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The Best Natural Hair Oils and Products Benefits Explained!

Updated on September 26, 2014

This hub will be about oils and natural products and the benefits of it. This information is great for ladies (and men) with natural hair. Non-natural hair people can use this information to. By the way many of these products you can use for your skin too!! You can find all these oils and products at the beauty supply or health food store.

Olive Oil
Olive Oil | Source

EVCO- this is short for extra virgin coconut oil. This oil softens hair and hydrates it and improves the elasticity of the hair which prevents breakage.

EVOO- this is short for extra virgin olive oil. This oil softens hair and hydrates it and improves the elasticity of the hair which prevents breakage.

Almond oil- this oil soften dead skin on scalp that makes it easier to remove/clean away. It also aids in moisturizing and softens hair.

Amla oil- this is an oil that comes from the Indian gooseberry fruit. It nourishes and strengthens hair and the scalp. It also promotes hair growth, slows down premature graying, adds shine and aids with hair loss.

Honey jar
Honey jar | Source

Brazilian nut oil- this oil contains Vitamins E and A, and contains linoleic acid (which) and protein that prevents hair breakage.

Castor Oil- is an oil that contains ricinoleic acid (which contains anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties prevents scalp infections) and fatty acids (that nourish the hair and prevents dry scalp). It’s a humectant, which draws moisture from the environment and air. It moisturizes hair and promotes new hair growth. This oil is a bit heavy and is best used in the winter months and in colder climates.

Coconut Oil- it is an oil with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties (good for dandruff prevention), rich in minerals and vitamins and proteins (that prevent hair loss and breakage). It also is one of the few oils that has a big molecules that makes it easier to penetrate the hair shaft and condition the hair and scalp.

Honey- is a product that is a humectant which draws moisture from the environment and air. It adds shine and moisture to hair.

Virgin Shea Butter
Virgin Shea Butter | Source

Jojoba oil- pronounced (ho-ho-ba)- this oil is a non-greasy oil that is the closest to your natural hair oil and sebum. Quick lesson, the sebaceous gland creates an oil called sebum that travels up hair follicles to the surface of skin, lubricating the skin (scalp) and hair. Its molecules are small enough to slip into the hair cuticle. This oil contains antibacterial properties (good for dandruff prevention, dry scalp) and removes oil and sebum build up. It also promotes new hair cell growth, prevents split ends, and adds shine.

Rosemary Oil- this oil stimulates hair growth, dry hair and good for dandruff prevention.

Shea Butter- is a butter/oil that comes from the nut in a Shea tree. Its rich in vitamins E and A among other things. This oil prevents dry scalp, restores moisture to hair, and protects the hair from the harshness of the weather. It also doesn't clog pores. For natural hair peoples it’s a great sealant (especially for your ends).

Tea Tree Oil- this has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties (great for dandruff prevention) and it stimulates hair growth.

Aloe Vera Plant Extract
Aloe Vera Plant Extract | Source

EO- is short for essential oil, this is an oil that is derived from flowers and the different parts of plants. Essential oils have therapeutic and healing properties and benefits that are good for maintaining a healthy scalp. They are also known for their pleasant, sweet-smelling scents.

Lemon, tea tree, rosemary, peppermint, and lavender and are examples of essential oils.

CO- is short for carrier oils, these oils are thick and fatty with a lot of therapeutic properties and benefits.

Shea butter, avocado, castor, grapeseed, sweet almond, jojoba, olive, and sesame oils are all examples of carrier oils.

AJ short for Aloe Vera Juice and AG short for Aloe Vera Gel- are all the different forms of product that is derived from the aloe Vera plant. It can be directly extracted from the plant itself or bought in gel or juice form. Aloe Vera moisturizes hair, stimulates growth and add shine to hair. You can grow the aloe Vera plant or you can buy it at a health food store. Lily of the Valley is a good brand of Aloe Vera gel/juice.

Amla tree with branch, Amla oil is made from this
Amla tree with branch, Amla oil is made from this | Source

ACV- short for Apple Cider Vinegar, is a product known to adjust and balance the pH balance of the hair.

pH balance stands for stands potential of hydrogen, which means the number of ions in a water-based solution. There is a pH scale that increasing in number as it goes down the scale. It starts from acidic (like lemon juice, vinegar, or your skin, which have the lowest numbers) neutral (like your tap water) and alkaline (like baking soda which have the highest numbers).Your hair and skin are among the different parts of your body that has pH balance.

AVC balances the pH balance by closing the hairs cuticles). It also helps prevents frizz and dandruff, removes product build up and gives your hair more shine. ACV often used as a clarifying mix in addition to co-washing and regular shampoo washing.

Henna- is powder made from a plant common in India. Usually when mixed with water it creates a paste that can be put in hair. This paste is used to moisturize and add subtle color to the hair.

Vatika- is a henna treatment made from a lot of natural ingredients such as amla oil, henna, coconut oil, and lemon. It acts like this: the lemon controls sebum flow on the scalp, amla oil strengthens the hair strands and henna coats the hair to prevent oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction similar to rust, where oxygen molecules react to the sun/UV light (among other things) undoes the hair cuticle and lifts the color from the thus changing the color of hair).

JojobaOil | Source

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    danicole 2 years ago from United States

    @Anika Diaries: Ok just wondering! I will let you know! Thanks for reading and commenting on my hub. Have a nice day/night!!!

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    Anika Diaries 2 years ago

    My skin type is dry and not really a natural hair person. Do let me know how you find almond oil:)

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    danicole 2 years ago from United States

    @Anika Diaries: thank you for telling me this. I am so going to try this. What's your skin type? Are by any chance natural hair girl btw?

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    Anika Diaries 2 years ago


    I find almond oil absolutely useful for my skin and hair type. I warm it a bit before applying to my scalp while I mix it with a moisturizer before applying it to the skin.

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    danicole 2 years ago from United States

    @Anika Diaries: I never tried almond oil!!!! how is it? How do you use it?

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    Anika Diaries 2 years ago

    I personally love almond oil. I usually buy the one which is meant for both hair and body. It works great for me and leaves my hair and body both very well nourished.

    I'm amused there are so many options available which could give me similar results. Would definitely like to try out EVCO.