3. Castor Oil*
Ahh, castor seed oil, now this is an emollient that I am pretty sure that everyone has heard of! Castor oil , also known as ricinus communis, is a thick oil that is derived from the castor bean. It can vary in color, from a clear color to a dark brown color (unrefined castor oil).
How to use castor oil
Castor oil can be used alone or mixed with other oils* for a thinner sealant. Castor oil is also known for its ability to increase hair growth when used for scalp massages.
There are ladies that have claimed to have had increased growth and thickening from applying castor oil to their scalp which is another bonus in addition to being a great emollient.
Castor oil can be very heavy so we recommend using it on your scalp or directly on your ends when sealing. If you use it on the length of your hair, make sure you have a great moisturizer underneath and you are not heavy handed.
Where to find castor oil
You can find castor oil in health food stores, near the laxatives section in pharmacy stores such as CVS and Walgreens, and on online marketplaces such as Amazon.
4. Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, also known as the main component of Crisco, is a great all-around emollient. It’s light enough for fine strands but also efficient enough coarse strands well.
Hydrogenated vegetable oil is created through a process where vegetable oils* , such as soybean and cottonseed, are infused with hydrogen. The end result turns the oils into a solid which has the texture of butter or lard.
How to use Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
Like the previous emollients, hydrogenated vegetable oil is best used as a sealant. Many ladies also use Crisco as a heat protectant* which came with much speculation even though it works very well.
Where to find Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
The easiest way to find hydrogenated vegetable oil is in the form of the product called Crisco at your local grocery store.
It is usually cheaper and more easily accessible than buying it online. But, if your neighborhood store does not carry Crisco, you can find hydrogenated vegetable oil on sites like Amazon and From Nature With Love.
Last but not least is lecithin. Lecithin is an emollient that is usually extracted from egg yolk, soybean, rapeseed, milk, marine sources and sunflower. The color can range from yellow to yellowish brown. As far as hair products are concerned, lecithin is used as an emulsifier in many conditioners and leave-ins.
How to use Lecithin
It is best to apply it on damp or moisturized hair and even though lecithin is thick you do not have to worry about excessive buildup.
Where to find Lecithin
You can find lecithin* in health food stores and on online marketplaces such as Amazon. What are some of your favorite emollients?