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Penetrating Natural Oils for Chemically-treated Hair

What are penetrating oils

Penetrating oils have the ability to penetrate and enter the cortex layer of the hair shaft. This is due to the smaller molecules they contain. Because they can penetrate the hair shaft, these types of oils can nourish the hair from the inside and are great for dry and damaged hair.

Some of the most common natural oils used on colored, relaxed, or natural hair like coconut oil fall into the penetrating oil group. See what these oils are and their benefits. | arelaxedgal.com

Key benefits

  • Water-repelling when applied to dry hair. Because the oils penetrate the shaft they prevent it from soaking up lots of water. This helps to limit the expansion of the hair strand which can help prevent protein loss and minor breakage
  • Softening of dry, brittle hair from the fatty acids the oils
  • Shine
  • Help with detangling when applied to dry hair


Natural oils with penetrating abilities are avocado oil, coconut oil and olive oil. I have used coconut oil and olive oil and of the two, coconut oil is my favorite.

Which of these penetrating oils is your favorite?

References: http://blackgirllonghair.com/2011/10/penetrating-oils-vs-coating-oils-which-are-better/, http://www.naturalhairrules.com/3-best-oils-for-natural-hair/


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