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    Question Natural Oils for Moisturizing Transitioning Hair

    Just wondering what kinds of oils are best for moisturizing your hair. What kinds do you guys use/like? Currently I've been using olive oil but it doesn't seem to do too much for my hair. I don't really notice much of a difference and a lot of people say it's supposed to be so good for natural hair.

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    Hey productjunky,
    I'm on the same quest. I used coconut oil and my hair was hard. Perhaps I was a bit heavy handed so I'll try it again. I also used a mix of olive oil & coconut along w/Pantene conditioner in a pre-poo and again, not much difference. I have bottle of jojoba oil but I haven't used it in a pre-poo, just on my hands to take down twists or coils. I guess experimentation is the key. Good luck.

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    I haven't had much luck with coconut oil, but it hardens in cooler weather so I've heard you should only use it in the summer. Also remember that oils are sealants. We often associate oils with moisture but they are really for locking moisture in. So after I add my moisturizer (Shea Moisture or whatever) then I add the oils to lock in the moisture.

    If you use oil by itself, it's not really moisturizing, it's just sitting on top of your hair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa View Post
    I haven't had much luck with coconut oil, but it hardens in cooler weather so I've heard you should only use it in the summer. Also remember that oils are sealants. We often associate oils with moisture but they are really for locking moisture in. So after I add my moisturizer (Shea Moisture or whatever) then I add the oils to lock in the moisture.

    If you use oil by itself, it's not really moisturizing, it's just sitting on top of your hair.
    WOW, Lisa, thanks for this information. I was planning to buy the coconut oil but I might hold on that. What oils do you recommend?

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    Lisa,
    My coconut oil is in a liquified state and I live in Panama, so hardening isn't an issue for me. As I said, I may have applied too much the first time and then when I pre-pooed, I used it with EVOO. I wonder if my hair just doesn't like it.

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    My hair loves coconut oil! Jojoba, grapeseed, argan, and black jamaican castor oils are all good.

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    neceyluv,
    I may try grapeseed oil. I have castor oil and jojoba oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolanda Taylor Enroth View Post
    Lisa,
    My coconut oil is in a liquified state and I live in Panama, so hardening isn't an issue for me. As I said, I may have applied too much the first time and then when I pre-pooed, I used it with EVOO. I wonder if my hair just doesn't like it.
    Oh that's right, you live in a warmer climate (lucky you).

    Quote Originally Posted by Melissa M View Post
    WOW, Lisa, thanks for this information. I was planning to buy the coconut oil but I might hold on that. What oils do you recommend?
    I love jojoba, olive and castor. Those are my top three but my hair seems to respond well to most natural oils. Castor is good for colder months because it's thick and helps seal in moisture longer. I like jojoba and olive because they are light.

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    Castor Oil - I remember those days when my mother made me drink that stuff. It would be a pleasure to put it in my hair.
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melissa M View Post
    Castor Oil - I remember those days when my mother made me drink that stuff. It would be a pleasure to put it in my hair.
    Thanks
    Hahahaha!

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