5 Oils That Are Much Lighter Than Coconut Oil

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The last time we talked about coconut oil I was attempting to pry it out of your cold dead hands. Like a lot of you, I’m totally obsessed with coconut oil, however, with the #30DayHairDetox around the corner I have to explore the alternatives.

For those of that are unfamiliar with the #30DayHairDetox, it’s a hair challenge that I and Natural Hair Stylist Aeleise J. have created. The challenge is simple: for 30 straight days participants are asked not to use coconut oil, shea butter, castor oil or Eco styler in their hair regimen. Participants are also asked not to use any products that list any of these within the top five items on the ingredients list.

Easy, right? Not at all for those of us who love coconut oil down to our socks.

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Before you guys join a coconut oil support group (I really considered starting one) there are other oil options available for our hair. Oils that won’t make our hair dry or frizzy. Oils that won’t distort our vision, that won’t have us looking like we have a Soul Glo, oils that won’t end up on bae’s favorite shirt.

Let’s get into these five lighter oils!

1. Jojoba

Jojoba Oil is the only oil whose molecular structure is similar to sebum (the oil that the scalp produces naturally).  Because of it’s molecular makeup it does not disturb the scalps natural balance. It’s high in monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and E. It also has antibacterial properties that are a great aid for soothing the scalp in addition to treating dry scalp and dandruff.

Jojoba oil hydrates the hair from the inside out while adding shine, elasticity and softness.

2. Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil is a light, non-greasy oil with a consistency similar to jojoba oil. It is rich in Vitamin E and linoleic acid, which strengthens hair follicles.

Grapeseed oil is completely odorless and can be used to reduce dandruff and dermatitis.

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