All you need to know about Oil-Part I

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From the beginning of my hair journey, I have known of the potency of oils as an aid to hair growth and length retention. Both carrier and essential oils alike have been some of my closest allies on this journey to longer, stronger hair. For the folks who might be happy to learn more about them, I’ve compiled some basic information so that you might become better acquainted, and inclined to include oil a part of your hair care routine (if you haven’t already!)

Carrier oil

These types of oils get their name from the fact that they are used as the base to literally carry or transport the essential oil to their respective destinations (i.e. our skin and in this case hair).

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Photo by Chinh Le Duc on Unsplash

They are usually plant or vegetable derived, and come from the fatty part of the plant, which as contradictory as it might seem if you are a beginner, is usually the nut, seed or kernel (which we human beings do not pay great attention to.)

They can just as easily be used on their own though, just to be clear.

Essential oils

Essential oils for quite some time, were only common in the world of aromatherapy which in itself was viewed as alternative/unconventional (medicine). Fast- forward a bit and now everybody and they grandma cannot and shall not cease to speak the good news about the wonders of them.

The essential oils, in their raw, undiluted forms are far too potent for us to accept unto our bodies as they are. We therefore have to have some substance brave and fearless enough to deliver them to us, (ergo the carrier oils).fuXEjpd.gif

yes, I’m CORNY. Don’t judge me

They usually come from another part of the plant, such as the leaves or the roots.

Because they are so effective at what they do though, you use a lot less of your essential oil than you would carrier oil. This applies regardless of whether you are mixing the essential oil with a base or carrier oil for cosmetic purposes (e.g. castor oil with peppermint oil), or using the essential oil on its own (e.g. using peppermint oil to freshen up a room or keep flying insects away).

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One of the jars contains lavender oil – can you guess which?

Essential oils evaporate fairly quickly. This might sound weird but if you touch them (by accident because you’re not supposed to do this of course) you can “feel” by their texture that they don’t absorb, but rather they dissipate/evaporate. Can anyone who has used an essential oil before attest to this?

They also have a very distinct and unmistakable aroma.

I will be sure to do a follow up article on storing both types of oils, to ensure that we all get maximum use of products that maintain their chemical integrity/properties.

Thank you for commenting and sharing, guys…till next time!

 

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