The Benefits Of Natural Oils For Our Hair
by Katharine Asif – Editor, The Benefits Of Natural Oils For Our Hair
Excessive or repeated chemical treatments, styling with a hairdryer or straighteners on a hot setting and environmental exposure to pollution, wind, sun or saltwater can all play havoc with the health of our hair leaving it dry and damaged. So what about self-care for our scalp and hair as we wash and condition to ease tangles and minimize frizz?
One of the changes we can make to relieve scalp irritation and rebalance our roots is to choose hair products containing natural oils. But what’s so good about these natural oils and should using haircare items with them be one of your 2023 hair goals?
Natural oils play a key part in hydrating your scalp, keeping hair strong and smooth and avoiding breakage. And those oils which are made up of saturated and monosaturated fats are also known to penetrate the hair shaft more effectively than polyunsaturated fats which all goes towards minimizing hair shaft damage.
Avocado oil is packed full of monosaturated fats, vitamins A, B5 and E, minerals and antioxidants. They all can help to nourish and moisturise, stimulate blood flow to the scalp and clear blocked hair follicles. Having a well hydrated scalp is one big step on the way to avoiding dandruff, making hair appear healthier and feel less itchy and uncomfortable while also dealing with the unwanted effects of environmental exposure.
Extracted via steam distillation from the Manuka tree which is indigenous to New Zealand, the phytonutrients of manuka oil have antimicrobial, antibacterial and antioxidant activity properties; all great for doing their bit to nourish your scalp, prevent scalp irritation and promote supple hair.
If stronger and healthier hair full of volume is your hair goal, give your scalp a relaxing massage as you shampoo it. A gentle massage will improve the blood flow to your scalp stimulating hair growth and enhancing the strength of your roots. Enriched with both avocado and manuka oils, try a restorative head massage with our bestselling Coco & Cherimoya shampoo to restore your hair’s shine.
Coconut oil is mainly made up of lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid which has a high affinity for the proteins in our hair and a long, straight linear chain. These make it easily able to penetrate the hair shafts for better absorption and protection, rather than just coating them. As a natural saturated fat, it can reduce protein loss from our hair, calm scalp irritation and itching and heal hair breakage as it moisturises and nourishes. So when we set out at Guava & Gold to create conditioner which would feed and protect dry, damaged hair leaving it looking and feeling sleeker and soft to the touch, we not only put in avocado and manuka oils but also added coconut oil with all its soothing benefits as well.
So if your scalp has a tendency to play up especially in the cold winter months and healthier hair with a beautiful fragrance, suppleness and shine is one of your 2023 hair goals, start looking for haircare heroes containing natural oils. Find out more about our hair products here: shampoo/conditioner duos