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Black hair is often dry through no fault of your own. The reason for this persistent dryness is its curly nature. Natural scalp oils have a harder time navigating their way down curls and coils than they do straight hair strands. As a result, your hair may need help in the moisture department. You'll find plenty of products designed to moisturize black hair, so which ones do you choose? Some products are better than others and when it comes to selecting oils for black hair, using the right ones will nourish your tresses rather than only coating them.
Most recommended oils for black hair come straight from nature. Jojoba oil is one of the best for this hair texture because its makeup is very similar to the body's own skin oil, or sebum. You can find pure jojoba in local health food stores. Apply it straight from the bottle to damp or dry hair as needed. Unlike heavy, petroleum-based products, jojoba absorbs into your tresses and holds moisture in.
Olive oil is best used as a deep-conditioning treatment, especially when mixed with other ingredients. Combine ½ cup of olive oil with mashed avocado and apply to damp hair. Let it sit for 30 to 45 minutes then rinse well. You can find this inexpensive deep-conditioning treatment in your own kitchen. You can also apply olive oil directly to your hair's dry ends to add moisture as needed.
Use mildly scented almond oil as part of a scalp massage or to add a natural sheen to your locks. You can also use it as a hot oil treatment. Apply warmed oil to damp hair and cover with a hot towel. Let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes and then rinse. You may need to follow up with a diluted mixture of mild shampoo.
When selecting oils to use on your hair, most natural choices are the right, lightweight consistency you want to avoid weighing down your mane. Shop at health food markets or organic vendors. Other good oil selections include coconut, shea, sage, lavender, rosemary, macadamia nut, castor and safflower. Select pure oils with no additions, or if you buy products with oil in them, make sure the oil is one of the first several ingredients; the first listed ingredients are the most plentiful and effective.