Oils + Butters

A Scientific Response to Ouidad’s Claim: ‘Oil Does Not Seal in Moisture’

As much as I am a blogger and writer, I am also an avid reader of BGLH and I did not miss the recent video highlight of Ouidad discussing hair and her opinion on using oil on hair. To be specific the quoted portion from the conversation, ‘Oil does not seal in moisture. Oil coats... Continue Reading

Stylists Speak Against Sealing With Butter and Oil, Say It “Suffocates” The Hair

A few weeks ago, I had the absolute amazing opportunity to participate as a panelist in the Ouidad #FRIZZ101 hangout. I got some great information on managing frizz in dry climates, deep conditioning, and more. If you’re interested in the whole hour, go right ahead and watch. But if you want to hear Ouidad say... Continue Reading

6 Underrated Oils and Butters + How to Use Them on Natural Hair

By Chinwe of Hair and Health I think it is safe to say that almost every natural knows about coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil and shea butter for hair care.  While each of these oils and butters are great, there are some relatively lesser known ones that might be worth trying.. 1. Aloe Butter Aloe... Continue Reading

12 Ways to Use Avocado Oil on Natural Hair

By Chinwe of Hair and Health Avocado oil is one of the better oils to use on our natural hair since it contains a high amount (approximately 72%) of monounsaturated fatty acids – which is higher than most other oils, including coconut and grapeseed.  Want to know how to use it?  Here are 12 ways:... Continue Reading

5 Facts on Oil Rinsing

Style Icon Whitney   1. What is oil rinsing? Oil rinsing involves applying an excess amount of a liquid/liquefied oil or butter to hair, allowing to sit for a short time (5-20 minutes) with or without heat and then proceeding to rinse it off with water.  You can optionally follow up with a conditioner to... Continue Reading

3 Tools that Effectively Distribute Oil to Natural Hair

Let me start this article off with saying that there is nothing wrong with the traditional pour oil into your hands, rub and apply method. This method has stood the test of time and certainly for non-liquid butters, is the only way to apply oil to hair. However, if all you want is a tiny... Continue Reading

25 Popular Oils, Butters and Natural Ingredients and How To Use Them on Natural Hair

By Chinwe of Hair and Health When it comes to hair care, it is vital to know how certain ingredients work on our strands. Having this knowledge reduces the “trial and error” involved in both building and adjusting a hair care regimen. Below is a quick guide for the more popular, mainly natural ingredients involved... Continue Reading

4 of the Best All-Natural Pre-Shampoo Ingredients

In previous articles, I discussed the options for 100% natural shampoo and conditioner treatments based on possible efficacy from a scientific perspective. This week is the turn of pre shampoo treatments, specifically oils and butters: 1. Coconut oil This is probably a very old and repeated story for regular readers so I will make it... Continue Reading

3 Easy Homemade Conditioners for Slip, Moisture and Protein

Creating hair conditioner from fully natural unprocessed ingredients is a job for the dedicated kitchenician. One of the main reasons why a kitchen product may not get you the results of a commercial conditioner is because the real power of a commercial product is in the inclusion of ingredients to smooth the cuticle after shampooing... Continue Reading

How I Keep My Skin Clean and Soft with Oil Cleansing

By Jessica Gray of HairGetsKinky.com I’ve been using Mary Kay’s skincare system since I was about 13. My auntie was (and still is) a dedicated and accomplished Mary Kay consultant who put me on so many years ago. I used Velocity back then and now faithfully use the Botanicals line for sensitive skin (let me know... Continue Reading

4 Benefits of Essential Oils for Hair Health and Growth

Essential oils in my book are a source of huge fun as it feels like a beautiful fragrance has been trapped in a bottle. Essential oils can be extracted from a wide range of plants (flowers, seeds, leaves, peel). They evaporate very easily (volatile) and generally have a strong scent (aroma based oil). As essential... Continue Reading

4 Recipes for Homemade Whipped Butter

By Chinwe of Hair and Health With there being a multitude of recipes for whipped butter on the internet, it can be difficult to decide which one to try.  Well here are four different recipes that I recommend viewing first: 1. Whipped Shealoe – Remixed! This recipe is what I currently use to seal my... Continue Reading

3 Ways to Use Amla Oil on Natural Hair

Via Essentious.com Amla oil is a natural substance often used to promote hair health. Some people also use amla oil to fight hair loss and prematurely graying hair. When used as a hair treatment, amla oil is typically applied directly to the scalp. Amla oil has long been used in ayurvedic medicine. Featuring a number... Continue Reading

4 Benefits of Grapeseed Oil + How to Use it on Natural Hair

By Chinwe of Hair and Health Many women use olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, and even jojoba oil on their hair in some fashion. However, few use or know about grapeseed oil. WHY USE GRAPESEED OIL: 1.  It is inexpensive.  Compared to your more popular hair oils, this one is fairly inexpensive.  Depending on... Continue Reading

50 Ways to Use Coconut Oil

via SwansonVitamins.com Scientific research on coconut oil has revealed health benefits that affect your entire body, inside and out. You’ve heard good things about it and now you have a tub of it sitting in your pantry. So how do you use coconut oil? We asked our Facebook fans and coworkers how they use coconut... Continue Reading

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