Summer Is In! Hair Oil Suggestions From Johnny Wright

July 14, 2012  |  

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By Johnny Wright

What about enjoying the sun and the beach (if you’re lucky enough) while keeping your locs moisturized?  Summer’s harsher climate and strong rays can do major damage to your hair, if it’s not moisturized.

Oils are a great way to lock in moisture, and control frizz!  Some oils can feel greasy, and leave your hair feeling weighed down.  But here are some great oils that penetrate quickly and are excellent at nourishing from scalp to tip, without that residue feeling!!

Argan Oil

One of the most well-known oils is Argan Oil.  Original to Morocco, its nutritive benefits help repair damaged hair from over-processing, or heat styling tools.  It also adds a natural shine to dull hair.  Try using it as a hot oil treatment to condition your hair at night.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil works as a great leave-in conditioner, especially on the tips of your hair.  It promotes shine and healthy-looking hair.  Best of all, it smells great and can be used for dry skin as well!

Sunflower Oil

Sunflower Oil is great for giving hair a soft feel.  It is rich in Omgea-6 fatty acids, which help nourish the hair follicle and prevent breakage.

Apricot Oil

Apricot Oil can help hydrate dry, chapped skin, and relieve irritation and itch.  It is also great for

conditioning hair, in particular braids, locs, and extensions.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil deeply penetrates the hair fiber for intense conditioning that is not greasy!  It is perfect for those who suffer from a dry scalp. It is also antibacterial, so it helps prevent dandruff.  Definitely a plus!

Avocado Oil

Avocado Oil is used to lock in moisture for dry, brittle hair.  It is very rich in nutrients and in antioxidant Vitamin E.  It leaves hair feeling soft.  It is not only good for your hair but also great for the skin!  Try using it as a dry skin hydrator on knees and elbows.

As with all oils, be careful not use too much.  Take ½ – 1 teaspoon and rub in the palm of your hands, then use your fingers to comb through your hair, and get to the tips.  There are some great products that combine several oils in one, saving us the time from having to do it ourselves!

What new oils have you tried?

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Johnny is the Celebrity Stylist to First Lady Michelle Obama and Artistic Style Director for SoftSheen-Carson Laboratories, a division of L’Oréal USA. His work has appeared in InStyle, O! Oprah Magazine, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Vogue Italia and on SoftSheen-Carson advertorial campaigns for such publications as Essence, Ebony, Jet and Sophisticate’s Black Hair.


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  • Cocoa Agape

    I love to pre-poo my hair with Olive Oil, Extra virgin of course. I use a shower cap to cover it for an hour, then use a quarter size amount of Pantene Pro V Shampoo for Relaxed hair. For a conditioner I use a silicon based conditioner, come through cover for five minutes with a cap and rinse and blow dry for bouncy shiny hair!

  • I like this interesting post


  • T2PrT

    Why arent the most commonly (and/or least expensive) oils mentioned: castor and olive? I guess argan oil is the “it” oil this year. Interesting.

  • OlayinkaFab

    Coconut oil helped my hair grow longer than its ever been. I’ve always had long hair but having been natural for 10 years now and trying different things, I’ve found coconut to be the most gratifying for my hair. I use the “greenhouse” method with it as well.

    • what is the greenhouse mehod

      • OlayinkaFab

        Cover your hair with a plastic bag or cap overnight 2-3 times a week with either coconut or avocado oil and a little conditioner. It keeps it moist and it’ll grow like weeds.

  • I wish I could agree with this article about hair oils. On my scalp, they do well, but on my strands is a different story.

  • MA

    castor oil is very good for skin and hair too

  • ssssaaaaaa

    I read today, first use a water-based natural moisturizer followed by an oil to seal in the water based moisturizer because oils do not moisturize the hair because the molecules are too big to be absorbed in the hairs pores…….. run on I know. So today, I used Cantu’s shea-butter cream, a generous amount followed by a generous amount of olive oil (for grilling and skilleting… lol! it was all I had). My hair feels great, hours later… and I just had it bleached and colored, so you know it was a mess.

  • EmEsEn

    i thought i would see olive oil in the mix. I use extra virgin olive oil in my hair and can’t complain. i love what it did to my once dry, brittle, short relaxed hair

  • I add honey and evoo or safflower oil to my dc’s and my hair comes out super soft. I also use evoo or grapeseed oil on my hair overnight under a baggy and my hair loves it.

  • chazzychat

    I’ve been working on limiting the amount of heat I use in the summer (which is very difficult because of the humidity in the Carolinas and me working out). When I do use heat I make sure that I use thermal protection! I alternate between using Argan Oil and Macadamia Oil — they both smell GREAT and leave my hair shiny without being greasy. I definitely want to achieve #StrongerLonger hair :o)

  • Miss K

    I very lightly spritz my locs every day with 1 part omega-3 oil blend (EVOO, grapeseed, flaxseed) to 2 parts warm water. I make sure to use warm water because I don’t want to risk any of the oils solidifying in my hair – something to watch out for with coconut oil (which shouldn’t really have a scent if it’s the real thing).