No one likes to have dry, brittle hair. With the cooler months right around the corner, the lack of humidity in the air mixed with environmental pollutants can wreak havoc on your tresses. Cooler air lacks moisture and naturally, hair will become drier as the temperature drops.
It’s important for hair to stay moisturized, especially hair textures that are curly, wavy or tightly-coiled. Hair that is of tighter or curlier textures must maintain moisture because the scalp’s natural oil, or sebum does not have the ability to reach the entire length of the hair shaft as a person with straighter hair.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on the most popular hair products on the market. Most of the moisturizing and all-natural oils that you can use in your hair can be purchased at your local grocery store or organic market. For instance:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Women have been using Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) for pampering the hair and body for centuries. EVOO is extracted and cold-pressed from the freshest olives and is full of nutrients and polyphenols. This oil can actually penetrate the cortex of the hair and add moisture to dry, dull strands. Olive oil comes at a light to medium consistency and is perfect for using as a hot oil treatment, pre-shampoo treatment, or for adding to your deep conditioner.
Avocado oil also can penetrate the hair follicle and adds essential moisture to lackluster hair. Avocado oil is extracted from the pulp of the fruit and is full of essential nutrients, vitamins and fatty acids to feed the hair, starting at the root. It is an excellent oil to use for treating dandruff, severe breakage and scalp problems. For maximum results, try mixing avocado oil with other beneficial oils such as coconut oil, tea tree oil, apricot oil or thyme essential oil. Avocado oil will allow other oils that do not penetrate easily to readily enter the hair and skin.
Coconut oil is also another one of the few oils that actually penetrate the hair follicle. It is best to use unrefined coconut oil, as refined coconut oil contains additives and has been stripped of some of it’s vital nutrients for your hair and skin due to its processing. Coconut oil has also been proven to reduce protein loss and highly benefits damaged hair resulting from heat damage, over-processing, and coloring. In addition, coconut oil has been attributed to reducing hair loss, breakage, scalp issues, strengthening the cuticle of the hair and promoting overall healthy hair growth.
Filled with amino acids, hemp oil comes from the cannabis plant. Hemp oil is thick and will help soften and moisturize the hair. It has been known for aiding in the natural development of keratin, which strengthens the hair follicle. In addition, it adds sheen, provides essential fatty acids to the hair shaft, and strengthens the hair. There are many benefits of the hemp plant, as it has been used for for it’s various properties for many ages.
There are various oils and all-natural products that can be used to moisturize and strengthen the hair without breaking your budget and will last you longer than many of the commercial products on the shelves. Try visiting your local grocery to see which natural oils are available than can be used for the hair and skin.