7 Best Oils for Natural Hair

By Dr. Phoenyx Austin

You don’t always have to buy fancy, big name hair products for your hair. Sometimes the best products are actually very simple and found in your local Whole Foods store. What are these simple hair products? Well they’re natural oils. I’m a natural haired woman and know first-hand that natural oils are amazing for hair. They work wonders on my hair. And I’ve been using natural oils for years to make my hair softer, shinier, and even stronger. Basically hair needs oil. So be sure to check out these 7 fabulous natural oils for natural hair.

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is particularly great for natural hair. It’s loaded with nutrients, amino acids, essential fatty acids, as well as vitamins A, B, D, and E. And it’s excellent for moisturizing, deep conditioning, improving hair strength, strengthening hair, and boosting shine.

Castor Oil

Castor oil thickens hair, promotes hair growth, prevents thinning, moisturizes, helps reduce split ends, helps to tame frizz, and prevents scalp infections.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is great for preventing dandruff, promoting hair growth, moisturizing, strengthening hair, thickening hair, and preventing damage.

Olive Oil (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

I LOVE using olive oil. And olive oil, which is also referred to as the “godmother of hair oil,” is great for moisturizing, deep conditioning, improving hair strength, eliminating dandruff, and also has powerful antioxidants that can help fight hair loss.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary oil is great for stimulating hair follicles for hair growth, preventing hair loss and greying, preventing dandruff, strengthening hair, and boosting shine.

Safflower Oil

Safflower oil protects hair, nourishes hair follicles, moisturizes, and stimulates blood circulation to promote hair growth and thickness. And it is extremely beneficial for natural as well as dry chemically treated hair.

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil works great as a “sealant.” This means that it “locks-in” moisture. Sweet almond oil also nourishes hair, smoothes hair cuticles to control shedding, promotes hair growth and thickness, prevents hair loss, and boosts shine.

Ladies, which of these oils do you use? And which are your favorites?

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245 thoughts on “7 Best Oils for Natural Hair

  1. had anyone ever heard of applying chilli in your hair…?
    well m serious Chilli contains capsicin and capsanthin which are used for various disorders and to cure disease.. including Artharitis.. many of pain balm contain capsicin and this capsicin is also used to cure allopecia… if your hair fall is realy bad.. try to use chilli
    boil 5,6 of chilli with half liter of coconut oil…this will dilute the concentration… now it is realy ready for use.
    yes it will create some what ittchiness but you will get use to it of frequent use ^_^

  2. You forgot Mustard Oil! It really helps with my thinning hair, and it also promotes growth. Ever since I went all natural with my hair, including cleansers (i dont use shampoo, I use different types of all natural soaps, i.e Auromere Ayurvedic, Nubian Heritage), and use oils for conditioning and overnight masks, no coloring or treating, the occasional straightening and drugstore hair products (by occasional, I mean once every 2 months )
    One piece of advise, never use hot oil treatments on hair, it will only dry it out further. Capsicin (red chili), Castor and Mustard oils can be used as root stimulators, but only on the scalp as they can dry out the rest of the hair. Coconut, Amla, Olive, and Almond oils are the best for conditioning. I would suggest alternating every other day with the above mentioned oils combined and massaged into scalp for about 10 minutes, but dont use them every day as it will mess with your natural scalp pH. Also, never use hot water to cleanse hair, use lukewarm, and try to wash hair every other day no matter what your hair type, even if its without a cleansing agent, scrub it clean with your fingers, no soap required.
    Now if only I can start eating all natural! Hopefully!
    Good luck to you all on your healthy hair journey!

  3. I love and use all the above oils I also use napa Valley grapeseed oil. I also use natural henna to color my hair once a month. I believe the henna help with growth more then anything. Ck out hennalab.com

  4. I just recently started using coconut & castor oil in my hair.. just a week now I’m going to wash my hair later this week. now as for a deep conditioner i want to combine all of these oils and add yogurt to it. leave it in for about 30mins then rinse out. how one ever mentions how much of these oils to use and if we can combine them like i stated? but i suppose its a judge meant call. hopefully in 3 months i will have a success story :)

  5. Does anyone know if using these oils on wet/damp hair before heat styling will actually CONTRIBUTE to the damage? Im sure I saw it mentioned somewhere.

    Reason being, I recently had my hair yuko anti-frizz treated, but since I have naturally curly hair Im still having to blow dry it straight of a morning. So I need to spritz it damp. Was thinking of combining an oil to my spritz for added benefit, but since I will then be blow-drying I just wondered if oil and water shouldn’t really mix with heat as far as hair is concerned.

    • Hey Jade,

      Just in my personal opinion, I would say no to the water. I’ve flat ironed my hair damp before (permed and natural) and it usually results in excess drying, I think. Smoking up and all. Plus, since oil and water naturally separate, I doubt that mix will prove to be effective. I would avoid the morning blow drying since it sounds like excess heat and stress on the hair, but if you haven’t seen any negative results so far… Have you tried wrapping it and tying it down at night? That may help keep it straight a little more.

  6. Hi. i have all the above mentioned oils.does anybody know if i can mix them all together for a “SUPER OIL”.will they still do what they are supposed to do? Your help will be greatly appreciated

    • My thoughts are, there is no real need to make a super oil. Each oil is so awesome on its own, that combining them would only dilute their unique qualities. Try out the oils individually and determine which ones are you ultimate favorites. You may discover some you LOVE more than others. Also, it will keep the cost more reasonable. I myself, am down to using coconut oil and almond oil. I love these two because they smell fantastic, you can cook with them, eat them, put them on your skin, or your hair. I love that! I no longer mix my oils because I use each for a different purpose. Coconut oil has a consistency like butter. When it is cold, coconut oil is solid; when it is warm, it is liquid. I use coconut oil to pre-shampoo my hair. It after washing my hear it smells awesome and is easy to manipulate. Almond oil is my favorite for styling my hair during the week. A nickel sized amount goes a long way to make my hair tangle-proof and shiny. I think you should find a couple of oils that you LOVE and don’t break the bank.

  7. If I use all seven of these oil using one at a time for a week then taking a week off and then moving on to the.next one but take a week between using each.oil or would a month be better

  8. Iv been using almond oil for about 2 years now…and believe me my hair look shiny and are soo soft. Absolutly love it

  9. I oil my hair the day after iv ironed or blow dried my hair…it helps in recovering the damage iv done to my hair..and it feels great after the wash…
    Althgh now im thinking to try olive oil tomorrow as iv just read amazing benefits of it

  10. A necessity to keep my natural hair since 1994 moist and frizz free but not oily. My hair does not do good with oil. Am really to try some of these natural oils love coconut oil on skin.

  11. Hi…
    i just recently started using olive oil and camphor oil in m hair….but i haven’t seen any negative resultd so far…..thnk u sooo mch

  12. Hi, thank you for the info. I use Pro Naturals Argan Oil leave in on my curly, frizzy hair and it totally tames the frizz and leaves my curls shiny and soft.

  13. Hi I got all of the oils above and mixed it together, however I have only seen results for my daughter and have not seen a difference in my hair. Any solutions as to any natural shampoo and conditioner and also moisturiser? Thanks

    • In reference to the oil working for your daughter and not you, it’s important to remember what works for one does not work for all. You may have to keep trying different things until you find something that your hair likes.

    • Oils are healthy for African American women hair because the oils are excellent for improving hair strength and strengthening hair.

  14. The best conditioners are natural oils like Argan Oil, I get mine from LadySoma… it’s called SomaLuxe Argan Oil. I have naturally curly hair and this is the ONLY product I trust.

  15. If you had to choose one oil for dandruff, hair loss and hair growth which oil would it be? I’ve been using Almond, castor and coconut oil…was wondering which of the three works best stated for the above.

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