If you’ve been looking for new oil to help improve the health of your hair, then you definitely ought to try using sweet almond oil for natural hair health. Sweet almond oil is a light oil that has multiple uses chief of which is as a sealant for locking in moisture.
Additionally, sweet almond oil will smooth the cuticles of your hair, controlling frizz and enhancing the shine as well as the appearance of your hair. This is particularly important for naturally kinky and curlier textures which do not have as much natural shine as straighter textures and is also more prone to frizzing.
The benefits of sweet almond oil for hair
Sweet almond oil provides a multitude of advantages for natural hair. The benefits of this great oil are not limited to natural hair, and all hair types will be improved by using this oil.
African American hair types, which tend to have less natural luster and shine due to its textured nature will see an increase in luster when sweet almond oil is applied. Here are some of the benefits your hair could experience if you were to use sweet almond oil on your hair.
Sweet almond oil seals in moisture
An essential step in keeping natural hair moisturized is to use an oil or butter after a water based moisturizer or leave in conditioner has been applied to hair. In so doing, a layer of oil locks the moisturizer within the hair, so that hair dries out more slowly over time than it would.
This is particularly beneficial to natural hair that is dry by nature and has a tendency to dry out more quickly than straighter textures. Sweet almond oil is an excellent sealant for natural hair and black hair of all types.
It is lightweight which means it won’t weigh fine hair down and won’t cause relaxed hair to become greasy.
Sweet almond oil increases the luster and shine of hair
The protein and vitamin content of sweet almond oil is very high, and this makes the oil particularly great at increasing the shine and luster of hair that is dull and dry. Vitamins A, B, and E are all helpful in adding shine to dull hair, and these vitamins are present in high concentrations, in sweet almond oil.
Sweet almond oil improves scalp circulation
Massaging the scalp using sweet almond oil is an excellent way to stimulate growth and minimize hair loss. The fact that sweet almond oil is lightweight makes it an excellent base to which essential oils may be added.
Adding essential oils to your sweet almond oil for scalp massages will definitely increase the benefits of your scalp massages, but they are by no means necessary to the process. A scalp massage with sweet almond oil will deliver nourishment to the scalp of the hair, both topically and internally.
Stimulating growth, moisturizing the scalp and leading to overall hair and scalp health.
Sweet almond oil strengthens hair
The protein, fats and vitamin content of sweet almond oil will help to strengthen hair and keep it strong. Healthier hair is more resistant to breakage and is also less likely to develop split ends.
The moisture sealing properties of sweet almond oil also help to fight breakage and split ends, since dry hair is more prone to both.
Almond oil for hair
Sweet almond oil is excellent for achieving and maintaining hair and scalp health. Even if your hair and scalp are healthy, sweet almond oil will still boost its appearance and strength.
This oil also can help if you suffer from dry, itchy scalp or dandruff, which is exacerbated by a dry scalp. Even a healthy scalp can become dry in the winter time, so regular scalp massages with sweet almond oil, particularly before washing can go a long way to ensuring your scalp does not dry out.
If you are wearing wigs, weaves or extensions of any kind, applying a small amount of sweet almond oil to your scalp will help keep your scalp in good condition for the duration of your style. Sweet almond oil can also aid in the detangling of your hair, which can be a challenging task, particularly if you have curly hair.
The oil lubricates each strand of hair, reducing friction and making it easier for the strands to slide past each other to untangle the hair.
How to use sweet almond oil for hair
Sweet almond oil may be used as a sealant to lock moisture into to the hair. Additionally, sweet almond oil may be used to do oil rinses, hot oil treatments, pre-shampoo (pre-poo) treatments and or scalp massages.
For sealing: apply a small amount of sweet almond oil to the hair after washing or after the application of a leave-in conditioner or moisturizer. Implementing the oil to your hair in sections can help to ensure all strands are covered evenly and no section of your hair becomes overly greasy.
For oil rinsing: After shampooing, apply a generous amount of sweet almond oil to your hair and scalp. This is a rinse, so your hair should be pretty well saturated with oil.
Apply your oil to the ends of your hair and work your way up to your scalp. The ends are the oldest parts of your hair and require more TLC, which is why it’s always a good idea to focus your products and treatments on your ends first.
Cover your hair with a plastic cap for 30-45 minutes before rinsing oil from the hair. Follow up with your conditioner as usual.
For pre-pooing: Apply a generous coating of sweet almond oil to your hair and scalp and cover with a plastic cap. Leave on for 45 minutes to an hour.
For hot oil treatments: Warm a small amount of sweet almond oil by placing the oil in a cup of hot water for about a minute. Be sure to test the temperature of your oil.
It should be warm to the touch, and should not burn. Apply the heated oil to your hair and scalp and cover with a plastic cap for about 15 minutes.
Hot oil treatments may be done before or after you shampoo. Try both and decide which you like best.
For scalp massages: Apply a small amount of oil to your scalp and massage with the pads of your fingers for 5 to 10 minutes. Do this as often as you like, there’s no need to shampoo hair after each massage.
Sweet almond oil for hair growth
Sweet almond oil is rich in vitamins, including B vitamins (B1 and B6) that are known to promote hair growth. It also contains vitamin E which is an antioxidant and is also known to impact hair growth by repairing hair follicles and keeping them healthy and free of inflammation.
Sweet almond oil hair mask
There are some commercial hair masks that contain sweet almond oil. Examples are Darcy’s Botanicals Deep Conditioning Mask and Wen by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Re-Moist Hydrating Mask.
Commercial masks can be a little on the expensive side, though, so if you are looking to stay within a tight budget, trying some homemade masks may be the solution for you. Below are two do it yourself hair masks recipes containing sweet almond oil.
Sweet almond oil, Vitamin E oil, and burdock root oil
- 5 tablespoons of sweet almond oil
- 5 tablespoons of burdock root oil
- 2 teaspoons of Vitamin E oil
This hair mask will provide the hair with strength and nourishment, which can lead to improved length retention and hence, longer hair. Combine the oils together and massage the mix into the scalp for a few minutes, before spreading the oils along the length of the hair shaft.
Leave on for a few hours or overnight before washing and conditioning your hair as usual.
Homemade Avocado Hair Mask – A Moisturizing Hair Mask For Dry Brittle Hair
This mask will hydrate and nourish the hair. Avocados are widely known to be beneficial to the hair and are a favorite ingredient in many do it yourself hair masks.
When combined together, avocado and sweet almond oil create a mask that leaves the hair smooth, shiny and generally revitalized. If you ever have an overripe avocado hanging around, don’t throw it out.
Try making this hair mask instead.
How to make a moisturizing homemade avocado hair mask:
- 1 fully ripe small
- 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
Blend your fully ripe avocado flesh until it forms a lump free paste that is smooth and creamy. Add your sweet almond oil and milk and mix in, until fully incorporated into the avocado paste.
Once your mask is prepared, apply to your hair, starting at the ends and working your way up to your scalp. Cover hair with a plastic cap and let sit for at least a quarter of an hour before thoroughly rinsing the mask from your hair.
You may try this treatment before or after you shampoo to ascertain what works best for your hair.
Sweet almond oil for relaxed hair
Sweet almond oil is beneficial to all hair types and textures. Hence it is entirely OK for use on relaxed hair. Due to the tendency of relaxed hair to become more quickly than natural hair, only small amounts of sweet almond oil should be utilized for sealing.
Otherwise, using sweet almond oil to prepare the hair for shampooing or to deep condition and treat the hair during the wash process will yield significant benefits for relaxed hair, including reduced breakage and split ends and improved luster and shine.
Sweet almond oil vs. coconut oil
Like sweet almond oil, coconut oil is lightweight and very beneficial to the hair and scalp. Coconut oil is very popular in the curly/natural hair community due to its ability to bind the hair proteins and strengthen the hair, thus reducing breakage.
Some persons do report a sensitivity to coconut oil, however, as it’s strengthening abilities can cause hair to become a little hard. Sweet almond oil also penetrates the hair shaft, but unlike coconut oil, there is no likelihood of hair becoming a bit too hard.
When purchasing natural oils, be sure to read the label to ensure you are buying 100% pure and unrefined oil. Look for words like unrefined, pure or cold pressed to ensure you are getting the best quality oil for your money.
All hair types can benefit from the use of sweet almond oil. Using sweet almond oil for natural hair health, strength and vitality is an excellent idea.
The oil is lightweight, accessible and affordable and can be used in many different ways and will yield many, many benefits.