Thursday, 9 April 2009

Moisturing Hair Oils

During the previous discussion on the oh so wonderful coconut oil, LiLiMarie raised an important issue of allergies. I thought I'd move this into a post for others who may have a similar problem.

The alternatives to the moisturising power of coconut oil are olive oil or avocado oil. Both these oils do also penetrate into the cortex (Journal of Cosmetic Science, pg 299,2005).

I personally like coconut oil because of its scent. I guess adding a few drops of a fragrant essential oil might steer me to olive oil.

Some scientists suggest (for those of you who do use coconut oil) that you can actually get more of an effect by mixing coconut oil and olive oil. I'm being a little bit lazy today and will send you over to thebeautybrains who have explained this quite well and actually did the research for me!

I'm building a research list for oils and so far I have jojoba oil, castor oil, olive oil, avocado oil and shea butter. If you want me to look up any others email me or leave a comment!

25 comments:

  1. Hi! I am enjoying reading your blog and am curious about grapeseed oil. Thanks!

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  2. what about eucalyptus oil? is that any good?

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  3. Your blog has been a fascinating read!! I have also wondered about the benefits of wheat germ oil. Can you please add that to your research list.

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  4. Thanks all - I'll add those to my list, your contributions are much appreciated!!

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  5. i know this isn't an oil, but could you add aloe vera to the list? I've heard that mixing shea butter and aloe vera is a good idea, but i'm not sure exactly why...

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  6. Hello, the beauty brains site is not up, but I'll keep checking probably all of those readers you are sending over there has them overloaded.

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  7. I love love love olive oil! I've had problems getting my hands on coconut oil, but olive has definitely done a fabulous job for me!

    Would you mind if I quoted you on your coconut oil post? I'm doing a little special on various ingredients for people who make their own mixes and I'd love some of your input :)

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  8. Hi Berta - The site is up now. I think they need to upgrade again over at beauty brains because they do tend to crash all too often.

    Hi Alice - Thanks for asking and yes of course you can quote me. I love your site too, so I'm looking forward to reading your special :)

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  9. Hey Jc, luv the blog! I luv oils and the fact that you are really looking into what they do and how beneficial they are to our hair. Could you do some research on these oils too?

    Macadamia nut oil
    Red palm oil

    Thanks!

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  10. Love this site. Please research sweet almond oil.

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  11. Coconut oil makes my fine strands straighter and therefore thinner looking, while olive oil makes my hair puffy. Not sure why the difference in look after each, but I tend to go with olive so that my hair looks fuller.

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  12. Please investigate EMU OIL.

    Thanks.

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  13. coconut oil

    have you heard of tropicaltraditions.com?
    i get coconut oil by the gallon. makes it much cheaper as I use it for cooking and hair.

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  14. How about camellia oil, i heard that it is real good for smoothing your cuticles. I read when your cuticle are smooth you have less frizz. Aubrey organics has a conditioner called white camellia, it's suppose to be very good as an anti-frizz conditioner. Have you ever used this oil or conditioner?

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  15. What about Almond Oil????! Or Almond Oil and Olive Oil mix?

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  16. It hasn't been researched Celina, it may do but so far only coconut oil has been researched. The beauty brains blog refers to avocado and olive oil from a patent but not from an actual scientific article

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  17. I recently purchased babassu (brazilian nut) oil. What are your thoughts on it?

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  18. How can an oil be considered moisturizing? Am I missing something? Or am I confusing hydrating with moisturizing? I have seen ads claiming that certain butters are moisturizing. Because they hold in water and make the hair strand soft - is that what a moisturizer does? Or does a moisturizer have to penetrate the hair shaft to be considered a moisturizer?

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  19. Hi Jc! As always great info. What about Peanut oil?

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  20. The Beauty Brains also mention palm oil!

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  21. Well ladies how about Castor OIl one of most powerful moisturizing oils ever mix it with Olive Oil perfect combo!!!

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  22. Have you looked into emu oil?

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  23. argan oil please

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  24. Also, Macadamia Oil please.

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  25. I'm surprised nobody mentioned Argan oil until the second-last comment, I've heard so much good stuff about it, and I've been trying to figure out whether coconut oil or Argan oil are better, it would be great if you could research it :) thanks!

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