Olive oil, avocado oil and coconut oil most readily come to mind because of their ability to penetrate the hair shaft. While those oils are excellent and are tried and true, there are also other more exotic oils that are highly beneficial for natural hair, but they are not so often spoken of and also deserve favorable mentions. These include: babassu oil, kukui nut oil, and daikon radish seed oil.
An export from Brazil, Babassu oil comes from the nuts of Babassu palm trees. The oil is extremely healthful, containing lauric, oleic, myristic, and other fatty acids as well as Vitamin E. It also is an emollient, meaning that it increases the moisture content of the skin and hair by preventing loss of moisture. Some even say that it is somewhat interchangeable with coconut oil because of the way that it easily penetrates the skin and hair, making them softer and more pliable. In fact, Babassu oil often receives rave reviews when used as a treatment for eczema and psoriasis sufferers since it improves skin condition and actually has a cooling effect on it upon penetration. However, there is one marked difference between coconut oil and babassu oil, that being that babassu oil is not nearly as oily as is coconut oil. So if you want a wonderfully penetrating oil for your skin and hair that will not leave a greasy residue, Babassu oil would be an excellent choice.
Kukui Nut Oil
The people of Hawaii have known of the benefits of their native kukui nut oil for a very long time. Because if its high linoleic and oleic acid content, this particular oil also penetrates very deeply into the skin and hair and is a superb choice for sealing in moisture. Additionally, it’s packed with Vitamins A,C and E and also contains several amino acids, making it an obvious choice for inclusion in the natural girls arsenal for maintaining beautiful curls. No wonder Hawaiian women frequently use it to offer protection to their hair and skin! Another selling point is the fact that this oil is also non-greasy; I mean, what’s not to like?
Daikon Radish Seed Oil
This particular oil probably has origins in Southeast Asia and has a very unusual but nourishing composition. Daikon Radish Seed Oil contains copper, magnesium, Vitamin B6, calcium and riboflavin, as well as an abundance of fatty acids. It is often used to smooth the cuticle of the hair and is a great choice to opt for when battling the frizzies.
As you can see, now more than ever before, there are many more oils available for naturalistas to use to care for their curls and coils. Why not step outside of the box and try one of these exotic oils today?