Four light and nourishing hair oils to treat your temperamental waves.
If there’s a product I cannot live without, it’s hair oil. Personally, I’ve grown to love argan oil. I smooth it over my waves after scrunching and on the rare occasions when I do a blow out. But argan oil is just one of the many hair oils that are beneficial for wavy haired gals. Wavy hair can be very temperamental, so it’s important to make a distinction between the oils that are effective for waves and oils that are best left for curls. We can’t exactly share the same oils as our curly/kinky haired friends. Here are some of the best hair oils for waves, as well as individual uses.
1. Rose Oil
This luxurious oil can be used on its own or in a shampoo. It’s perfect for moisturizing the scalp, but also light enough to be used for wavy hair. The moisturizing properties of rose oil make it a great cure for brittle, dry hair and skin. Rose oil also reduces inflammation, so massage it into your scalp if you’re suffering from itchy, inflamed pores, dandruff, or psoriasis. The best part is that it actually smells like roses! Rose oil is commonly used in aromatherapy and is known for its calming effect. Add a few drops into your shampoo and breathe it in as you massage it into your scalp. The one drawback to using rose oil is that it can be pretty pricey. If you’re a DIY enthusiast, try making your own rose oil at home.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is beneficial for all types of hair, but for textured hair especially. Some wavy girls swear by this method, so don’t knock it till you try it. Coconut oil has essential vitamins, such as Vitamin E, that help the hair retain its moisture. It’s a great natural alternative to store bought, expensive deep conditioners. You can find coconut oil at nearly every grocery store for very reasonable prices. Coconut oil has multiple uses in the kitchen and on the hair, so you will really get your money’s worth. Because of its naturally thick consistency, it’s not the best idea to use it as a styling agent. Instead, use it once a week as a deep conditioner.
- Scoop 3 tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil into a microwave safe bowl.
- Microwave on high for 30 seconds (varies by microwave, watch it carefully).
- Smooth the melted oil over the top of your head and ends (if you have an oily scalp, keep coconut oil away from the roots and focus instead on the ends).
- Comb through with a wide tooth comb and cover with a shower cap.
- Soak your hair in the oil for an hour (it will thicken as it cools) then rinse.
3. Almond Oil
Almonds are super foods that are not only beneficial for your body but your hair. Sweet almond oil has multiple uses – nail cuticle oil, massaging oil, hot oil treatment. I could go on and on, but I’ll let Curly Nikki do that for me. Her article on the uses for Sweet Almond Oil is very informative. Instead, I’ll focus on using almond oil for your waves. Because it is lightweight in nature it won’t weigh down wavy hair that’s already so prone to falling flat. Massaging a dab of almond oil into your scalp can increase shine, reduce hair loss, promote healthy follicles and strengthen hair strands. As I said — it’s a super food or in this case, a super oil. According to Curly Nikki, because almond oil is not as penetrating as coconut oil, it shouldn’t be used as your only moisturizer but as a sealant instead. After you spray on your leave-in conditioner, seal in the moisture with a light layer of almond oil.
4. Argan Oil
Argan oil made quite an impact on the textured hair community recently and thus it can be slightly expensive. However, it’s definitely worth every penny. Argan oil contains beneficial vitamins such as vitamin E and F and protects against UV rays. But perhaps my favorite thing about argan oil is its versatility. It works to fight frizz and increase shine in your daily regimen, but it can also smooth out your hair when it meets heat. Rub it on your ends before a blow out and watch your waves smooth out to be almost straight. If you don’t want to blow dry your hair, simply smooth it over your styled waves to prevent frizz.
How do you use oils to nourish your wavy hair?