How and why to use Natural Oils for Afro Hair

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!    

November 23, 2021 — Ishpreet Sundal
The Curly Hair 2021 Christmas Gift Guide

The Curly Hair 2021 Christmas Gift Guide

Curly haired readers, this one's for you - we’re about to save you a lot of time. With Christmas around the corner, it is only right to treat your curly-haired loved ones, including yourself, to some tender love and (hair) care!

 

The challenges of curly hair

The beauty of curly hair comes with its challenges; some include frizz, lack of volume, dryness and more (Naturally Curly). Let’s explore some of the most common issues and investigate the reasoning behind them:

 

a) Why curly hair can go frizzy

Let’s talk about the F word: Frizz. This can occur in naturally curly hair, most typically because of dryness. A reason is that natural oils created by our scalp struggle to travel down the hair shaft of curly hair (more so in comparison to straight hair). The result is an overall lack of moisture, followed by the appearance of frizz (Healthline). After a wash, the way you dry your hair can also contribute to frizz. For example, some people find that using a regular terry towel, aka the hair moisture thief, can absorb way more than it is welcome to (Allure)!

 

b) Sleeping with curly hair

Sleep; peaceful to some but a stressful process for many curly haired people alike! Sleeping on your back can cause friction from moving your head side to side, resulting in frizz, tangles and leaving your curls looking less defined (Healthline). This is even more likely when sleeping with wet hair, as our strands are more prone to breakage and damage.

 

c) Brushing curly hair without losing its curls

A hairbrush can be your best friend… or even your worst enemy! While brushing your curly hair comes with many benefits (helps to detangle knots, contributes to shine, etc.), when not done properly/over brushing can lead to damaging your natural curl pattern. In addition, as curly hair is prone to dryness, using the wrong type of brush or brushing too aggressively (guilty!) also affects the shape of your curls while amounting to breakage and frizz (Bustle).

 

The stocking fillers

They say the best things come in small packages, and they weren’t wrong!

Heated caps: These look like regular shower caps but thicker, to be heated up and used to cover your hair after a hair mask or oiling session. The direct heat helps to lock and trap moisture in our starved curls, reducing dryness (Byrdie).

Silk pillowcase: The smooth surface of these pillowcases reduce the friction on your hair and can decrease hair shed, tangles and frizz - a godsend for curls (Good Housekeeping).

 

The BIG presents

Want to make unwrapping the big gifts worth it? Here is what to go for...

Hair steamer: Steamers use moist heat to help open the hair cuticle to deeper penetrate strands (increases hydration) when conditioning or using other treatments (Glamour).

Pack of microfiber towels: Replace your regular terry towels with these immediately! Microfibre towels are gentler on your curls, help to preserve the shape, and make the drying process quicker. 

 

The travel sets

Making sure that your curls are well taken care of on the move is super important!

Mini shampoo & conditioners (S&C): A travel-friendly set of moisturising and hydrating S&C’s when away from home go a long way for your curls (psst, stay tuned for the ByErim S&C launching soon)!

Silk scrunchies: Help keep your hairstyle together in a protective (reduces friction and frizz) but stylish way.

 

The care package

We all need to treat our hair to what it deserves; the ultimate form of self-care and love.

ByErim Luxury Hair & Beard Oil (unisex): This combination of 8 pure nourishing oils (including argan, amla & coconut) are blended at the perfect quantity and work overtime to hydrate your curls. There is a 100ml and 50ml (great for the travel set too) bottle available!

ByErim Luxury Hairbrush (unisex): Made with all-natural bamboo wood, flexible/dense bristles and a slim curved handle, the ByErim brush is designed for styling and an overall gentle brushing experience - suitable for all hair types!

 

Both the ByErim oil and brush are a match made in hair heaven. So join over 60,000 people worldwide in joining the ByErim family while investing in the most sentimental curly hair Christmas gifts going!  

November 23, 2021 — Ishpreet Sundal
Amla Oil for Hair: Everything You Need to Know

Amla Oil for Hair: Everything You Need to Know

What is amla oil?


Amla oil might be one of the few natural oils not directly named after the plant it is extracted from. The base oil is sourced from the Indian gooseberry tree, which is native to India but also grown commercially in some parts of  Asia and the Middle East. Amla fruits are typically in season from October to March and have a range of benefits, from skin and hair care to inner body health. Like a lot of the ingredients in our ByErim Hair & Beard Oil, amla oil is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and gives your hair multiple levels of protection. Keep reading to find out why amla oil has been a favourite of the people for over 3,000 years!


Amla oil for hair benefits


Amla oil makes your hair softer and shinier, which is a hair goal for many people around the world (NCBI). Adding to this, it keeps hair parasites away because it contains components that prove toxic to them (Healthline).

 

a) Hair growth and thickness


It is widely known that amla oil helps stimulate hair growth and thickness, by strengthening your hair from within. The oil is packed with antioxidants like flavonoids and polyphenols. The first promotes hair growth by causing muscle relaxation in the blood vessels around hair follicles, plugging your hair follicles cells with a constant supply of nutrients! The second antioxidant, according to a study, encourages hair growth by inhibiting the activity of 5α-reductase (an enzyme present in the muscle) (ResearchGate).

 

b) Dandruff prevention thanks to antibacterial properties


The antibacterial nature of amla oil prevents the growth of dandruff, which is caused by an imbalance in the bacteria present in the hair. It will also treat your scalp with care because it has anti-inflammatory properties!

 

c) Hair strengthening and overall health


The strength and overall health of your hair can really benefit from amla oil because it works on multiple levels to make your hair happy. It contains antioxidants, which protect your hair from damaging UV exposure and free radicals (unhinged molecules that do not get along with your skin, hair or immune system)!

 

d) Hair cuticle protection


Alma oil is like the best friend in your life who is always looking to protect you. It looks after the hair cuticle by infusing it with its nutrients; Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and flavonoids and polyphenols - antioxidants that have been explored above. 

 

e) Moisturisation


Amla oil is deeply moisturising because of the fatty acids it contains. These include linolenic acid (an omega-3 acid) and linoleic acid (an omega-6 acid). Linolenic acid helps improve hair loss while linoleic acid boosts how much the scalp can absorb, making the perfect dynamic duo!


Amla oil and Ayurvedic healing


Amla oil has long been associated with Ayurvedic healing, one of the oldest medical systems in the world from India. It is a holistic/ whole-body healing system based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Alma oil plays into this by supporting the immune system, even improving eyesight. It is also a liver tonic and a digestive agent, with several more benefits for the hair (NCBI).  Since our bodies are the seats in which our souls and spirits rest, caring for them is the very least we can do!  


Amla oil and beard growth


Amla oil contributes to beard growth by targeting a bunch of different factors that contribute to the growth of facial hair. It moisturises the skin underneath your beard and conditions the hair on top of it. Let’s not forget its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory qualities, which mean that you’re protected from external damage from the environment as well as dandruff!


Can amla oil reverse or prevent grey hair?


There is no research yet that proves that amla oil has the ability to reverse existing grey hair, but we can confidently confirm that it does prevent or sometimes slow down the premature greying of hair.


How good is amla oil for black (afro) hair? / Can you use amla oil on natural hair?


Amla oil is a great oil for your natural hair, no matter what it looks like, benefitting afro/ coily hair as it does other types of hair. It is super rich in nutrients and has a lot of love to give, regardless of your hair texture or length. 


ByErim fuses three rich essential oils and five base oils into one luxurious product we know you’ll benefit from! We’re so excited for you to start your ByErim journey. Shop our products here!

August 16, 2021 — Aman Birdi
Argan Oil for Hair: Everything You Need to Know 

Argan Oil for Hair: Everything You Need to Know 

What is argan oil?


Argan oil is a base oil extracted from the kernels of the argan oil tree fruit, which is native to Morocco, North Africa. Argan fruits are usually sun-dried for either a few days or up to several weeks, and the fruit drying time directly influences the quality of the extracted oil (NCBI). The oil is nutrient-dense, boasting components like oleic and linoleic acids and the potent antioxidant Vitamin E, which fights off UV exposure and damaging molecules called free radicals (Healthline)! Argan oil is regarded as the super oil in our ByErim Hair & Beard Oil due to its many benefits. 


The benefits of argan oil for hair


The oleic acid (an Omega-6 acid) in argan oil also controls water loss in your hair strands, while linoleic acid (an Omega-9 acid) helps maintain a healthy scalp. Linoleic acid is also proven to activate hair cell growth (MDPI)! 

 

a) Helps to increase hair elasticity and increase shine


Hair elasticity has to do with your hair’s bounce-back game (quite literally)! Does it return to its natural state after you brush or comb it? When you undo your bun? A few hours or days after you’ve straightened it? Like an elastic band, your hair should be snapping back to its resting state when it’s all said and done. This is probably a little more noticeable in wavy, curly, and coily hair. If you stretch your hair out until it’s straight and then let go, it should curl back up. That is our goal; elasticity, because it is a great indicator of the health of your hair! Argan oil helps increase the elasticity of your hair by providing it with loads of nutrients. This way you’re covered when you tug, brush, and style your hair (if you're looking for something that's gentle on all hair types, check out the ByErim Luxury Hairbrush). Argan oil also increases shine for the same reasons; vitamin e and those super helpful fatty acids!

 

b) Helps to moisturise


Argan oil is a great moisturiser because of its fatty acids, which work round the clock to lubricate and moisturise the hair shaft. We love this oil because it nourishes and deeply infuses the hair with hydration!

 

c) Supports hair growth and thickness



By ensuring that your hair is well fed and protected all around, argan oil contributes to hair growth, thickness, and volume - the holy trinity of hair goals. 

 

d) Prevent breakage and split ends



Argan oil reduces breakage and the formation of split ends by moisturising the hair thoroughly and locking in all the good stuff. It also makes your hair more flexible and elastic. We all know how much it takes to break an elastic band, don’t we? 

 

e) Improve scalp health

 

Its high percentage of fatty acids means that argan oil is great for moisturising your scalp. Aside from its antioxidant properties which have been explored already, the oil is also anti-inflammatory. This means that it gets rid of dandruff, itchiness, and anything else that can lead to excessive scratching, resulting in hair fall.  


Why argan oil can seal in shine as well as moisturise


Argan oil is both a moisturiser and a sealant, which is pretty special because most oils tend to be one or the other. This means that the oil can both penetrate the hair shaft like coconut oil and seal the moisture in at the same time as castor oil does!


Why quality is essential when using argan oil


There’s no doubt that argan oil sits on the pricier side of oils. So when spending your hard-earned coin, it is imperative that you purchase products of the highest quality. Here are some tips and tricks to follow: Take a close look at the colour, potency and scent of the argan oil you’re looking to purchase. 1) Prime argan oil should be smooth in consistency and a golden yellow colour. If it’s any lighter or darker, it has probably been mixed with some other oil, which isn’t necessarily bad, but this should always be advertised on the label. 2) To reap the maximum benefits of this super oil, make sure you’re purchasing 100% argan oil (again, the label should state so clearly). 3) And lastly, argan oil should smell earthy or nutty because, you know, it is extracted from a nut. Of course, every step of this vetting process isn’t always possible to carry out. For example, smelling the oil in a store that doesn’t offer samples or through your laptop when you’re ordering online. But at least two of these steps (checking the colour and the potency of the product) should be pretty straightforward to do!


Blending argan oil with the right base/ and essential oils, like those in the ByErim Hair & Beard Oil formula, often leads to hair magic (at least when you know what you’re doing)! All you have to do is click a button to buy our oil. Sourcing only the finest and most premium oils, we’ve got your back!


Can argan oil help grow facial hair?


Great at multitasking and a favourite in the skincare community, argan oil will pamper your skin and keep it moisturised whilst also protecting and nourishing your beard. So yes, it can help grow facial hair the same way it helps the hair on your head!


Can you use argan oil on dyed hair?


The fatty acids in argan oil infuse moisture into the hair and seal it in, making it a great candidate for treating dyed hair (which is a lot more likely to be dry). We recommend speaking to your colourist about it first though, just to be on the safe side of things. Check out our Instagram highlight titled “coloured” for more info! 


The ByErim Hair & Beard Oil is made up of five carefully selected base oils and three essential oils that join forces to give your hair life as you’ve never experienced before! You don’t have to take our word for it. Just look at the small fraction of reviews we have on the homepage of our website


Join thousands of beautiful people around the world who religiously use our product for the upkeep of their hair and beards. Welcome to the club in advance. We can’t wait to hear from you!

August 16, 2021 — Aman Birdi
Sweet Almond Oil for Hair: Your Complete Guide

Sweet Almond Oil for Hair: Your Complete Guide

What is sweet almond oil?


Sweet almond oil, often referred to as almond oil, is a base oil made by pressing kernels from the sweet almond plant. It is packed with proteins, fatty acids like Omega 3, 6, and 9, vitamins A, E, and vitamin B-7 (which you might know as biotin)! All these amazing nutrients work together to strengthen your hair, reduce frizz, and keep your scalp clear of bacterial and fungal infections. This is just one of the reasons why the team at ByErim loves sweet almond oil, one of the key ingredients in our culturally rich and clinically tested luxury Hair & Beard Oil!


What is the difference between bitter almond oil and sweet almond oil?


The sweet almond plant doesn’t contain any toxic chemicals but unfortunately, the bitter almond plant, which produces bitter almond oil, does. Bitter almond oil is an essential oil and a controlled substance, especially in the U.S.A., because it contains high levels of toxins, which is converted to the highly poisonous hydrogen cyanide (HCN) when ingested (NCBI). It is for these reasons and more that sweet almond oil is the preferred option for skin and hair care across the world! 


The benefits of sweet almond oil for hair


To name a few benefits, sweet almond oil is anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants, which combat free radicals (they age your hair and skin very quickly whilst causing a bunch of health problems when coming into contact for too long) (ResearchGate). 

 

a) Hair growth and shine


Because of its high level of antioxidants like Vitamin E, sweet almond oil works great for preventing your hair follicle cells from breaking down! You’ll start to see improvement in hair thickness and length over time if you make a regular habit of working the oil into your hair and scalp. Increasing blood circulation is key, and with components like biotin, growth may be seen all around, even in dormant hair follicles! As if that’s not impressive enough, sweet almond oil also nourishes your hair and leaves it with a beautiful shine thanks to the fatty acids it contains. 

 

b) Scalp dryness and dandruff


Sweet almond oil is intensely moisturising and will reduce dryness and flaking without leaving a greasy mess on your head (yes, you read that right)! It is also antibacterial and antifungal, containing the properties needed to prevent dandruff or remove existing dandruff. In essence, the oil softens the dandruff so that it can be easily washed out with your favourite shampoo (watch this space). 

 

c) Repairs hair and overall health

 

As an emollient (moisturising hair on a cellular level), sweet almond oil will condition, seal in moisture, and soften your hair over time. The golden rule is, the softer your hair, the more flexible and less prone to breakage it becomes! This means you can brush through your hair with our ByErim Luxury Hairbrush and even heat style it (yes, it is a heat protectant) knowing that your tresses will be perfectly fine!


Sweet almond oil for beards


The fatty acids in sweet almond oil make it ideal for moisturising not only your hair but also your beard, penetrating the hair follicles and staying sealed in for days at a time! Sweet almond oil also contains magnesium and biotin which strengthen and enrich your hair and beard. Like we’ve already said, the oil combats dryness, dandruff, and inflammation. Trust us, it will leave your beard moisturised and with an enviable lustre!


Our ByErim Hair & Beard Oil is the must-have premium blend for your hair and beard. Don’t forget to shop our products here and get cosy in the comments section of our Instagram page with updates on your hair journey or with any questions you may have! After all, that’s what family is for. 

August 16, 2021 — Aman Birdi
Castor Oil for Hair: Your Complete Guide

Castor Oil for Hair: Your Complete Guide

What is castor oil?


Castor oil is a thick base oil pressed from castor beans. The general consensus is that it works magic for your hair because it is nutrient-dense with antimicrobial properties, which keeps the bad stuff (bacteria and fungi) away!  


Heat-pressed vs cold-pressed castor oil


Cold-pressed castor oil, known simply as castor oil, is produced without heat and is pale yellow in colour. In contrast, heat pressed castor oil goes by Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) on the market, requiring a huge amount of heat to extract the oil. It is dark in colour (a dark yellow to light brown) because of its high ash content, created when the castor beans are roasted. Because ash is alkaline (of a high pH level), it helps open up the cuticle and increases the absorption of the oil into the hair shaft and scalp. Both types of castor oil are made up of about 90% ricinoleic acid, a fatty acid that fights inflammation, reducing itching and irritation (NCBI).  


ByErim uses cold-pressed castor oil because it is purer and more natural than heat-pressed castor oil!


What are the benefits of castor oil for hair?


Let’s get into all the reasons why castor oil is good for your hair, and why our founder, Erim, decided to include it in the formula for our ByErim Hair & Beard Oil...


  1. a) Is castor good for hair breakage?

Castor oil is rich in fatty acids (like ricinoleic, linoleic, and oleic acids) which lubricate the hair shaft (NCBI). By doing this, the hair becomes flexible, which reduces the chances of breakage. Another thing it does is prevent dandruff. Though dandruff in itself is harmless, it doesn’t look great and can make some people feel self-conscious. The condition also causes a lot of itching, which leads to scratching, and unfortunately, your hair falling out!


  1. b) Can castor oil help grow your hair?

Castor oil improves blood circulation when massaged into the scalp which is vital for hair growth. Aside from reducing breakage and dandruff, it also locks moisturise into the hair (Holland and Barrett). 


  1. c) Castor oil for hair roots

Castor oil gives your hair much needed TLC by conditioning your roots and sealing in moisturise into the scalp. 


Is castor oil good for beard growth?


Just like with the hair up top, castor oil works wonders for beards. Its antimicrobial properties mean that your beard and the skin underneath will remain clear and clean! It also never fails to give volume and shine to the beard.


Should you use castor oil on your hair every day?


Experts recommend using castor oil once a week even in curly, coily and grey hairs that are more prone to dryness. When used multiple times a week, the hair may end up matting as a result of the buildup. 


The good thing is that you don’t have to worry about using too much or too little castor oil because our ByErim Hair & Beard Oil has got everything mixed in the perfect quantities! Because castor oil is so thick, it is often mixed with other base oils like coconut oil (also included in our Hair & Beard Oil), and sometimes essential oils. Here’s where we come in as your certified one-stop shop, offering the perfect blend of three essential oils (at 1% as per industry regulations) and five base oils wrapped up into one convenient luxury purchase!


The values of family are at the core of the ByErim brand! You deserve to thrive, and what better way to show off to the world than with the healthiest and most lustrous of hair? Use our ByErim Hair & Beard Oil every day for your ends and twice a week for your roots and the length of your hair. For your beard, you can use it three to four times a week.


We’d love to hear from you! Tag our Instagram in your stories and posts, and keep us updated on your hair journey in our comments section. Join thousands of men and women around the globe who swear by our innovative products... See you on the other side! 

August 16, 2021 — Aman Birdi
Coconut Oil for Hair: Your Complete Guide

Coconut Oil for Hair: Your Complete Guide

What is coconut oil?


Coconut oil is a base oil that comes from the pressing of copra (dried coconut kernels). It is 100% fat (80% of this is saturated fat), high in calories but contains no cholesterol! Coconut oil is pretty versatile and is used in haircare because its chemical structure, mainly made up of lauric acid (a medium-chain fatty acid), helps reduce protein loss in the hair shaft (Healthline). Stick with us until the end to find out even more benefits… You don’t want to miss this! 


Why we use unrefined and cold-pressed coconut oil


Coconut oil is one of the five base oils included in our ByErim Hair & Beard Oil formula, and we choose to include only the unrefined and cold-pressed kind! Why you might ask? When coconut oil is refined, it goes through more processing, while unrefined coconut oil is minimally processed, remaining more natural and retaining a strong coconut flavour. Oils are often refined by filtration with a bleaching clay, and while this removes impurities, it also strips some of the nutrients found in the oil (Harvard School of Public Health). Our founder, Erim, chose unrefined coconut oil for the product because the ByErim team believes that the more natural an oil, the better! No additives, no potentially harmful chemicals... Your hair will love you! Cold-pressing an oil basically means it was extracted without the use of heat and also that more nutrients were retained because of this. While this process is more expensive to carry out and extracts a lower amount of oil than expeller pressing (extraction using high pressure and high heat), cold-pressing produces the highest quality of coconut oil. Here at ByErim, we think it’s totally worth it, and we’re sure you will too!


Is coconut oil good for your hair?


Coconut oil is generally considered good for your hair and scalp because it has moisturizing and sealing qualities that help reduce breakage and split ends. It penetrates deeper and quicker into the hair shaft than most oils because it is mostly made up of medium-chain fatty acids, which gives the oil a long, straight structure (Holland and Barrett). Coconut oil is perfect for treating dry hair because it reduces protein loss in the hair, conditions it, and helps in the regrowth process of damaged hair. Because it is so moisturising, it is also great for scalp health and can help prevent dandruff if massaged into the scalp regularly (ResearchGate). All these functions of the oil support hair growth and length retention, bringing you one step closer to your hair goals!


Coconut oil for short hair


Short hair may come with some frustrations like limited styling options, which could lead to experimentation with new styles that may require daily maintenance. And we all know that playing with your hair all the time is never a good thing! Coconut oil comes in to save the day by moisturising and conditioning the hair so that breakage is reduced even in the face of hair manipulation.    


Coconut oil for afro hair


Afro hair is super coily, which makes it dry and textured by nature and prone to knots, often leading to breakage in the hair (NCBI). Although everyone’s scalp naturally produces oils, these oils usually have a harder time travelling all the way to the ends of afro hair because it’s so coily. In contrast, straight hair enjoys a lot more of these scalp oils because it’s easier for the oil to reach the ends of the hair. Think of yourself as a naturally secreted scalp oil sitting through a train ride at an amusement park versus sitting through a rollercoaster ride. You’ll probably make it to your destination in one piece with the train but by the end of the rollercoaster? Not so full to the brim we reckon. What coconut oil does for afro hair, as we’ve touched on earlier is sealing moisture in the hair when applied sparingly, which is needed for dry and textured hair types like afro hair. This results in way less shedding and breakage over time, boosting hair retention and thickness!


Coconut oil for curly hair


Curly hair usually gets dry and tangled for the same reason as afro hair though not to the same extent. The curls cause knots and make it harder for naturally produced scalp oils to coat the full length of hair strands, leading to frizziness. Coconut oil helps here in a number of ways! It helps detangle the hair by providing lubrication and treats frizzy hair by penetrating the hair shaft. And some of the oil stays on top of the hair to give it shine.  


Coconut oil for grey hair 


Grey hair is known to be coarser and stiffer than regular (darker) hair strands (NCBI). As we’re sure you’ve heard enough times by now, coconut oil is great for this type of hair because it softens it and gives it a nice shine. 


Coconut oil for natural hair


It should be pretty obvious by now that coconut oil will do bits for your natural hair no matter what it looks like. Whether straight, wavy, curly, or coily, your hair and scalp will always require moisture, sealing, and conditioning. That’s exactly what we’re offering with the ByErim Hair & Beard Oil. Coconut oil is only one out of eight of the pure natural oils on our ingredients list so you know we come correct!  


Coconut oil for beards


Aside from being used in hair care, coconut oil is also very popular in the skincare world, making it a great product for beard care. It’s a two birds, one stone situation; the oil conditions the beard, giving it a lovely sheen whilst softening the skin underneath in the process. With coconut oil on your beard, it’s goodbye flaking and dead skin, which is why our ByErim Hair & Beard Oil is the one for you!  


Coconut oil for bleached hair


Hair when bleached often becomes super dry, breaking easily and frizzing up. This happens because the chemicals in bleach remove colour by breaking apart your hair proteins (PubMed). Just like with other types of dry hair, coconut oil comes to the rescue by sealing moisture in your hair and preventing protein loss. It also helps your hair to look a little less fried by giving you shine, you know the one! 


ByErim offers luxury, eco-friendly haircare products backed by science, culture, and years of tradition! If you are impressed with the benefits of coconut oil (only one of the ingredients in our Hair & Beard Oil) you will absolutely love what the ByErim oil as a whole will do for you! 


Don’t forget to check out our product range! Download our app on the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and follow us on Instagram to join the family!  

August 16, 2021 — Aman Birdi
Essential Oils for Hair: Your Complete Guide

Essential Oils for Hair: Your Complete Guide

The tea about essential oils is that they are essential, literally. If you’re ready to give your hair a complete 180, dive into this article.  


Essential oils are plant-based like a lot of the fine things in life! They are super concentrated, smell like the plants they’re distilled from and have a lot of the benefits of those plants. Because of how concentrated they are, essential oils rely on the help of some pretty great pure and natural oils, called base oils. They are usually cold-pressed from seeds, nuts, and kernels and always move in silence, with little to no scent. Think argan, jojoba, coconut oil. With several qualities of their own, they also give essential oils a helping hand by diluting and carrying them to the hair or skin.   


Why essential oils are used in hair care 


The truth is that essential oils are multi-tasking queens! That friend who is good at everything? Yeah, that’s them. They’ve been used for skin and hair treatments for centuries (as early as 2000 BC in Ancient Egypt) because of the various perks they offer, from stimulating the scalp to adding lustre to the hair and being anti-inflammatory. And they are all-natural!


Lavender essential oil for hair: the stress reducer 


We know you’ve heard of lavender oil, the head cheerleader of the essential oil squad who brings hair growth and anti-microbial benefits to the table (Healthline). Its antimicrobial properties prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi in the hair, translating to the elimination of conditions like dandruff, which is caused by an imbalance of bacteria found on the scalp. We love it so much that we chose to include it in the ByErim Hair & Beard Oil and she does not disappoint! 


Rosemary essential oil for hair: the hair thickener


Rosemary oil, the second essential oil in the ByErim Hair & Beard Oil, also has our seal of approval! It protects against hair loss, even in extreme cases like androgenetic alopecia, and relieves the itching that comes with the condition, according to a study carried out on human subjects in 2015 (PubMed). Rosemary oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and with the help of one of its star components, carnosic acid, it helps reduce scalp irritation among many other benefits (ScienceDirect). 


Bergamot essential oil for hair: the scalp cleanser


The third and final essential oil in the ByErim Hair & Beard Oil is Bergamot oil. With a boujee name like that, it comes as no surprise that hair lovers claim that it softens curls in addition to soothing the scalp (Healthline). Besides these benefits, Bergamot oil promotes hair growth and is anti-inflammatory, which has benefits for the scalp (NCBI). 


Why essential oils are perfect for dry hair


Essential oils in general are super moisturising for your hair and have got sealing properties. The best part about this is that you don’t have to do anything but buy the ByErim Hair & Beard Oil because our Founder and CEO, Erim Kaur, and her team have done all the work for you. The ByErim Hair & Beard Oil has the perfect blend of lavender, rosemary, and bergamot oils diluted at 1% as per industry guidelines with five equally beneficial base oils.  


Can essential oils repair damaged hair?


Here’s your answer: Yes and yes! Just ask Erim. From stopping further hair loss and breakage to boosting the elasticity of your hair, strengthening your roots, and restoring follicles, essential oils are always making moves to repair damaged hair.


Essential oils and hair growth: what's the story?


Hair growth is boosted by essential oils in so many ways! Some essential oils increase scalp thickness and the number of hair follicles you’ve got, giving you a thicker mane or unclog the blocked hair follicles that are holding your hair growth hostage. Others like Rosemary oil help restore scalp tissue and improve blood supply in the scalp which everyone knows leads to hair growth. It’s great news all around!


Essential oil for facial hair including beards


Just like we’ve said before for hair on your head, essential oils like the ones found in the ByErim Hair & Beard Oil can support fuller, thicker beard growth. These oils do their part to contribute towards beard growth (blood circulation to up your growth rate, unclogging follicles, etc.), with Rosemary oil moisturising the skin underneath the beard so that you’re never caught in public with flakey skin trapped in your beard.


The ByErim essential oil blend


Concocted with love by Erim and her Dhadi (grandmother), ByErim boasts a rich infusion of their heritage. Lavender, rosemary and bergamot oils were chosen specifically to be included in the ByErim formula because of their extensive qualities, how well they complement each other, and the five base oils used.


The ByErim Hair & Beard Oil has the perfect formula, giving you the benefits of essential, base oils, and everything in between! We are a luxury haircare brand founded by hair enthusiast, modern-day Rapunzel, and social media influencer Erim Kaur. Aside from our amazing unisex Hair & Beard Oil (which is all-natural, cruelty-free, and vegan-friendly), you can shop our Luxury Hairbrush which helps to evenly distribute our hair oil throughout your hair.


Shop our products here and join the family by downloading our app on the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Your hair journey begins here! 

August 16, 2021 — Aman Birdi