When I started my journey, I was all for DIYing. I had very high aspirations for how much I was going to make for myself. There were going to be shampoos, conditioners, leave ins, deep conditioners, gels. I was going to do it all.
There were a few simple deep conditioners, leave in sprays, couple of whipped butters. Recently, I tried an Almond Butter Hair and Face Mask. But that’s as far as my aspirations went…except for oils.
I will mix oils for days!
And the oil mix that I’m currently using was originally based on an OG Naptural85 recipe from 2012 for hair and body oil. I’ve mentioned her loads. If you’ve done any research on type 4 hair or spent a little time on natural hair YouTube, you’ll have heard of the founder of Melanin Haircare, Whitney White, Naptural85.
DIY Homemade Hair and Body Oil
What I love about this video is that she explains why each oil is being put into the mix. The first time I did this, I think I had everything she had except for Avocado oil which I exchanged for Marula and Grapeseed.
The base of her oil blend and pretty much the oils I add into mine every time I make it are:
- Olive – softens and may help with frizz
- Jojoba – rich in vitamins and minerals, similar to hair’s natural sebum
- Castor – said to help with hair growth, strengthen and have anti-inflammatory properties
- Sweet Almond – softens, strengthens and repairs, contains Vitamin E
- Avocado – rich in good fatty acids, helps to prevent breakage
- Vitamin E – antioxidant and emollient
She has a great tip, especially for the money conscious of us out there, is that the less expensive the oil, the more she adds. I guess the fancier oils are just for an extra special sprinkle of luxury if and when you can. She suggests you put it in an applicator bottle for ease of use. She also suggests using it to seal in moisture after cleansing or a hot oil treatment, this can used in place of lotion after a shower on damp skin. I’ve never used it that way but why not?
I honestly think that as long as you’ve bought or have oils that have proven benefits for hair, then there is no right or wrong way to do this. If you’re after moisture, use more moisturising/penetrating oils. But if you need sealing, use sealing oils. If you’re hair reacts better to lighter oils, leave out the heavy oils. And if it needs heavier oils, then use heavier oils.
Here are two great starting points on moisturising or sealing oils, if you need more info:
- Curl Royalty – Moisturizing Oils vs Sealing Oils
- Naturally Curly – Is that Oil a Moisturizer or a Sealer? You Should Know the Difference
Obviously, pay attention to allergies, how your hair reacts but it really doesn’t need to be a super intensive piece of work to create an oil blend. And if you don’t want to DIY, there are loads of great pre-mixed oil blends like the Flora & Curl African Citrus Superfruit Hair Oil or Jim + Henry Five to name just two that I’ve very much enjoyed using.
One thing I did notice was that her recipe does not contain any Essential Oils which can give a mix an little extra oomph and a delightful scent. I’ll explore it in a later post but, from time to time, I use Lemon, Grapefruit, Peppermint, Tea Tree and Rosemary. There are some others but these are my most used.
My Most Recent Mix
- An applicator bottle with measurements on
- Castor Oil
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Marula Oil
- Amla Oil (not pictured)
- Olive Oil (mixed with a few left over pre-mixed oils over the years)
- Vitamin E