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Zany_in_CO

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OILS FOR HAIR & SCALP (Source: Unknown. It includes some of my additions. This has been in my files so long, I don't remember where it came from. Please let me know if you know the author.)

In addition to Coconut Oil or Palm Kernel Oil for good cleansing and lather, balance your formula using 1, 2, or more fats from the following list. Keep in mind that jojoba (a liquid wax) and butters should be kept to 2% or less. Olive, Avocado, and shea butter are high in unsaponifiables, so don’t discount the NaOH/KOH to make sure they are fully saponified.

HAIR & SCALP NOURISHING OILS: olive and/or rice bran, castor, jojoba, hemp seed and/or sunflower, wheat germ.

ADD for a clean, nourished, and hydrated scalp: exotic butters, luxury oils, essential oils, botanicals for healthy hair.

BETA CAROTENE (vitamin A) to help revitalize hair shafts.

PROPERTIES OF OILS SPECIFIC TO HAIR CARE are listed below.

AVOCADO OIL to moisturize, restore luster, and condition.
BABASSU OIL Emollient, nourishing, moisturizes, and restores hair strength and elasticity, for shiny, healthy-looking hair.
*CARROT ROOT OIL conditions the hair and helps balance the moisture.
CASTOR OIL for brittle, damaged hair or hair loss.
CAMELLIA OIL provides luster and shine, help with dandruff and hair loss.
FLAX SEED OIL is a nourishing, rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and the Omega-3 series of essential fatty acids needed for the regulation of cellular activity.
HEMP SEED (Unrefined Virgin) balance of essential nutrients for strong healthy hair.
JOJOBA OIL penetrates the scalp; hair conditioner; ideal pH for the scalp.
OLIVE OIL nourishes, conditions, and improves the strength and elasticity.
RICE BRAN OIL, rich in anti-oxidants, ; adds sheen and manageability.
SHEA BUTTER helps condition and smooth the hair shaft.
SUNFLOWER, nutrient-rich, easily absorbed, the most moisturizing vegetable oil, strengthener.
WALNUT OIL, an excellent hair care oil, helps condition hair.
WHEAT GERM oil, rich in B Vitamins & Vitamin E, anti-oxidants, softens hair.

*See ZANY'S MIY Carrot Tissue Oil. Great for hair, face, & skin!
 

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OILS FOR HAIR & SCALP (Source: Unknown. It includes some of my additions. This has been in my files so long, I don't remember where it came from. Please let me know if you know the author.)

In addition to Coconut Oil or Palm Kernel Oil for good cleansing and lather, balance your formula using 1, 2, or more fats from the following list. Keep in mind that jojoba (a liquid wax) and butters should be kept to 2% or less. Olive, Avocado, and shea butter are high in unsaponifiables, so don’t discount the NaOH/KOH to make sure they are fully saponified. ...
... don't discount the NaOH/KOH ...
Just to confirm - is this post about making a lye-based, zero % superfat, shampoo soap (using your recommended oils)?
 

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... don't discount the NaOH/KOH ...
Just to confirm - is this post about making a lye-based, zero % superfat, shampoo soap (using your recommended oils)?
No. LOL This post isn't just about soap. I make a lot of different hair & scalp products for personal use -- hair butter, hot oil treatment, scalp treatment for hair loss or dandruff, conditioner, anti-frizz gel, etc. as well as shampoo.

So, when I found it in my files, I thought it might be a good idea to share it -- that others may find it as useful as I have in formulating any type of hair/scalp products, not just soap or shampoo, although that may be the primary interest for most members. Hence, the caution.

Also, they are not my "recommended oils"; just an overview of what oils I've gleaned over time that are somewhat available -- the list is certainly not as comprehensive as it could be. It's been in my files for a very, very long time. :)

Please feel free to add to it or share your experience using a certain oil on the list that worked/didn't work for you.

ETA: I just noticed that Argan Oil isn't on the list! Just a drop or two rubbed between the palms and then smoothed on the hair gives it a wonderful shine! And it's very healthy for the hair too.
 

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I read somewhere that only a handful of oils actually penetrate the hair shaft. That just sounds wrong lol. Oils that are high in medium chain fatty acids like olive and coconut (plus a few more) have a small enough molecular structure to penetrate the hair and scalp. This isn’t the saponified oils, just the oils themselves. Here’s a link with 7 oils listed:

https://beautymunsta.com/natural-oils-that-penetrate-the-hair-shaft/
 

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I have been using Coconut oil as an oil treatment for my hair for years just in the ends and it is amazing! found that I can't use it on my scalp though otherwise for days I have a oily forehead and neck even once I've washed the oil treament out haha.
 
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