Which oils make the hair stronger?

Studies have shown that coconut oil actually penetrates hair to help make it stronger, but olive oil also has penetrating properties.

Scientists at the Textile Research Institute tested olive oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil and jojoba oil. The results showed that straight-chain glycerides like olive oil easily penetrate into the hair. Polyunsaturated oils like jojoba oil, are more open in their structure so they don’t pass through the layers of cuticles very well.

What does that mean in plain English?

Olive, Coconut and Avocado oils penetrate all the way into the hair shaft, jojoba and sunflower oils don’t penetrate at all. They are very superficial and don’t provide any practical benefit.

So coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil are the best to condition and strengthen your hair. You could even mix them up in varying quantities, it’s possible that the combined oils might even penetrate the hair even better.

Remember that oil is exactly that – oil, so either do a hair mask once a week when you are not going out. Or use very sparingly by combing a tiny bit into your freshly washed hair.

To use the mask:

  1. Wash your hair once.
  2. Apply a liberal amount of oil all over your hair and massage into the scalp gently.
  3. Wrap your hair in a towel and go about your day.
  4. After a few hours remove the towel and wash the hair again as normal.
  5. You can also put the oil onto unwashed hair, but it tends to penetrate better on washed hair.

Dry Hair
Oily Hair
To Strengthen Hair
Dandruff
For Head Lice/Ticks
Dry Hair

Combine the following oils in 50mls of carrier oil. Use as instructed above.

  • 10 drops Sandalwood
  • 15 drops Rosewood

Oily Hair

Combine the following oils in 50mls of carrier oil. Use as instructed above.

  • 12 drops Bergamot
  • 13 drops Lavender

To Strengthen Hair

Combine the following oils in 50mls of carrier oil. Use as instructed above.

  • 9 drops Rosemary
  • 9 drops Lavender
  • 7 drops Bergamot

Dandruff

Combine the following oils in 50mls of carrier oil. Use as instructed above.

  • 10 drops Eucalyptus
  • 15 drops Rosemary

For Head Lice/Ticks

Combine the following oils in 100mls of carrier oil. Massage well into the scalp. Wrap the head in cling wrap to keep warm and leave on for at least one hour.

Repeat the process every two days for a week up to 10 days, then repeat again after two weeks if necessary.

  • 25 drops Tea Tree
  • 15 drops Geranium
  • 15 drops Eucalyptus
  • 20 drops Lavender

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