Natural Hair DIY | My Year-Round, Multi-Purpose Hair Oil

May 20, 2015

There are so many oils and oil blends out there, how do you choose? Each oil has its own advantages and ways of helping your hair. In my opinion, the best way to get the benefits of them all is to mix oils with different benefits together and use it accordingly. All the oils in my oil mixture cover the basics – moisture retention, promotion of growth, strengthen hair, prevention of split ends – and don’t overlap too much, which basically means that I tried to make sure that the benefits of one oil are different from another. I started making this oil mixture a year into my natural journey, and I have been using it since. I use it EVERY SINGLE TIME I style my hair. I use it for twist outs, braid outs, rod sets, protective styles and wash and go’s. Occasionally, I use it as a hot oil treatment, to re-moisturize a style, in my pre-poo, and in my deep condition.

Before I get into the recipe, let me tell you a little backstory about my history using oil in my hair:

During my relaxed days, I only used oil sheen, carrot oil, and olive oil. I would spray oil sheen on my hair after straightening it, and l would “grease” my scalp every 2-3 days using either the carrot oil or olive oil. I did this because this is what my mother would do to my hair. My mother had beautiful thick, long hair for most of my childhood, and it was relaxed. She was very good at taking care of her hair. She also took great care of my hair, and so my hair also grew long and beautiful, until I started doing it myself. I tried to replicate everything my mother did, but my hair just stayed the same length. During this time, I thought the oils that I was using were actually moisturizing my hair; I didn’t know that they were only used to seal in moisture. I attribute this to my hair stasis. I think the reason my hair was breaking and I wasn’t retaining length was because my hair wasn’t being properly moisturized, and adding extra oil to dry hair wasn’t helping any moisture penetrate my hair either.

It was only after going natural and searching the internet for tips on how to take care of afro-textured hair did I realize that oils do not moisturize, they seal in moisture. Once I became aware of this fact, it was only a matter of figuring out what oil worked for my hair, but there were so many to choose from. And I tried them all! Coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, castor oil…You name it, I’ve tried it. After trying different oils, I found that there wasn’t one holy grail oil because they ALL worked for me, just in different ways. Each oil has it’s own unique properties and does a different job for my hair. Once I figured this out, I, then, decided to make a DIY oil mixture made up oils that all had different benefits and blended together well so I wouldn’t have to choose one every time I do my hair.

It took me a while to develop an oil blend that worked well for my hair, and I hope it helps one of you as well!

Here are the ingredients and some of their benefits. The main characteristics of each oil that I found to be most important and inconsistent with the others are highlighted:

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1 – Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • penetrates the hair follicle
  • promotes healthy scalp
  • naturally conditions
  • improves blood circulation
  • fights off fungus and bacteria
  • protects hair against dirt and pollution
  • softens hair
  • tames frizz
  • treats dandruff
  • makes hair more manageable

2 – Castor Oil

  • promotes hair regrowth
  • soothes irritated scalp
  • thickens hair
  • can allegedly repair chemically damaged hair
  • humectant
  • can cause hair to look darker
  • seals in moisture

3 – Jamaican Black Castor Oil

  • benefits the roots/follicles and not the actual hair
  • more effective at regrowing hair than regular castor oil (scientifically proven)
  • can relieve dry, itchy scalp (but can also make your scalp itch…?)
  • great sealant

4 – Jojoba Oil

  • only oil with a molecular structure similar to sebum
  • penetrates the hair follicle
  • strengthens and hydrates from the inside
  • reduces hygral fatigue
  • helps elasticity
  • helps repair damaged hair
  • helps cleanse the scalp and remove excess oil/unclog hair follicles, also stopping hair loss and thinning
  • balances hair
  • promotes hair growth

5 – Vitamin E Oil

  • some of the previously mentioned oils already contain some vitamin E, I decided to add more for extra benefit
  • increases blood circulation, which promotes hair growth
  • stimulates sebum
  • helps reduce split ends
  • helps prevent premature greying
  • promote hair growth
  • makes hair more lustrous

6 – Argan Oil

  • hydrates hair
  • penetrates the hair follicle pores and enhances elasticity
  • contains natural antioxidants that strengthen weak hair strands
  • restores natural luster and adds shine
  • restores smoothness to color-treated hair
  • helps repair damage due to hair styling
  • helps heal split ends

7 – Tea Tree Essential Oil

  • prevents infection from fungus, bacteria, virus, and more
  • acts as an antiseptic
  • unblocks hair follicles
  • prevents dry itchy scalp
  • stimulates blood flow and reduces inflammation in hair follicles
  • prevents dandruff
  • prevents hair fall
  • relieves dry scalp

8 – Rosemary Essential Oil

  • MAINLY FOR SCENT – I love the smell of rosemary!
  • promotes hair pigmentation and delays greying
  • detoxes and disinfects scalp
  • helps stimulate hair growth
  • decreases hair loss
  • cleanses the scalp, preventing dandruff

Here are the measurements of the oils:

  • 5-10 oz. of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-5 oz. of castor oil
  • 1 oz. Jamaican black castor oil
  • 1 oz. jojoba oil
  • 1 oz. vitamin E oil
  • 20 drops of oz. argan oil
  • 15-20 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 5-10 drops of rosemary essential oil

I mix all the ingredients into a large applicator bottle. One batch will last me about three months, and, from all the ingredients listed, I can make about 2 batches, 3 if I’m stretching it. I think six months worth of oil is a good time frame because I am heavy-handed when it comes to hair products and some of the ingredients can be quite expensive. if you choose to get all-natural. Two reasons I think are the main reasons my mixture lasts this long are, one, I only cleanse my hair once or twice a week as opposed to everyday or every 3 days and, two, I rarely re-moisturize my hair after styling.

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Here  are the brands I use:

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The brand of olive oil changes, but it is always extra virgin olive oil.

I do use some of the oils separately for deep conditioning, during my pre-poo, and moisturizing after my hair is styled, but this oil mixture is used 75% of the time. Sometimes I mix it with aloe vera or water and use it as a moisturizer when I do puffs or style my old twist outs. I also use this mix for scalp massages, which I do rarely. As I said before, I use it year-round. It goes with me on every vacation as well. If I am doing a style and dont want my hair to be too weighed down, I just use less oil.

If you want to try this recipe and you think it may be too thick for your hair, I would add less regular castor oil, JBCO, and less olive oil. Instead, I would add more of your favorite carrier oil on the list (vitamin E, jojoba) or add another carrier oil that you like more (grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil). You can change the ingredient amounts according to your hair type. I add mostly olive oil and castor oil because they are cheaper than most other oils and they feel great on my hair. Add more of the oils that you like best on your hair, and add less of the ones you dont want to overuse on your hair.

Thank you for reading! I hope this helps you all! Please let me know if any of you try the oil mixture. Do you have an oil mixture of your own that works great for everything? Do you have any suggestions to improve mine? Let me know in the comments below.

5 Comments

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    RavishingRoses

    Great idea!! Love your blog would be great if you could check my latest post too 🙂

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      naturalitc

      Thank you! Will do!

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