Summer Is In! Hair Oil Suggestions From Johnny Wright
Stronger, Longer Hair Challenge
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!!
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 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 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 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 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 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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