Often when we think of oil, we may often think of pore clogging oils, or even acne. Oil, depending on the type used, can nourish, clean, strengthen, and stimulate your hair, hair follicles, and scalp, enabling your hair to grow longer and fuller. Oil is often mixed with other ingredients, but can also be used alone. This section will explore the different types of oils, and some choice recipes for natural hair growth.
Almond oil is loaded with fatty acids that improve the strength and luster of your hair. The oil will also soften hair, which is great news for women with coarser hair. Almond oil is primarily used in hair growth recipes as a secondary ingredient, not the main or base of the recipe, but hair can be treated with almond oil by itself.
Using almond is oil simple. Begin with a tablespoon of the oil and massage into the scalp, working your way down the hair until you reach the tips. Depending on the thickness and existing length of your hair, more oil may be needed.
Once your hair is coated, allow the oil to sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cold water (or as cold as you can tolerate), and wash as usual.
There are hordes of people, and certain generations who live and die by the wonders of castor oil. Strangely, the stuff that makes you gag when Grandma forces you to swallow it to make you ‘regular’, actually works really well on hair, and you don’t even have to drink it!
Full of Omega-3 fats, castor oil rebuilds hair, allowing new growth, strength, added shine, and thickness. Castor oil can be run through the hair as a leave-in solution to keep hair smooth, used in a hot oil treatment, or as a base in a hair growth recipe.
First of all, forgo fancy designer castor oils and get the cheap stuff. It’s not as refined and has more of the good nutrients you’re looking for. To treat your hair, warm about a 1/4 cup gently in a saucepan. Do not boil or overheat, or you will be burned!
Use only as much as you need to lightly coat the scalp. Keep in mind that castor oil is sticky and not easily washed out, so too much will be difficult to remove. Once the oil is massaged into the scalp, cover entire head with a shower cap and tuck hair inside. Allow to sit for a few hours, or sleep with the cap on. After removal, wash and condition hair normally. Use this treatment weekly for best results.
Coconut oil is huge in Asia and the Caribbean, and is quickly catching on in other countries. Coconut oil is one of the most popular oils to use for hair. The oil begins as a solid and must be warmed, either from the heat of your hands and fingers, or in a pan. A terrific natural conditioner, coconut oil can be used alone, blended with other oils, or, most often, a base for a hair recipe. For the best results, use virgin coconut oil because it is not as processed, and has more proteins.
The versatile oil softens hair beginning at the shaft, strengthens, promotes hair growth, and keeps the scalp clean and healthy. It also smells wonderful!
Coconut Oil Shampoo
2 teaspoons virgin coconut oil
1 Tablespoon Castile soap
1/2 cup distilled water
Mix ingredients in a bottle. Amounts can be adjusted to make more shampoo. The recipe above is a baseline. Shampoo with mixture as you normally would.
Coconut Oil Conditioner
2 Tablespoons virgin coconut oil
1 Tablespoon almond oil
1) Warm the coconut oil in a pan to melt it. Add the almond oil and stir. Remove from heat.
2) Coat hair from root to tip in the mixture. Tuck hair into a shower cap and wrap a hot towel around your head. Allow to heat through for 15-20 minutes.
*Tip: A towel warmed in the dryer for 15-20 minutes will be sufficiently heated.
3) Rinse hair thoroughly. Wash and condition hair normally following treatment.
Popular in Australia, Emu oil is not well known unless you have managed to get a hold of a product containing the oil. Loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, the oil thickens, strengthens, and heals hair ad skin ailments. You’re best bet is to find an Emu product via the internet. Be cautious though, unrefined Emu oil can contain bacteria that will make you sick. Stick to refined Emu oil and related products.
If you can get your hands on Emu oil alone, simply use the oil as you would any other for an oil treatment. Coat the hair from root to tip, cover with a shower cap, allow to sit for at least an hour, but overnight would be ideal, rinse thoroughly, and wash hair.
Essential oils are oils that has been extracted from herbs or flowers and are highly concentrated. These oils nourish, protect, and cleanse hair, stimulating new hair growth. Typically, an essential oil is not applied by itself, but rather mixed with another oil. The most common essential oils used for hair growth treatments are lavender, peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree.
Essential Oil Treatment
1 cup almond oil
10 drops tea tree or peppermint oil
Apply to hair beginning at the scalp and working down to the tips of the hair. Cover hair with a shower cap and leave overnight before washing with shampoo and conditioning.
Due to essential oils having anti-bacterial properties, deep scalp and hair treatments leave the hair healthier and fuller. The following recipe is for an occasional essential oil treatment:
Deep Scalp Conditioner
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon dark molasses
3 drops peppermint oil
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1) Combine all ingredients except vinegar. In a squeeze bottle, combine the vinegar and 1 cup of warm water. Set in the shower to use later.
2) Wet hair with warm water.
3) Apply the conditioner to the hair from the root to the tip.
4) Wrap head in a hot towel. Let sit for 15 minutes.
*Note: be sure you use a towel that is old because molasses can stain!
5) Rinse hair and shampoo thoroughly.
6) Once the water runs cleanly from hair, use the vinegar rinse as a final step in the treatment.
Yet another oil commonly used as a hair growth treatment for black hair, flaxseed oil contains the magic of Omega-3 fatty acids. Much like the other oils, flaxseed can be applied directly to the hair and scalp or as part of a hair recipe. Flaxseed supplements are also available in pill form to boost the fatty acids in your system, strengthening hair from the inside out.
Jojoba oil is derived from the leaf of the jojoba plant. This oil is more commonly found in health stores or on the internet, but is worth the effort to search for it. Jojoba has impressive hydration capabilities, which soften hair, and help it heal if it’s dry and brittle.
Perhaps the easiest oil to find, and the most familiar to everyone, olive oil is rich in antioxidants. The benefits of olive oil are widely known, as evidenced by the abundance of beauty supplies on store shelves with olive oil as a primary ingredient. Olive oil helps smooth hair, gives hair an incredible sheen, and stimulates hair to grow.
Olive oil can be used as a treatment by simply warming up an appropriate amount for your thickness and length of hair, applying the oil from the scalp to the tips of your hair, and letting the oil soak in for 20 to 30 minutes before washing hair normally.
The oil can also be used as a leave-in conditioner to help smooth and soften hair, or give it extra shine. Olive oil is also one of the most common bases for hair growth recipes, due to its availability and relative lightness compared to other heavier, or stickier oils.
Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E is full of antioxidants and healing properties ideal for strengthening hair. In fact, vitamin E oil is often recommended by doctors to help improve or hasten the healing process of certain wounds, because it works faster and soothes the injured area. When it comes to hair, the vitamin improves blood flow and stimulates the scalp, encouraging hair growth.
Vitamin E Oil Treatment
Like other oil treatments, begin with the scalp and work your way down to the tips of your hair. Wrap your head in a hot towel and let sit overnight before showering and shampooing.
*Note: Vitamin E oil can be purchased in gel capsule form. In order to extract the oil, pierce the capsule with a needle and squeeze. Getting enough oil to do your hair may take some time, but the benefits are worth the trouble!
Blended Oil Recipes
Hot oil treatments are soothing and make your hair look fabulous, but combining more than one oil increases the effectiveness of the treatments, thins out the thick oils, or cuts down on stickiness, and, when essential oils are added, provides a pleasant aroma to enjoy during the whole process.
Castor, Coconut, and Olive Oil Treatment
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon castor oil
1) Mix oils thoroughly in small saucepan. Heat very gently until just warm to the touch.
2) Apply to hair, massaging the oil treatment into the scalp.
3) Wrap hair in a hot towel, and allow the oil to soak in for at least an hour to overnight.
4) Rinse and shampoo hair to remove the oil.
Coconut and Almond Oil
1/4 cup coconut oil
5-6 drops almond oil
1) Combine oils in a saucepan to warm. Once melted, pour into a squeeze bottle and shake well.
2) Apply to scalp and hair, and let sit for 15 minutes before washing out.
Coconut and Essential Oils
1 small jar of coconut oil
10-15 drops of an essential oil (lavender, peppermint, or rosemary)
1) Melt the coconut oil over low heat in a saucepan. Add the essential oil and stir well.
2) On dry hair, massage into scalp and shafts of hair from root to tip.
3) Comb hair to distribute the treatment evenly.
4) Wrap hair in a damp towel and let sit for 2 hours.
5) Rinse out the treatment, then shampoo hair.
Essential Oil Hair Growth Treatment
1 cup distilled water
2 Tablespoons dried nettle leaves
2 Tablespoons all-natural aloe gel
10 drops of lavender oil
10 drops of rosemary oil
10 drops of sage oil
1) Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the dried nettle and allow it to steep for 15 minutes.
2) Strain out the leaves and let the liquid cool completely.
3) Add the aloe and oils and mix well.
4) Pour into a spray bottle and generously spray hair before bed. You might want to wear a shower cap to avoid getting the solution all over the bedding.
*Note: Extra solution can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 months.
Jojoba and Vitamin E Oil Treatment
1/4 cup jojoba oil
1/4 cup vitamin E oil
15 drops peppermint oil
15 drops rosemary oil
1) Combine all ingredients in a bottle and shake vigorously.
2) Massage into scalp and through the hair. Tuck hair into a shower cap and let the mixture work overnight.
3) Rinse and shampoo with cool water.
Oils for Hair Natural Growth Potions en photos
One of the most positive factors to creating your own hair growth treatments is that the ingredients are all natural. You can pronounce every component of the recipe and not have to wonder if you are doing more harm than good to your hair. Doing it yourself also give you the freedom to choose, discard, and tweak whatever recipe you use. You can try anything you would like, and if it doesn’t work out, you’re only out a couple of bucks.