If you aren’t at least using hair products that contain some natural oils, I think your hair is really missing out. Due to the way that chemical relaxers straighten our hair, it has a tendency to be dry and frizzy. Choosing the right hair products help to ensure our hair is acting its best. And natural oils target those specific issues. With regular use, you will notice an increase in the hair strand’s moisture retention, reduced frizziness, and softer hair. There are many natural oils available, but these are the four best oils for relaxed hair. Below find out why I love them and why you should too!
Best Oils for Relaxed Hair
My general preference is to use an oil that penetrates the hair shaft, however castor oil only coats the hair shaft. When applied to the scalp, castor oil promotes growth and thickness. It was a tremendous help when I was recovering from post partum shedding, and I still use it for weekly scalp massages. When castor oil is applied to your ends it also helps to prevent split ends. However, I must warn you that castor oil is very thick and viscus. Some people find it difficult to work with alone, so feel free to combine it with a lightweight oil to make application easier. Moral of the Story? Castor oil is The Oil to use if you want thicker and longer hair.
Coconut Oil is the O.G. of natural oils that penetrate the hair shaft. It was one of the first oils that I incorporated into my hair regimen. It gives the hair a natural shine that doesn’t look greasy. But the main reason it’s great is because it prevents protein loss. Lack of protein/strength is big issue with relaxed hair and relaxed hair needs more protein than natural hair. As I mentioned earlier, as relaxers straighten our hair, they also weaken our hair shaft. This is why we need to do protein treatments regularly to maintain protein levels in our hair. Along with regular protein treatments, consider incorporating coconut oil to minimize protein loss. Coconut Oil keeps your hair strong in between protein treatments and is perfect as a pre-shampoo treatment to counteract the protein loss that comes from shampooing.
Olive Oil is another the O.G. of natural oils that penetrate the hair shaft. It is one of those oils that works so well that people often describe it as conditioning. But really it maximizes the benefits of whatever moisturizing hair ingredients it is used with. Olive oil penetrates the hair shaft bringing in the moisture of other hair products and holds it there long term. This is why I think that olive oil is best mixed with your weekly deep conditioning treatment. Adding 1-2 tablespoons gives your hair added shine, boosts moisture retention and it gives your deep conditioner more slip. And when used with heat it maximizes the effectiveness of the treatment. Olive oil is also great when used as your pre-shampoo or hot oil treatment.
Wheat Germ Oil
Here we have another example of an oil that coats the hair shaft. But wheat germ oil is my jam because it contains ceramides. Oils that contain ceramides are perfect for relaxed hair because ceramides act like glue (similar to the way that protein does) reinforcing the hair strand but without the same rigidity as protein. You are left with hair that is strong but elastic. With wheat germ oil you can also expect smoother/less frizzy relaxed hair.
I’ve been using this as my pre-shampoo treatment for the past few months. However, I love the way it leaves my hair so much that I’m about to start using it at the end of my wash day or as a part of my moisturizing/sealing process. There is nothing that I use that gives me the same level of smoothness that I get from wheat germ oil. The only thing that is less than desirable about this oil is the smell (most describe it as a nutty smell). If you are sensitive to smells, try using it as a pre-shampoo treatment or mixing it with your favorite deep conditioner as you decide how you feel about the smell.
Honorable Mention: I’d like to give an honorable mention to grapeseed oil. If I had to include 5 oils this would be number five. Grapeseed oil is a lightweight oil that: coats the hair shaft; helps with moisture retention; adds shine; improves elasticity with the assistance of ceramides; and provides heat protection. It’s a great alternative to Wheat Germ Oil if you can’t get passed the smell or thickness of wheat germ oil. However, to me it is not as effective at smoothing the hair shaft and minimizing frizz. But it does work!