Which oils absorb easily into the hair shaft?

I remember reading of 3 specific oils that absorb easily into the hair shaft, and I'm thinking it was avocado, EVOO, and coconut oil. If you know the actual oils, can you please post them.

I have avocado, walnut, EVOO, EVCO, organic almond, and jojoba oils.

I want to make an Ayurvedic herb infused oil.

Thanks
Storm BC'd 12/30/09 (my gorgeous dd), low porosity, thick density, medium-coarse texture?, elasticity ?
Mom BC'd 5/31/10, fine texture, low porosity, normal density, low elasticity
Last relaxer, July 2008
Hair Type: HUMAN
Our HGs: Hair steamer, KCCC, AOHSR, generic conditioning balm conditioner
other products:FSG, KT, EO condish, KBBHN, EWNOC, DMBC, DMDCC, NG, EVOO, Almond Oil, Maha Bhringol oil, Henna & Ayurvedic powders
I'm pretty sure Castor oil is another one of them

I found this on a website for you that may be helpful.. I don't know how accurate all of it is.. but here's the link to it and what it said about some different oils:

http://ezinearticles.com/?Using-Natu...are&id=2804587

Here are the properties of some natural oils:

Avocado - rich in vitamins A, B and D, excellent for dry, dull hair, this oil like coconut and olive is highly absorptive and can actually penetrate the hair shaft.

Castor - protects the hair and scalp from the external environment, is said to improve thickness and growth, is a thick and slow to absorb oilso best when blended with other oils.

Coconut - a wonder oil, beneficial to the scalp, soothes irritations and minor scalp disorders, is able to penetrate the hair shaftand is also antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral. Please note, coconut oil does not contain high levels of protein and yet many people who have used it believe this to be the case.

Camellia - exceptionally high in Alec acid and vitamin E, helps to smooth and add shine the hair cuticle so useful for frizzes and dull hair, a very light and easily absorbed oil.

Safflower- rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, beneficial for dry and itchy scalps, a light and easily absorbed oil.

Grapeseed - a very light, easily absorbed oil, rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, slightly astringent and therefore toning to the scalp.

Macadamia Nut - protects the hair from external pollutants, is rich and yet easily absorbed, useful for very dry and damaged hair, similar in structure to the natural sebum (oil) of the scalp and therefore a good scalp oil.
You know the weird thing is that I read this before several times in several ways on various websites:

Hair and Oil
  1. The glands around the hair shaft, the sebaceous glands, secrete oil. This oil is called sebum. This sebum provides a benefit to the hair. This benefit includes keeping hair shiny, protected and water-resistant.

    Sometimes people put oil in their hair in an effort to moisturize and protect the hair. There is also the common misconception that hair absorbs oil. While hair does not technically absorb the oil, the oil does coat the hair. The oil is unable to completely absorb into the hair. Instead, the oil coats the hair by latching onto cracks and holes in the hair shaft. The hair has a scaly surface which allows the oil to penetrate the hair as it slides down the hair and slips into those cracks. Think of it like wearing a coat. A coat will protect you, but you would not actually absorb the coat. Hair and oil work in a similar manner. The hair is protected by the oil but is not absorbed.
http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5267579...bsorb-oil.html




But on the other hand.. I have read that Coconut oil and Palm Nut oils do absorb into the hair shaft because they both are similiar to the structure of hair and oils like these are the only ones that actually asborb into the hair shaft.

From personal experience.. all I ever find with oils besides Palm Nut and Coconut is that oils like Olive, Grape Seed, Almond, etc just sit on my hair providing a seal and shine.. but they don't seem like the "absorb" into the hair shaft..but basically "coat" it instead.

Does anyone know for sure ??? Because I would think if oils like Castor, Olive, Grape Seed, etc are used as sealants (things that prevent moisture from going in or out)..how could they actually "asborb" into the hair shaft ?
Thanks, for the research. I'm not utilizing the oil to moisturize, as oils cannot moisturize , but as you stated can coat or hold in moisture.

Th infused oil is to use after I DC/DT my hair as a light-weight sealant. However, as you posted, some oils absorb into the hair shaft more so than others. For example, the information on castor oil you posted states it's a slowly absorbed oil, which means I'd have to deal with greasy hair, but on the other hand, olive, coconut, and a few others have properties which allow the oil to easily absorb into the shaft.

Perhaps, the oils do not actually absorb completely into the hair shaft, but dissipate. All I know is I don't have greasy hair after using coconut, olive or avocado oil as a sealant, but do if I use castor oil or shea butter.

Additionally, hair porosity may play arole as to whether an oil is absorbed into the hair or not. I gather a natural with normal porosity hair would find many oils greasy, where as someone with high porosity hair would not, as the hair cuticles are more open, thus allowing moisture in, and unfortunately out quickly. An ACV rinse would help with this problem, resulting in less dependency on heavy oils and butters, as the ACV assists with correcting cuticle alignment.

Hmmm--OT. So, do those with high porosity hair need a heavy oil or butter to coat the hair shaft in order to hold in moisture?
Storm BC'd 12/30/09 (my gorgeous dd), low porosity, thick density, medium-coarse texture?, elasticity ?
Mom BC'd 5/31/10, fine texture, low porosity, normal density, low elasticity
Last relaxer, July 2008
Hair Type: HUMAN
Our HGs: Hair steamer, KCCC, AOHSR, generic conditioning balm conditioner
other products:FSG, KT, EO condish, KBBHN, EWNOC, DMBC, DMDCC, NG, EVOO, Almond Oil, Maha Bhringol oil, Henna & Ayurvedic powders
I'm still trying to figure out which oils my hair likes best, Coconut worked well, but I want another oil which I can afford to buy on a regular basis.

My hair is dry and porous, but has a fine/medium texture

EVOO just sits on my hair a greasy feel, ok for DT

Castor oil makes it crunchy

Jojoba I have to use sooo much for any effect

grape seed oil- just ok, I feel I have to add a lot some days, its good for infusions

Safflower oil- is my next buy

Can anyone make other sugesstions for me???
3c, fine, porous,MBL
Pre: EVCO Poo: GTTT DC:AO GPB, TJ Nourish Spa+EVOO
LI: Cantu Shea butter LI, YesToCarrots,(AVJ+H2O) Spritz
Style: AVG, Eco Seal: Qp Mango & Olive oil, Shea AloeMix
Hi Curly Jammy ,
Try mixing a few oils or try using melted 100% pure shea butter.

Any oil feels greasy if too much is applied. Very little is need. Try measuring out one tablespoon of olive oil or just one tbsp of coconut oil, and use that for your whole hair . You can also mix about 3 teaspoons of olive oil/coconut oil (which penetrate the hair shaft) with one teaspoon of jojoba ( which doesn't penetrate the hair shaft but is good for sealing in moisture).

By the way, you can also use a mixture of oils instead of body lotion. Grapeseed oil mixed with jojoba oil is great for the skin. Put one teaspoon of each in a spray bottle and use it instead of body lotion. Using it for just a few days , gives great results.

Castor oil is good for the scalp but does tend to make the hair puffy.



I'm still trying to figure out which oils my hair likes best, Coconut worked well, but I want another oil which I can afford to buy on a regular basis.

My hair is dry and porous, but has a fine/medium texture

EVOO just sits on my hair a greasy feel, ok for DT

Castor oil makes it crunchy

Jojoba I have to use sooo much for any effect

grape seed oil- just ok, I feel I have to add a lot some days, its good for infusions

Safflower oil- is my next buy

Can anyone make other sugesstions for me???
Originally Posted by Curly_Jammy

http://www.habanim.org/en/index_en.html

Last edited by taltal; 10-26-2009 at 05:12 AM.
I like castor oil in my DC however as a sealant it makes my hair crunchy.

I now use a pomade made with Ilippe Butter and Macadamia nut oil as a sealant which leave my hair very happy.

The Macadamia Nut Oil by itself as a sealant also left me with soft none greasy hair.
Coconut oil i know for sure is one ; will have to research the others.
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I remember reading of 3 specific oils that absorb easily into the hair shaft, and I'm thinking it was avocado, EVOO, and coconut oil. If you know the actual oils, can you please post them.

I have avocado, walnut, EVOO, EVCO, organic almond, and jojoba oils.

I want to make an Ayurvedic herb infused oil.

Thanks
Originally Posted by Storm_N _Mom
you are absolutely correct. these three oils penetrate the hair shaft.

of course, other oils may/may not work on another individual's head. i tested one oil at a time on my hair to find out what my hair likes/loves. i found that my hair loves avocado, extra virgin olive, unrefined hempseed, babassu, black castor, canola, flaxseed, jojoba, rice bran and palm oils (not red palm...messy & stains). however, the absolute best thing for my hair is RAW, UNREFINED SHEA BUTTER. coconut oil works as long as i rinse-out. i can't let it sit in my hair or i get the crunchies.

grapeseed oil is mostly used for its astringent qualities (oily hair/skin, acne). i don't use this on my hair.
LOIS (OS); cottony, TYPE 4 hair, fine/med strands; no cones bcz my hair hates them; last relaxer '98; now low porosity, ignores most natural hair rules; BC #8

faves: suave, v05 shampoo, conditioner (my own), raw shea butter, castor oil, peanut oil, aloe juice
Hi Curly Jammy ,
Try mixing a few oils or try using melted 100% pure shea butter.

Any oil feels greasy if too much is applied. Very little is need. Try measuring out one tablespoon of olive oil or just one tbsp of coconut oil, and use that for your whole hair . You can also mix about 3 teaspoons of olive oil/coconut oil (which penetrate the hair shaft) with one teaspoon of jojoba ( which doesn't penetrate the hair shaft but is good for sealing in moisture).

By the way, you can also use a mixture of oils instead of body lotion. Grapeseed oil mixed with jojoba oil is great for the skin. Put one teaspoon of each in a spray bottle and use it instead of body lotion. Using it for just a few days , gives great results.

Castor oil is good for the scalp but does tend to make the hair puffy.

quote]
Originally Posted by taltal
Thanks TalTal!!!

I mixed up:
shea butter
coconut oil
jojoba oil
rosehip seed oil

And WOW!! the combo is Fab!!!
3c, fine, porous,MBL
Pre: EVCO Poo: GTTT DC:AO GPB, TJ Nourish Spa+EVOO
LI: Cantu Shea butter LI, YesToCarrots,(AVJ+H2O) Spritz
Style: AVG, Eco Seal: Qp Mango & Olive oil, Shea AloeMix
I use grapeseed oil to clean my face. It has improved the quality of my skin tremendously! At first I was skeptical but my blackheads, which was a major issue for me, are gone! I tried the mechanical tools to get rid of them, the pore strips, exfoliating with baking soda and none of them helped. So I use grapeseed for oil cleansing.
Coconut oil, unrefined shea, grapeseed oil, and jamaican black castor oil either make my hair feel crunchy and dry or just sits on top and leaves it greezzy.
I really like almond oil but idk if it does anything for my hair. How do you tell if your hair is porous or not?
I use grapeseed oil to clean my face. It has improved the quality of my skin tremendously! At first I was skeptical but my blackheads, which was a major issue for me, are gone! I tried the mechanical tools to get rid of them, the pore strips, exfoliating with baking soda and none of them helped. So I use grapeseed for oil cleansing.
Coconut oil, unrefined shea, grapeseed oil, and jamaican black castor oil either make my hair feel crunchy and dry or just sits on top and leaves it greezzy.
I really like almond oil but idk if it does anything for my hair. How do you tell if your hair is porous or not?
Originally Posted by CocoT
"Porosity refers to the ability of your hair to absorb moisture and is determined by the state the cuticle of your hair is in."

http://www.livecurlylivefree.com/cur...r%20basics.htm
I use grapeseed oil to clean my face. It has improved the quality of my skin tremendously! At first I was skeptical but my blackheads, which was a major issue for me, are gone! I tried the mechanical tools to get rid of them, the pore strips, exfoliating with baking soda and none of them helped. So I use grapeseed for oil cleansing.
Coconut oil, unrefined shea, grapeseed oil, and jamaican black castor oil either make my hair feel crunchy and dry or just sits on top and leaves it greezzy.
I really like almond oil but idk if it does anything for my hair. How do you tell if your hair is porous or not?
Originally Posted by CocoT
I find that alot of the oleic oils work wonders for the skin. I use Argan, Baobab, Marula, Castor on my oily, acne prone skin, and I have seen such a dramatic improvement in the texture, quality, and suppleness of my face!!! Not to mention, I use these in my hair as well... with marvelous results. I purchased a few other oils to try since I read that they're also beneficial for skin and hair.

It's nice that going natural improves all aspects of life!!

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*SIGH* Alas, I've come to accept my shrinkage and fairy knots

There are no magic potions, concoctions, elixirs, or pills for hair growth, weight loss, or financial independence... so stop looking for a quick fix!!!

Last edited by LhoreSpencer; 11-12-2009 at 03:40 PM.
I use grapeseed oil to clean my face. It has improved the quality of my skin tremendously! At first I was skeptical but my blackheads, which was a major issue for me, are gone! I tried the mechanical tools to get rid of them, the pore strips, exfoliating with baking soda and none of them helped. So I use grapeseed for oil cleansing.
Coconut oil, unrefined shea, grapeseed oil, and jamaican black castor oil either make my hair feel crunchy and dry or just sits on top and leaves it greezzy.
I really like almond oil but idk if it does anything for my hair. How do you tell if your hair is porous or not?
Originally Posted by CocoT
"Porosity refers to the ability of your hair to absorb moisture and is determined by the state the cuticle of your hair is in."

http://www.livecurlylivefree.com/cur...r%20basics.htm
Originally Posted by MixedUpCurlyChick
Thanks for the link.
So apparently I have low porosity hair. Is it even possible to increase porosity?
I use grapeseed oil to clean my face. It has improved the quality of my skin tremendously! At first I was skeptical but my blackheads, which was a major issue for me, are gone! I tried the mechanical tools to get rid of them, the pore strips, exfoliating with baking soda and none of them helped. So I use grapeseed for oil cleansing.
Coconut oil, unrefined shea, grapeseed oil, and jamaican black castor oil either make my hair feel crunchy and dry or just sits on top and leaves it greezzy.
I really like almond oil but idk if it does anything for my hair. How do you tell if your hair is porous or not?
Originally Posted by CocoT
I find that alot of the oleic oils work wonders for the skin. I use Argan, Baobab, Marula, Castor on my oily, acne prone skin, and I have seen such a dramatic improvement in the texture, quality, and suppleness of my face!!! Not to mention, I use these in my hair as well... with marvelous results. I purchased a few other oils to try since I read that they're also beneficial for skin and hair.

It's nice that going natural improves all aspects of life!!
Originally Posted by LhoreSpencer
+1
Hi Curly Jammy ,
Try mixing a few oils or try using melted 100% pure shea butter.

Any oil feels greasy if too much is applied. Very little is need. Try measuring out one tablespoon of olive oil or just one tbsp of coconut oil, and use that for your whole hair . You can also mix about 3 teaspoons of olive oil/coconut oil (which penetrate the hair shaft) with one teaspoon of jojoba ( which doesn't penetrate the hair shaft but is good for sealing in moisture).

By the way, you can also use a mixture of oils instead of body lotion. Grapeseed oil mixed with jojoba oil is great for the skin. Put one teaspoon of each in a spray bottle and use it instead of body lotion. Using it for just a few days , gives great results.

Castor oil is good for the scalp but does tend to make the hair puffy.

quote]
Originally Posted by taltal
Thanks TalTal!!!

I mixed up:
shea butter
coconut oil
jojoba oil
rosehip seed oil

And WOW!! the combo is Fab!!!
Originally Posted by Curly_Jammy
So happy to know it helped

http://www.habanim.org/en/index_en.html
I remember reading of 3 specific oils that absorb easily into the hair shaft, and I'm thinking it was avocado, EVOO, and coconut oil. If you know the actual oils, can you please post them.

I have avocado, walnut, EVOO, EVCO, organic almond, and jojoba oils.

I want to make an Ayurvedic herb infused oil.

Thanks
Originally Posted by Storm_N _Mom

http://thenaturalhaven.blogspot.com/
go to this blog and search for penetrating oils. She has some good posts about coconut and olive and avocado oils

4b
BC May 2009
less product is enough

Last edited by sweetypie; 11-15-2009 at 02:25 PM.
I use grapeseed oil to clean my face. It has improved the quality of my skin tremendously! At first I was skeptical but my blackheads, which was a major issue for me, are gone! I tried the mechanical tools to get rid of them, the pore strips, exfoliating with baking soda and none of them helped. So I use grapeseed for oil cleansing.
Coconut oil, unrefined shea, grapeseed oil, and jamaican black castor oil either make my hair feel crunchy and dry or just sits on top and leaves it greezzy.
I really like almond oil but idk if it does anything for my hair. How do you tell if your hair is porous or not?
Originally Posted by CocoT
"Porosity refers to the ability of your hair to absorb moisture and is determined by the state the cuticle of your hair is in."

http://www.livecurlylivefree.com/cur...r%20basics.htm
Originally Posted by MixedUpCurlyChick
Thanks for the link.
So apparently I have low porosity hair. Is it even possible to increase porosity?
Originally Posted by CocoT
hmmm I have low-medium porosity as well. Everything sits on my hair. I don't know about increasing it...I know high pororisity is sometimes considered "bad" if its b/c your hair is damaged. But if you're just having trouble finding good sealants and moisturizers, I feel your pain lol. I've tried Castor, Grapeseed, Jojoba etc.

I did an ACV rinse for the first time a few weeks ago and I did feel like products penetrated my hair more easily after that. However, I haven't seen a real difference in my hair's ability to absorb oils on their own. I'm still experimenting but I've tried quite a few oils. I also learned that my hair can absorb shea butter if I use a TINY amount but Idk that it did anything for my hair. I would try the ACV and see if anything changes....some ppl also use baking soda I believe. I have a feeling my hair isn't gonna like that though...

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