Vegetable Oils to Hydrate Your Hair

· January 29, 2015

Many factors can damage your capillary structure like the climate, hair dryers, dyes, gel products, stress, poor diet, etc, which is why it is good to know how to hydrate your hair.

In this article we’ll explain a natural and economical option to hydrate your hair using vegetable oils. Each one has its specific benefits, but all of them hydrate your hair. You will also prevent using other artificial products. We will explain what they are and how to use them.

These oils are great for people who have dry or damaged hair or to nourish it after summer or every once in awhile. People with oily hair should avoid them. People that have dry and split ends can also use them, as long as they avoid the scalp.


Sesame Oil

Hindus use sesame oil a lot to massage the body and hair. In the latter case, it helps prevent baldness and dandruff. It is very oily, which is why you should use to massage all of your hair and scalp only in cases of dry hair. This oil is highly antioxidant, rich in vitamins and minerals, and has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties.


Linseed Oil

The content of Omega 3 fatty oils in linseed oil cares for and deeply hydrates your hair. That is why, besides consuming it, you can apply it topically. Linseed also contains vitamin E, mucilage, protein, and iodine, among other components.

It does not have a very oily texture, which is why you can apply it to any kind of hair. We especially recommend it for hair tips that tend to get damaged and split.

Almond Oil

Almond oil is one of the most known kinds and most used. A reason why is that it is one of the most economical, which does not mean it has less properties. It is ideal for hair that is especially dry and broken, to give it smoothness and to remove volume in staticky and voluminous hair.


Neem Oil

This oil is not as known as the previous ones. However, it has very powerful properties for your hair’s health. This tree that has hindu oil has been used traditionally in ayurveda medicine with a lot of success. It can be found more and more in herbal stores and natural product stores. This oil contains vegetable sterols and essential fatty oils like Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9, as well as Azadirachtin, a limonoid that is especially beneficial as a germicide. Neem helps treat dryness, itchiness, dandruff, psoriasis, hair loss, lice, etc.

Coconut Oil

Virgin coconut oil, with its great scent and its delicate texture, is the secret of many Indian women to keep their hair healthy and beautiful. You can apply it to your hair and scalp before washing it, massaging it well so that it penetrates deeply. It is very useful for dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis or general itchiness because it has antibacterial properties. If you have very oily hair, you can follow the same procedure but use coconut milk instead.


How to Apply It

Apply the oil of your choice to dry skin from the middle of your hair to the ends, or from your scalp down if it is very dry. Wash your hair like normal afterwards.

People that have split ends can also apply a few drops after shampooing. For people that have very dry and dull hair, we recommend putting two or three drops on the palm of your hand. Rub together and spread all over your hands. Then, comb and massage it through your hair.

Another option for people with hair that tends to be oily is to mix the oil with natural aloe vera gel in equal parts so that the natural mask is not as oily but allows you to hydrate and nourish your hair well.

You can also add the oils to masks, shampoos, or natural dyes like the henna-based kinds.

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