Long gone are the days of simply just using “grease and water” to style your kinky/curly strands, well, at least for some. As the wave of going natural with our hair kicked in and beautifully took over, many naturals dropped conventional hair care products filled with hard to pronounce chemicals and opted for more natural hair products.
Whether you’ve become a total product junkie experimenting with what works for your hair or have found your trusty staple products in your hair care routine, chances are those products likely are composed of some amazing ingredients, such as essential oils, to help not only only style your hair, but, to improve the health of your hair as well.
BlackDoctor.org had the pleasure of interviewing Head of Research & Development at Namaste Laboratories, LLC and ORS Hair Care Scientist, Nikisha Horn. She explained why essential oils are beneficial to your hair and how to incorporate them into your hair regimen.
Styling and Smoothing
When it comes to styling your hair, one essential oil that stands out is pequi oil.
Derived from the seeds of the Brazilian pequi fruit, pequi oil is relatively new to the hair care community, in particular, the ethnic hair community. It’s more known to be used for skin, but it does have some amazing benefits for hair, too. “Not only do you get nourishing properties, but, [with pequi oil] you also get great smoothing, anti-frizz and anti-humidity properties which we find are greatly translated into styling products,” explained Horn. Pequi oil is rich in vitamins A and E, antioxidants and natural fatty acids that penetrate into the hair to help smooth your curls and create long-lasting hold.
Baobab oil comes from the seeds of Baobab fruit trees in Africa and contains vitamins A, E and F as well as omegas 3, 6, 9 and is used to help strengthen and support hair elasticity.“Baobab is a superfruit oil that is known in skincare and also has wonderful repair and nourishing properties,” said Horn.
“Moringa oil is an African oil and it gives wonderful strengthening properties as well,” shared Horn.