Natural oils: the perfect way to nourish your hair

Many of us use oils on our skin, helping to keep it healthy. But did you know using oils on your hair is equally effective, leaving it shiny, glossy and nourished?

Natural oils in a bottle for hair and beautyIt’s all about getting the right blend though – you’re going for a gorgeous lustre, not an oil slick. And whether you’ve got thin, thick, straight or curly hair, nurturing it with the right natural oils can really give your locks a boost.

Most of us have a pretty strict haircare regime – when I asked for testers for my own haircare product, I discovered that women like to stick to their own tried-and-tested routines for their hair types. Some like to wash every day, others less often, and most of us use heated appliances like hairdryers, straighteners and curling irons.

And all of this can take its toll on your hair. Not to mention all the external factors like pollution, harsh weather and smoke.

How to nourish your hair the natural way

Think of it in the same way as your diet. You put healthy food into your body to keep it in good working order. And you need to put healthy products on your hair to keep it in great condition.

Shea nuts and sheabutter in glass bowlFor strong, healthy hair try natural extracts such as flame tree. Tomato and carrot oils are also effective, along with Shea butter. They’ll feed your hair with essential vitamins A and E, leaving it full of elasticity and bounce, with the added bonus of nourishing your scalp.

Olive oil isn’t just for salads. It also works wonders on your hair. Massage a small amount into your hair from root to tip – not forgetting your scalp – and leave it on for as long as you like. For a quick treatment 15 minutes is fine, or you can pop on a shower cap and leave it on overnight. Just don’t forget to wash it out thoroughly the next morning!

You’ll also find oils such as argan, marula seed and baobab help to moisturise and condition your hair, leaving it soft, manageable and frizz free.

Ageing hair isn’t just greying hair. As we get older, it’s common for our hair to become thinner. Try using cedarwood bark oil to combat this. Not only does it stimulate your hair follicles, it also increases circulation to your scalp – promoting hair growth and slowing down loss and thinning. Another great one for this is radish root extract, which helps to keep your hair looking thick and full.

Soy bean and soy oil on wooden tableIf you find you’re constantly tugging your comb through unyielding, tangled hair then try adding soybean oil or rice extract, to keep it calm and manageable.

Using natural products in your hair is a great way of treating it to some healthy nourishment, combating the effects of harsh chemical products and colours, as well as the blast of daily heat treatment. The oils and extracts can moisturise, balance, condition and soothe your hair, leaving it silky soft and looking fabulous.

When I devised my own haircare range, Maya, it was important to me to get the right blend of ingredients.

It’s designed to give soft, frizz-free curls, and I’m proud to be using these 12 natural oils and extracts, giving all the benefits at once.

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Michelle Sewell

About Michelle Sewell

I'm the founder and managing director of Maya, a haircare range designed to moisturise, protect and condition hair, giving beautiful natural curls without frizz. You can find out more at Become Maya, or follow me on Twitter and Facebook