Oils ain't Oils
Author: Belinda O'Flynn
When looking for the right product and ingredients for your child's curly hair care routine, It is important to remember that the focus of a good hair care routine starts at the scalp. Hair growth begins inside the follicle under the skin surface. The hair that is visible above the skin surface is considered dead. So focusing your hair care routine on the length of the hair or the ends will not, in the long term, give you the results of a healthy hair. Also, to state the obvious, we all have the same hair structure, regardless of whether you are from Australia or Korea. The differences begin with the production and distribution of sebum. As mentioned in my previous post “curly kids need children's hair products”, Sebum is able to travel down straight hair like a slippery slide. Wavy hair also gets some sebum distribution, but curly hair is often left dry at the ends as the sebum has difficulty travelling the coils of the curls. This is why it is important to use products specially developed for curly hair as they have extra oil in the ingredients to combat the dryness. Here is a list of some of the best natural oils/ingredients that can be beneficial for curly hair.
This list is by no means exhaustive, however, if you can find products with these ingredients, you are on your way to finding the right products to help your child have healthy curls.
Honey is natural humectant,it attracts moisture. Honey seals the moisture into the hair, keeping it moist, full bodied,shiny and nourished. Honey is full of antioxidants and nutrients to feed hair follicles, and encouraging hair growth.
Rosemary oil helps to stimulate hair follicles, making hair grow longer and stronger.
Illawarra flame tree flower oil is 100 times more potent antioxidant than Vit C & 25 times more potent than Vit E. It gives the hair volume, lightness and gloss on the hair follicle. Illawarra flame tree flower oil makes the hair supple, soft and shiny.
Coconut Oil is a penetrative oil, rich in Vitamin E and Lauric Acid. It is also well known to reduce frizz during the wash process.
Sweet almond oil has a slightly heavier density. It is great for sealing and protecting the hair and is especially beneficial on dry ends.
Grape seed oil is a light, non-greasy oil with a consistency similar to jojoba oil. It is rich in Vitamin E and linoleic acid, which strengthens hair follicles.
Apricot oil on the hair can help make it soft and shiny. It keeps hair roots and shaft well nourished and moisturised. It is high in Vitamin E and Vitamin A. Apricot oil softens the hair, so that it is more manageable and easily combed.
Aloe vera is a natural conditioner. It enhances hair strength and suppleness and naturally combats frizz.