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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Coconut oil and cas­tor oil are my sta­ple oils for hair care. I use coconut oil as a pre-sham­poo detangler/conditioner and cas­tor oil to seal my ends and edges.


The­se are all good sug­ges­tions, but when it comes down to it you must use what works for your hair best.

skb natural

coconut, EVOO,almond, rosemary.…i also use tea tree, pep­per­mint, argan …i total­ly love the way my hair feels

Shima Jackson

Dear Edi­tor:

Where can I find the­se oils @ ?????


You can pur­chase var­i­ous oils from health food stores [Whole­Foods, Vit­a­m­in Shoppe, GNC, etc.], online ven­dors [,, etc] and gro­cery stores [big main­stream chains, African, Caribbean, South Asian, etc]


You can pur­chase most of them at, too! They have great prices and the ship­ping is rea­son­able!

Curly Queen

I love learn­ing about the ben­e­fits of oil on nat­u­ral hair. I can’t wait to try some of the­se oils.



My hair HATESSS coconut oil! It’s been sort of a drag find­ing prod­ucts with­out it. I main­ly use Cas­tor Oil and Avo­cado Oil to mas­sage my scalp and to help growth. I start­ed using the mix on my scalp after see­ing how quick­ly both helped to grow in my eye­brows ALOT quick­er than usu­al. I will check out Mus­tard seed Oil also thanks to the post above! I use EVOO and Grape­seed Oil (AMAZING also!) to deep con­di­tion and seal…I usu­al­ly mix either with Jane Carter’s Nour­ish and Shine but­ter to make it smoother.  One thing I’ve noticed is that I… Read more »
I use Mus­tard seed oil to nour­ish my hair. I wasn’t real­ly look­ing for any­thing that would help it grow just to help pro­tect it from every­day dam­age. But since I’ve start­ed using it my hair is the longest its ever been. Mus­tard seed oil is load­ed with vit­a­mins and min­er­als such as zinc, sele­ni­um, and beta carotene. Beta carotene con­verts to vit­a­m­in A, which is excel­lent in stim­u­lat­ing hair growth. The oil also has a lot of fat­ty acides, iron, cal­ci­um, and some mag­ne­sium. Thus, it con­di­tions and helps encour­age hair growth in all hair types. You can get mus­tard… Read more »
fluffy in flight

Hi Lara, I’ve heard a few peo­ple swear by mus­tard seed oil. How do you use it?


If I’m wear­ing my hair curly after wash­ing, con­di­tion­ing and tow­el dry­ing my hair I just rub some into my hair and style. I’ve also read about peo­ple using it as a hot oil treat­ment and then wash­ing it out, but I like to leave it in. Its also great on the skin!!!


I love me some Olive and Coconut oils. Occa­sion­al­ly, I will use cas­tor oil and I also have Vatkia (which I think is coconut mixed with oth­er oils? — not sure). 

Olive oil is used for detan­gling and remov­ing shed hairs.
Coconut oil is used in my pre-poo and some­times seal­ing my hair.
Cas­tor oil is in my leave-in con­di­tion­er.

I many need to give avo­cado oil a try!


I can’t believe tea tree oil isn’t on this list! I would have the itchi­est scalp with­out it.


Wheat germ oil has nat­u­ral ceramides! so if you have fine and/or porous hair check it out!


i use avo­cado, jojoba, rice bran oil, and coconut oil but only for the ends cause its come­do­genic. I espe­cial­ly recomend rice bran. Kiss­es!

Actu­al­ly would I love to look some oth­er nat­u­ral oils that are great for hair but are rel­a­tive­ly new pop­u­lar­i­ty even though they been used for hun­dreds of years.: Camel­lia oil (aka tea seed oil), and Argan oil. The gen­er­al con­sens­es I find lots of wom­en seem to love Camel­lia oil for its ben­e­fits of olive oil and abil­i­ty to leave the oil very soft but not oily also it believe to be the hair oil of choice for Geisha of the past and cur­rent­ly sumo wrestlers as well. Though Kukui Nut Oil has also get men­tion as well. Per­son­al­ly I use Avo­cado… Read more »
Stephanie Thornton

Cas­tor Oil!! Jamaican Black is my fav. Its amaz­ing how you can use the­se oils for many dif­fer­ent pur­pos­es. Hair, skin, cook­ing “huge fan of cook­ing with coconut and olive oil. The oils are real­ly good for self body mas­sage for the cir­cu­la­to­ry and lym­phat­ic sys­tems. Oils are very ancient have been used for thou­sand upon thou­sands of years…


When I stud­ied abroad in Spain, I made a stop in Moroc­co and brought back pure Argan oil with me, I couldn’t live with­out it!

Sadella Reece

Hel­lo, Could you tell me where can I buy the pure argan oil in the usa. I live in new york.


I believe you can pur­chase it at Whole Foods Mar­ket.


Have you ever tried Hibis­cus Oil? My hardresser (who main­ly deals with only nat­u­ral hair) makes it her­self, and it’s great!! Fan­tas­tic at repair­ing dam­aged hair, and promoting/maintaining healthy, strong hair.


hi, i’ve been look­ing for a nat­u­ral hair dresser, i live in brook­lyn, new york. can you plz send mey­our dresser info if it’s in new york.

Aderonke O.

Avo­cado oil makes my hair feel amaz­ing. Its also great for skin!


I use Avo­cado, Olive and Cocunut Oils some­times, but I wouldn’t want to live with­out my Argan Oil. It seems to mois­tur­ize my hair the best and makes it soft.


I’ve used every oil on this list except for Saf­flow­er and Rose­mary and I’ve LOVED THEM. Cas­tor oil and coconut oil are my cur­rent sta­ples.

ki harvey

And macadamia nut oil! I use it as a gloss and after a lit­tle while my hair feels so silky. It’s espe­cial­ly good whn mixed with ava­cado oil and applied on damp hair. It’s my mir­a­cle soft leave in con­di­tion­er.
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I see what you did there -.- LOL!


I use EVOO, Coconut, Rose­mary, and Pep­per­mint oils. I love them. I think I’ll rein­tro­duce Avo­cado oil to my mix­ture.

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