Organic oils are free from genetic modification, artificial fertilisers and pesticides; and cold-pressed oils use extraction methods which preserve as much of the oil properties as possible (when compared to extraction via a solvent).
Oils form a light, protective waterproof barrier on skin and hair, although some oils do penetrate
- a) the upper layers of the skin &
- b) the outer layers of the hair shaft to provide some additional protection.
For haircare - this protective coating and emolliency helps reduce friction when your hair strands rub against eachother during combing, brushing and other styling practices.
Penetrative oils - like coconut oil - help prevent the hair strands from absorbing too much water during washing or swimming. NB. There is no definitive proof that other oils penetrate the hair, although one 2006 study suggests that Sunflower and Olive oils may also penetrate the hair as less oil was detected on the surface of the hair shaft after a period of time - the theory is "it was probably absorbed". (International Journal of Cosmetic Science, Pages 78 - 78, 2006)
Oils can be thick like castor oil or light like grapeseed oil, softening like Sweet Almond oil or regenerative like Apricot and Rosehip oils, and some oils are packed with vitamins like our beloved Avocado oil.
But the best thing about holistic haircare is that - most of these oils are edible, so in addition to pampering your hair and skin from the outside, you can show some love on the inside and absorb their nutritional benefits internally.
Examples of Edible Oils.
- Flax Seed
- Evening Primrose
- Castor (this acts as a laxative - so be warned!!)
What are some of your favourite oils?
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