UNDERSTANDING YOUR HAIR

The Best Hair Oil for You

We all love oils and regardless of your hair texture oils can have a tonne of benefits and help unleash the hair of your dreams.
The way our hair is, is all due to genetics. Genetics plays a huge factor in determining how the density, the curl pattern, the thickness and colour of your hair but also how long and fast it grows too. Hair growth is dependent on how long an individual's hair will stay in the growth phase. This is called the anagen phase and it is the longest phase in the entire hair growth cycle.

In fact, our hair length is actually defined by the duration of the anagen phase on the human scalp which can last anywhere from 1 to 10 years however on average the period is somewhere between 3 and 5 years. On the rest of the body, the anagen phase lasts a few months which explains why the hair on our head is longer than the rest of our body. At any time, 85% – 90% of hair follicles will find themselves in anagen phase.

At this point in the cycle our hair follicle is building the hair itself – adding new cells to the bottom of the hair which then creates a longer hair strand bit by bit. Normal hair growth (otherwise known as 'hair shaft elongation') is somewhere between 0.3 and 0.5mm per day. Besides managing our internal health, there isn't anything we can do to make our hair grow faster. So why does it seem like our hair grows more at some times than others?
That Good Hair Club
Subscribe to our email newsletter for useful hair tips, DIY recipes and discounts, sent out every week.
By clicking the button you agree to our Privacy Policy
1
Hair Growth
I'm not sure about you but hair growth is always a major goal of mine and I swear by oil scalp massages for my hair growth. Hair oils can help to nourish and protect the hair and stimulate the scalp to encourage growth. The ends of your hair are the weakest and need the most care so if you are trying to grow your hair, you will find apply oils to the ends as well will make a big difference. The best hair oils for hair growth are Coconut oil, Castor Oil and Avocado Oil. Coconut Oil is best known for its ability to penetrate the hair and it has a high affinity for the proteins in the hair. It also has a low molecular weight and straight linear chain (which most polyunsaturated oils don't) so it can penetrate into the cortex itself. Once it gets there, it can prevent the loss of protein from the hair. Avocado Oil contains vitamins and minerals such as copper, iron, vitamin A, B6, D, and E and has the ability to deeply nourish and strengthen both the hair and the scalp which in turn can create the perfect environment for improved hair growth. As these are carrier oils, a great essential oil to add would be Lavender Essential Oil. Lavender has properties that can generate the growth of cells and reduce stress, researchers on one animal study found that this oil was able to generate faster hair growth in mice.
2
Damaged Hair
Split ends are the worst, and while you may need to trim them off, you can still use hair oils to help reverse and reduce hair damage. Hair damage can be caused by something extreme like chemical processes hair dye and heat or something simple like over manipulation or the wrong tools. To keep damage at bay, these are the best hair oils for damaged hair, Passion Fruit Seed Oil, Brazil Nut Oil and Buriti Oil. Treatment of the hair using these oils reduced the formation of split hairs. The oils also reduced the 'force' of combing when the hair was wet – in other words, they made it easier to comb the hair. This reduction in combing forces can be attributed to the lubricant effects of the oil. The essential fatty acids in these oils are excellent at maintaining elasticity, protecting from physical damage and heat/UV damage. These oils are very good detangler agents when used on wet coily and curly hair. As these are carrier oils, a great essential oil to add would be Lemongrass Essential Oil which has healing properties and works to strengthen your hair follicles and soothe an itchy and irritated scalp.
3
Dull Hair
If you struggle with dull fine hair, the best hair oil for you are Sunflower Oil, Argan Oil and Abyssinian Oil. Sunflower oil does not penetrate beyond the cuticle as it is bulkier and contains double bonds. For that reason, it doesn't reach the cortex, but instead forms more of a 'film' on the surface of the cuticle. Abyssinian oil is very lightweight, making it a brilliant option for thin, fine or greasy hair that can easily become lank if overloaded but will still give a nice shine. Lastly, Argan oil is a lightweight oil that helps with frizz and styling. Regular use of Argan oil, your hair can look shiny, silky, and healthy. As these are carrier oils, a great essential oil to add would be Chamomile Essential Oil. Chamomile oil is a great essential oil for hair because it adds shine and softness to your hair while soothing your scalp. It can even be used to naturally lighten your hair.
There are countless oils out there with a range of amazing benefits that target specific problems. Give these oils a try and see what works for you. It is all about understanding your hair and what it needs to stay healthy.
Find Your Hair Tribe!
Now that you know everything there is to know (nearly) about your hair. Find your That Good Hair Tribe where you can join a community of people with the same hair as you! Share your hair tips, experiences and hair journeys!
© 2020 All Rights Reserved
Instagram | info@thatgoodhair.co.uk