TOP 10 HEALTHY OILS FOR THE NATURAL BLACK AFRO HAIR
By Joy Phido – Master Natural Hair & Extensions Educator, Consultant & Designer
Over 17 years ago when I fully got interested in commercial hair experience, I became more and more interested in finding out what is in our hair products and what will help it become healthy. This interest has helped me in my business of offering natural hair service to my children, friends and clients alike.
The height of my interest became more intensified when I started reading books on what is causing damage to the natural hair especially the Afro Black Hair and as someone who had chosen to practice and teach the Natural hair techniques, it was obvious that I had to understand products and how they help the hair stay healthy. After continuing to read books, research on the internet, watching videos etc, the messages where complicated, confusing and challenging especially when you consider that most people are not focusing on working with the Black Afro hair type. I decided to invest time and money to take up trainings in the Natural Cosmetics manufacturing which I completed this February 2013 to qualify and earn my CPD in Natural Cosmetics manufacturing.
My understanding and continuous experience is that the more we embrace our natural hair, the more we should learn about natural hair products which work to give us best results. My training has exposed me to read more on the labels of hair products. A major blow to my understanding was the continuous use of Petroleum in the ingredients of our products. Extensive research and knowledge exposed the fact that Petroleum comes from what is also known as Rock Oil / crude oil. Due to its quick availability and cheap sources, these oils are used in the form of Mineral oils known as Paraffin and Vaseline. This is a topic for another write up but for now, the truth is that we should look elsewhere for sources that work for our body without too much processing in the form of thousands of ingredients found in nature that can be used in hair, skin and food products. These ingredients work to make every hair type healthy.
While watching our videos and DVDs, we have shown our Hydration Moisturising Mix spray which is a natural oil mix and the questions we constantly get are what is the content of our oil mix. This mix was made from my constant work with natural hair and the fact that I get good elasticity and quick moisturising result from these hair type instead of Braid sheen or heavy cream moisturisers. Below is a list of my 10 favorite ingredients in natural hair ingredient oils and what they provide for our hair. Remember these are oil mixes which should only be used in the form of sprays and not as creams. You can use any combination of the oils to create your mix depending on the benefits you are expecting.
TOP 10 HEALTHY OILS FOR YOUR NATURAL AFRO HAIR
1. Castor Seed Oil
This is a fatty, thick, sticky, liquid, stable oil which does not go rancid easily. It protects against weather and wind. It makes the hair shiny and provides water protection which is why it is a humectant. It has anti-fungal properties which cleans the scalp, and help the hair follicles clear and prepare itself for better hair growth. Some people say it helps to grow their hair so apply it to eye lashes and to the hair temples to increase the thickness of thinning edges.
2. Jojoba Oil
This oil is the best oil for hair and skin. Its properties are numerous to mention. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is the nearest to sebum which is nature’s natural oil attached to each strand of our hair. Jojoba therefore trick nature to think that it has produced enough sebum especially for black hair as our hair is naturally dry. Because it is very similar to your natural hair oils, jojoba oil can be used to balance oil production at the scalp, aiding overproducing glands that cause oily hair and also treats hair problems such as dandruff, seborrhoea, dry and damaged hair. It has a very protective quality for hair as it is a humectant which helps it to hold moisture perfect for adding to damaged ends. It is easily absorbed by the skin and is used extensively in hair care. It softens and improves suppleness. Jojoba is also non-greasy and will give your hair a healthy, natural shine and add volume to your hair.
3. Avocado/Avocado Oil
This oil is very rich with vitamins A, D, E, and contains more potassium than bananas. It is easily absorbed into the skin and hair and
avocado oil is a quick way to get multiple nutrients onto your scalp for improved hair growth. Very good when the skin and hair is dry, tired and lacks lustre. It spreads well and very quickly and thoroughly absorbs, giving shine and softness.
4. Argan Oil
This oil is very rich in Omega 6 essential fatty acids which stimulate, protect and regenerates helping to make the skin and hair soft, supple and elastic. Argan oil will add shine, tame frizz, help straighten your hair, or enhance your natural curls. It is seen in the industry at the moment as one of the wonder oils to use as is noted in all mixtures – infused with Argan /Moroccan oil.
5. Olive Oil
Traditionally most natural vegetable oils are good for food, skin and hair and Olive oil is one instance where this is most prominent. It
is very rich oil in nutrients hence very prominent in Mediterranean diets. Due to its fattiness is very good for dry hair, stops trans-epidermal water loss helping to maintain moisture making it a humectant. It has nourishing, softening and protective properties. It is good for treating dry hair, dry damaged scalp, irritated and sensitive scalp.
6. Sweet Almond / Almond Oil
You will occasionally be confronted with Sweet Almond or simply Almond oil. I usually buy anyone I find. You can take your time to understand what the difference really is but for hair, I love Almond oil. By massaging a few drops of almond oil into your scalp adds a healthy glow to your hair. It helps make your hair stronger, thicker and adds shine as well as nourishing and smoothing hair cuticles. Almond oil has also been known to facilitate hair growth, making it strong and thick and controls hair breakage.
7. Vegetable Glycerin
Natural Hair products containing vegetable glycerine act as strong humectants—meaning, they attract and bind water to themselves acting as a remedy for hair problems. Vegetable glycerine also creates a layer of oil over the hair strand, thus aiding in the retention of moisture. To stay away from frizz in curly and afro hair, regular application over time is beneficial as it does not allow the hair to dry out or tangle. Glycerin for hair is really amazing. Try combining it with aloe vera juice to create an even better moisture spritz!
8. Sunflower Oil
This oil contains high levels of Omega 6 essential fatty acid, has high vitamin E and high lecithin content – a natural emulsifier. It has a
nourishing effect on the skin and hair. It absorbs quickly without leaving a sticky feeling. It is also used to treat seborrhoea and structurally damaged hair. Sunflower oil in a product helps other active ingredients to absorb quickly.
9. Grape Seed Oil
Grape Seed oil is high in Omega 6. It is a long oil and so offers excellent lubrication qualities.
10. Neem Oil
Has a very powerful antibacterial and antifungal property which is very useful for the hair. Treats head lice and dandruff.
I have tried to concentrate on oils that are easily seen and readily available to buy from Natural food shops and markets. As some of these ingredients are indigenous to other countries, I suggest you buy them from “fair trade,” companies where the people who make the product are paid fair wages!
Where possible, use Organic and unrefined versions of these ingredients as they work best and ensure the retention of nutrients.
However, any version is better than applying chemicals or petroleum products on your hair.
Are there other oils you have worked with that give you great results? Why not share with us some of your personal experiences on oils and what they do for you.
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About your Trainer
Joy Phido is an internationally established Natural Hair and Extensions Educator, Specialist, & Designer. Joy is a mother with 4 children and has first-hand experience on how difficult it is to work and run a family especially in the Western world. After working in corporate Nigeria as a banker and corporate England in telecoms, Joy tried her hands on buy and sell businesses which failed. She eventually realized that to succeed in business; you need to have a skill in your hands first. In addition to her natural passion and skill in hair designing, Joy took series of professional training from across different continents and now has the mission to give students real skill of running a hair Business. This is why World of Braiding has become a success and it is this passion of owning your own skill that motivates Joy in helping people who come to World of Braiding & Extensions for training.
Joy has a BSc in Business Admin, a qualified NVQ Level 3 Hairdresser, a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with UK Hairdressing Council, has over 20 years Natural Hair & Extensions experience. She is also a qualified teacher, an NLP practitioner with varied career experiences.
Before setting up World of Braiding & Extensions, Joy started teaching Braiding, Weaving & Extensions with the Newham Council Adult Education Department (Newceys) for 5 years at 4 Centres with some classes as big as 30 students. As the Chief Executive, Trainer and Artistic Director at World of Braiding & Extensions, her passion is to make Natural Hair and Extensions a professional skill as well as help stylist understand how to make money while designing glamorous clients.
Joy’s passion for natural hair is also associated with the fact that she experienced hair damage with chemical relaxers which made her start wearing natural hairstyles thereafter. She can be seen as the Doctor for healthy natural Afro hair where all her children wear natural hairstyles and she is no stranger on the internet writing from her blogs, teaching on Youtube with step-by-step videos to constantly enrich students’ knowledge with over 3million views and over 18,000 subscribers. She is also a Natural Hair & Extensions Business Mentor and adviser helping students & practitioners not only on how to get into the industry but how to become successful and prosper in the industry. She brings a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to this training to enhance your learning. World of Braiding & Extensions is constantly exhibiting at Hair events, giving talks in conference, taking part in major projects and designing hair for fashion shows and events.