likethegumlikethegum Registered Users Posts: 494 Curl Neophyte
I've seen several people on here mention oils, either that they oil their hair, or that they use oil to SOTC. I was wondering, what sorts of oils do you use, and how do you use them? I bought a small bottle of jojoba oil yesterday and SOTC with it, and it worked pretty well. It made my hands feel nice and soft too! What other oils are worth trying? Any suggestions welcome, I'm learning!
3b/3a - CG since 04-30-2009
fine texture, med porosity

GTTT, Live Clean, EO Sweet Orange
Condish: Calia, AO Rosa Mosqueta/White Camellia/Honeysuckle Rose/Island Naturals/GPB, ABBA Pure Gentle, Desert Essence Shea Butter
DT: Usually just use one of my richer conditioners, sometimes add oils or honey
Gels: Homemade FSG!!!, Druide, BRHG, Alba Soft Hold Style Cream,

experimenting with: honey, agave, oils, butters, ACV, Curls Milkshake, more conditioners


  • CaleilaniCaleilani Registered Users Posts: 728
    My favorite is castor oil,it keeps my hair moisturized,frizz-free and shiny,from 5-10 days whenever I feel like washing it.
    3B-3C, alittle past tailbone length,age:41 years
  • Stephanie198907Stephanie198907 Registered Users Posts: 2,607 Curl Neophyte
    Caleilani wrote: »
    My favorite is castor oil,it keeps my hair moisturized,frizz-free and shiny,from 5-10 days whenever I feel like washing it.

    ^^^^what she said. I LOVE LOVE LOVE castor oil. I use it to oil my scalp and the length of my hair. Im gonna take a wild guess and assume you don't oil your scalp nightly like I do. Castor oil is really thick and heavy so a little goes a long way. Most women on the board seem to prefer coconut oil. Just rubbing a dime size amount through dry hair helps keep frizz down, leaves hair soft, and shiny. Olive oil is another good oil to use if your into hot oil treatments. Warm it up, slather the oil over your hair and scalp, let it sit for 25-30 minutes and then wash out. You can also do this with coconut oil and still get good results.
    Last Relaxer: Nov. 07
    BC: May. 2010 (30 months)
    Hair Type: thick 4b/4a
    Current length: back at APL
    Goal length: hip :color:
    Staples: natural growth aides
  • morrighumorrighu Registered Users Posts: 707
    Castor oil is popular, but the smell brings back bad memories for me. Nana used to give it to us. Let's just say none of us needed a colon cleasning.

    Coconut oil is another popular HG around here. Avocado oil, walnut oil, grapeseed oil, hemp oil, olive oil, canola oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, and others. If you can eat it, you can put in on your head. You just have to try it to see what your hair likes and doesn't.
  • wavydayleywavydayley Registered Users Posts: 11
    My hair LOVES sweet almond oil, and apricot kernal oil. they are light, and don't way it down, and no more frizz.
  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Registered Users Posts: 5,400 Curl Connoisseur
    I like Camellia, Jojoba, Sunflower, & Apricot Kernel oil. All are light but effective.
    4a/b Texlaxed hair w/ highlights. Medium texture & high porosity.

    HG's: CJ Daily Fix, Bobeam Cheris Hibiscus shampoo bar, KC Spiral Spritz, Knot Today, CJ Rehab, KBB LL Hair Mask, Cassia, KCCC, oil blend of Avocado, Camellia, Jojoba, & Meadowfoam oils

  • darlingdivadarlingdiva Registered Users Posts: 64
    I like castor oil. It works well for my ends. It also makes my strands appear thicker & it softens my hair. I also add it to my summer leave-in mixture along w/ water, honey & coconut oil.

    My hair seems to like jojoba oil, too.
  • knhardeknharde Registered Users Posts: 100
    I like Sapote oil, it is very moisturizing. I use it on damp/wet hair. Also liked the sample of Marula oil I tried.
    4a/b, a little 3c at the crown; current faves: Anita Grant, Qhemet, Oyin...natural since 2000...(currently 15 inches)
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,060 Administrator
    I'm one of those that LOVES coconut oil! :)

    I use it as a pre-wash oil, then again after washing as a light leave-in. Plus I'm addicted to the smell. Mine is Parachute brand and it smells like macaroons..... mmmmmmm..... macaroooooonsssss.......
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Registered Users Posts: 15,402 Curl Neophyte
    Jamaican black castor oil, scrunched right over my conditioner, before I cold water rinse. My hair loves it. I use butters such as Hairveda Almond Glaze and Jane Carter N&S that way too, sometimes mixing with the castor oil in my hand. It's a great way to get the benefits of old-school grease without the greasiness.

    I sometimes use a few drops of baobab oil in my dry hair. But my skin gets jealous -- it has decided that the baobab oil is only for it and won't share with my hair.
    My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
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    Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
    Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
  • imapisces0308imapisces0308 Registered Users Posts: 6
    I have a question if i use one of these oils on my hair or my scalp such as olive oil or castor oil should i mix water with it or just place it on my hair/scalp without a mix of water and oil?
  • botticelli_girl922botticelli_girl922 Registered Users Posts: 896
    I LOVE coconut oil! It really help reduce frizz. I either use a little in the shower and rinse out, or use when my hair is dry to tame frizz.
    Curl Type: 2c-3a, Medium thickness, Normal Porosity
    Weekly Low-poo: TJ Pure Castile Soap
    Co-wash: V05 Strawberries and Cream
    Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm (Possibly HG!), GF Triple Nutrition
    Styling Products: CK, Re:coil, JCRR, JCCC, LALMHG, EcoStyler, SMU Spray Gel, Boots

    Life has many choices. Eternity has two. What's yours?
  • leftyweftyleftywefty Registered Users Posts: 12
    my hair loves avocado oil
  • mochalatta408mochalatta408 Registered Users Posts: 214 Curl Neophyte
    I like the very very light oils for my hair so jojoba oil is my long time love for face and hair. I've also made a apricot+cherry kernel+peach kernel oil blend that is amazing!
    3c/4a, thick cottony/silky little spiral curls. Loves moisture, hates cones...www.beijaflornaturals.com
  • Melanie_LinnMelanie_Linn Registered Users Posts: 457
    my hair loves oil! it even likes the aromatherapy type. i used sandle wood 5 days ago and my hair is still decently moisturized if not a little messy
    3c/4aMCiii normal/low porosity med elasticty

    Shampoo- JC Hydrating Invigorating poo, Alaffia Shea & Virgin Coconut Enriching Shampoo, CV poo bars
    Rinse out- Natures gate hemp, GSAS
    Leave in- GDLI, Beautiful Curls Curl Activating Leave in
    DT- Still working on that
    Styler- Ecostyler Crystal, Queen Helene Royal Curl Creme
    Sealer- castor, Shea butter,jojoba oil

    I don't know how well I'll keep it up, my blog The Lions Mane
  • SpiralliSpiralli Registered Users Posts: 3,684 Curl Connoisseur
    I use coconut oil at night on my ends and canopy/top layer. This has really helped the dry texture of my hair since growing in my gray, especially the ends.
    Location: Texas
    Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
    CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Desert Essence Coconut, Oribe Silverati
    Leave-ins: Curl Junkie Beauti-Curls, KCKT, cno overnight
    Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG, CJ Pattern Pusha
    DT: Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
  • twirlygrannytwirlygranny Banned Users Posts: 1,114 Curl Neophyte
    Luv castor oil and EO Products conditioners.
  • xtremelyperfectxtremelyperfect Registered Users Posts: 177
    I too love coconut oil for my scalp. I also use raw shea oil and peppermint oil. I use the peppermint at night to massage my scalp. It definitely stimulates it before I wrap my hair and go to sleep, plus it smells good! I don't know if I can attribute the regrowth of my hairline strictly on the peppermint oil but I'm sure it didn't hurt!
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  • PrettycurlsPrettycurls Registered Users Posts: 1,482
    Caleilani wrote: »
    My favorite is castor oil,it keeps my hair moisturized,frizz-free and shiny,from 5-10 days whenever I feel like washing it.

    Hi Caleilani,

    Do you use castor oil in the winter?
    4a Tailbone

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  • CopaseticCopasetic Registered Users Posts: 222
    I use coconut oil whenever I remember. I usually smooth it over my hair, concentrating on the ends before I go to bed.
    co-wash: exact vanilla
    rinse out: tresseme naturals
    leave-in: giovanni direct leave-in
    stylers: kccc + he totally twisted mousse + coconut oil to sotc
  • angel29ishangel29ish Registered Users Posts: 800
    My favorite is coconut oil. I also use jojoba and avocado. I've just purchased argan oil and am anxious to try it. Oils work great for me to DT and SOTC.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]3B, fine, low/normal porosity
    CG - July 2009
    CO/RO/Trt.-Suave, BCB, Tigi OH & MM, EO, CJRehab, SG, DF & CF, Jasmine's, Bellacurl, SS, Darcy's, K-Pak, Shescentit, DE Coconut, MD, Oyin, JCWDT, CurlQ
    LI-GDLI, Abba PGC, CJRehab, CF,SG & BCLI, Jasmine's, Bellacurl, SS, Shescentit, DE Coconut, MD, Oyin
    Styler-FSG, Re:coil, CJCCCC lite & CIAB, Komaza CCP & CS, DB, BRHG, Joiwhip/gel, Ecostyler, Boots, SS, Gel-les'c, DMMCG, KCSS
    Too many others to list!
  • AlexjoujouAlexjoujou Registered Users Posts: 2,364
    I've used jojoba on my scalp frequently and I just bought coconut oil. Other than that I've added EVOO and Avocado Oil to the conditioners if it's super dry hair time.
    FIA 2c/3aFi

    Done experimenting! Loving Spiral Solutions products!

    Blog: http://thewavytales.blogspot.com/

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