Jul 18, 2012

Discussion: All About Oils


Have you ever seen a container of hair products that listed all of the natural oils that it contained on the label and wondered exactly what the benefits of those ingredients were? How does rosemary oil benefit the hair? I have. I remember thinking: “Ooooh. This has argan oil. The new hotness! I want it!”
This thought was followed shortly by: “What the heck does ‘argan’ oil even do and why do I need it in my hair?"
Well, I’ve done some Googling reading and here is information on some oils that you may see on the market but don’t exactly know the benefits.
Lavender Oil – Besides the relaxing effects of the smell of lavender, this oil helps with oily hair. Lavender is also antifungal (destroys fungi) and antiseptic (prevents growth of microorganisms) so it can be added to a moisture spray to help between washes.
Rosemary Oil – Antiviral (destroys viruses), antifungal, and stimulates hair growth by promoting better circulation of blood and oxygen.
Peppermint Oil – Peppermint oil is an antioxidant. It also helps between washes and prevents viruses and parasites and bacteria from growing on the scalp. It’s cooling effect increases circulation which promotes growth. Also, did you twist too tightly? Peppermint oil has been known to relieve pain. Try it out.
Lemon Oil – Besides the fresh smell, lemon oil helps to cleanse the hair and its antiseptic properties and slight acidity is also good for reducing acne. Lemon oil also adds shine and combats dandruff.
Argan Oil – This oil has seen a recent boost in popularity. It contains Vitamin E, which promotes hair growth. It improves the elasticity of hair and that makes hair less prone to breaking and splitting. And as you know, the less hair breaks, the more length you retain. It also contains Omega 3 to prevent hair loss and Omega 9 to repair damage.
So there you have it. There are SO MANY oils out there that this post could go on  forever, but it won't. With the information in today's discussion, you have enough oils to add to a carrier oil (a carrier oil is just an oil that is used to mix and distribute other oils throughout the hair) or water bottle and end up with clean, shiny and dandruff free hair. You could also end up smelling like Mother Earth just gave you a bear hug, which is also awesome.

 


Have you tried any of these oils on your hair or skin? What’s your favorite? Is there any oil that you use, but don’t exactly know why? Let us know in the comments section.
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