Tuesday, February 23, 2010

DIY - Choosing Oils for Natural Hair Care Products


Is your hair looks damaged, dry and fuzzy?
You spend a lot of your money on Hair Care Products and still your hair does not look good, silky and shiny?
I suggest making your own Homemade Hair Balm that will have a very good conditioning effect on the Hair due to its content of right Oils.
Many different Oils are used now in Commercial Hair Masks, Balms and Conditioners, they have been claimed to be able to penetrate the hair and make it stronger and healthier.
If you are going to formulate your own Hair Care Mixtures  or  want to find a good commercial Oil-based mask or conditioner,  it's better to learn first about 

Please check out first these very interesting and useful studies and read this post on TheBeautyBrains:

The first Research is the "Investigation of penetration abilities of various oils into human hair fibers" [by K. KEIS, D. PERSAUD, Y. K. KAMATH, and A. S. RELE,TRI Princeton, Princeton, NJ 08542 (K.K., D.P., Y.K.K.), andMarico Industries Ltd., Andheri, Mumbai 400 058, India (A.S.R.).Accepted for publication June 8, 2005.Synopsis]
 And their results show:
"In general, polyunsaturated oils do not seem to diffuse into hair. Saturated and monounsaturated oils seem to diffuse into the hair structure...
For example, mineral oil does not diffuse into hair because it is nonpolar, containing long linear hydrocarbon chains with lengths aboveC-20."
  The second one is about the "Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage" [by J Cosmet Sci. 2003 Mar-Apr;54(2):175-92. Rele AS, Mohile RB. Research and Development Department, Nature Care Division, Marico Industries Ltd., Mumbai, India.]
And the conclusions are:
"Among three oils, coconut oil was the only oil found to reduce the protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair when used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product. Both sunflower and mineral oils do not help at all in reducing the protein loss from hair."

The more saturated bonds, the more easily absorbed by the hair and the better the conditioning effect, so only the saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids contribute conditioning qualities, softness and can penetrate hair...

 Here you can find more information about the Fatty Acids compositions of different Seed Oils and  download a PDF-table of "Fat content and fatty acid composition of seed oils".

Beneficial for Hair Care products!
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 9-Oleic
Oils rich in Monounsaturated fatty acids are: Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Macadamia Oil, Olive Oil...
Saturated fatty acids: Capric, Lauric, Myristic, Palmitic, Stearic, Arachidiceicosanoic
Oils rich in Saturated fatty acids are: Coconut Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Babasu Oil...
Don't use these Oils in your Hair Care Products!
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 6-Linoleic, Lenolenic, 3-Alpha-Lenolenic, 6-Arachidonic, 6-Gamma Linolenic
Oils rich in Polyunsaturated fatty acids are: Hemp Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Corn Oil, Cotton Seed Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Safflower Oil, Sunflower Oil, Soybean Oil, Wheat Germ Oil...
Coconut Oil is your best choice!

from wikipedia
So, don't repeat my mistakes and please don't make my
Here you can see Oils which we don't need in Hair Care products:
Hemp Seed Oil contains more than 80% of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids,
Sweet Almond contains more than 75% of Monounsaturated Fatty Aids,
Wheat Germ Oil contains more than 50% of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (I was adding this Oil to prevent oxidation of the Balm due to its high content of Vit E...)
Coconut Oil contains more than 90% of Saturated Fatty Acids,
Beeswax - we also don't need it here.

Thank you so much for reading this post and I hope it will be useful!

Good luck:)

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