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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.

Red
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  • lushaholiclushaholic Posts: 2,180Registered Users
    Mine likes Avocado and Vitamin E oils best, followed by Jojoba, Sweet Almond oil and sometimes olive oil.
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  • meriellynmeriellyn Posts: 1,135Registered Users
    *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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  • RedheadCurly2007RedheadCurly2007 Posts: 230Registered Users
    Lush- How is the sweet almond, is it a light oil?
    Red
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    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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  • lushaholiclushaholic Posts: 2,180Registered Users
    Lush- How is the sweet almond, is it a light oil?
    Red

    Yeah, it's about the lightness of Avocado oil, or maybe a bit lighter.
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  • meriellynmeriellyn Posts: 1,135Registered Users
    lushaholic wrote:
    Lush- How is the sweet almond, is it a light oil?
    Red

    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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  • RedheadCurly2007RedheadCurly2007 Posts: 230Registered Users
    Thanks everyone for your responses. Suburbanbabe... I would love to try that cafe mixture of oils, sounds divine.

    Red
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,238Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    jojoba
    shea butter
    cocoa butter
    Ojon
    Africa's Best Herbal Oil (Soy Bean Oil, Walnut Seed Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Safflower Oil)
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    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
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  • modegrrlmodegrrl Posts: 273Registered Users
    apparently coconut and hemp oils My gel has both and my hair has never been better.
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  • tschocktschock Posts: 101Registered Users
    I really like jojoba oil. I always mix a few drops with my leave-in conditioner. It makes my hair shiny!
    2c, thick & coarse
    Inverted curly bob
    Modified CG
  • JuicyTubeJuicyTube Posts: 2,369Registered Users
    I've only tried two, but I really like olive oil.
    3b-3c CG
  • RedheadCurly2007RedheadCurly2007 Posts: 230Registered Users
    Yes, Blush I find that my hair loves Olive Oil the most.
    Red
    3B, CG,Corkscrew
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    Thanks everyone for your responses. Suburbanbabe... I would love to try that cafe mixture of oils, sounds divine.

    Red

    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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  • LadydncingLadydncing Posts: 964Registered Users
    Hair loves EVOO, virgin coconut oil and any of the Jessicurl oils. I am dying to try jojoba oil though.
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  • JuicyTubeJuicyTube Posts: 2,369Registered Users
    oops
    3b-3c CG
  • ClaritaClarita Posts: 198Registered Users
    modegrrl wrote:
    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.
    Texture: Fine
    Porosity: Low
    Elasticity: Low
    Density: Medium/High...I think


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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    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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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    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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  • HalfWavyHalfCurlyHalfWavyHalfCurly Posts: 907Registered Users
    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.

    Red

    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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  • RedheadCurly2007RedheadCurly2007 Posts: 230Registered Users
    Halfwavy- It just hit me, I meant mineral oils. I guess my brain printed vegetable. I think I have been eating so healthy that I know eating vegetable oil is bad, oops wrong subject internal instead of external.

    Wow, this is awesome. Suburban- thank you for that info. on the exotic oil, sounds great. Well there are about 10 new oils I am going to stock up on. I am finding that sometimes it is better to just condish. with oils for me, so tick tock it takes time to learn.

    CelticCurls- Love the new pic. I found a great pic of a girl with Irish curls absolutely a spitting image of mine except I could not download it because it was 130 pixels, argh!!! Well in time I will have pics of mine.

    Take care all. I am newly resolved to my curls today. Embarassed to say that I am going out in a pony with sort of straight hair, but with some dt and oil in it. It needs some love today.

    Red
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  • HalfWavyHalfCurlyHalfWavyHalfCurly Posts: 907Registered Users
    Ah! You know, I really suspected all along it was a slip :D, Heaven knows my little old mind betrays me often enough, sometimes I catch myself in time but others...:?
    2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

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  • RedheadCurly2007RedheadCurly2007 Posts: 230Registered Users
    LOL What is that called Freudian slip? Hey, on another totally non-hair subject, have you heard of the Secret? Just wondering. I have been incorporating these ways into my life and getting so many blessings. Just wondering.

    Freaked out and cut my little bangs. I was so tired of them sitting there lifeless...all straight and dry. No matter how much condish, or gel I put on it they would not do anything, can you say damage? So I cut this little block. Looks kind of funny but I like it better than dead lifeless straight hair. Later.

    Happy Oiling.
    Red
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  • RedheadCurly2007RedheadCurly2007 Posts: 230Registered Users
    Mode and Lady- What type coconut oils do you use? I like it but it sometimes goes bad. How do you make sure it stays fresh and all? Thanks.

    Red
    3B, CG,Corkscrew
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  • prettylillizzyprettylillizzy Posts: 25Registered Users
    Ok, so this might be a really stupid question, or two:

    1) Where do you find these oils? Do you mean the EVOO my mom has in her cabinet?

    2) Whats the best way to use them?
  • tooj68tooj68 Posts: 471Registered Users
    Hi all,
    What's EVOO? Sounds interesting! Thanks!
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  • meriellynmeriellyn Posts: 1,135Registered Users
    tooj68 wrote:
    Hi all,
    What's EVOO? Sounds interesting! Thanks!

    Extra Virgin Olive Oil, I believe.

    I don't use olive oil for anything but cooking but I get my other oils from Whole Foods/ Earth Fare/ Greenlife/ etc usually. They're sold in the beauty/skincare section. For almond oil, I saved a bit of money by buying a bigger bottle from the food section rather than the smaller one in the beauty section though. You can find almond oil at many grocery stores too. You can find coconut oil in the foods section of the health food store and some groceries as well.

    When I do an oil DT I apply a bit from the ears down (to dry hair), braid my hair in two braids, Add a little extra to my dry ends, sleep on it, then either wash it out in the morning or keep it braided and wait until later in the day, depending on what I have going on. That way it has plenty of time to soak in as much as possible.

    I also use a drop or two of jojoba oil as a leave in before diffusing or/and for shine after it's dry sometimes.
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  • prettylillizzyprettylillizzy Posts: 25Registered Users
    Thank you! Guess I'm stopping at Whole Foods later :)
  • glofitglofit Posts: 17Registered Users
    Mine loves Sesame seed oil. Since it stinks I wait til evening to semi-lightly coat my hair with it and keep it on over night. Then I wash it out with my morning cleansing.
    Gloria
  • CarmenCarmen Posts: 31Registered Users
    I did an almond oil DT about two weeks ago. I had to get rid of a-cone buildup anyway so I left it in overnight (made my scalp terribly itchy!) and washed it out in the morning. My hair was really shiny and defined afterwards, so I might do it again :D
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  • curlytwirlycurlytwirly Posts: 360Registered Users
    I mix coconut oil with jojoba oil and avocado oil and then apply it to dry hair. I then use a boar bristle brush to brush it through...my hair gets huge and frizzy...looks terrifying. I leave it in for a while and then wash it...with conditioner, not shampoo, of course. It leaves my hair feeling soft and so defined! I love it! I bought all these at HEB Pantry Foods...they have everything under the sun...but its only this particular HEB, I guess cause I live in a "nicer" area. When I go to HEB's in other parts of town I cant find anything.
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