As a black woman with natural hair, my hair caused me some problems.
As it is extremely dry, I had to figure out how I had to take care of it. Indeed, I had a hard time retaining moisture. Consequently, my hair was dull and shed quite often.
Fortunately, I have found some oils that worked for me to treat my dry hair. And I’m sharing them with you today.
Do you recognize yourself in my issues? Then, no worries! Here are the best natural oils for dry hair you can use on a daily basis. Once you adopt these oils, I can guarantee you that your relationship with your hair will change…for good!
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Why do we have dry hair?
Many factors lead to dry hair, including hair nature, environmental conditions, hair care practices, and some medical conditions.
Your hair nature
Some hair shafts are drier than others. For instance, afro hair is the driest hair type because natural oils get stuck at the root. They don’t come through the whole hair strands. Thus, Afro hair can be completely brittle and break often if not properly handled.
Some environmental factors can cause dry hair, especially:
- living in a dry and hot climate
- staying often in the sun or the wind
- swimming in chlorinated or salty water
- washing your hair with hard water
Hair care practices
Many hair care practices can cause your hair to be dry. They include:
- washing your hair too often
- using hair products containing harsh ingredients such as sulfates
- treating your hair chemically
- blow-drying your hair on a daily basis
- using electric curling irons, straighteners, or curlers
Some diseases can lead to dry hair as a side effect, such as:
- anorexia nervosa
- thyroid dysfunctions
- Menkes syndrome (low copper absorption in your body cells).
What are the best natural hair oils to treat dry hair?
Treating dry hair means that you should give it proper moisture and nutrition. That’s why your hair will need oils to help restore them.
Thanks to its omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, coconut oil moisturizes your scalp while adding shine to your hair. Also, coconut oil keeps your hair looking healthy by reducing protein loss. It’s one of the rare oils that really penetrates your hair shaft for an in-depth repair.
Olive oil is rich in fatty acids, vitamin E, and other unsaturated fats. Therefore, olive oil is excellent for:
- nourishing your hair follicles
- preventing dryness and locking your hair in moisture
- soothing your scalp and boosting your hair circulation
- reducing hair breakage
- making your hair stronger and thicker
Avocado oil is rich in fats, minerals, and antioxidants. Thus, it’s the perfect oil to moisturize, replenish, detangle, and revitalize your hair. Moreover, since avocado contains biotin, its oil will strengthen your hair and stimulate its growth.
Sweet almond oil
Sweet almond oil is rich in antioxidants, healthy fats, vitamins, and zinc. Therefore, it’s the best natural hair serum. It will strengthen your hair, prevent breakage, protect and moisturize your hair strands thanks to its emollient qualities.
With all these elements, this oil will literally transform your dry and dull hair into a shiny, smooth, and healthy hair shaft.
Argan oil (Moroccan oil)
Known as the “liquid gold” in Morocco, organ oil is full of essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Argan oil will moisturize and lubricate your hair shaft. Also, it helps reduce frizziness and boost shine.
Moreover, thanks to its fatty-acid chains, organ oil prevents damage induced by coloring, styling, and sun exposure.
Castor oil has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. Thus, it will moisturize your tresses while keeping them healthy and shiny. Also, you can use castor oil to stimulate hair grown and remove dandruff. For more potent results, use Jamaican Black Castor Oil.
Rich in vitamins, essential fatty acids, zinc, and copper, jojoba oil has incredible moisturizing properties. It will repair your hair while making it softer and more manageable.
Hailing straight from Australia, macadamia oil is also rich in vitamins and fatty acids. Thus, it is a wonderful scalp moisturizer and hair strengthener. In addition, macadamia oil has the following benefits:
- moisturizes the scalp
- boosts shine
- regulates oil production
Japanese camellia oil
Have you ever wondered the secret of Japanese women to get their shiny hair? Then, turn to camellia oil, a.k.a tsabuki oil.
Japanese camellia oil is rich in antioxidants and oleic, linoleic and palmitic fatty acids. In addition, it’s an excellent non-greasy moisturizer for dry hair. You can especially use it in the following cases:
- making hair more manageable
- restoring hair’s natural sheen
- retaining moisture
- fighting against environmental pollutants
- repairing breakage and split ends
- easing dry scalp and itchiness
- preventing dandruff
- treating damage caused by excessive perms and coloring
However, be careful if you want to buy this oil and always look for the Camellia Japonica kind. My favorite brand for Japanese camellia oil is Fushi Wellbeing UK.
How can you use these oils?
These oils can be used as pre-poo treatments and in deep conditioning hair masks. In addition, you can use them as sealants if you have Afro hair.
Nevertheless, you should be careful with coconut oil as not every hair can stand it. If you hair become hard and drier while using coconut oil, I recommend you discontinue its use. Moreover, don’t apply these oils on your hair if you’re allergic to them.
In conclusion, dry hair can be caused by several factors that affect your hair. However, by using these 9 best natural oils for dry hair, it will be transformed for the best!
Well, that’s all for today! Do you use one of these natural oils in your hair care routine? Share your experience in the comments!
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Thanks you very much!
Hello thank you for these insights about the best natural oils for dry hair. I have tried out castor oil before, and I was told to leave it on my scalp for a while. Well, doing that made everything quite greasy lol! And I had to shampoo it several times before I got everything out. Maybe I applied way to much castor oil, what do you think? thanks!
I think so! Castor oil is a thick oil and it’s best to blend it in another carrier oil…
Thank you for this article and the many ideas it contains to deal with dry hair!
It’s great that you present the natural options. I don’t use chemicals but I do use my curler a lot and I’m always on the lookout for natural ways in order to not spoil my hair too much.
I definitely noted the avocado oil trick :i’ve got a whole bottle at home.
Thanks again and please keep posting
Thank you for writing this article on the 9 best natural oils for dry hair! I’ve tried coconut oil before, which worked very well, but I have always been curious about what else is out there. When buying the oils, do you buy the oil itself? Or is it better to buy a hair product that uses the oil as one of its ingredients? Curious to hear what you think!
Hello Kevin thanks for your comment! Yes, you should buy the oil itself!
Thanks for sharing the 9 best natural oils. A very intensive catalog in my opinion, however, I believe some oils yield better results when they are combined.
You mentioned coconut and caster oil but these two oils combined it a powerhouse, well that is my experience. I have been using these oils and they work magic for me. I also used them as a leave-in conditioner to give moisture and shine to my hair.
coconut oil is very drying while on the other hand caster oil is very dense, so when combined they balance out each other and give a very nice consistency.
Again, thank you for promoting healthy lifestyle practices as this is proof that we don’t need to slather our hair with chemical-filled products to get good results.
thanks for your nice comment!
Hair is the glory of every woman. Keeping it shining must be a priority. I love your selection of oils. Olive oil, avocado and coconut oil are a set of natural food for our hair. Cocnut and olive oil easily penetrate to our scalps. They moisturise the scalp in such away as to keep our hair follicle healthy. It is natural and good supplement for our scalp
thanks for your comment!
I remember coconut oil is really common in the tropical country where I come from, although I haven’t really used it.
Lucky for me because my hair is shiny and not dry.
Do you think I still should use oil regularly to keep my hair shiny?
How do you usually use it and do you keep it in your hair for how long then you apply shampoo to wash it off?
Hello Marita, thanks for your comment! Yes you still can use oil on your hair even if it isn’t dry. As for me, I usually have a hot oil treatment every two weeks. I use a blend of my favorite oils and I let them sit on my hair during two hours. Then, I shampoo as usual. Hope that this helps!
Hey, Dear. This was a delight to read. I have always had problems with my hair because mine is so dry. I read your post and I think the list that you have made is so great, it will help me a lot. I have used almond oil for short period before but, I think if you want to see the final result it’s better to use it for a long time. I will try Jojoba and castor oil too. Thanks for sharing this piece of information.
Hello Liam! Thanks for the nice comment!