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The Many (and Mighty) Ways to Use Oils on Natural Hair

Oils are one of your hair’s #1 protector – preferably natural oils. Next to your conditioner, I’d say it’s the most important product in your hair care regimen. Why?

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Natural oils accomplish so many tasks for your hair. Let’s examine them.


Another word that can be used simultaneously for oils is lubricants. Oils lubricate your hair to Prevent SSKs (single strand knots) and tangling. When your hair is nice and “lubed” up, it allows for the free movement of the individual hairs so that they don’t cling as much to each other.

The Base of Your Hot Oil Treatments

Hot oil treatments are done to alleviate dry scalp, prevent frizz, and minimize styling damage. Well you can’t have a hot oil treatment without an oil!

Sealing in Moisture

When your hair is dry, it’s prone to breakage.  Keeping your hair moisturized is key to keeping it soft and pliable. Water is what moisturizers your hair but it’s an oil that seals in that moisture.

oils as sealants

Add Slip to Your Conditioner

Sometimes you have a great conditioner but it doesn’t allow for smooth distribution to your hair. Adding an oil to your conditioner helps to improve the slip so that it can be applied and rinsed out easier.

Scalp Massages

Scalp massages have been shown to stimulate hair growth but only when done in conjunction with…you guessed it – oils. Oils like Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Rosemary oil are popularly used for scalp massages.

Finger Detangling

Finger detangling is the gentlest way to remove shed hairs from your head. However, it can’t be gently done with just your fingers. Oils are required to prevent breakage. You can even combine an oil with a conditioner for a 1-2 punch: finger detangling + pre-pooing

pre-poo with GPB conditioner

List of Natural Oils

Nature has provided us with so many different oils. Experiment to see which of these oils works best at achieving the many benefits of natural oils for your hair:

  • Grape Seed Oil (my fave in the winter)
  • Jojoba Oil (my fave in the summer)
  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil (my fave for pre-pooing)
  • Avocado Oil
  • Cottonseed Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Castor Oil (my fave for scalp massages)
  • Macadamia Nut Oil
  • Rosemary Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Brahmi Oil
  • Argan Oil (my fave for adding shine)
  • Sesame Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Mineral Oil (my least favorite. I never personally use)

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What’s your favorite natural oil?


Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

9 Comment

  1. Great post filled with reminders. I love Olive Oil, but currently I have fallen back in love with Coconut Oil. Thanks for posting! Take care.


  2. I wish I’d known about the detangling with oil tip when I was loose. Lawd, I remember the struggles I had combing through these naps lol

    My fave natural oil at the moment is alma. I like that it’s scent free and just the right consistency.

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