nice texture and has worked well for me doing the l.o.c. method. it’s also good for cooking.

trader joe’s used to sell it but stopped. i saw a 32 oz bottle at an asian market for $5.99 recently. so maybe check there or at any market and it shouldn’t be expensive at all. online, at amazon, etc., it is a bit pricey. i tend not to want to pay much money for an oil. not into that at all.

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