How and why to use Natural Oils for Afro Hair
To our afro haired readers - welcome! In a world full of online articles, you found us; and this is exactly where you need you to be. Do you feel your hair care routine needs a change or it might be missing something? The beauty of afro hair can come with commonly reported challenges such as dryness, breakage and thinning. Keep reading to find out why all-natural oils could be the hair saviour that you’ve been searching for.
What are the different types of afro hair?
There are four different sections (and subsections within) that help us to identify our hair type; straight (1), wavy (2), curly (3) and coily (4). Type 4 (coily hair) is known as afro-texture hair (Allure) and ranges from tight curls (S-shape) to zig-zag patterns.
In a nutshell: 4a hair is a mix of small coils and 3c curls, while 4b hair is denser with a Z-shape pattern. 4c hair has the most definitive zig-zag pattern and is versatile with hairstyles as a result of holding them well.
Why can afro hair become so dry?
Afro hair can often lack hydration, as the natural oils produced by the skin (sebum) struggle to travel down the hair shaft due to the typically tight curl pattern. As 4c has the most definitive hair pattern, it can be the biggest victim to dryness and damage (Naturally Curly).
Can natural oils treat and grow afro hair?
All-natural oils will always have main character energy in our hair care routine. While hair oils can’t directly cause hair growth, they are amazing for supporting the healthy/thicker journey of afro hair through deep moisturisation and stimulating our hair follicles (Refinery29).
Let’s find out each ingredient in the ByErim Luxury Hair & Beard Oil can benefit afro hair...
Amla oil for afro hair
Amla oil has been used in ayurveda for as long as we can remember (traditional medicine). It is packed full of Vitamin C, E and antioxidants, which can contribute to cellular generation (aka growth), as well as the overall healthy circulation of our scalp (Byrdie). Not only this but amla oil is known to be great at hydration, which is ideal for the dryness that afro hair can face.
Sweet almond oil for afro hair
Compared to other oils, while sweet almond oil may have a lighter consistency, it works to strengthen hair by locking in moisture - can we get a hallelujah from dry strands? In addition, with properties such as vitamin A, B, E and omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, sweet almond oil helps fight against breakage (Curly Nikki), which is common in type 4 hair.
Coconut oil for afro hair
As a natural emollient (the quality to soften), coconut oil is the gift that keeps on giving for naturally curly and coily hair (Elle). With the help of its vitamins and fatty acids, coconut oil has the nourishing properties to deeply moisturise the scalp and add shine to dull strands.
Argan oil for afro hair
The iconic argan oil consists of a combination of antioxidants and fatty acids (such as oleic and linoleic acid), which are pivotal for maintaining healthy hair. Adding to this, argan oil contains vitamin E, which can improve hair growth (NCBI).
Castor oil for afro hair
The multi-purpose castor oil is a must for dry and damaged hair! Its vitamin E and omega 6 and 9 acids are great for nourishing the scalp, lowering the chance of breakage and increasing flexibility (WebMD). Furthermore, castor oil includes antifungal properties, which help fight off any infectious intruders, equaling a happier and healthy scalp for afro hair (Harper’s Bazaar).
Essential oils for afro hair
Both rosemary and lavender not only smell amazing (while also containing stress reducing qualities) but are known to contribute to growth. On the other hand, according to popular belief, bergamot oil qualities help soften textured hair (Healthline).
The best oil for afro hair
In a world full of natural hair oils, the ByErim Luxury Hair & Beard Oil has perfectly combined each of the eight hydrating oils above down to the ideal percentage - all while having a light consistency! This formula has been 15 years in the making and has removed all of the hard work for you, aka mixing and sourcing the oils that your hair care routine needs.
For application, we recommend using two pumps (depending on the length of your hair) on your roots, ends or all over (our favourite treatment). As ByErim is 100% natural, how you use it ultimately depends on your hair wash schedule and personal preference. So join over 60,000 ByErim family members today and tag us on Instagram to let us know how your journey is going!