With more beautiful women out there, making the shift to curly hair, we thought this might be the time to acquaint you well with what your curls need to keep bouncing and remain healthy.
One relatable problem that I’ve heard from many curly heads is that their hair is always dry. Ladies, your curly hair is dry because the oil that your scalp produces can barely reach the end of your strands.
With so many curls and kinks in its way, it’s harder to keep your hair moisturized from roots to ends. That’s why you need to add essential oils to your routine to keep those curls shiny and healthy.
In this article, I’ll introduce you to different essential oils that you should have on your dressing table.
List of the Best Essential Oils for Curly Hair
What Are Essential Oils?
Before we delve into details, let’s highlight what essential oils are. These are compounds extracted from plants while preserving their true essence, whether it’s the scent or the flavor.
Generally speaking, they’re used to promote healthy hair growth.
Some women use oils because they have the choice to go heat-free, while others are merely experimenting with different products. Either way, you won’t be disappointed!
The Best Essential Oils for Curly Hair Reviewed
1. Jojoba Oil – Moisture, and more Moisture!
Jojoba oil is one of those oils that does magic to your hair! It helps with dandruff, hair growth, and hair loss.
It’s widely known for being a moisturizing element added to both skin and hair products, and it has a relaxing effect.
You can put 10-12 drops from the jojoba oil directly on your scalp to have your curls bouncing and hydrated. Just massage your scalp gently to make sure the oil penetrates well.
By doing that, you’re relieving your hair from the fatigue that it suffered because of processing chemicals while giving it maximum hydration.
Additionally, if you suffer from dandruff, treating it has never been easier thanks to jojoba oil!
Add some drops to your conditioner before you apply it gently to your hair follicles. It’s an antifungal oil, which means it can rid you of all the fungal infections that usually cause unpleasant dandruff.
Furthermore, it promotes hair growth because it is a natural emollient. If your hair cuticle is weak, you can add some drops to your scalp to fill in the cracks and repair your hair.
Last but not least, it might seem off-topic, but if you’re as anxious as me, you probably pull out your hair every now and then. I’ve been there.
If someone had told me earlier that jojoba oil has aromatherapeutic abilities, I sure as hell would’ve used it as a stress reliever!
It aids in keeping your mind, body, and soul in a state of peaceful calm, making sure you don’t touch your hair in a panic.
2. Coconut Oil – The Detangler
Another essential oil that does miracles to your curly hair is coconut oil. You can use it in a variety of ways and for different purposes. It’s rich in fatty acids and has a moisturizing and nourishing value to it.
To begin with, you can use coconut oil as a detangler. If you have long curls, you probably suffer to keep them from tangling up.
My best technique is to apply lukewarm coconut oil to your hair, massage it gently from your scalp to the tip of your hair, then use a wide-toothed comb to separate and add volume to your curls.
Besides, it can be used as a natural sunscreen! Half an hour before you go out in the sun, apply it to your hair with aloe vera gel, vitamin E, and honey, leave them for half an hour, then rinse with cold water.
That will provide natural protection for your hair.
You can also use it as an anti-dandruff treatment. It has an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial nature, which ensures keeping your scalp clean and healthy.
Again, apply a mask by adding a few drops of coconut oil, vitamins, and other moisturizing oil. Leave it overnight, then exfoliate and rinse with cold water.
Using coconut oil will boost your hair’s health while giving it a shiny look and provide the necessary protection against the sun. What else is there to ask for?
3. Lavender Oil – For Thicker, Fuller Hair!
Lavender oil has long been a staple in aromatherapy thanks to its calming aroma.
But what many don’t know is that not only is lavender oil great for its soothing effect, but it can also do wonders to your curly hair.
First, lavender oil effectively improves blood circulation in the scalp, nourishing the hair, and stimulating hair growth.
Studies also suggest that it may help with hair loss, alopecia, and even pattern baldness.
Moreover, lavender oil is known for its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, which can help fight bacterial and fungal growth.
That means that it can help confront issues such as dandruff and itchy scalps when applied to the scalp.
For massaging the oil into your scalp, you need to first dilute it with any carrier oil, like coconut oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil by mixing a few drops with 3 tablespoons of carrier oil.
Leave it in for 10 minutes at least, then shampoo your hair as you usually would.
This oil’s pungent aroma can also help fight off head lice since it overwhelms their keen sense of smell.
While it may not help kill them, you can still use it as an effective repellent for lice, especially when mixed with tea tree oil.
4. Argan Oil – Frizz-Reducer
Argan oil is often termed as “liquid gold.” This essential oil is rich in fatty acids, vitamin E, and antioxidants. With its multitude of benefits, it’ll surely help solve many of your curly hair problems.
For starters, it’s an excellent moisturizer. The fatty acids in argan oil, oleic, and linoleic acid, help lubricate the hair shaft, allowing your hair to retain moisture.
To benefit from its incredible moisturizing abilities, simply rub a few drops on your hands then comb your hair with your fingers.
Moreover, argan oil can help make hair frizz a thing of the past.
Dry and damaged hair can be more prone to frizz, but this oil helps maintain your hair’s shine and smoothness by offsetting any dryness.
It helps increase your hair’s elasticity and restore the shine of even the most lifeless and damaged hair.
Additionally, argan oil can be used to define curls and make them more manageable.
While you can readily achieve beautiful curls using styling tools, the heat produced by hairdryers and flat irons often causes long-term damage to your hair.
That’s not the case with argan oil. Simply warm up three drops of the oil in your hands and work it through your hair.
That protects your hair from heat damage by creating a protective layer between your hair and the heat-styling tools.
5. Ylang-ylang Oil – A Natural Conditioner
Ylang-ylang oil is ideal for those with a dry scalp since it increases sebum production and keeps the hair moisturized and healthy.
Using this oil regularly also helps prevent hair breakage and split ends. It can also be taken as a natural conditioner to give you soft and lustrous curls.
Additionally, it’s another excellent essential oil to grow hair quickly and can be used to remedy thinning hair.
And since everyday stress can actually be a contributing factor in thinning hair, its soothing aroma can also be incredibly efficient on that front!
If you want to benefit from everything this oil has to offer, you can never go wrong with a hot oil massage. Stir 5 drops of ylang-ylang essential oil with 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
Slightly heat the mix before gently applying it to your scalp. Afterward, wrap your head with a warm towel.
Allow your hair to absorb it for about 30 minutes then rinse it off using a mild shampoo. Repeat this once every week, and soon enough, you’ll see great results.
6. Tea Tree Oil – Hair Freshener
Tea tree oil is another widely-used oil to treat an assortment of hair issues.
It promotes hair growth by unclogging hair follicles, stimulating blood circulation, and removing all the toxins from the scalp.
For hair growth treatment, mix 10 drops of tea tree oil with 2 tablespoons of any carrier oil like coconut, jojoba oil, or olive oil.
Apply the mixture onto your scalp through a massage of 10 minutes. Wrap your head with a hot damp towel for 20 minutes, then rinse your hair using shampoo.
Alternatively, you can mix the oil with water in a spray bottle and spray it on your scalp then massage it for 5 minutes. Repeat this 3-4 times a week.
Finally, as an antimicrobial and antifungal agent, it is incredibly powerful in treating dandruff. It soothes your scalp by reducing itchiness and making your hair less prone to flaking.
Apply a few drops of your tea tree oil into your regular shampoo or an anti-dandruff shampoo to eliminate dandruff and the resulting itchiness.
Now that we’ve dived into the world of essential oils and how they benefit your hair, always remember that using natural products and oils brings you a step closer to having healthy, bouncing curls.
Not to mention, hair growth with essential oils is actually a thing! You can also mix more than one oil and use the combination as a hairspray. So, make sure you reap all the possible benefits!
Kayla is a self-proclaimed skincare and haircare junkie who loves testing out new products and writing about her experiences. Her bathroom shelves are always overflowing with beauty products. You name it - it's there.