The internet is always buzzing about a cool new beauty trend or miracle ingredient. Remember when charcoal blew up all over your insta feed? Some of these ingredients are passing fads and some are tried-and-true favorites. But which is which?
We want to give you peace of mind about what’s in our popular products and why they’re great for your natural hair. This is why we continue to be transparent about the ingredients we put in all of them.
(Read up on other favorite ingredients like The Dos & Don’ts Of Using Coconut On Natural Hair, The Amazing Benefits Of Using Tea Tree Oil On Natural Hair, and Surprising Reasons Chocolate Is A Game-Changer For Natural Hair).
Several of our products, for instance, contain Avocado Oil and we want you to know exactly what it is, where it comes from, and what it does for every natural hair type and texture. Avocado Oil for hair care has tons of benefits for natural textures, which is why we’ve made it a prime ingredient of our Olive Miracle Anti-Breakage Oil.
Learn more about why we’ve included this often overlooked natural ingredient in our products and the incredible ways it can protect your natural hair type, promote growth, add hydration, and so much more.
What Is Avocado Oil?
We know you always get that extra side of guac, but did you know it can be just as delicious for your hair? Extracted from the pulp of the Avocado, this oil is very light compared to the creamy fruit it comes from.
This flesh of this miracle fruit contains up to 30% oil, which is super rich in fat. It’s beloved as a beauty ingredient not just because of the health factor, but for its ability to rapidly absorb into the skin. In addition, it’s also one of the lightest oils. This means, unlike other oils or ingredients, Avocado Oil won’t just sit on top of pores, which potentially leads to build up, clogged pores, or weighed down hair.
With a high monounsaturated fat and oleic acid content, it’s one of the healthiest cooking oils out there, so maybe add some to your kitchen cabinet too. Whether you’re using Avocado Oil for hair or to cook with, reach for a cold pressed virgin oil as only this kind will retain its valuable nutrients and vitamins.
The Benefits of Avocado Oil
Rich in fats, nutrients, vitamin A, D, E, and packed with protein like potassium, amino acids, iron, copper, and folic acid, Avocado oil is ideal for achieving healthier hair. These vitamins and nutrients promote healthy hair growth and a healthy scalp while the fatty acids and emollient properties help to make hair more moisturized, manageable, and shiny.
Adding avocado oil into your natural hair care routine is perfect for those who want an effective sealant, increased hair protection, and overall healthy hair.
Is Oil Right For Your Hair?
With numerous benefits and tons of different types, hair oil should be a staple in everybody’s natural hair care routine. Hair oils have a multitude of benefits that help promote good hair and scalp health. Some of these benefits include increased shine, softness, and manageability, added hydration, growth and length retention, soothed scalps, and replenished hair.
Another great thing about hair oils? They are extremely versatile and can be used as a pre-shampoo, deep conditioner, sealing agent, curling cream, and more. Plus, they feel great on your hair. Use an oil to give yourself a relaxing scalp massage that also stimulates hair growth and relives a dry, itchy scalp.
Despite popular belief, when using a quality oil formula your hair won’t feel heavy or weighed down. Instead, it will almost instantly feel hydrated and healthy. Avocado Oil is great for almost every hair type due to its light, fast-absorbing nature, but this makes it especially effective for those with medium/low porosity and medium/low density hair.
Why You Should Use Avocado Oil for Hair Care
Integrating Avocado Oil into your natural hair care regimen is a must for all hair types and textures. We’ve already highlighted some of the incredible things it can do for your hair but let’s take a closer look at four key benefits of using this lightweight yet nourishing oil.
Promotes Hair Growth
Avocado oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, making it one of the best oils for natural hair. Essentially, hair grows when existing strands are protected from breakage and the scalp is healthy. You’ll notice, for example, you might have trouble growing your hair if it’s been through excessive heat styling, chemical relaxers, or simply lacks moisture. Applying Avocado Oil directly to the scalp will help moisturize and stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles, improving both the appearance and integrity of your strands.
Because Avocado oil is so lightweight, and rich in oleic acid, it’s one of the few natural ingredients that can actually penetrate the hair shaft. This means that instead of simply sitting on top of hair (which can lead to that greasy, weighed down feeling or worse, clogged pores) these nutrients repair strands from the inside out, strengthening them and preventing future breakage. The best way to utilize Avocado Oil in your natural hair care routine is through the LOC method. Avocado oil will help seal in hydration and protect damp hair. You can opt for a cream that contains Avocado oil or simply use the oil as the second step in your routine.
Makes Hair More Manageable
If you have tighter coils or type 4C hair you probably know the struggle of trying to keep your hair frizz-free and tangle-free. With tighter hair textures, sebum doesn’t travel as well down the hair shaft due to the curls/coils in the strands. This means moisture has a harder time fully penetrating your hair. Applying Avocado Oil essentially lubricates hair with moisture, resulting in less breakage, tangles, or splitting. If a tangle arises (hey it happens!) it will be much easier to remove those knots without fearing irreversible damage. Instead, hair is healthier and stronger.
Fight Scalp Issues
Scalp issues like flaking, dryness, or inflammation are extremely common, especially with tighter natural textures. There can be a variety of triggers, ranging from environmental factors to lack of moisture. Avocado Oil is a great resource for remedying these common issues. Its high oleic acid content, lutein, and vitamin E are scientifically proven to combat inflammation. It also contains antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, making it ideal for clearing up any irritation and protecting against future issues. Apply a lightweight leave-in conditioner or do a nourishing scalp massage with pure virgin Avocado Oil for best results.
Looking for more ways to fight scalp issues? Learn about the 5 Natural Remedies For a Dry, Itchy Scalp.
Our Favorite Products With Avocado Oil
We couldn’t pick just one! Avocado oil is such a great natural ingredient and we’ve added it to some of our most popular products. Here are some of our very favorites.
Olive Miracle Anti-Breakage Oil
This nourishing blend of Olive Oil, Tea Tree Oil, and Avocado Oil hydrates, softens and conditions natural hair while effectively treating the scalp. It helps protect hair against damage and breakage while combating dryness. The best part? You can use this on hair, edges, and your scalp. Psst it also works amazing as a hot oil treatment!
Moisture Miracle Coconut Oil & Baobab Oil Leave-In Cream
This deep penetrating leave-in conditioning cream uses a nourishing blend of Coconut Oil, Baobab Oil, and Avocado Oil to give hair lasting moisture while helping to protect against future breakage. It’s great to use in the LOC method as it leaves coils and curls super manageable, hydrated, and strong. You can also use it on dry or damp hair.
Moisture Miracle Coconut Milk & Honey Leave–In Conditioner
This incredibly lightweight blend of hydrating Coconut Milk, Raw African Honey, and Avocado Oil replenishes moisture, adds shine, and softens strands. It helps to define curls and coils and can also be used to refresh strands in between wash days. Use it as part of the LOC method, after washing, or as a daily spritz of moisture.
The African Pride Great Hair Guarantee
Making positive, healthy choices for your curls and coils (and your overall well-being) may take slightly more time or effort but that’s why it’s important to use ingredients that work overtime. That’s why we’re committed to creating effective yet affordable natural hair products that make your life a little bit easier. Discover our extensive natural hair care collection and get ready for healthy, fabulous hair!