Some people are blessed with thick, long, healthy hair that stays that way for life. And some people are not (Hi!). I have straight “normal” hair, but over the years it has been growing much slower and is thinning. On top of it, I recently decided to get some color put in, which is making it dry and fine.
Many people with similar hair issues opt for cosmetic products that promote hair growth and health, but these are all filled with harmful chemicals that actually strip your hair down and leave you worse off in the long run.
If you are dreaming of thick healthy hair but don’t want all of the chemicals, don’t panic. There are actually natural cures for this hair epidemic.
What are the best oils for healthy hair? There are two natural oils I swear by for healthy, growing hair.
Coconut oil is pretty much my favorite oil for everything, including my hair. If you don’t have coconut oil in your house, I suggest getting it immediately! Coconut oil has amazing benefits for hair, skin, and even your oral hygiene. It’s also a great and healthy cooking oil that I use often.
Coconut oil has been used for hair health for thousands of years all around the world. Coconut oil is filled with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that are excellent for split ends, breakage or thinning and dry hair. The lauric acid in coconut oil restores and retains the proteins in hair, making it stronger and prevents breakage.
How do you use coconut oil in your hair?
Coconut oil turns to liquid at room temperature which makes it easy to apply to your hair. If solid, just warm some coconut oil over low heat on the stove, not the microwave, to bring it to liquid form. Or you can just allow it to warm in your palms, but beware of the potential mess.
- Apply to dry hair from below your roots to the ends. You can start at the root if you want to promote hair growth or for a scalp treatment, but it usually takes more than one wash for your roots to not look greasy if you do this.
- Massage the oil through your hair with hands. Getting the ends covered is most important.
- Clip or tie your hair back to allow the oil to sit. You can use a shower cap to trap the heat in, which helps the oil work faster.
- Leave in for at least 30 minutes. I usually do 1-2 hours.
- Wash out in the shower with shampoo and conditioner and pat yourself on the back for being kind to your hair.
Depending on how long you leave the oil in, you may find your hair still oily after washing. I recommend trying the treatment first on a day you can wash it twice or be a shameless grease head. You can also leave it in over night (wrapping your head so your sheets aren’t oily) for a deeper treatment.
The type of oil you use is very important! Be sure to buy pure organic, unrefined, coconut oil, like this:
Spend the few extra dollars for a better product that works.
Another oil that is awesome for hair is castor oil. Castor oil is thicker than coconut oil and I personally haven’t used it for anything other than my hair. But it is also beneficial for skin care, acne and even constipation. Unlike coconut oil which promotes overall hair health, castor oil is for hair growth. Castor oil is high in Vitamin E, minerals and proteins. It also has anti bacterial and anti fungal properties which help the scalp and increase circulation to promote hair growth. Many people testify to experiencing 3x the normal growth rate of hair when using castor oil routinely!
How do you use castor oil in your hair?
There are many ways to use castor oil for your hair and a variety of mixtures. Since castor oil is so thick, it is recommended to dilute it with other base oils like jojoba oil, almond oil or my best friend coconut oil.
- Make your elixir of castor oil + other chosen oil(s).
- I choose to use a dropper and apply drops of the mix to my scalp. Using your hands for this can be messier than with just coconut oil.
- Focus on the roots and scalp instead of your ends and massage the oil in evenly. A little goes a long way.
- Tie your hair up and put the shower cap on.
- Leave on for 30 minutes to a few hours.
- To wash out, shampoo and condition as usual.
If you currently use rogaine and want to compare it to castor oil, simply pick up the two products and throw rogaine in the trash. Thank yourself for eliminating the processed chemicals from your life and choosing the natural option. There is no comparison for using a natural product over something processed and harmful.
Again, it is extremely important that you purchase a quality product. I recommend this Heritage Store organic castor oil or something similar.
For both of these treatments, wear an old t-shirt or put a towel around your neck as the application process can turn into a messy situation. I suggest doing a treatment 1-2x per week. Choose to do the overnight or shorter term according to your schedule. As always, be consistent for results!