Hair oil treatments for shiny and beautiful hair
Vegetable hair oil treatments that make your hair shiny, healthy, luscious and strong
Vegetable hair oil treatments have been used for centuries to make hair shiny, healthy, luscious and strong. Mark Townsend is a hair stylist who counts A-list celebrities among his clientele. These include Dakota Johnson, Ashley and Elizabeth Olsen, Kirsten Dunst and Rachel McAdams, to name a few.
According to a recent interview, by Celia Shatzman, Townsend swore by the regular use of oils in the hair.
He believes that applying vegetable hair oil treatments results in marked improvement of texture and appearance:
“The benefit in most of the hair oils treatments is all the fatty acids, which replace the lipids in your hair when it starts to get really fine. Right before it splits, that means there’s nothing holding it together, and all those lipids are gone so you need to replace them.”
Overall, vegetable hair oil treatments can make a big difference to the health of our hair and scalp, as well as add vibrancy, lustre and shine.
Let’s break down the science of using vegetable hair oil treatments on hair to prevent thinning and splitting
Although our ancestors didn’t know the scientific reasons that oil was good, they understood the benefits of hair oil treatments.
Oil is packed with fatty acids and other nutrients which can replace lipids that may have been depleted, especially in thinning hair. Lipid depletion is what leads to split ends. If you suffer from split ends, be sure to apply oil to the ends of your hair to prevent it from splitting any further.
Applying ‘Old Hair Tricks.’; natural alternatives for toxic hair conditioners
Humans have been applying vegetable oil treatments to their hair for centuries. This was how they took care of their hair before we became seduced by the unrealistic claims made by toxic commercial products.
Mother Nature has given us so many natural oils to pick from, all which are beneficial to our hair and overall health. Despite our busy schedules, taking care of your hair is important and should not be neglected. Hair oil treatments are fantastic multi-taskers.
They are a lubricant, a much better alternative to regular hair conditioners.
The benefits of using vegetable hair oil treatments
Hair oil treatments and Essential fatty acids: a key to thicker and healthy hair
Essential fatty acids are a very complex topic, and research on the subject is ongoing. From a medical point of view, the term fatty acids only refer to two essential fatty acids: Omega 3 and 6, which are made in a healthy functioning body. They are linolenic acid, as an Omega 3 fatty acid, from which EPA and DHA are made. As the body can’t produce these primary or building block essential fatty acids on its own, it is essential to receive them through hair oil treatments, skin, scalp or orally.
Before experimenting with hair oil treatments you need to understand the oil classifications
Now, before you start experimenting with different hair oil treatments, it’s important to understand that it may not be wise to apply the half-dry to very dry oils. In particular, for people with already dry hair or damaged hair, as this may further damage your already thinning hair. (lists of oil classifications see below).
I recommend to first educate yourself on the different oil types and their textures and to get a hair diagnose before playing experimenting. Take some time to learn about the various kinds of oil that are out there. Since we all have different types of hair and textures, you need to find out what works for you and your hair oil treatments type.
Be cautious and take it slow. I once made the mistake of repeatedly using undiluted coconut oil on my hair. My hair was already damaged at the time and this only led to more harm. For other people though, this may be a great hair oil, even when they use it undiluted.
Hot pressed Vs Cold pressed oils
Preparing oils involves either hot pressing or cold pressing processes. Cold pressing is a means of extracting oil under low temperatures (below 49 degrees). Cold pressed oils are typically higher in nutrition and safer. It produces finer oils that are of a higher quality like castor oil, jojoba oil, sesame oil and virgin olive oil.
Fruit, nuts and seeds are typically hot pressed. They are heated, and then the oil in them is pushed out. They then go through another process of refining to remove impurities. You will usually get more oil when you hot press, however, the quality of the oil is lower than cold pressed oil.
The different types of vegetable oils
Generally speaking, thick oils tend to be high in saturated fats and thin oils are high in polyunsaturated fats (omega 3). The higher the viscosity of an oil, the slower it takes to be absorbed by the skin. Oils become easier to absorb, the higher their temperature. Therefore, hot oils are often used during massages, but not always recommended for the scalp.
The following oil classifications come from the book: ‘The Aromantic Guide’ by Kolbjorn Borseth, who writes books on natural body care, has his own product line and has given a course how to make your own products.
VERY THICK OILS:
Neem, Castor (high in Omega 9 fatty acids)
Olive, Shea Butter
Jojoba, shea butter
VERY THIN OILS:
Evening Primrose, Borage
More on the classifications of vegetable hair oil treatments
Oils high in fatty acids reduce the size of skin pores, normalise dry sagging skin.
These oils contain essential fatty acids like linoleic and alpha-linoleic acid and have the Premium qualities of absorbing quickly, are drier than other fatty acids, they can reduce the fattiness of your oil-blends, reduce the size of skin pores, normalise dry sagging skin.
The oils include grapeseed, camelina, kiwi seed, camelina, thistle, walnut, hemp seed and rosehip.
An oil is described as very fatty when it is rich in saturated fatty oils
These very fatty oils included neem oil, macadamia oil and moringa oil.
Fatty oils contain high amounts monounsaturated fatty acids.
A few examples of such fatty oils are peach kernel oil, apricot oil, sweet almond, olive, avocado and jojoba (these last two are half fatty oils).
Half-fatty to half dry are oils rich in omega 7 and 9
The oils are known as monounsaturated and duounsaturated fatty acids. These oils include rice bran and sesame.
Half dry to dry oils are rich in duounsaturated fatty acids
These half dry to dry oils oils include grapeseed, thistle and walnut.
Dry to very dry oils are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids.
These dry to very dry oils include borage, rosehip, evening primrose and camelina.
Vegetable oils that are very dry to very very dry
These vegetable oils that are very dry to very very dry include hemp seed and kiwi seed oil.
Smooth vegetable oils
Smooth vegetable oils include apricot kernel, peach kernel, kiwi seed, macadamia nut and rosehip.
Blend rough vegetable oils with smoother vegetable oils
Oils that feel smooth when applied to your skin, are generally fattier. Drier oils feel rougher, except for rosehip and kiwi seed oil, which are both smooth. You don’t need to avoid rough vegetable oil treatments entirely but always blend them with smoother vegetable oil treatments.
An example of half-smooth oils includes evening primrose. Rough oils include camelina, hemp seed, borage, thistle.
COMEDOGENIC OIL RATINGS – WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?
It’s important that we understand the comedogenic* rating of the oils we use.
*Information on stats and ratings of the comedogenic oils factor is in courtesy of the fantastic Holistic Health Herbalist (http://www.holistichealthherbalist.com/complete-list-of- comedogenic-oils/
In oil with a comedogenic rating of 0 is classified as ‘non-comedogenic’ which means it won’t clog the pores on your scalp. A rating of 1 means there’s a small chance that the oil will clog your pores.
A rating of 2 signifies that the oil won’t clog pores for MOST people, three means that a lot of people may experience a breakout but many people equally won’t.
A 4 rating suggests that MOST people will break out unless they have a good tolerance to it, and a 5 rating indicates that there is a guaranteed chance of breaking out. Not many people can handle such a highly rated oil, but you’d be surprised by the amount who can.
Everyone’s skin is different and what works for one person may not work for another so bear this in mind too when picking the right oils. Factors like lifestyle, race, diet and environment can also affect how the oil reacts on your skin, hair and scalp.
The best vegetable hair oil treatments for shiny, strong, luscious & beautiful hair
Argan hair oil – a natural and effective vegetable hair oil treatment with a low comedogenic factor
Argan is one of the vegetable hair oil treatments with a low comedogenic factor and is safe to treat your hair and scalp. Historically, Argan oil was used to treat skin rashes, skin infections and bug bites. In Modern Day Times, it is a fashion item in the beauty world and is touted as an efficient and natural treatment for skin and hair.
Argan oil is a product of the Moroccan Argan Tree and is often labelled as “the liquid gold”. The media is obsessed with Argan oil and with good reason!
Castor oil – a simple and effective natural vegetable oil treatment for growing long, shiny, lustrous hair
Castor oil is one of the natural vegetable hair oil treatments for hair regrowth, making it longer and thicker. This pale-yellow coloured oil is tasteless and odourless. It’s extracted by pressing castor plant seeds. Castor oil is excellent for the overall conditioning of your hair. It restores your scalp, moisturises hair, promotes hair growth, and prevents hair loss. And, unlike commercial products, castor oil is safe to eat.
Nothing is better than having soft, shiny, bouncy locks. Castor oil makes your hair thick, healthy, and free of frizz and split ends. Castor oil is moisture-rich oil so it penetrates deeply into the scalp and prevents hair from becoming dry and brittle.
Emu oil – your Secret treasure in beautiful skin and strong, luscious hair
For starters, it may be interesting to know that humans have used the potent Emu Oil for over 40.000 years. They used it to help protect the skin from environmental factors and treat minor cuts and wounds. In modern day times, Emu Oil is used in medical settings and in over the counter products for all-natural skin treatments. Emu oil is a highly sought-after oil, used primarily in skin care. Emu oil is not a vegetable hair oil treatment, but definitely a secret treasure and excellent treatment for beautiful skin, and strong, luscious, beautiful hair.
Apricot kernel oil – a mild oil packed with essential nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, Vitamin E, proteins, fat y acids and amino acids
Apricot trees are grown in California, parts of Asia and originate from Kashmir/ Mongolia. The seeds are harvested, then dried, and then pressed into Apricot kernel oil either through cold or hot pressing.
This mild hair oil treatment is packed with essential nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, Vitamin E, proteins, fatty acids (including oleic acid) and amino acids which are essential for optimal hair and skin health. Apricot Kernel is one of the vegetable oil treatments that helps keep inflammation at bay. besides, it also has excellent moisturising properties that contribute to maintaining the skin, supple, soft and hydrated.
Rosehip-oil – star-oil favoured by A-listers
Rosehip oil is one of the vegetable hair oil treatments that has a subtle woody smell. Its colour varies from an intense golden hue to a rich red-orange colour to a light-yellow colour. Rosehip oil is touted for its exceptional skin and hair care benefits. It helps treat wounds and inflammation. Research shows that this regenerating oil helps boost mobility by up to 25 % and eases rheumatoid arthritis pain. Besides, rosehip oil is an effective carrier that can easily transport nutrients into the deeper layers of skin, where it can regenerate from within. Rosehip is favoured by my many A-listers.
Broccoli seed oil – a magical game-changer for beautiful hair and healthy skin
Broccoli seed oil, also known as Brassica oleracea, is popping up everywhere. The Skin Deep Cosmetic Database checklists many brands who have included it into their formulas.
Broccoli seed oil is one of the vegetable hair oil treatments that is a unique game-changer for beautiful hair and healthy skin. This is because of its potent antioxidants, and its rare combination of essential fatty acids. The biggest benefit of broccoli seed oil is that it is incredibly moisturising. It’s packed with fatty acids, yet remains light and non-greasy so that it won’t clog up pores. Besides, it helps hydrate the skin like hyaluronic acid does, reduces inflammation, calms the skin, has anti-ageing properties and give you a glossy feel.
Neem oil – an effective vegetable oil treatment for skin and scalp inflammation
Neem oil is one of the effective vegetable oil treatments to help treat scalp and skin conditions, as well as inflammation and other common illnesses.
Extracted from the fruits of the neem tree, found in South Asia, this oil can protect skin and hair against fungi like candida, which is one of the leading causes of dandruff.
It also contains high amounts of antioxidants, making it ideal for protecting the skin. It’s rich in fatty acids, such as linoleic, oleic and stearic acids, and glycerides that can penetrate the skin’s outer layer and restore the protective barrier, preventing moisture loss.
Hemp seed oil – a moisturising oil that helps to leave hair feeling softer and smoother.
Hemp seed oil is ideal for those who suffer from oily or sensitive skin. It can help reduce inflammation and acne breakouts and treat eczema and psoriasis.
When it comes to hair, hemp seed oil is rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9. These oils are essential for growing and nourishing the hair follicle, as well as improving its elasticity. It also improves blood circulation in the scalp, which stimulates new hair growth. On top of that, this moisturising oil helps prevent water loss, leaving hair feeling softer and smoother.
Jojoba oil – an anti-inflammatory oil that regrows hair and helps prevent hair loss
Jojoba oil is an anti-inflammatory oil that can help regrow hair and prevent hair loss. This oil mimics the consistency of sebum, which is a natural oil produced by our skin. As a result, it absorbs effortlessly into the scalp and hair follicles without blocking it up. In fact, it can help loosen excess sebum and debris on the scalp, encouraging new hair growth. Because of its ability to unclog the follicles, jojoba oil is also used to help treat hair loss conditions.
Jojoba oil leaves hair smooth, silky and healthy while repairing dry, frizzy, and brittle hair. Rich in essential fatty acids, jojoba oil can also help heal a dry scalp and calm itchiness caused by heavy metals found in water and harsh chemicals in shampoo.
Sea Buckthorn oil is anti-inflammatory oil that naturally thickens and adds shine to your hair
Sea buckthorn oil naturally thickens and adds shine to hair. It’s packed with essential fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin C, which helps to strengthen and grow our locks. Sea buckthorn oil can also penetrate the skin’s lipid layer and can also be used as a natural protectant against the sun. Sea buckthorn oil is also rich in fatty acids and nutrients; making it an extremely healthy super-oil. It’s also high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties that help promote well-being. Its nourishing properties also make it ideal to use on the skin to prevent acne and rosacea and improve hydration and elasticity.
Tips for storing and using vegetable oils
If you store your vegetable oils properly, they should last a very long time. Below are a few simple guidelines to give longer life to the oils you like to use on your hair.
- Keep your vegetable oils in a sealed, airtight container and store them in a place that is cool and dark. Contact with oxygen causes oils to lose their quality and to deteriorate in effectiveness. Your oils will also quickly begin to smell and go bad.
- Mix your oils in a way that doesn’t add any unnecessary additional oxygen to it. You can do this by stirring your mixtures using a spoon/spatula. Never shake your mixture.
- Oils should always be sold in dark glass to protect it from light, which quickly deteriorates the quality of the oil. Do not purchase any oil that sold in a light-coloured glass or container. Furthermore, look at the ingredient list as well. Expect the ingredients to be 100% vegetable oil and nothing else. If you see anything like perfume, preservatives, water or paraffin in the ingredients, don’t buy it. These destroy the effectiveness of the oil.
- To maintain the quality of your oils, store them in glass containers as plastics are often fused with chemicals. In my home, I do my best to avoid plastics, and all of my food, beauty and hair products ALWAYS are stored in glass containers.
Buying the Best Vegetable Hair oil treatments
Buying the best vegetable hair oil treatments can be complicated.
Below are a few tips to buy the best vegetable hair oil treatments
Take a good look at the manufacturer of the oil you’re considering to buy. Research whether it’s an established brand and if it’s sourced ethically.
Has the manufacturer received any awards or do they have organic certification? If the answer is yes, it means a third party has taken the time to assess the company and commend it.
Look for ECOCERT or USDA certifications on the packaging.
Regarding brands, I like Poppy Austin, Levenrose and Pukka, which I’ve found to be high in quality, ethics and reliability.
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Resources and references:
The Aromantic Guide, Kolbjorn Borseth, pages 1, 2, 7, 10, 11, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33
Poppy Austin Argan oil article Storing and buying tips