I’m formulating some hair care products at the moment, which is new territory for me. Hair care is in some aspects very similar to skin care and a in other aspects hair care and skin care are two different worlds. Anyway, I though I would share some of my favorite hair care oils and some DIY hair care hacks.
Crambe seed oil – argan oil’s cousin
Crambe seed oil or Abyssinian oil is a deep yellow oil with a fresh grassy scent. It’s similar to the more well know argan oil, but it has a slightly thicker consistency. In some test it shows that crambe seed oil protects hair from breaking slightly better than argan oil (only one study though). It also gives hair shine, so it’s a great natural alternative to silicone. A simple DIY hair care trick is to apply a few drops of crambe seed oil in your hair to finish off your styling. This will give you an environmental friendly glow.
Moringa oil – works like a charm
Moringa oil is traditionally called the miracle oil – it’s great for moisturizing the scalp. It’s also used to strengthen hair, fight split ends and to promote hair growth. It’s a beautiful oil, great for the skin as well. It has a long shelf life up to three years, so one bottle lasts a long time.
Baobab oil for DIY hair care to treat split ends
Baobab oil comes from “the tree of life” or the Baobab tree. This tree has an average life span of 500 years and can grow up to 20 meters high. The oils is packed with antioxidants and vitamins A,D, E & F. A simple DIY hair care hack to treat split ends is to gently heat 3 tablespoons of baobab oil in a bowl placed over hot water. Once the oil is warm, massage it in your hair and let it rest for 20 min. Then wash with your preferred shampoo. Be careful not to over heat the oil so you don’t burn your self. (Similar to moringa, baobao oil is also great for your skin. We use it in our moisturizers for oily skin My Day3 & My Night 3.)
Castor oil – use with caution
Castor oil is traditionally used to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth. Its a very thick oil, so usually it’s mixed with coconut oil or jojoba oil to make it easier apply on the hair and scalp.
In rare occasions castor oil can lead to acute hair felting. What is that then? It’s a condition where the hair becomes tangled and hard, like a bird’s nest. There is no cure for this other than cutting of the effected hair. So use with caution.
Argan oil – a classic in DIY hair care
Argan oil is extracted from the argan tree, which use to grow all over Africa, but now it only grows in parts of Marocco. As the abysinnian oil, it’s great oil to prevent hair breaking, moisturizing the scalp and give shine. It’s also very good to use as a natural styling product, especially for curly hair. A simply DIY hair care trick for everyone with curls is to apply a few drops in you hair to define your curls. No more styling required.