Some people have said that oils are bad for our hair.
Let’s prove them wrong.
Oils are designed to either penetrate our hair or protect our scalp; depending on the type of oil.
An oil, is made up of a glycerol or fatty acids; typically the combination of three fatty acids creates triglyceride. Glycerol + fatty acids = triglyceride
The fatty acid is the determinant as to the type of oil it is. When it comes to the best oils for our hair, they’re either; saturated fatty acids or monounsaturated fatty acids.
Saturated fatty acids are typically linear and have no double bond which makes them lighter and thin which makes it easy to penetrate our hair which is also linear. Examples include: coconut oil, olive oil, babassu oil and so on.
Saturated fatty acids are also very beneficial against hygral fatigue.
Hygral fatigue is when the hair absorbs too much water thus, expanding and when it dries it shrinks. The continuous happening of this stresses the hair out which leads to friziness, breakage and dryness. It is also the result of missing pieces of our hair cuticles, so the oils that penetrate our hair help fill in the gaps for the better lipid-moisture balance.
Monounsaturated fatty acids have double bonds. These oils don’t exactly penetrate the hair but create a film around the hair which helps protect it. Examples of such oils are grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, hempseed oil etc.
They also help reduce surface friction of the hair, surface friction in the hair is the cause of tangling leading to breakage of the hair and these oils make the hair smooth enough to glide across each other.
Do you still have doubts about oils for your hair?