7 Fabulous Natural Oils For Natural & Relaxed Hair

May 9, 2011  |  

You don’t always have to buy fancy, big name hair products for your hair. Sometimes the best products are actually very simple and found in your local Whole Foods store. What are these simple hair products? Well they’re natural oils. I’m a natural haired woman and know first-hand that natural oils are amazing for hair. They work wonders on my hair. And I’ve been using natural oils for years to make my hair softer, shinier, and even stronger. And relaxed hair ladies shouldn’t feel left out. Natural oils are great for relaxed hair too. Basically hair, especially black hair, needs oil. So get hip to the natural oil game! Here are seven fabulous natural oils for natural and relaxed hair.

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is particularly great for natural and relaxed hair. It’s loaded with nutrients, amino acids, essential fatty acids, as well as vitamins A, B, D, and E.  And it’s excellent for moisturizing, deep conditioning, improving hair strength, strengthening hair, and boosting shine.


Castor Oil

Castor oil thickens hair, promotes hair growth, prevents thinning, moisturizes, helps reduce split ends, helps to tame frizz, and prevents scalp infections.


Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is great for preventing dandruff, promoting hair growth, moisturizing, strengthening hair, thickening hair, and preventing damage.

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  • jessielopez23

    Iā€™d recommend Pro Naturals Argan oil. šŸ™‚

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  • Sarah Boxer

    I have thick coarse hair that looks great when it is relaxed. I have been experimenting with other products and forgot how much I love the SHielo Restoration Oil.

    I use the Shielo Oil on my hair for conditioning every few days (depending on hair dullness). My hair looks amazingly shiny and more manageable. It also helps me prevent split ends. Recently I was in a wedding and we used it as a finisher for my upsweep. The hair stylist was amazed, she commented she had never seen African-American hair with so much sheen.

  • Brittany

    I know that argan oil helps hair to grow out nice and strong šŸ™‚ Personal experience has taught me that! I’ve been using Pro Naturals Moroccan argan oil every week after a shower and my hair has never been better. It’s online, ladies!

  • India

    Ive used the jamician castor oil. It is extremely thick! It works but it really weighs the hair down. I would recommend using with protective styles. I currently use olive oil which is great and light but I am looking to try something new. Any suggestions?

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  • LL Morgan

    Anyone know where I can get these oils??

    • Mel

      Any health food store should have them, spice shops, organic food stores….

  • Guest

    What about those of us who are transitioning and don't want to go through the "big chop"?

  • Mel

    Great post. These oils are all great, I haven't used them all, though I think coconut oil should be at the top of this list! It is the ultimate moisturizer, hair, skin, everywhere (but your lips… it didn't do well on my lips lol)!

    My concern is that the article doesn't seem to mention the difference between CARRIER oils and ESSENTIAL oils, which is very important. Obviously it was a quickie read, which is what most of us come to this site for I'm sure, so while leaving methods out, it really shouldn't skimp here. Rosemary oil, for example SHOULD NEVER be applied from the bottle to the scalp, or skin. It needs to be diluted, or else it can have corrosive and harmful effects. You need to do your research pertaining the correct ratios to make it safe AND effective, which can be a task but fully worth it.

  • I use a combination of these oils with Shea Butter for hair and body. Some of the oils can be a bit expensive, but when you eliminate the other products from your grocery list, you'll actally save a little bit if money.

  • arlette

    jojoba oil

  • arlette

    wht abut jojba oil. it is the best use it head to toe.

  • jzycaramel

    Where can these be purchased? In the town i reside there is no Whole Foods or Trader Joes.

  • nursedred

    Wow guy my name is nursedred so I have dreds. I moved from the muggy eastcoast out west to the extremely dry desert and both mine and my husband's dreds started breaking and we got the dry itchy scalp. I tried all different kinds of products and what worked for us was 2 ounces of any 4 of those oils above with 4 ounce each of solid coconut oil shea butter and coco. butter melt it all together I'm a saucepan pour it into jars let it cool down overnight and use it on your hair and scalp every 3 days or so. Also wash your hair with Dr bronners liquid soap instead of shampoo
    Avoid all things beeswax

  • Nancy

    My only issue is they do not offer a method to use these oils to get the best benefit. I do use olive oil as a pre-conditioning treatment. I saturate my daughters hair and let it sit all day while in a plastic bag or old swim cap. I then wash it two good times and them wash it. Because our hair dries out so easily I use protective hairstyles like braiding

    • Geekchic88

      I was wondering the same thing. How do you use these oils affectively?

      • Toi

        I use olive oil ever week as a pre-shampoo treatment. I warm the oil and then apply to hair and scalp and put on a plastic cap for an hour and sometimes i leave it overnight. And then wash and condition as usual. My hair is left extremely soft and shiny.

  • Ecce

    I make a mixture of Peppermint oil (for dry scalp; too much peppermint oil can be poisonous, so for every drop, use a teaspoon of olive oil), Olive oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, and Vitamin E Oil. It's tremendously helped the growth of my hair, the health of my scalp, and the amount of split ends has decreased in the last six months.

  • Linda

    Where can these oils be purchased?

    • keya

      you can buy alot of these products from whole food stores

  • Jaye

    I will definitely give these a try! Thank You!

  • nursedred

    Melt all these down with some Shea butter and coco butter and it will be the BEST moisturizer ever from head to toe. Ive been using it for about a year and I have 6 inches of brand new hair for a grand total of 18 inches. I’m totally in love with my hair

    • Kelly Van Meter

      so it's okay to use all at the same time? my hair isn't going to fall out? how do you apply these? all over or just on the scalp?

      • Lynworld

        No, don’t use all at once, just choose the oil, that u prefer or works best for u and oil your scalp, once a week. šŸ™‚

    • Jenny Doe

      Can you explain what you did? Like what do you mean melt it down with Shea and coco butter? And will it work with permed hair?