Do you know that oils are an essential part of a naturalista’s hair routine? Oils do a great job of keeping our hair strong and healthy. They promote hair growth and effectively deal with a number of hair problems such as dandruff, breakage, itchy scalp, dryness and hair loss.
What are the best oils for natural hair growth? The best oils for natural hair are those that work to stimulate hair growth. For instance, Jojoba oil stimulates hair growth by unclogging the hair follicles. Coconut oil and olive oil are great oils for all hair types and have been found to promote hair growth by penetrating the scalp and hair strands. Argan oil for dry and frizzy hair. Tea tree oil, palm kernel oil, neem oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, moringa oil, karkar oil, hemp oil, and peppermint oil have all worked well for many women in growing long and healthy natural hair.
In this post, we look into these oils, their effects on hair growth and how they are used. Be sure to try one or a combination of these.
17 Best Oils for Faster Natural Hair growth
Below is a list of 17 best oils for faster natural hair growth that you can consider when selecting hair oils. This list is not exhaustive and may not be everyone’s best as we all react differently to different oils. To determine what oils, work best for your natural hair, you will need to try different oils, combine the oils, change up each oil in your hair routine and record the results for each oil in order to determine from the result which one is the best to you.
Jojoba oil is gotten from the jojoba plant which is native to the southwestern United States. Jojoba oil is rich in vitamins and minerals that nourish the hair and promote hair growth, including vitamin C, B vitamins, Vitamin E, copper and zinc. It strengthens the hair and prevents hair loss.
If you suffer hair dryness, breakage and split end, this oil protects against these. The oil promotes hair growth by unclogging the hair follicles allowing a clear passage for hair strands to grow. This oil can help hair cells regenerate at a faster rate, leading to healthy and vibrant hair.
Argan oil is a plant oil produced from the kernels of the Argan tree found in Morocco. Argan oil has a high content of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamin E which all work together to repair damaged hair. Argan oil naturally helps increase hair elasticity and restores shine to dull and lifeless hair.
Argan oil also treats split ends and is known as liquid gold for its wonderful properties on hair and is absolutely great for hair damaged from heat styling. It can help reduce scalp inflammation that leads to dandruff, itchiness, and other scalp issues.
Grapeseed oil is extracted from grape seed. This oil is light and non-greasy and is suitable for all hair types. It is particularly recommended to people with low porosity hair because of its lightweight nature which makes it easy to be absorbed into the hair.
Grapeseed oil has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which makes it a natural remedy to both cleansings and moisturizing your natural hair. The oil promotes growth by revitalizing the hair follicles, protecting against dry scalp and promotes a balance in oil production.
It is also used as a strengthener and heat protector when used with another heat protector.
Palm kernel oil
Palm kernel oil is known in Nigeria as Adin dudu amongst the Yoruba, Main Aladi amongst the Hausa and Nmanu Aki amongst the Igbos. This plant oil is extracted from the palm kernel (the seed inside the fruit itself).
This oil is thought to have moisturizing properties. It is full of various nutrients such as palmitic acid, vitamins K, A and E which helps the hair grow faster and stay healthier.
Palm kernel oil is also a great option for those who suffer from thinning, dry or dull hair. It acts as a conditioner and softens the hair. This is a great choice for your natural hair as it is non-greasy and very light.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil (that is, it is volatile oil) extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia plant. This oil is excellent for your natural hair when a diluted form of the oil is applied to the scalp.
It stimulates and increases blood flow to the area. This, in turn, can improve the conditions of the hair follicles and promote faster hair growth.
Its multiple properties allow it to unclog pores on the scalp and prevent or treat dandruff. This oil is a great natural choice for cleansing hair because it won’t cause damage or dryness.
Read more: How to Use Essential Oils
Neem oil is widely used by Indian women. It is extracted from the seeds and fruits of the neem tree. The oil contains several fatty acids such as oleic linoleic and stearic acids that help nourish and condition the hair and the scalp.
Neem oil also protects the scalp skin from damage that is caused by free radicals. The regenerative properties of the neem help support the healthy cell division and stimulate hair follicle growth and function.
You will experience thicker, stronger, and more luxurious hair growth by regular application of the neem oil.
Karkar oil (usually used alongside chebe powder). This is an oil from Sudan that consist of a variety of ingredients. It is a combination of sesame oil, bee honey wax, animal fat and perfume. This oil is believed to thicken the hair, remove dandruff and stop hair fall.
Peppermint oil is the essence of peppermint extracted into the oil. This is an essential oil that contains menthol. This oil helps to stimulate your scalp and hair follicles, but it should not be used for those with dry scalp or brittle hair. It works best if you have oily hair and scalp.
Moreover, this oil should be diluted before use as using it directly can cause a burning sensation to your scalp.
Shea butter oil
Shea butter is one of the most popular ingredients in the natural hair care industry. In fact, it is the staple product for many naturals. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, and other natural properties.
Its main components include oleic acid, stearic acid, and linoleic acid along with many others that are easily and quickly absorbed into our skin.
Raw unrefined Shea butter contains all of these natural properties hence best used when raw. Shea butter contains vitamin A, E, F that protect the body from free radicals which damages the healthy cells and cause other health issues in the hair like loss among other related problems.
P.S: Shea butter oil is the liquid form of the raw shea which is solid. This oil is obtained by heating the raw shea butter.
Moringa oil is extracted from the Moringa plant. This oil is also filled with antioxidants. Moringa contains both Vitamins A and B that nourish the hair and promote growth.
Vitamin A plays a very vital role in the development of healthy cells and tissues in the body and in reducing hair loss. Moringa contains high contents of vitamin A, thus supporting hair growth.
This oil is best used in high porosity hair because it has nourishing and emollient properties making it good for the hair. It is very useful in lifting dirt out of the hair hence an efficient natural cleanser.
Baobab oil is gotten from the Baobab tree, also, referred to as ‘Tree of life’. The oil is gotten by cold pressing the seed. This oil is rich in omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids which are trigger hair growth.
Baobab oil moisturizes dry hair and scalp. It contains softening and regenerative properties that help hair reverse dryness and aid moisture retention.
Hemp seed oil is extracted by cold pressing the hemp seeds. It’s great for high porosity hair as it has a high fatty acid content, protein, and vitamins which also helps in straightening the hair as the fatty acids help in keratin bonding. It adds sheen, elasticity, and moisture retention to your hair.
Hemp oil enhances natural hair growth through the omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids present in this oil. The oil improves blood circulation on the scalp, which ensures that the hair follicles are nourished enough to support hair growth.
Pro tip: Hair is made of keratin, up to 90% of which is protein. Hemp oil can provide this protein during growth as a basic element of hair, especially when included in the diet.
Coconut oil is very popular in the natural hair industry. This oil is extracted by cold compressing coconut meat. It contains vitamins and essential fatty acids that nourish the scalp and hair strands thus promoting healthy, strong hair that does not break easily.
The oil acts as a protective barrier that protects the hair and adds luster and shine. Its richness in fatty acids also stimulates hormones in your body cells which contribute to hair growth. Coconut oil penetrates hair more deeply and faster compared to other oils due to its molecular structure.
This oil has deep penetrating and shielding properties, making it effective for detangling matted hair. When applied as a pre-poo, the oil protects the hair from damage and makes it soft hence easier to remove knot when detangling or washing.
Olive oil itself is known to be the best oil for hair growth. It revitalizes the scalp, nourishes the hair roots and promotes the growth of hair strands. It is highly moisturizing, rich in vitamin E which is very important for hair growth. Olive oil has a high concentration of anti-oxidants which is good for both hair and skin.
Olive oil is lightweight and contains oleic acid which easily penetrates the hair shaft and locks in the moisture
Avocado oil is an edible oil pressed from the avocado fruit. Avocado oil is extremely rich in oleic acid and monosaturated fats making it one of the few oils that can penetrate the hair shaft and moisturize the hair. It also contains copper, folic acid and other minerals that strengthen the building blocks of your hair.
Almond oil, gotten from almond fruit is rich in magnesium thus applying this oil regularly to the scalp will help prevent hair loss and breakage. It improves the health of your hair by enabling length retention. If you have dandruff problems, you can use this oil in your leave-in conditioner treatments to eliminate dandruff.
Castor Oil is extracted from the castor bean plant. Castor oil works wonders on hair. It is rich in vitamin E, proteins, and minerals. This oil promotes fast natural hair growth by improving blood circulation within the scalp, thus, supplying it with more nutrients. More nutrient supply results in better growth of hair strands.
Its oiling and fortifying ability make it one of the best oils for high porosity hair. Castor oil has intense moisturizing properties making it a favorite among the natural hair community. It contains ricinoleic acid that helps increase the circulation of blood to the scalp and thus improved growth. The acid also helps balance the scalp PH which in term helps to replenish the scalp’s natural oils and reverse the damage by harsh chemicals contained in many hair products.
How to use oils for fast natural hair growth
At the end of the day, the goal is to have healthy natural hair that grows fast. This can only happen by applying the best practices in your hair routine. There are different ways to use these hair oils to grow your natural hair to your desired length. These ways include;
As Pre-shampoo treatment
Pre-shampooing or pre-poo simply means applying oils or butter to your natural hair before washing with a shampoo. These oils can be used as a pre-shampoo mask before washing.
Divide your hair into 4-5 sections and apply a generous amount of any of the oils or a combination to each section. Cover with a plastic bag or shower cap for about 15-30 minutes before washing with a shampoo.
P.S: If your hair is short, no need to divide your hair into sections.
For scalp massages
Apply 1-2 tablespoons of the oils or a combination to your scalp and begin massaging for at least 5 munites. Ensure you massage all areas of your scalp as this increases blood flow to your scalp.
As a sealant
These oils can be used to seal in the moisture in your hair. Using the LOC method, spritz water or apply leave-in conditioner, follow with any of these oils or a combination and then use cream or butter.
As a heat protectant
Oils such as shea butter oil and argan oil can be used to protect the hair from heat damage. Apply these oils generously to your hair strands before using a hair dryer or other heat styling tool.
By adding to products
Yes, you can add these oils into your shampoo or conditioner before use. Don’t forget to mix thoroughly.
As oil rinses
After washing your hair with a shampoo, apply a sufficient amount of these oils to your hair rubbing it in, leave for about 5 minutes, rinse and apply your conditioner. I recommend using lightweight moisturizing oils such as grapeseed oil, palm kernel oil, or olive oil for oil rinses.
Which of these oils have you tried? What were the results? How do you use them? Please share it with us in the comment section.