The Best Oils for Natural Hair
Natural hair gurus flock to oils for good reason. If you've been on this natural hair journey for any length of time, I'm sure you've heard of the favorites like olive oil and coconut oil. Here at Qhemet, we take the ingredient selection process a step further and seek out additional premium oils with excellent track records to ensure the health and growth of your hair.
An oil can be used to condition, seal in moisture and lend sheen or shine to hair. A full, healthy head of kinks and coils always has an oil behind it that's responsible for the glow, delivering that extra factor needed to look vibrant.
By using a select variety of oils in our products, we're able to address the diverse needs of afro/coily hair. Whether it's 4C or 3C, thin or thick or high or low porosity, we've got you covered when it comes to the right oils to use to keep your hair healthy. In this article, we'll describe the benefits of the oils we use so you'll know which oils are best for you and why, as the first step to healthy hair is knowlege. Let's get started.
Most naturals are pretty familiar with olive oil. It's often used as a conditioner and as a pre-poo oil. Pre-pooing or pre-shampooing is a moisture retention method that involves coating the hair with oil before shampooing to keep it soft after rinsing.
Olive oil is an ancient beauty staple first used in Africa and the Mediterranean. It is a must have for hair health as it strengthens hair follicles while adding shine and luster to your curls.
Olive oil is packed with nutrients like vitamins A and E which help protect the hairs keratin layer. It's no surprise that olive oil also possesses anti-fungal properties which can help combat dandruff.
Because olive oil works well with water and humectants to boost their moisture retention capacity, we use it in all of our moisturizers, the Amla & Olive Heavy Cream, Burdock Root Butter Cream, Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter and Olive & Honey Hydrating Balm!
Naturals love this oil and swear by it for healthy hair growth, length retention, shine and overall hair health. Native to Africa, castor oil is derived from the castor bean and is traditionally used in hair care to hydrate, protect, boost growth and soften dry, coarse hair.
Castor oil is unique in that it is rich in ricinoleic fatty acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that also acts as a humectant. Thus, castor oil behaves not only as a softner, lubricant and occlusive but it is capable of drawing moisture to the hair and locking it in.
Due to its anti-inflammatory and healing properties, castor oil can be used to effectively treat dandruff caused by seborrhoeic dermatitis. Taking control of your scalp health by using our Castor & Amla Nourishing Pomade encourages growth and keeps follicles healthy by reducing the damaging effects of dandruff on the scalp.
Castor oil is so perfectly suited to afro/coily hair that we wouldn't be surprised if it was selectively bred millenia ago to specifically possess all of the components needed to keep our hair healthy and strong. We've witnessed the amazing restorative effects that castor oil has on dry, damaged and slow growing hair so we use it abundantly in our Amla & Olive Heavy Cream, Castor & Moringa Softening Serum, Coconut & Green Tea Softening Serum and Castor & Amla Nourishing Pomade. Take a look at out Castor Oil Collection here.
We're almost positive that you haven't heard about the benefits of this exceptional oil so we'll catch you up to speed.
The Moringa Tree, also known as the Miracle Tree, is native to parts of Africa and India. Its bark, sap, seeds, oil, leaves, roots and flowers are used in making traditional medicine.
Seeds from the Moringa Tree produce a nutrient rich, luxurious oil that easily sinks into the hair strands, creating a smooth, satiny feel and finish. Moringa oil imparts shine, slip and lubricity to dry, tangled hair. Its high vitamin E content helps stimulate circulation to the scalp and hair follicles, aiding hair growth and reducing shedding.
This miracle oil is used in both our lightweight Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee and our 4C hair favorite, the Castor & Moringa Softening Serum!
This oil is a favorite among naturals and considered essential to healthy hair and growth.
The use of coconut oil is prolific in tropical regions such as South and Central America, Africa and most of Asia. The uses are so respected that they were documented in texts dating back as far as 1500 BC.
The structure of coconut oil allows for easy absorption, giving both skin and hair a soft, smooth texture. This oil has an affinity to the proteins inside the hair which reinforces its structure, helping to strengthen each strand and limit the damage that exposure to the sun, heat and chemicals can cause. This oil also has the ability to re-establish the skin's natural antimicrobial and acid barrier.
You can find coconut oil in our creamy, dreamy Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee and our soothing, anti-itch treatment, the Tea Tree & Lavender Therapeutic Pomade!
Green Tea Oil
Tea seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the camellia oleifera plant which is native to China. This nourishing oil is rich in vitamins A, B, C and E and is a great source of antioxidants and plant collagen. Its smooth, lightweight texture won't weigh down hair or cause build-up making it perfect for thin, fine and low porosity hair.
Our newest product, the Coconut & Green Tea Softening Serum, contains this premium, luxurious oil.
Rice Bran Oil
Since we only use the best of the best, it makes sense that we'd use rice bran oil!
Rich in vitamin E and ceramides, this luscious oil helps protect and flatten the cuticle layer of hair to prevent protein and moisture loss. When cuticles lie flat, the moisture deposited into the strands won't leak out. Its high smoke point makes it ideal as a heat protectant during heat styling too. If your hair is protein sensitive, ceramides are a great way to strengthen your hair and reduce split ends without using protein.
Our Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter contains rice bran oil. This plant based butter smoothes down hair and reduces frizz, extending the life of twisted and plaited styles.
Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil is made from the seeds of wine producing grapes. It is the lightest of oils and virtually odorless. Popular within Mediterranean and North African cultures, the presence of its leaves found in temples and houses testify that the vine was an important plant. Grape seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids, phenols (tocopherols) and steroids (campesterol, beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol). It also contains proanthocyanidins, potent antioxidants which have been shown in independent studies to help hair grow in thicker.
To experience the impressive effects of grapeseed oil on hair, use our moisture packed Olive & Honey Hydrating Balm!
The Amla fruit is a natural antioxidant and rich source of Vitamin C. When macerated, the fruit yields an oil that has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to condition the hair and scalp. It is said to penetrate the scalp, strengthen hair at its root and promote stronger, healthier hair growth.
If you are looking for premium, effective products rich in African and Ayurvedic ingredients like Amla and Castor Oils to grow, strengthen and thoroughly moisturize your hair, then you need our Amla & Olive Heavy Cream and Castor & Amla Nourishing Pomade. A bunch of Ayurvedic botanicals are also used in our Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee.
Why we care.
Qhemet products do not contain low quality, low benefit ingredients like mineral, petrolatum or petroleum oils. These oils do aid in the health and growth of afro/coily hair and instead stunt its potential. Instead, we use many of the same plant based oils our forebears used because we care and want to ensure that our hair reaches and exceeds its fullest potential, naturally!