So you heard me blog about carrier oils in one of my recent posts. What are carrier oils you say? Carrier Oils are another type of oil for your hair. The oils are called carrier oils because they ‘carry’ the essential oil onto the skin. Carrier oils are also known as a base oil or vegetable oil. They are also usually derived from seeds or nuts. Carrier oils are best used as natural and unadulterated as possible as cold pressing and maceration are the two main methods of producing carrier oils. Carrier oils are very important in hair care because they are great moisturizers, strengtheners and are very nourishing for your hair.
Here Is A List of Carrier Oils and Their Known Benefits To Your Hair:
Jojoba Oil – Jojoba is known to rapidly penetrate down to the scalp and hair shaft, and readily loosens and dissolves the hardened build-up of sebum. The scalp and hair follicles are left clean and free to continue their normal function. Jojoba is great for all hair types and has an ability to inhibit excess activity of the sebaceous glands making it the perfect choice for people with oily scalps that still need conditioning. Likewise it can be used for dry hair as it helps to moisturize your hair properly.
Coconut Oil – Now you have seen me blog many times before about coconut oil benefits. Coconut oil is by far Cami’s, from Elise Marcus Salon, favorite oil to work with because coconut oil is known to consist of more than ninety percent of saturated fats Vitamin-E and Vitamin K and minerals such as Iron. Coconut oil is known as one of the best natural nutrition for hair and is in contention with olive and jojoba oils as the king of the carrier oils. It is an excellent conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair and it softens the hair and conditions the scalp. I also love to use coconut oil to shave with.
Olive Oil – Only olive oil that is labelled extra virgin guarantees that the oil has been cold pressed from freshly harvested olives and does not contain chemicals. Extra virgin olive oil that is green in color is of higher quality than golden-yellow oil. Olive oil helps in preventing as well as curing hair loss as it prevents the production of the hormone DTH which causes the hair follicle shaft to decrease. Regular application of olive oil to hair prevents the production of DTH hormones on the scalp, thus getting rid of the problem of hair loss. For relaxed/permed hair ladies excessive chemical use can cause hair damage, olive oil contains antioxidants that promotes a healthy hair and scalp. Olive oil strengthens and smooths hair cuticles.
Castor Oil – Is a vegetable oil obtained from the castor bean. Castor oil is a colorless to very pale yellow liquid with mild or no odor or taste. It is rich in ricinoleic acid and can be used to treat skin conditions such as fungal infections. It nourishes hair and prevents the scalp from drying by retaining moisture. Castor oil added to hair care products helps to seal moisture, softens, and visibly thickens hair. Castor oil can also be used by itself on the hair to seal in moisture.
Avocado Oil– Is extracted from the king of the fruits; avocado. Avocado is full of vitamins that your hair needs like vitamins A, E, D and potassium. If you want a super deep conditioner treatment without having to buy a commercial preparation, you can add avocado oil to the other carrier oils and you will definitely feel and see the difference.
Vitamin E Oil – Proper circulation leads to thriving hair follicles which leads to hair growth. Vitamin E contains valuable antioxidants that help to keep the immune system up and improves circulation to all parts of the body, including the scalp. When added to homemade products, Vitamin E extends their shelf life. This oil rejuvenates and offers protection for the scalp and skin.