What natural doesn’t have a bathroom full of oils? But did you know that many oils take on double duty serving as beneficial for both your hair and body? Here are my top four oils for hair and body usage:
I was introduced to coconut oil via a friend who had been natural for a couple of years. I originally used this oil only for hair usage like hot oil treatments. Every now and then, I would use my candle warmer to heat the oil to create a heavenly scent. I started to use it on my skin after I ran out of my favorite lotion (Johnson’s Baby Lotion) one day and ever since then I fell in love. My favorite brand of coconut oil is 365 Organic Refined Coconut Oil. I use this oil for hair masks and after I get out of the shower on my damp skin to give my skin smoothness. I also recently discovered on Beautyandstyle365.com that Gwyneth Paltrow uses this oil to whiten her teeth. I tried it on my teeth and I did see a difference. It is a little thick and mid-priced but it lasts a long time. You can find this product on Amazon or at a Whole Foods Market for $14.99
I had never heard of anyone using this oil on their hair, let alone their skin. I discovered soy oil in my local beauty supply store. The brand that was in the beauty supply store wasn’t unrefined; however, I still decided to pick it up. Oil that is refined means that it has been bleached and deodorized. Unrefined oil means that the oil is “pure” or “virgin”, or it has no bleaching or additives that change the smell or consistency. Unrefined oil is the best for your hair due to the fact that the oil is in its most natural state. I was kind of skeptical at first about using soy oil for my skin, but it was only three dollars for a 2 fl oz bottle. After reading some reviews online, the best brand I found was Dr. Adorable. Although I have obtained double usage from this oil, I would say my best usage of this product has been as a massage oil due to the porosity of my hair. Porosity of one’s hair means the ability of the hair to absorb water, hair products or moisture in general. Since my hair is low to mid porosity, it didn’t absorb the oil well so it turned out not to be the best option for my hair. You can find this product on Amazon for $17.00
Africa’s Royale Hot Six
I totally fell into an abyss of happiness when I first started to use this oil. On the actual bottle, it describes six ways to use this oil. Two of the ways it can be used is as massage oil or as hair oil. This oil is perfect for all six uses and some more. I have used this oil for scalp massages, hot oil treatments, lotion mixtures, cuticle oil, and even a make-up remover. In just a couple of weeks of usage, my hair displayed a significant difference in coarseness. To add a little extra sheen to my hair during the summer when I do a wash-and-go, I rub a nickel sized amount in my hands and rub my hair from root to tip. Since this oil is much lighter than coconut oil, it is a lot easier to wash out after doing a hot oil treatment. It has a light scent and many uses. You can find this product at Walmart and Sally’s Beauty Supply for $4.00
Proclaim Natural 7 Oils
This oil is named for its seven oils, and includes jojoba, almond, olive, castor, wheat, grapeseed, and sesame oil. I first saw this oil because of a YouTube review but I wasn’t so convinced because I thought the Proclaim products were for relaxed hair. It wasn’t until my current hair beautician recommended this oil to me to improve the manageability of my coarse 4c hair that I actually tried it. This oil has a great fragrance and left my hair feeling very silky. It is lightweight so it won’t weigh your hair down. I use around a pea size. Although it is a double duty oil, I use it mostly on my hair. You can find this product at Walmart and Sally’s Beauty Supply for $4.00.
Now that you have my list of double duty oils, leave a comment and let us know your favorite double duty oils.