How and Why to Use skincare Oils in Your Hair
Skincare oils have a wide array of benefits and uses for people of all ages. Helping with smoother, younger-looking skin is just one of their many perks! But there’s another bonus! Did you know that certain face oils are great to use on your hair?
Since these oils have so many uses, they make excellent gifts for the holidays or for special events like birthdays or Valentine’s Day.
Keep reading to learn more about skincare oils and why you’ll want to add them to your hair care routine ASAP!
What are Skincare Oils?
Skincare oils are a robust and versatile skincare tool that everybody should have in their beauty cabinet. These oils are non-comedogenic (meaning that they will not clog your pores) and they’re great for every skin type, including oily skin!
Face oils are typically used as a moisture-locking sealant as one of the last steps to a good skincare routine, ideally after moisturizing but before SPF/PA application.
There are many skincare oils to choose from, each with its own individual benefits. However, the vast majority contain tons of vitamins and minerals to revitalize the skin from the inside out, not to mention an army of antioxidants and germ-killing compounds to protect against environment stressors.
While facial oils have a plethora of benefits for your skin, certain face oils can and should be used on your hair, too. Read on and we’ll tell you how and why to use Argan Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Castor Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, and Jojoba Oil in your hair!
Why You Need to Use Your Face Oils on Your Hair
Many people think of putting oil on the hair as a counterintuitive measure. Why would you intentionally make your hair greasy?
The truth is that these lightweight oils simply add luxurious shine and body to hair’s shafts and ends, creating an ethereal, eye-catching ‘do that is sure to bring in many compliments.
Remember those important vitamins and minerals we mentioned? You might not realize it, but your hair requires nutrition just as much as your skin does.
Oils create a protective sheath around each individual strand of hair that prevents excess heat damage, split ends, breakage, and even UV damage. But did you know that you can even use skincare oils on your scalp?
Having a healthy scalp is essential to achieving a healthy head of hair. You can slather as much oil on your ends as you want, but if your scalp is unbalanced, you will experience a slower rate of hair growth, thin strands, or even hair loss.
It’s important to provide the hair follicles on your head with proper hydration, oxygen, and nutrition to make sure that they are working at full capacity. Skincare oils can do just that!
How to Use Face Oils on Hair
Hair oiling is a common tradition in many cultures, especially in India, where it has been used since ancient times. Many Indian women frequently massage oil
into the scalp and hair to improve circulation (which boosts oxygen usage and nutrient fluidity) when used with a special massage called “champi.”
Hair oiling is especially useful if you are trying to grow your hair out and/or thicken your hair. Vogue notes that the boosted circulation and relaxation may help boost hair growth for healthy, gorgeous hair.
For a full scalp mask, take your oil of choice (we’ll talk about why the oil you choose is important in the next section) and warm it up to the point where it is comfortable, but not to the point where it burns you. If you use a thick oil, like coconut oil, apply it onto dry hair an hour before your shower from roots to ends. Use your fingertips to gently massage it into the scalp.
For a lighter oil, you can use it as a hair mask on damp or dry hair, depending on your preference. Oil can be applied either from roots to ends as a pre-wash mask or from shaft to ends as a shine and moisture enhancer.
Which Oils Can be Used on Hair?
You don’t want to miss this section! While every skincare oil has some sort of benefit for the hair, five oils stand out. You’ll learn about each oil, its benefits, and where you can find it.
Argan oil is one of the most famous and robust oils for the hair. Derived from the argan tree in its native country of Morocco, argan oil is found in many hair, nail, and skincare products.
This versatile oil is often referred to as “liquid gold” since it is high in many vitamins. PURA D’OR is actually a way of saying liquid gold or pure gold, so the brand is named for Argan Oil, its original product!
Argan oil helps to protect hair, since hair is extremely fragile. Argan oil contains various fatty acids (linoleic and oleic acids, to be exact), which not only deeply hydrate the hair follicle and cuticle but also create a protective layer over the strand to protect it from free radicals and UV damage.
Argan oil is excellent for all hair types, especially thin and flat hair, since it is practically weightless.
Argan oil is also rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that help to calm an irritated scalp. It is thought that argan oil may help to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis, dandruff, and even seborrheic dermatitis.
PURA D’OR has your back when it comes to supplying you with high-quality argan oil. Apart from being USDA Certified Organic, PURA D’OR’s argan oil is imported directly from Morocco (authenticity guaranteed!) It is 100% pure, meaning there are no junky additives. Plus, it’s cruelty-free! Join almost 13,000 reviewers on Amazon and fall in love with this hair oil.
Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosehips are a berry-like part of the rose plant. They grow beneath the flowers and contain the seeds. Not only do rosehips make wonderfully tasty tea, but they can also be cold-pressed to create a nutritious hair and face oil that has been used in many South American and South African cultures for its medicinal properties.
Like argan oil, rosehip seed oil contains high levels of fatty acids that coat and moisturize the hair cuticle to prevent breakage and free radical damage. Additionally, this oil tests high for Vitamins C and A.
Vitamin C is best known for boosting collagen production and removing blockages from hair follicles, while Vitamin A boosts circulation and cell turnover for a quicker rate of hair growth.
While more research is needed, many users have noticed reduced inflammation on their scalps with the consistent use of rosehip seed oil. Also, many people with textured, coarse hair find this oil works well for them.
PURA D’OR’s Chile-derived rosehip seed oil easily surpasses the industry standard in quality. Since it contains no additives, this pure oil will blow your mind; you’ll never want to touch another hair oil again.
You have likely seen a bottle of castor oil in your grandma’s medicine cabinet as a child. Well, granny was doing something right!
Castor oil is an age-oil remedy for dry hair and scalp. Thought to have originated in tropical regions of Africa, the castor plant is now mostly cultivated in warm regions of Brazil, China, and India. Fun fact: castor oil comes from a bean!
Unlike many other oils, castor oil doesn’t JUST contain fatty acids. It also contains a slew of other essential nutrients, like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and everything else required to create a healthy scalp environment.
Since castor oil is a strong humectant (locks in and draws in water), it reduces dryness, frizziness, and split-ends/breakage. What more could you ask for?
If you have thoroughly oily hair throughout the scalp and shaft, you will likely want to try out a different oil. Additionally, castor oil is not ideal for those with extremely fine hair since it is one of the heaviest and thickest oils.
BONUS: Castor oil is best known for helping boost the growth and thickness of eyelashes and eyebrows. So be sure to try that out with our castor oil, which includes a bonus set of applicators for eyelashes and eyebrows. Our castor oil is organic, cruelty-free, vegan, and completely pure from any irritants or chemicals.
Lavender Essential Oil
This oil is not like the rest. You might have noticed the word “essential” lurking in the title, and it makes all the difference. Essential oils are highly concentrated oils that have been refined to the highest degree and are most often used for aromatherapeutic purposes. However, many essential oils also have skin and hair benefits when used in the right way.
One study completed in 2016 revealed that lavender essential oil applied to mice resulted in the growth of more hair in a thicker, quicker manner. However, most dermatologists agree that it isn’t healthy to apply undiluted essential oil directly to the scalp. Instead, it should be diluted down with a carrier oil (more on this later) and then massaged into the scalp and ends.
Most people know this essential oil as a relaxing, invigorating scent that is diffused or sniffed straight from the bottle. However, this slightly floral aroma acts as a natural perfume and lasts all day long, providing you with stress relief.
Lavender essential oil is suitable for all hair types.
Grab yourself a 4oz bottle of lavender essential oil from PURA D’OR. It’s organic, vegan, cruelty-free, and extracted using the steam distillation method for ultimate purity and scent.
Note: The other four oils on this list are perfect carrier oils! However, if you are breastfeeding, please consult with your doctor before using essential oils such as lavender essential oil.
Jojoba oil comes from cold-pressed desert shrub kernels native to Mexico and the Southwestern U.S. Originally, it was used heavily by various Native American tribes. More recently, it has made its way into mainstream national beauty products.
Many people add jojoba oil to their conditioners to extend the moisturizing benefits provided, or they smooth it into damp hair
after a wash. Jojoba oil is most often found in hair products designed for curly to coily texturized hair, though it will work for all hair types.
Jojoba is a great smoothing agent that reduces frizz and dryness, especially for damaged hair. It has almost the exact same chemical formula as oils produced by the scalp, which means that the body works easily with it.
Of course, you can locate top-notch jojoba oil at a great price from PURA D’OR. We value our commitment to pure, organic, fair-trade products that everyone can enjoy.
Fun fact: Jojoba oil is technically not even an oil! It’s a wax ester, which means that it washes out easily, and you don’t need to use a lot of shampoo (which further dries your hair out) to remove it.
Other Uses for Skin Care Oils
Now you know that several skincare oils are great for your hair, but did you know that they have other uses, too? Remember when we mentioned carrier oils? Carrier oils are special, lightweight oils that are meant to be mixed with essential oils. All the oils on this list are excellent carrier oils, except for the lavender essential oil.
You can also use these oils as a massage or body oil to hydrate and relax your skin and muscles. You can even use jojoba oil as a waterproof makeup remover!
Kick Your Feet Back and Tie Your Hair Up!
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