The Best Oils for Moisturizing Curly Hair

Corinne Bailey Rae rocks her ringlets.

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Curly girl, you are special with your glorious crown of natural curls, coils, zig zags and waves. The downside is that the natural oils your scalp normally produces has a tough time making it down and around each spiral, so dryness, frizz and breakage are big issues. Moisture is the key to taming these little monsters. You need some special oils in your curly girl arsenal.

Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is the beauty industry's best-kept secret. This oil conditions your hair and gives it a luminous shine, and can also penetrate into the hair shaft. So the oil will actually moisturize your hair, not sit on top of it. That means healthy curls instead of a greasy head. Coconut oil can be used as either a prewash rinse or postwash grooming treatment.

Sweet Almond Oil

This sweet-smelling oil is a rich source of vitamin E. With a high fat content, this oil can quench thirsty curls and control frizz. Add a few drops of this oil to the palm of your hands and massage the scalp in circular motions to add a shine to your rocking ringlets.

Olive Oil

Olive oil, aka the "Golden Oil," can condition and nourish your curls, thanks to its status as a naturally rich source of vitamin E. You can apply it to the ends of your hair, use it as a hot oil treatment or just add it to your conditioner. The olive oil will penetrate the strands of your hair, trapping moisture and adding shine to your curls.

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is amazing at moisturizing hair. It has a 15-percent fat content and natural vitamins that will penetrate your hair shaft and go to battle for you to fight against dryness and breakage. Use a cold-pressed or unrefined organic oil for hair use to ensure that you're getting the purest form of oil and the maximum amount of nutrients.

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