You’ve probably heard that applying certain oils onto your hair will benefit your hair because it provides moisture and strength. Barbara Gonzalez from Cosmopolitan, states that oils are rich in fatty acids that are “great for healing split ends, sealing moisture, and detangling.” But what oils should you really focus on when applying them to your hair? Or, what oils should you look for when buying shampoo products?
Gonzalez spoke with Kevin Mancuso, hair care expert and global creative director of Nexxus about tips for finding the best oils for certain hair types:
Thin Hair – Avocado Oil
Avocado oil is a light oil that will not weigh down your thin hair, instead, it “will promote cell growth and shine.” It is better and healthier to apply light oils on thin hair because it will not weight down hair. Avocado oil absorbs quickly into the hair “without leaving it limp or greasy.”
Thick or Curly Hair – Babassu Oil
If you have thick or curly hair, you would want to use a heavier oil to “define your hair or curls, and prevent frizz.” Mancuso suggests using babassu oil because it has more of a “grip” and “is low on the comedogenic scale,” which will leave your hair non-greasy and prevent irritation on the skin. Shea and coconut oils are also good suggestions for people with thick or curly hair.
Color-Treated Hair – Marula Oil
Mancuso suggest marula oil for those who have color-treated hair because it “is lean but not too syrupy.” He also mentions that marula oil is similar to the natural oils that accumulates from the body and that it is “rich in vitamin C and E.” This oil absorbs quickly and seals in the moisture for a soft and frizz-free look.
Dry or Oily Scalp – Tea Tree Oil
If you have a dry or oily scalp, or both, then there is “a chemical imbalance on your scalp.” Consider using tea tree oil because it holds “antifungal and antibacterial properties” that eliminates excess oils and dead skin cells. It also helps hair grow because it “unclogs hair follicles.”
Dry Hair – Argan Oil
For those who have dry hair, apply argan oil or use products that are rich in argan oil to help repair split-ends and provide moisture.