Treat your Hair this New Year with Natural Oils

Washing, drying and brushing, especially in these harsh winter months can leave your hair dry, brittle and even more unmanageable than ever before! If this sounds like you, then instead of hiding underneath your woolly hat, maybe it’s time to be creative and take your hair conditioning routine up a notch by using these lovely oils… the added bonus: they’re all natural and chemical free!

haircare tips - essex hairstyle coursesAll of these products can be used as pure oil, but conveniently a lot of hair products such as Herbal Essences, Ultimate Blends and OGX already contain these oils. So whether you want to include these oils within your regular hair washing routine or you want a one off pure oil treatment, below are some popular as well as some weird and wonderful oils I recommend you try!

Coconut Oil

If you want soft, luscious and shiny hair, coconut oil will provide just that. Instead of only creating the cosmetic appearance of health, it actually does boost hair and scalp health and repairs your damaged hair. It also contains antimicrobial which controls the fungus causing dandruff, so if you are prone to dandruff this could be your magic cure!

Inecto Pure Coconut Oil Hair Repair Treatment is one of my favourites. You apply the treatment after you’ve washed and towel dried your hair, leave in for 5 minutes then rinse. Perfect if you want a fortnightly deep treatment.

Coconut Oil Hair Shine takes a more solid form yet turns into a silky balm within your fingertips; this is a leave in balm that you apply onto dry hair.

Argan Oil

Argan oil has become increasingly popular with many products now containing this must try liquid gold! It contains copious amounts of Vitamin E, which itself contains natural antioxidants, which help boost cells and encourage them to produce healthy hair. It has also been associated with hair regrowth. Apart from the health benefits, it nourishes repairs and eliminates frizz.

This is the Argan Oil I advise you try, an added bonus is that you’ll have gorgeous smelling locks, and there are claims that it reduces drying time. If you have thick hair it gives you even more reason to give it a try!

Pomegranate Seed Oil

As well as being beautifully scented, pomegranate oil has many advantages and benefits for any hair type, cosmetically, as well as assisting in your hair’s health. The oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants so increases hair growth, balances the PH level of your scalp to avoid greasiness. Furthermore, it soothes frizzy and curly hair by moisturising the scalp and detangling stubborn hair. Pomegranate seed oil also restores and hydrates the hair follicles providing extreme conditioning and shine to the hair.

Percy & Reed do gorgeous Pomegranate seed oil for your hair that is definitely one to add to your list to try.

Olive and Avocado Oil Cream

This oil is often overshadowed by the more well-known oils, however Olive and Avocado oil is superb for dry frizzy hair, and works especially well for tackling those dreaded split ends! So if you are a guilty of frequently using hot appliances on your hair and want to try something a little different, try this oil cream from Reihls. It works wonders.

Castor Oil

The principal element of Castor oil is Ricinoleic acid, which is known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. This acid is key to preventing hair loss. High levels of Omega oils are also present to help strengthen the hair follicle, and act as a preventative of thinning, splitting hair. Castor oil is suitable for any hair type as it also softens, revitalises and adds shine to your locks.

Babassu and Carrot Oil

When you think of oil for your hair, this one definitely isn’t the first that would come to mind! Unlike the previous examples, the Babassu and Carrot Oil from Naturally Thinking is pure oil shots. This requires you to heat the oil and apply it directly to your hair and scalp. It has a similar effect to the other oils, as it makes your hair soft, shiny and manageable.

Admittedly as a collective, most hair oils have similar effects on your hair; it is all about choosing the correct and most suitable oil for you and your hair type. We all have favourite products, right?

*Expert tip!* When conditioning your hair, whether it is with a cream oil or singularly just oil treatment, to get the most effective outcome, wrap your hair in a warm damp towel whilst you’re waiting to rinse. As this method locks in the moisture, making your hair super soft and silky.

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