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Old 04-10-2007, 05:34 PM   #1
 
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Default WHAT OIL DOES YOUR HAIR LOVE???

OK since being on Curly girl my hair has never been in better condition, or loved oil more. My question is what oils does your hair love? Mine loves the following in different mixtures, forms and textures.

-Olive Oil....love, love, loves
-Shea Butter, especially on the ends.
-Jojoba Oil, I put a small bit in after every wash, or cowash. Slides right through my strands. Feels wonderful.
-Avacodo Oil ( I brush a mixture of Shea/Avacodo on my ends, and canopy...feels like heaven. I got this from a local person whom mixes her own green products.)
-Vegetable Glycerin Oil, just a tad from my CG spray bottle

That is it. I have read, and heard Vegetable Oils are bad, bad, bad for the hair. Please share your stories...as my hair is dying to know.

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Mine likes Avocado and Vitamin E oils best, followed by Jojoba, Sweet Almond oil and sometimes olive oil.
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*Jojoba - this plus some rosemary essential oil is my favorite oil treatment

*Sweet Almond - good for when I need more moisture, when used sparingly

*Olive - way too heavy for my fine hair. doesn't really seem to penetrate and moisturize for me, just coats.

*Coconut - a bit too heavy, usually. I do like coconut milk as a prewash DT though.

*Avocado - fairly heavy but ok if I just added it to a regular co for a DT. not as good for my hair as other oils but my skin likes it sometimes.

*Grapeseed - seemed a bit drying for my hair but my skin likes it.

I love rosemary essential oil. Tea tree doesn't work all that well for me as an add in but again, my skin likes it and I like it as an already added ingredient, esp. in the Giovanni co. I really don't like lavender essential oil at all. It seems to dry my hair and give me frizz, plus I hate the smell.
Vegetable glycerin works ok for me in a spray if I use it lightly. Adds nice shine. I haven't used it in a while though because I haven't really needed it.
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Lush- How is the sweet almond, is it a light oil?
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Sapote and castor are the only pure oils I'm using.
Oil mixes/products I'm using are Ojon Restorative Hair treatment (palm nut oil) and Anita Grant Creamy Caffe Latte (a heady, wonderful mix of coconut oil, unrefined cocoa butter, soy oil, watermelon oil, macadamia nut oil, coffee oil, castor oil and vitamin E). My hair loves it all!
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Lush- How is the sweet almond, is it a light oil?
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Yeah, it's about the lightness of Avocado oil, or maybe a bit lighter.
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Lush- How is the sweet almond, is it a light oil?
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Yeah, it's about the lightness of Avocado oil, or maybe a bit lighter.
I find it to be a smidge lighter than avocado (at least in weight on my hair if not in the bottle) but a good bit heavier than jojoba. Much lighter than olive.
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Thanks everyone for your responses. Suburbanbabe... I would love to try that cafe mixture of oils, sounds divine.

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apparently coconut and hemp oils My gel has both and my hair has never been better.
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I really like jojoba oil. I always mix a few drops with my leave-in conditioner. It makes my hair shiny!
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I've only tried two, but I really like olive oil.
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Yes, Blush I find that my hair loves Olive Oil the most.
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Thanks everyone for your responses. Suburbanbabe... I would love to try that cafe mixture of oils, sounds divine.

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It is divine. That coffee smell, the way my hair feels, and I don't use much. But be aware it ships from the UK. Her customer service is excellent, though, and it didn't take as long as I thought for it to reach my local PO - about 7 days.
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Hair loves EVOO, virgin coconut oil and any of the Jessicurl oils. I am dying to try jojoba oil though.
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apparently coconut and hemp oils My gel has both and my hair has never been better.
What gel do you use? My hair loves coconut oil, and the Ojon oil.
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My hair is tough and hardy and loves oils in general. I have used various kinds in products (shea, avocado, jojoba, hemp, peach,)

On their own, I use coconut and jojoba depending on my mood. I put a ton of it in and sleep with it in. It helps a lot. I also use some coconut for doing military hair as it keeps it from getting too many wispys when put up.

I really want to try the Ojon and Anita Grant that SBB mentioned. I'm a sucker for oils.
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I really want to try the Ojon and Anita Grant that SBB mentioned. I'm a sucker for oils.
Me too....Tamanu oil is my next PJ try from the Tamanu shrub in Southeast Asia --

"Tamanu shrub is indigenous to tropical Southeast Asia; growing in Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, South India, Sri Lanka, and the Melanesian and Polynesian islands. This dark-barked shrub grows up to three meters tall and has shiny elliptical, beautiful leaves with a tendency to crack. Twice a year Tamanu blooms, perfuming its environment with fragrant, white flowers. Later these flowers transform into clusters of yellowish green-skinned spherical fruit. The fruit's pulp is pleasant, with flesh tasting much like an apple but with a large nut nestled in its flesh.

The nut is of primary interest to those utilizing the tree for cosmetic reasons. It contains a pale kernel, called ‘punnai’ in certain areas of the Pacific. The kernel is sun dried for several months, becoming sticky, dark, thick and rich oil in the process. This precious oil is cold-pressed, yielding greenish yellow oil with some similarity to olive oil and a nutty smell. The oil is expensive because the trees are very slow growing, and 100 kilograms of its fruit is required to yield just 5 kilograms of cold pressed oil. This is equivalent to the full yield of the nuts of one tree."

I love reading copy like this (it's like porn to a PJ and whoever wrote it has skills)
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I have read, and heard Vegetable Oils are bad, bad, bad for the hair. Please share your stories...as my hair is dying to know.

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Frankly, I'm puzzled, all the oils you mentioned are of vegetable origin and they're widely used in hair products. What's really bad is mineral oil and petrolatum but used sparingly and only occasionally they too have temporary benefits for some of us.

My favorites are jojoba and coconut oil. I also use several moisturizing lotions and creams that contain several oils and Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil which is a mixture of soybean, walnut, olive, castor, sesame, jojoba, carrot seed, sweet almond and safflower oils plus kiwi fruit extract and several herbal extracts.
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