23 September 2016

List of Carrier Oils for Hair

If you're new to Everything Pretty, you might not have seen my post about carrier oils and their benefits.  Since I wrote it, it's been one of my top posts, and it even inspired me to write my first book, Carrier Oils.   In that post, I list several popular carrier oils and their benefits for your skin and hair.  In the book, I list more than 40 different carrier oils and their uses.  In this post, I'd like to concentrate just on a list of carrier oils for your hair.  Some of these carrier oils can be used alone on your hair like argan oil.  Others are best used in DIY recipes like hot oil treatments or hair masks.

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What are Carrier Oils?


Carrier oils are oils made from nuts, seeds, fruits, or kernels of plants.  They carry essential oils and other ingredients since they often need to be diluted.  Most carrier oils have a slight nutty aroma, except coconut oil, which smells strongly of coconut.  

When buying carrier oils, look for organic versions if possible and cold pressed versions.  Heat pressed oils can have chemicals added to them, which can affect the oil.

List of Carrier Oils for Hair


Almond Oil


Almond oil (sweet almond oil) is a great all purpose oil that can be used in many bath and hair recipes.  It has vitamins A and E to nourish your hair, and the essential fatty acids can make hair softer and smoother.  Almond oil can be used alone or with other oils or essential oils as a hot oil treatment or used in recipes.


Click here for recipes made with almond oil. 


Apricot Kernel Oil


Apricot kernel oil is another versatile oil.  It's lightweight, so it won't weigh down your hair.  It's a great choice for a hot oil treatment.

Click here for recipes made with apricot kernel oil.


Argan Oil



Argan oil is my favorite oil for hair.  I rub a drop or two in my hair after every washing.  It's fatty acids and vitamins A and E nourish hair.

Click here for recipes made with argan oil.


Avocado Oil


Avocado oil is high in  fat soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids that nourish dry and damaged hair.   Avocado oil is usually combined with other carrier oils because it is a heavy oil. 


Click here for recipes made with avocado oil.


Baobab Oil



Baobab Oil is high in saturated fats and vitamins A, E, and F.  It can protect hair from sun damage and tame frizzy hair.


Click here for recipes made with baobab oil.


Castor Oil


Castor oil has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, so it's a good oil to massage on to your scalp.  It's been said to help boost hair regrowth and strengthen hair.

Click here for recipes made with castor oil.


Coconut Oil


Coconut oil is one of my favorite oils because of the smell.  The oil is antibacterial and antiviral, so it can improve scalp health.  It can be used alone or with other ingredients as a hair mask.  


Click here for recipes made with coconut oil.


Cranberry Seed Oil 



Cranberry Seed Oil  can moisturize the scalp and your hair.  It can temporarily repair split ends for smoother hair and make hair shinier.


Click here for recipes made with cranberry seed oil.


Flax Seed Oil


Flax seed oil is high in minerals, vitamins, and fatty acids.  It's said to promote hair growth, so it can help you get thicker, fuller hair.  It's also a good oil to massage on your scalp if you have dandruff or flakes.


Click here for recipes with flax seed oil.


Grapeseed Oil


Grapeseed oil is a dry oil, making it perfect as a hot oil for your hair.  It can make hair softer and sleeker when used in a hair mask.

Click here for recipes made with grapeseed oil.


Hazelnut Oil



Hazelnut oil has some natural UV protection--but it should never be used in place of sunscreen!--so it's a great oil to use with color treated hair.  It's also a dry oil, so it won't weigh down hair.

Click here for recipes made with hazelnut oil.


Hemp Seed Oil



Hemp seed oil is high in fatty acids, mineral, and chlorophyll.  It can thicken hair and help prevent flakes when massaged on the scalp.

Click here for recipes made with hemp seed oil.


Jojoba Oil


Jojoba oil is an excellent oil for your scalp, and it can also nourish your hair.  It's one of the best oils to use if you have dry, itchy scalp or dandruff.  

Click here for recipes made with jojoba oil.


Kukui Nut Oil



Kukui nut oil is a great oil to use on damaged hair because it can restore it.  It has amino acids that penetrate the hair shaft, so it's a great leave in treatment.

Click here for recipes made with kukui nut oil.


Marula Oil



Marula Oil isn't a greasy oil, so it won't weigh down hair.  It softens hair while reducing frizz.  


Click here for recipes made with marula oil. 


Passion Fruit Seed Oil



Passion fruit seed oil, also called Maracuja oil, is a great for your scalp and hair.  It can reduce flakes and dandruff.  It can also help restore dry, damaged hair. 

Carrier Oils: A beginner's guide to using over 40 carrier oils in bath and beauty recipes is now available!  This book has more information about each of the oils listed here, plus it has many, many more oils.  I give you the origins and compositions of each oil plus the unique benefits of the oils for your skin and hair.  


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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.