Hair growth oils can make a difference in whether or not an African American woman can grow naturally long, healthy hair. Oil-based shampoos, commercial oil treatments, homemade treatments, conditioner mix treatments and diet, used in combination or separately, make long hair a more viable option for all African American women.
Oil-based shampoos, like Accelerate Emu Oil Shampoo by Exotic Allure, Argan Oil Moroccan Shampoo, and Black Castor Oil Shampoo by Olde Jamaica Beauty Products, assist in growing healthy hair. These products contain nutrients, work well on any type of African American hair, whether braided, relaxed, curled, colored or untreated, and reduce shedding and breakage. However, shampoo alone often won't be enough to properly repair hair, so you'll end up buying multiple products in order to get the desired results.
Commercial Oil Treatments
Products like Treasured Locks' H2G Hair Growth Serum, Lava Grow's Hair Growth Serum and African Pride Gro Magical Rejuvenating Oil are made with an emu-oil base and contain shea butter. These products stimulate hair growth, moisturize and make hair noticeably softer. In 2010, Treasured Locks H2G cost $19.99 for 4 oz.
Natural oil treatments such as shea butter, jojoba oil, olive oil, sunflower oil and coconut oil can strengthen and aid the growth of African American hair. These oils penetrate the hair, rather than sit on the surface like some commercial products. Also, they include nutrients and protein, which will help hair grow stronger and softer. The problem with using a homemade oil treatment is that it will take time to work effectively, and often won't have dramatic results.
For an at-home oil treatment, add honey and virgin coconut oil to your regular conditioner. Work it into your hair and let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse. This is a low-cost treatment, as you can use a conditioner that you already own. Also, the ingredients you're adding are all natural, so they won't cause additional hair damage. Drawbacks of this treatment are that you might have to play around with the quantities to see how much or little honey and oil works best for your hair, and extremely dry or damaged hair might not benefit from this treatment.
What you eat affects the health of your skin and hair. Adding a supplement to your diet might be beneficial in repairing hair. Cod liver oil taken orally can help strengthen hair and maintain its natural shine. Cod liver oil contains omega three fatty acids and hair growing properties, and is easy to administer in capsules or liquid form. However, many people complain of bad breath or fishy burps when taking cod liver oil orally.