Oil for naturally thin fine 3a hair

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I've already tired coconut oil but it just weighed my hair down and made it greasy looking. What is the lightest oil I can use ?
I heard grapeseed oil is light

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Grapeseed, almond & jobaba oils are all lighter.

However if your hair isn't high porosity then if you use any oil as a leave-in sealant they are likely to weight your hair down.

Ideally coconut oil should be used as a pre-poo, leaving it on overnight to 13 hours and you should only use the very smallest amount. It should then be washed out with a shampoo or low-poo. The research looks at using a sulphate shampoo to wash it out.
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I, too, was going to suggest that porosity influences whether of not you can use straight oil/butter on your hair. My hair is fine/low porosity. It just doesn't absorb straight oil/butter. I can use it in well formulated products--as long as it's not a lot.

Do you know your porosity?? That will really help you determine what products to try/use. My hair really loves protein. I often use it to "counterbalance" richer products.
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Grapeseed and Argan oil are great for fine hair
100% pure argan oil is the lightest natural oil available. Despite having hair so fine that it would take at least 2 or 3 hairs together to boost it up to a 1 on a fineness to coarseness scale of 1-10, it does not weigh my hair down to use 3-4 drops (applied with slightly damp hands). Nor does it make my low porosity hair greasy.

I have some success doing pre-poo coconut oil treatments using a small amount of oil (about a quarter to half a teaspoon). There is no need to use a sulfate or non-sulphate shampoo to remove excess oil. Co-washing works just fine.
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Sweet almond oil is light and cheap from Asian grocers. However if your hair is looking greasy with any oil you are likely using too much: long hairs talk in terms of drops.
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CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
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rice bran oil
Mixing my oil with my LI spared me the greaser look. FYI, it even works with EVOO, despite the fact it's a heavier oil...
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3B, Fine, Normal P, Normal E, Low-Med D
LowP: Kinky Curly Come Clean (50% EVOO)
NoP: As I Am CC
RO: Suave Coconut, VO5 Shea Cashmere
LI: KCKT or CJBCLI or HETT/HENOYF (w/ 8 drops GSO)


"To much is given, much is expected"
Mixing my oil with my LI spared me the greaser look. FYI, it even works with EVOO, despite the fact it's a heavier oil...
Originally Posted by NvmbrCurlss
I'm going to have to try this. When i apply oil by itself i have a hard time distributing just a few drops. Letting it ride along in my LI should make it much easier to distribute. Do you just mix them up in your palms each time, or do you pre-make a bottle with both mixed in?
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Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Salon Care Honey Almond, Devacurl OC, Acure Argan Stem Cell+Argan Oil, Mill Creek Botanicals Keratin Repair
Leave-ins: BWC, KCKT, cno overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG
DT: Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak, Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
Mix in my hands.I don't wanna mess with preservatives or time limits on use...it would probably change how the mix performs...
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LowP: Kinky Curly Come Clean (50% EVOO)
NoP: As I Am CC
RO: Suave Coconut, VO5 Shea Cashmere
LI: KCKT or CJBCLI or HETT/HENOYF (w/ 8 drops GSO)


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Yes this is a great technique. I have baby fine hair also and I apply a bit of olive oil to my conditioners as well as to my leave in. That way if I do not apply a leave in I am good already.

Rice bran oil is supposed to be one of the lightest oils and was used by the Geishas in Japan. It is also a ceramide oil that is wonderful for the cuticles and other layers of the strands. Wheat germ oil and sunflower oil are other light ceramide oils

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I've already tired coconut oil but it just weighed my hair down and made it greasy looking. What is the lightest oil I can use ?
Originally Posted by Rawr4Cookiez
You don't say how you used c.o., whether as a DT/"pre-poo" or as part of your styling routine, so I would not rush into assuming that it's "wrong" for you and that you may necessarily do better with another. Some types of hair require very little oil, so maybe you just have to use less than you did. I recently ran into this page and it came to mind, so please read about the "fingertip method" of applying c.o.

The advice of mixing your oil with your LI, or even your RO, may work for you if you've been applying the oil as part of your styling routine; this works very well for my fine hair too.

And it's not true shampoo is necessary to remove c.o., to me that can actually defeat the purpose... The "secret" is 1) to not be heavy-handed in the application in the first place because c.o. penetrtes the hair rather
quickly, so if you use too much most COs will only be able to remove what's outside of the hair, and 2) make sure to use an oil-free CO and let it sit on your hair for a few minutes before rinsing out well with warm water first. Whenever I used it as an overnight treatment I had no difficulty whatsoever removing the excess with an oil-free CO like VO5 K&L. A little lemon juice added to the CO will also do the trick and will tighten the cuticle leaving the hair smooth, shiny and frizz free.
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I'm having trouble bringing up some of the pages that you're linking to, including the one about the fingertip method of applying oil. Would you mind describing it here?
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Morgan

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The whole link is http://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/...nchy-hair.html . I'm copy/pasting the main section (from the blog "The Natural Haven"):

I now use the finger tip method and I think it works better. This means your index finger is the measuring scoop. You need to coat the tip, anything that drips off is not needed. You then spread the coconut oil between both palms and apply to your hair. Ideally section your hair into at least 4 sections and just use your palms to spread the coconut oil onto your hair. Check that your hands are not oily, if they are, continue to apply to the next section (don't get another finger tip!).



Usually 2-3 finger tips are sufficient for the entire head. With shorter hair (under 6 inches), 1 finger tip is enough for the whole head. Focus on spreading the product well and ensuring the hair has a very thin near invisible coating.


If your hair feels greasy, you have used too much and with coconut oil, this is easy to do. The remedy for this is to wash your hair. In fact, you probably should just sit for an hour or so to treat it as an oil treatment, then go ahead and shampoo/condition your hair (Then you can claim the oil treatment was just part of the plan ).

Edit to add - If you still have no success with it as moisturiser, just add a teaspoon to your hair conditioner instead!
I've already tired coconut oil but it just weighed my hair down and made it greasy looking. What is the lightest oil I can use ?
Originally Posted by Rawr4Cookiez
Olive oil, best work with Mustered oil
I've already tired coconut oil but it just weighed my hair down and made it greasy looking. What is the lightest oil I can use ?
Originally Posted by Rawr4Cookiez
Olive oil, best work with Mustered oil
Originally Posted by MNicola
OK great olive is 1 oil I can tolerate,, now are you talking about combining with mustard oil?(never heard of) or is mustered a certain form of olive oil?
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