Why you should oil your curly hair

When it comes to curly, wavy or textured hair care, oils are a major key. Almost all curly hair problems you may have can be solved or reduced considerably with oiling - be it frizz, dryness, lack of shine, brittleness or split ends. 

The oils produced by your scalp - sebum - hydrate your hair, add shine, reduce frizz and give it an overall healthier look. For those with straight hair, sebum can travel down the hair shaft easily, but this is not the case for spirals, curls and waves. This is why curly hair tends to be drier and more brittle than straight hair. And here is where oils come in. 

Here are a few reasons to oil your curly hair regularly! 


  • Evenly distributes oil throughout the hair 

  • Curly hair is mostly dry. This is because sebum - the natural hair oil - cannot travel throughout the lengths of the hair as curls and knots prevent it from spreading. To counter this, oils can be used to help moisturize the hair and scalp. This way, oil is deposited throughout and no part of the hair lacks any. 


  • Moisturizes your scalp 

  • Oil is rich in nutrients such as Vitamin B and E, iron, proteins, and more. When you oil your hair, the scalp gets much-needed nourishment, leaving it hydrated and moisturized. 


  • Stimulates hair growth

  • Oil reduces frizziness, dullness, brittleness and split ends by hydrating the hair. It acts as a conditioner, softening and detangling the curls. This promotes hair growth, both thickening and lengthening your curly hair.  


  • Prevents Hair Breakage

  • Because curly hair is less likely to stretch under pressure, it is more likely to break than other hair types. Oiling curly hair increases the curl elasticity and thus reduces the chances of it breaking. 


  • Adds shine

  • Curly hair can easily look dull and dry. Oils are an easy solution: just a small amount can easily restore or add shine to curly hair. 



    While oiling hair is good for all types of hair, it is especially beneficial to curly hair. Are you ready to incorporate oils into your hair care routine? Read about the 7 best oils for curly hair.

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    By Amna Salman Khilji

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