We’re back with another compilation piece! Last week four BGLH writers shared how they went from TWA to back length. Now we’re talking about oils and butters! Over the next two weeks our writers will share how they incorporate oils and butters into their regimen. Be sure to read our first post from Geniece, second post from Chinwe and third post from Tori. Next up is Ijeoma.
For My Scalp: Tea Tree Oil
I exercise a lot and tea tree oil has been a lifesaver in essentially disinfecting my scalp so my hair doesn’t smell bad, and sweat isn’t trapped in my scalp’s pores. Tea tree oil is antibacterial and antifungal, so this is the method I’ve relied on to keep my post-workout hair extra clean since I don’t have the time or desire to cowash during the week.
For My Edges: Castor Oil
I generally don’t give a hoot about my edges because I have so much hair everywhere else, but shortly before I cut my hair I realized that my edges were looking — lackluster. Castor oil is the reigning champion of the edge rejuvenation game (really, is there even anything else that works), so I use it when I wanna give my edges a little bit of love.
To Pre-Poo: Coconut Oil
I know some naturals like to use coconut oil as their go to oil of life, but I find the scent to be too strong for everyday life. However, coconut oil’s ability to penetrate the hair is one I can’t pass up, so I use it when I pre-poo, especially if I’m not going to deep condition, so I can make sure my hair gets extra love and moisture before I even start wash day.
For Shine & De-Frizz: Jojoba Oil
I go through bottles of my Trader Joe’s Jojoba Oil really, really quickly. I use it several times a week, when I’m taking down twists or braids, when I’m fluffing out my hair, or just to give myself a scalp massage. When compared to the strong scent of coconut oil and the uber thickness of castor oil, jojoba oil wins for my go to, everyday oil of life.
For Immediate Moisture: Aloe Vera
Earlier in my natural hair journey, I would make shea-aloe mixes, because I knew that aloe vera had incredible moisturizing properties perfect for dry, natural hair. While I don’t make my own products anymore, I find myself gravitating towards hair products that contain Aloe Vera as one of the first three ingredients whenever my hair is dry beyond belief and is craving a touch from heaven. My ultimate favorite is Camille Rose Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter Gel.
For Long-Lasting Moisture: Shea Butter
I’ve only met a handful of naturals for whom shea butter is not life, and I really feel for y’all. Luckily, my natural hair has always loved shea butter. Because my hair strands are so thick and has more surface area to dry up, shea butter is incredibly helpful in really locking in moisture. While I don’t use it on it’s own frequently, when I do, I make sure to coat my ends well because they’re often the driest part of my hair.
Ladies, how do you use oils and butters in your regimen?