Hair Oil Information:
Hair Oil is the latest product group to "be found" in the hair styling business. It helps the hair but it does cost a little more to use. The key to hair oil is am emollient that penetrates into the hair and not sit on the surface. Hair oil makes you hair feel wonderful , while it improves the texture and cosmetic appearance of your hair. Hair Oil will help detangle your hair. Detangling is important to be sure you are not physically adding damage to the hair when you come out of the shower and comb or pick through your hair (please don't brush through you hair particularly when it is wet and tangled see How to Protect Your Hair). Just like on the stove hair oil can "smoke" so the hair oils need a "smoking temperature" above that of your flat iron or curling iron.
Of note, for our vegan friends, there are 2 vegetable oils that replace animal oils . Jojoba oil is chemically very similar to human sebum. Jojoba oil is also used as a replacement for whale oil. It is in many regards superior to sperm whale oil. Macadamia Nut Oil is an excellent botanical replacement for mink oil in most applications.
The Macadamia Oil we have used is a relatively thicker, a higher viscosity oil, even when blended with Argan Oil for use on the hair.
Once you have all this information and all the information the the first question still remains -Which oil works best on my hair? The good news is that all of the oils work well on hair but the best value for you money is Argan Oil by Vanish. Vanish Moroccan Hair Oil comes in a plastic container, not glass so if you occasionally fumble with you hair products it is as easily broken as the glass container. It's slightly larger so you get more and it costs a little less the other oils, and it will do a great job on your hair.
In order of preference by best repeat sellers for Leave-In Hair Oils:
In order of preference by best repeat sellers for a Hot Oil Hair Treatment is:
Of all the hair oil treatments we have discussed Olive Oil is probably the last thing on the list that you want to use. It does not cost as much but then it is not specifically made for your hair. Natural Olive Oil has 10% or less of the omega- 6 Linoleic Acid formulated into the other hair oil products. With most hair products it is the right formulation, or combination of ingredients with the right size molecules that can penetrate into you hair that makes them different hair oils work so well on your hair.
The human body can produce all but two of the fatty acids it needs. These two, linoleic acid (LA) and alpha-linolenic acid (LNA), are widely available in plant oils. The chart below shows the various percentages of these important ingredients found in the raw materials used to make different hair products. Of course as the raw materials are plant based so the percentages vary from season to season and crop to crop, along with the rain fall, nutrients in the soil and the various other growing conditions. The manufacturers compensate for changes in the raw material during the manufacturing process so that your the hair products remain consistent.
The following chart and general over information is intended to give the curious an a comparative overview of the various oils, and the active ingredients that the manufacturers say make them work so well on hair.
Sea Buckthorn Oil (Obliphica Hair Oil Treatment)
This article is about the oil produced from the pulp or seeds. For the shrub,
Fatty acid Percentage
Argan oil is used for dipping bread, on couscous, salads and similar uses.
The residue from traditional oil extraction is a thick chocolate-colored paste
called "amlou" which is sweetened and served as a dip for bread at breakfast
time. It has a flavor similar to that of peanut butter.
Kukui Nut Oil
Candlenut oil or kukui nut oil is extracted from the nut of the Aleurites moluccana, the candlenut or kuku'i. The candlenut originates in Hawai'i. The word kukui means "enlightened" in Hawai'ian. The oil contains 19% oleic acid, 41% linoleic acid, and less than 27% linolenic acid. Candlenut oil is light yellow, with an amber tint, and has a shelf life of 6-8 months. Historically, it has been valued as an emollient, and is currently used primarily in skin care products.
The Candlenut (Aleurites moluccana), is a flowering tree in the spurge
family, Euphorbiaceae, also known as Candleberry, Indian walnut, Kemiri, Varnish
tree or Kukui nut tree.
Olive oil is composed mainly of the mixed triglyceride esters of oleic acid
and palmitic acid and of other fatty acids, along with traces of squalene (up to
0.7%) and sterols (about 0.2% phytosterol and tocosterols). The composition
varies by cultivar, region, altitude, time of harvest, and extraction process.
Macadamia oil (or Macadamia nut oil) is the non-volatile oil expressed from the nut meat of the macadamia (Macadamia integrifolia) tree. Macadamia oil is sometimes used in food as a frying or salad oil, and in cosmetic formulations as an emollient or fragrance fixative.
Macadamia oil contains approximately 60% oleic acid, 19% palmitoleic acid, 1-3% Linoleic acid and 1-2% Linolenic acid. Some varieties contain roughly equal omega-6 and omega-3. Although macadamia is cultivated in many different parts of the world, the oil's fatty acid profile is not greatly influenced by environmental factors. The oil displays chemical properties typical of a vegetable triglyceride oil. It is also very stable due to its low polyunsaturated fat content.
Macadamia oil's rich, cushiony skin feel and high oxidative stability make it
especially suitable for heavy creams and sun care formulations. Derivatives of
Macadamia oil in cosmetics include the light emollient Ethyl Macadamiate and
water soluble PEG-16 Macadamia Glycerides.
Jojoba oil (is actually a liquid wax)
Unlike common vegetable oils, jojoba oil is chemically very similar to human sebum. Most jojoba oil is consumed as an ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products, especially skin care and hair care.
Jojoba oil is an exceptional hair moisturizer
Jojoba oil is also used as a replacement for whale oil It is in many regards superior to sperm whale oil for applications in the cosmetics and other industries.
Grape Seed Oil Grape seeds are available as a by-product of the wind industry.
Grape seed oil also contains 0.8 to 1.5% unsaponifiables rich in phenols (tocopherols) and steroids (campesterol, beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol). Grapeseed oil contains small amounts of Vitamin E, but not as much as safflower oil, cottonseed oil or rice bran oil.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hempseed oil has found some limited use in the production of soaps, shampoos and detergents.
The oil is of high nutritional value because of its 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids, which matches the balance required by the human body.
Hempseed oil is manufactured from non-drug varieties of Cannabis sativa that do not contain significant amounts of THC, and is not psychoactive. This manufacturing process typically includes cleaning the seed to 99.99% before pressing the oil.
About 30–35% of the weight of hempseed is an edible oil that contains about 80% as essential fatty acids (EFAs); i.e., linoleic acid, omega-6 (LA, 55%), alpha-linolenic acid, omega-3 (ALA, 22%), in addition to gamma-linolenic acid, omega-6 (GLA, 1–4%) and stearidonic acid, omega-3 (SDA, 0–2%).
Hempseed also contains about 20% of a highly-digestible protein, where 1/3 is edestin and 2/3 are albumins.
The proportions of linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid in one tablespoon per day (15 ml) of hempseed oil easily provides human daily requirements for EFAs.
Unlike flaxseed oil, hempseed oil can be used continuously without developing a deficiency or other imbalance of EFAs. T
his has been demonstrated in a clinical study, where the daily ingestion of flaxseed oil decreased the endogenous production of GLA. In common with other oils, hempseed oil provides 9 kcal/g. Compared with other culinary oils it is low in saturated fatty acids.Highly unsaturated oils, and especially poor quality oils, can spontaneously oxidize and turn rancid within a short period of time when they are not stored properly; i.e., in a cool/cold, dark place, preferably in a dark glass bottle. Hempseed oil can be frozen for longer periods of storage time. Preservatives (antioxidants) are not necessary for high quality oils that are stored properly. Hempseed oil has a relatively low smoke point and is not suitable for frying. Hempseed oil is primarily used as a food oil and dietary supplement, and has been shown to relieve the symptoms of eczema (atopic dermatitis).
Linoleic acid (LA) is an unsaturated omega-6 fatty acid. It is a colorless liquid. In physiological literature, it is called 18:2(n-6). Chemically, linoleic acid is a carboxylic acid with an 18-carbon chain and two cis double bonds; the first double bond is located at the sixth carbon from the omega end. The word linoleic comes from the Greek word linon (flax).
Oleic means of, relating to, or derived from oil or olive or of or relating to oleic acid since removing the omega-6 double bond produces oleic acid.
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