When used the right way hair oils complement a healthy natural hair regimen, but used incorrectly you will not get the results you are looking for. Yes, there is a RIGHT WAY to use oil and a WRONG WAY. Here are 4 things that oil can be used for:
Use Oil as a Sealant
Oil is NOT a moisturizer. If you purchase an oil with the intent that it will moisturize your hair you will be disappointed.
Oil helps to prevent moisture loss by creating a barrier or layer that makes it harder for moisture to escape your strands. Oil is best used on the hair after you use an actual moisturizer like a water based leave in conditioner or water.
Use Oil to Treat Itchy Scalp
Especially in cooler weather the scalp tends to get a bit dry and a little extra lubrication won’t hurt. Oils that have peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree oil or rosemary will help soothe your scalp.
Use Oil to Add Shine
Nobody likes dull hair. To add some highlight and shine a little bit of oil goes a long way and adds a beautiful luster. Tip: If you are doing a more sleek style using a gel product the oil can be used to prevent the product from getting too dried out while also enhancing the look of the style by adding shine.
To Stimulate Hair Growth
Oils like rosemary and lavender have some research to suggest that they may aid in stimulating growth. Castor Oil has also been raved about among the natural hair community. While these oils may aid in hair growth keep your expectations realistic. Hair on average grows 1/2 inch per month.