Friday, December 26, 2008

Overwhelmed by oil choices?

There seems to be never ending oil choices that promise growth and thickness. Before you go out and purchase all of them, in this recession, take a minute to research a few of the most popular ones and arm yourself with basic information about what they do.
After you become acquainted with these oils you can slowly begin to try the more exotic alternatives.

Oils fall into two basic categories: Carrier oils and Essential oils.

I: Carrier oils are derived from vegetables, nuts and seeds. These are what you use to dilute essential oils.

-Jojoba oil is the oil that most resembles the natural sebum of hair and skin, it contains beneficial fatty acids, fatty alcohols and has healing properties for dry, damaged and breaking hair.

-Coconut oil is high in saturated fat, has an affinity for hair proteins, softens and moisturizes hair and is one of the few oils known to penetrate the hair shaft. It also provides UVA protection.

-Olive oil contains vitamin E, and has acidic properties that help to restore the pH balance of hair. It also helps restore elasticity to reduce breakage.

-Castor oil is believed to slowly thicken hair. It helps with hair loss, is great for dry brittle hair treatments and it is also a humectant with emollient properties

II: Essential oils are highly concentrated, volatile, aromatic, non oily, highly fragrant and are extracted from plants. These oils should always be diluted in carrier oils.

-Rosemary promotes growth, combats dandruff, stimulates follicles, contains antioxidants and helps prevent premature baldness

-Peppermint promotes growth, removes dandruff and lice, contains vitamin C & A and can be used for greasy hair

-Tea tree can be used as a dry scalp and dandruff treatment. It also corrects under-active sebaceous glands.

There are many more oils that you can try out and we will take a look at more of them but this is just your basic introduction to some carrier and essential oils.