Oils that penetrate the hair: olive, coconut and avocado oil

I always like to add oils to my conditioners and I don’t just add for the sake of adding. There are 3 major types of oils I add to my conditioners: essential oils, ceramide-containing oils and penetrating oils. I’ve talked about essential oils in different posts. I’ll be talking more about the ceramide-containing oils soon. Today, I just want to outline the penetrating oils.

Coconut oil: It has the smallest molecular size of all the oils and penetrates the best. It is the only oil that has been scientifically proven to penetrate the hair. When used before shampooing, it is absorbed by the hair cuticle and can help prevent hygral fatigue. When you pour water on your hair, it expands and as it dries, it contracts. Hygral fatigue is the damage that occurs in the hair due to this expansion and  contraction. This is why I usually love to use coconut oil as my main pre-poo oil. I don’t mix it with my deep conditioner or use it to seal my hair. I find that when I do this, it makes my hair hard. I think it is because coconut oil helps to preserve the protein content of the hair shaft.

The following two have also been shown to somewhat penetrate the hair shaft:

1. Olive oil. This oil is easily found and you can use it to pre-poo, mix with your deep conditioner or as a hot oil all by itself. It is a bit heavy but will also be good to use as a daily sealing oil. I don’t usually use olive oil in my regimen and to be honest, I don’t know why. 🙂

2. Avocado oil. I love avocado oil the best of these 3 oils. It leaves my hair feeling smooth when I occasionally use it as a pre-poo. I ALWAYS mix it in my deep conditioner. Since it is not as heavy as olive oil, I think it is also a great daily sealing oil.

Other oils that are hypothesised to penetrate the hair shaft are:

  1. Camellia oil;
  2. Castor Oil;
  3. Argan;
  4. Palm Kernel oil; and
  5. Sweet Almond oil.

Do you use these oils regularly in your hair regimen?

Edited 19th January 2015

About the author
Dr Fomsky

Nigerian-born Dr Fomsky is a God-lover, a wife, a mom of three, a medical doctor by day. Plus she owns a Nigerian-based online hair product store called Sizzelle.
Dr Fomsky is very passionate about hair, skin and weight management. Since she's had her babies, she's been struggling to keep her weight and her tummy down!
At night, she likes to read books, write blog posts and leave comments on other blogs. She lives in Alberta, Canada and is also the author of Solving your relaxed hair breakage book .
LAST RELAXER DAY: December 15th, 2016
BIG CHOP: January 14th, 2017
Natural Hair, Unknown Porosity, Fine Hair strands, Low to Moderate Density

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19 Comments to Oils that penetrate the hair: olive, coconut and avocado oil

  1. Candice says:

    Of the 3 penetrating oils, I like coconut oil and avocado oil the best, I even use coconut oil to cook sometimes 🙂

  2. ijeoma says:

    pls where can I get coconut oil,olive oil and castor oil in lagos ?I live in Badagry

    • Dr_fomsky says:

      Hello Ijeoma. We have coconut oil and castor oil in my store You can call tomorrow and any other weekday from 9 am to 5 pm to order (08168072140 or 08179032966). Thank you.

  3. ijeoma says:

    I called the numbers,but they only have castor with lavender.is this one also good?the Jamaican one is finished.how do I place order..

  4. ijeoma says:

    is it also safe for hair growth?I want to use it in growing my hair natural.if yes,how much foes it sale for?is coconut oil 100%?how much is it?

    • Dr_fomsky says:

      Yes it’s safe for hair growth. I’ve been using it for over 2 years. We have 2 sizes: 4 oz and 8 oz for N1900 and N3100 respectively. Yes we have different NUTIVA100% extra virgin coconut oil for N3000

  5. ijeoma says:

    Do you have tea tree oil?if yes,how much is it too?

  6. ijeoma says:

    Am trying to place order for castor oil 4 oz.let me give a try first,but seems the order isn’t going through.I got coconut oil from the local women at market

  7. ijeoma says:

    Do I pay on delivery or before delivery,I don’t use a credit card to pay you online

    • Dr_fomsky says:

      You can pay into our bank account before we ship and we’ll send them to you via courier. Courier delivery is 500 naira for orders less than 5000 naira OR free for orders above 5000. Pay on delivery is 1000 within Lagos.

  8. ijeoma says:

    will you be getting 4oz anytime soon?

  9. ijeoma says:

    ok,I’ll keep in touch..you can actually do me a favour ,let me know when it comes..

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