Could hair oils be the reason your hair is falling?
One moment you’re inspired to start a healthy hair journey, you come across all of these informational videos proving how amazing oils are for your hair. You go to the local drugstore and spend tons of money (yes I am indeed very guilty of being a product junkie) on amazing, great smelling oils. Aren’t the results usually stunning! Yes! Winning! Beautiful shiny hair! Looks super hydrated and voila’, you just became an expert on “how to oil your hair,” right? Well WRONG! Just because you are using the right oils, doesn’t mean they are being used correctly, says the Cosmetologist, Priscilla Flete, also known as the youtube natural hair guru, ImShinestruck, who totally shouted me out when she complimented my hair, and I gave all the credit to my oils I was currently using.
Shinestruck began her healthy hair journey 8 years ago when she decided to take control over her dry, damaged, over-processed, curls. Shinestruck has been familiar with the beauty industry since she was a little girl, being the protege of a salon owner, her mom. She grew up in Washington Heights, NYC, in upper Manhattan. Her parents migrated to America, from the Dominican Republic at a young tender age, married, seeking a better life for the family they were planning to create. Growing up in the Dominican culture it was the norm to always have your hair blow-dried, bone straight, in order for it to be considered “good hair” because curly hair was deemed to be “pelo malo” or unruly, she states. After years of adding heat, dye, and chemically processing my hair, I knew something was off, she stated. I started watching my hair fall apart until I was that teen gluing hair extensions to my hair because that was the quick fix in my culture. I mean God forbid you went without relaxing or blow drying your hair, I was never going to find a man as per my grandmother would say.” “It took a lot of research, trials, errors, and now cosmetology school, to become an expert on proper hair maintenance for all hair types” she added. Shinestruck has come to the conclusion that oils are actually damaging many consumers hair.
People don’t notice the damage is coming from the oils because… well, who can genuinely believe an organic, raw ingredient can really promote hair loss. In this article we will shine a light on what oils actually do to your hair, what these oils are specific for, and how to prevent hair damage from these sought after products.
First, let’s take a close look at the real purpose of applying oils to your hair; it’s to create shine, gives it that yummy scent after a wash, the protein additive that coconut oil provides to one’s hair, and the debatable oiling your scalp before washing to seal the hair shaft.
Oils are a great product to apply to give the illusion of hydration, and/or creating that glossy look that keeps people breaking their necks to check out them beautiful locks. Yea, you know I’m talking about you, looking in the mirror like “aoooow, I’ve reached serious hydration and I’m ready to do this routine at least every other day.”, STOP! This is where consumers have gone wrong. First, let’s take into consideration the weather. Do you live in Sunny Florida or an uber sunny location? Applying oils, then walking out into the sun means you are now literally frying your hair. Which causes hair to over dry, then break off. Only apply a very minimal pea size, per the product instuctions. A small amount goes a long way. Because it’s just for shine.
Here’s a fun fact, that most of us might know, but in case you didn’t, coconut is the only oil that can be absorbed in the hair shaft. This is because it contains the macronutrient, protein. Great right?! We are all told that protein is super crucial for a healthy head of hair. But, did you know that too much protein can actually do the complete opposite and create hair breakage and or loss. So, your over there drinking water, exercising, juicing kale and celery, being your healthiest best self. Plus you’re giving your hair “life” with the rawest, organic form of coconut paste from your local health store. 2 weeks pass and you start experiencing hair loss. What could this be?! it couldn’t be the coconut it’s organic and all natural. But unfortunately it is the coconut oil and you just over processed your hair.
How about oiling your hair before a wash you ask. We are told to massage it into our scalp to get the circulation going. The oils get absorbed into your scalp, but they aren’t. There are no hair science publishing that state the minerals of the oil gets absorbed into the scalp, the exception being coconut oil. Even though, we already told you about the downside to the protein in the coconut oil. So why are we massaging the oils on to our head before a wash? Some people say it is to seal the deal lol, or the hair shaft, before shampooing because the theory is it won’t strip your hair from the natural oils if it’s being “protected.” Meh…. ok, but as you’re sealing your hair shafts it’s also preventing from the retention of water, super essential for hair hydration. Actually, it’s the first ingredient your hair needs to achieve healthy hair. A small FYI, it takes about 3 shampoos to get oil out of your hair.
Shinestruck advises, ditching the oils! You don’t want to risk hair damage or loss. Replace your oils for deep conditioners, H2o, and protective hairstyles. Ugh, now to get rid of all these products I thought I loved haha!
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