The Best Natural Oils for Curly Hair
From preventing frizz to defending against damage, the benefits of natural oils are undeniable for curly hair. But not all oils are created equal. Some are better left in the kitchen, while others deserve a place in your beauty routine. Here are a few of our favorite oils for soft, healthy, moisturized curls.
Mongongo oil comes from the nut of the mongongo or manketti tree, which is native to southern Africa. Rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, this oil acts as a protective barrier to help seal moisture into each hair strand. It also leaves curls looking incredibly shiny.
Find it in: Mongongo Oil Multi-Use Curl Treatment
Meadowfoam Seed Oil
Derived from the seeds of the meadowfoam plant, a wildflower with small white blooms, this oil is a fast-absorbing moisturizer that adheres to the hair shaft for long-lasting frizz control and shine. Its non-greasy feel means it won’t weigh down curls.
Find it in: Advanced Climate Control® Featherlight Styling Cream
Kalahari Melon Seed Oil
A fruit from the desert whose name translates to “the great thirst,” Kalahari melon is used as a crucial water source in its native region (people have been known to survive for weeks on the Kalahari melon alone). The oil found in its seeds is rich in omega-6 fatty acids, which makes it a uniquely nourishing moisturizer for parched curls.
Find it in: Curl Recovery™ Melt-Down Extreme Repair Mask
Coconut and Avocado Oils
Both of these oils are amazing for the same reason. Unlike other oils that work at a surface level, coconut and avocado oils are able to absorb into the hair shaft thanks to their small molecular size. This makes them ideal for low porosity curls, as well any texture that needs deep moisture to prevent dryness and breakage.
Find them in: Curl Immersion™ Triple Treat Deep Conditioner