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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Castor oil is a staple. Really love it for my hair. Sweet almond does nothing for my hair. Rosemary oil is also necessary for my hair to stimulate my scalp in addition to peppermint. My hair hates coconut oil. I would like to try avocado oil, apricot kernel and macadamia nut oil.


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… 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… 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… 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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