The Three Oils that Penetrate the Hair Shaft and Why You Should Add Them to Your Holy Grail List

coconut_oil_skin_healthWhat is the big deal about oil penetration? Sounds like something a family blog wouldn’t even talk about to be honest. But believe it or not, it is a big deal because when an oil penetrates the hair strand essentially the nutrients, vitamins and benefits the oil brings with it can benefit the hair strand from the inside out.

We are all about efficiency around these parts, and while it is fun to experiment will all sorts of oils and products we like to build that holy grail list based on some basics, some high quality basics that your hair can only benefit from.

In other words in every product pantry whether you are relaxed, natural, or have color treated hair you should have your go to protein treatment, your go to moisture based conditioner, your leave in conditioner and of course your best oils.

In addition to your basics, kind of like in your closet you will have other products that you play with from time to time. Things that you can add basic holy grail products to in order to enhance the product and keep your regimen in tip top shape. In this post we want to talk about three oils that can penetrate the hair strand that we think should be on your holy grail list.

The oils in no particular order are, coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil. All three of these oils can penetrate the hair strand and can maintain your hair from the inside out.

When we think about water, we know that we use water to wash our hair, and moisturize our hair topically, but we also know how beneficial water is when we drink it. The fact that we can actually keep our hair moisturized just by drinking more than enough water daily is the premise you should think from when we talk about the benefits of penetrating oil.

Now that we have that understanding down, lets get the deets on the oils:


Avocado oil

I do not know about you but avocados do not last in my home. I do not mind that my entire family loves them because avocados are rich in healthy fats vitamins and minerals.

While avocado oil in comparison does not have as much beneficial fats, vitamins and minerals as an avocado itself, it is high in monounsaturated fatty acid which is better for penetrating the hair strand.

Along with healthy fats the oil brings with it vitamin E and moisturizing plant sterols than can moisturize your hair from the inside out.

When we hear that an oil moisturizes your hair, we are all quick to wag our finger and say, oh no little lady, oil seals it never moisturizes.

The truth is some have the same effect of moisture because of the act of penetration and the oils ability to smooth out the strand making it healthier from the inside out. A healthy strand is not a dry strand, so this oil is an exception to the rule.

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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Michelle D Rhodes

hmmmmm im going the have to try this

Michelle D Rhodes

Thank you 🙂

Michelle Cespedes

No problem 😉

Alexis Evans-Morris

Yeah I may have to give olive oil a chance again but coconut oil is amazing!

Catherine Glenn

Olive, Coconut, Advocado oil

Toy Jaynell

When I do my loc i have to use 2-3 oils.my hair loves the diff oils.

Esther Williams Jordan

I use coconut oil in my loc I use olive oil by adding it to my DIY conditioner.

Theresa Marie Bryant

I love, love, love olive oil. It coats my strands nicely. And I know people rave about it but coconut oil seems too light for my hair

Paidamoyo Paradza

Emu oil aswell

Sue Franklin

Yes! I take the supplements daily, too. Amazing stuff!

Paidamoyo Paradza

Do the supplements have any side effects? I’m using the oil at the moment

Sandra Ifeoma Orimilikwe

I pre poo with coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil….I sometimes add avocado oil as well

Eboni Taylor

I use coconut oil, it is the best!!!!

Yolanda
Yolanda

Avocado oil is the best! Light and keeps my hair and skin moisturized. I do not mess with Coconut oil unless it is way down on the list of ingredients or not there at all. Straight coconut oil makes my scalp and skin itch like crazy. Coconut oil also makes my hair hard, stiff, and it breaks like crazy! I do not know if “protein sensitive” is the correct term. What I think it is, is if your hair has enough protein and utilizes dietary protein well then the coconut oil with penetrate the hair shaft and prevent protein loss which may mimic a protein treatment.

Yoli
Yoli

Avocado oil is the best! Light and keeps my hair and skin moisturized. I do not mess with Coconut oil unless it is way down on the list of ingredients or not there at all. Straight coconut oil makes my scalp and skin itch like crazy. Coconut oil also makes my hair hard, stiff, and it breaks like crazy! I do not know if “protein sensitive” is the correct term. What I think it is, is if your hair has enough protein and utilizes dietary protein well then the coconut oil with penetrate the hair shaft and prevent protein loss which may mimic a protein treatment.

Gwendolyn Stargell

I use coconut oil.

Altheria Rabb

Been faithful to Olive oil. Guess I’ll have to give the others a chance too..

Gwendolyn Hillard

Got it on Saturday!! 🙂