Hair is generally separated into four categories; straight hair, wavy hair, curly hair and afro hair. Despite the four categories, there are numerous sub-categories. Some people even have multiple hair textures on the same head!
When looking for the right oil to use for your hair type don’t be afraid to try the others for their characteristics.
Type 1: Straight Hair
Straight hair is the most resilient hair of all of the hair types. It is the hardest to damage and also the most oily of the four categories because the sebum (the oils your scalp produces) works its way from the scalp to the ends without the interference of waves or curls.
Moisture is not typically a problem, but that doesn’t mean there’s no need for an oil.
- Patchouli oil to beat dandruff and stimulate hair growth and
- Rosemary oil for combatting oily hair because it regulates sebum production.
Type 2: Wavy Hair
When compared to straight and curly hair, wavy hair is the easiest to manipulate. It can be straightened or curled to mimic the other hair types more easily. Often described as an “s shape” it is more prone to frizz than straighter hair.
- Try Grapeseed oil for styling because it’s lightweight and shouldn’t weigh your hair down.
- Moringa oil provides the nutrients your hair needs for a healthy scalp and hair growth.
Type 3: Curly Hair
The higher the hair type number, the higher the potential of your hair to frizz. There is also a tendency for greater hair volume too! Curly hair has a more defined curl pattern than type one and two, but is not as tightly curled as type four hair.
- Try Jojoba oil because it is similar to sebum. It’s a great oil to use to add shine and moisture to your curls. It’s also great for controlling your frizz and flyaways.
- To prevent breakages and split ends use Coconut oil.
Type 4: Afro Hair
Out of all the hair types, afro hair is the most fragile. Afro hair strands typically have a “zig zag pattern”. Because of afro’s tight coils, it is the driest hair type. The sebum produced at the scalp cannot travel down the strands as easily, thus it is more prone to breakage than its counterparts. For this reason, it typically needs more moisture than the other three hair types.
Coily hair is built to naturally block the sun’s rays from the scalp so the scalp doesn’t overheat during the summer. It also protects the scalp from harmful rays and elements, acting as a natural barrier.
- Olive oil is great for hot oil treatments to add moisture and shine back to your tresses. A must-have for any hair type, but especially for afro hair as it can be quite dry and fragile.
- Avocado oil is another great moisturizer and can also be used for detangling!
When choosing your oils remember that these oils are not restricted to one hair type. Choose the oils with the properties you need. These suggestions are a good start but don't be afraid to mix it up - both literally and figuratively!