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Non-penetrating Natural Oils for Chemically-treated Hair

What are non-penetrating oils

Non-penetrating oils are oils that can't penetrate the hair shaft and sit on top of the hair. There are a lot of oils on this list. Several of the oils are also considered to be carrier oils which are used to dilute essential oils.

Some of these oils are also rich in ceramides which is a fatty lipid that make up our skin and hair. They're basically the glue that holds the hair cuticle together resulting in smoother and healthier hair. If ceramides are missing, the hair is damaged and will look dull, coarse and dry. I've used a few of these oils on my relaxed hair (sunflower oil and grapeseed oil) for their ceramide benefits and have seen less breakage and increased manageability and shine.

Types of non-penetrating natural oils

There is a multitude of natural oils that fall on this list. Some of them are
  • Almond oil 
  • Castor oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Sunflower oil 
  • Wheat germ oil
 You can get non-penetrating oils from a variety of places - health food stores, grocery stores or the web.



Key benefits of non-penetrating natural oils

While every oil provides individual benefits for relaxed, colored and natural hair, there are some common benefits that most of these oils share.
  • Sealing because they sit on the hair these oils are good to use to seal in moisture
  • Hair growth by stimulating blood circulation in the hair follicles
  • Scalp moisturizing and soothing
  • Adding shine and sheen

And as I mentioned previously some non-penetrating oils are rich in ceramides such as


Because of this extensive list of oils, I'll be providing more detailed information only on a select few oils that are good for chemically-treated and also natural hair. Some of the oils will be ones that are popular in the hair care world and others not as popular, but said to be just as good.


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