Packed with nutrients, minerals, fatty acids, and completely natural, it’s no surprise that oils have been used as hair remedies for years. It is a ritual practiced across the globe, and one of the best (if not the first!) beauty secrets shared and passed on from generation to generation.
I started using oils, particularly coconut oil, during my teenage years. For me, it was multi-purpose and my healing power. I’d soak my hair in coconut oil to transform its lackluster state, use it as a skin moisturizer and swirl it around in my mouth for an oil pulling treatment.
But after rounds of chemical processing (I was a sucker for trying new colors), my hair’s health took a hit. It was easily prone to breakage, split ends, not to mention its constant dry state. Coconut oil couldn’t save me anymore. I knew I had to create a new concoction that would restore my hair. I turned to not one, two but four different natural oils, rich in nutrients, that would give me the results I was after.
And with that said, here are the 4 natural oils for frizzy dry hair you’ll ever need:
Best known for its versatility, coconut oil is a staple for many. What makes it so powerful and effective at maintaining healthy, strong hair stems from the high amount of medium-chain fatty acids, commonly referred to as lauric acid. Without lauric acid, it would be extra tricky for nutrients to be absorbed deep into your hair, making coconut oil not nearly as effective.
PRÉIM Tip: Since coconut oil can make hair look rather greasy, skip out on using it during the day. I prefer to use it as an overnight mask and rinse it out in the morning.
Avocado oil is a must-have. It’s a powerhouse, home to many hair-loving ingredients, like minerals, fatty acids, biotin, and vitamin E– all of which work together to moisturize and repair breakage and damaged ends. The oil encourages your hair’s cuticle cells (hint: it’s the outside layer) to form a seal, guarding your hair against further damage. You’ll start to notice improvements in your hair after just a few short treatments. And trust me, it’s worth the wait.
PRÉIM Tip: While it works great on its own, avocado oil can easily be combined with other ingredients. DIY masks, leave-in conditioners – all can benefit from its addition.
Like its peers, jojoba oil is multi-functional. And to be honest, its popularity is ever-growing. Just take a look at some of your beauty products, from shampoos to face moisturizers, to mascara, and you’ll notice jojoba oil typically makes the cut. So, what makes this oil so unique? For starters, it carries some highly desired ingredients, including vitamin E, vitamin B complex, copper, and zinc, which help to condition and strengthen the hair. Bonus: it’s moisturizing properties prevent breakage and can even be used as a hydrating scalp treatment to ward off dandruff.
PRÉIM Tip: To finish off your look, mix a few drops of jojoba oil with your favorite styling product for an extra dose of shine.
I swear by macadamia oil for all your hair needs. My curls used to lack shape and bounce, until one day, I made the desperate attempt to try anything that would cure me of my misery and came across macadamia oil. And, I’m so thankful I did. If you have to choose any oil, make it this one. Rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, hair is left stronger, shinier, and healthier- yes- but the definition and soft texture of my curls are what keeps me coming back.
PRÉIM Tip: Use macadamia oil at least twice a week (I use it three times) as a mask. Gently massage your strands and scalp with it, letting it absorb for at least 30 minutes before you head into the shower.
And one last thing- not all oils are created equally.
If there’s one thing to remember, it’s this: always opt for natural oils in their purest form. Heat destroys vital enzymes, which essentially means you won’t be receiving the hair benefits you were hoping for. Always look for the keywords “raw,” “cold-pressed,” and “unrefined” on the label before making a purchase.