Natural Hair Oils To Suit Each Hair Type & How To Apply It

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After years of being misled by the beauty industry, encouraging us to do everything in our power to avoid greasy hair, admittedly it may seem a tad counter-productive to actively start oiling; but did you know that regular use of natural hair oil on the hair and scalp actually works wonders for all hair types and does everything but leave you with limp locks?

Going natural and organic with your hair treatments (as we do here at Tabitha James Kraan) is the first step to achieving a true crowning glory, but for those of you who are new to the idea of using non-synthesised goodies, the prospect of using such unfamiliar products may be a little daunting. Using natural alternatives to oil hair is easy-peasy and yields fantastic shine and all round hair health when done correctly.

Read on for expert advice on which natural hair oils you should be using for your hair type and how to apply for best results...

Which Natural Hair Oil Should I Use?

If you’re in a bit of a pinch and you haven’t managed to get your hands on some of our miraculous Tabitha James Kraan scented natural hair oil (which contains an ideal blend of specialist, organic oils for all hair types), don’t fret - there are a variety of oils which are widely available in health food shops and even your local supermarket!

Normal Hair

For hair types that are neither greasy nor dry, you will find the lighter oils most beneficial without weighing your hair down. Try Jojoba, Almond or Amla (otherwise known as Indian Gooseberry, used as an Ayurvedic remedy for centuries) for an easy to manage mane and killer shine.

Dry/Damaged Hair

For hair that is dull, prone to split ends and has generally seen better days during the pre-dying years, you’ll want to opt for something a little more heavy duty. Coconut, Avocado, Cocoa-Butter and Argan are all superb for restoring hair vitality as well as stimulating the sebaceous glands, encouraging your scalp to start producing it’s own natural oil to maintain a natural balance.

Oily Hair

It may be hard to believe, but oiling already oily hair does actually normalize oil production, rather than make your hair greasy. As with dry hair, the best way to treat excessive oil production is to balance the scalp by helping the sebaceous glands to work correctly and a few of the best natural hair oils for this scenario are: Olive, Rosehip and Sesame.

How Do I Apply The Natural Hair Oil Correctly?

Applying natural hair oil really is an absolute doddle, but there are a few, professional tips worth noting. Make the most out of the process and embrace the application as a weekly ritual, as people do in some areas of India. Give yourself a de-stress pamper session, with scalp massages all round!

For best results, just follow these simple steps:

·         Take the time to give yourself an oil treatment at least once a week, for a serious shine boost and optimal hair health. For those of you with very dry hair, consider doing this 2-3 times per week, particularly during summer months or whilst on holiday.

·         Many synthetic oil brands will advise that there is no need to oil the roots and to just stick to the dry, brittle ends, but this is not the case with natural oils. Introduce the oil to your scalp, for the full benefit, by dipping your fingers into the oil, parting your hair at the roots and gently patting onto your scalp. Do not just pour oil onto your head as you will undoubtedly overdo it and then need to use more shampoo to remove it (therefore stripping your hair of all your hard work!).

·         Treat yourself to a 10-15 minute scalp massage, once you have applied the oil. This will improve circulation and encourage hair growth.

·         Warm the oil slightly (just in your hands is fine) before applying to the lengths of your hair. This will make the whole process simpler and help the oil to absorb correctly. Comb through damp hair from mid-length to end.

·         For best results, leave oil on overnight and wash out in the morning. If this isn’t do-able, make sure that you leave it on for at least an hour. However, don’t leave it on more than 24 hours as this will attract dirt and make your hair weaker.

·         For an extra, deep treatment; wrap your oiled hair in a hot towel (but not too hot as this will damage the hair shaft), for around 15 minutes. This will help to seal in the oil and smooth cuticles for an extra glossy finish.


Are you an avid natural hair oiler? Or have you tried out our natural hair oil top tips? We’d love to hear about your experiences, so leave us a comment below!