Carrier Oils and Butters...and what you think you know about them
Understanding all of the benefits of every carrier oil
can be overwhelming and intimidating, however, My Tamed Mane is here to help guide you on your way. Of course, the oils and kinds of butter listed below aren't all of the carrier oils known to man. Instead, we listed various carrier oils that we use in our products and that are affordable for you. With creating your own concoctions to grow your hair healthy, it's always best to understand what you're mixing. The oils and nut kinds of butter listed below are available at your local Herb Shop or Natural Oil Store. Ordering organic carrier oils are also available on Amazon.
What are Carrier Oils?
To put it quite simply, carrier oils are used for diluting essential oils. Carrier oils do not contain a concentrated aroma, unlike essential oils, though some do have a nutty scent; neither do carrier oils evaporate like essential oils. Carrier = carry. These oils are thicker in viscosity compared to essential oils. Higher quality oils are always more beneficial to use. Quality oils are least likely to have additives or heavily diluted with other oils. Cold-pressing and maceration are the two main methods of producing carrier oils.
It acts as a heat protectant, repairs damaged hair and breakage, helps to prevent hair loss, as well as aids in hair growth. Because of its moisture-retaining properties, coconut oil stays inside the hair instead of evaporating. This makes it be one of the most effective hair treatments.
Grapeseed oil moisturizes the scalp, promotes blood flow, fights dandruff, promotes hair growth. Because of its super high amount of linoleic acid ( a type of omega-6 fatty acid), grapeseed oil is perfect for hydrating the scalp and hair.
Jojoba Oil (pronounced ho-ho-ba) is very close to the composition of liquid waxes; which are themselves formed from fatty alcohols and monounsaturated fatty acids. Jojoba oil is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin E. Our Nourishing Growth Oil is jampacked with these vitamins to assist with scalp health and produce healthy, strong strands of hair.
- Protects and lubricates the skin
- Regulates sebum
- Stimulates youthful skin
- hydrates hair from the inside
- Scalp care
Castor oil comes from castor beans and is great for hair growth because it has all the vital qualities such as vitamin E, minerals, and proteins. It also contains antioxidants, which support the keratin in hair, making it stronger, smoother, and healthier. Mix this carrier oil with rosemary or peppermint to fight hair loss, scalp infections, and dandruff. Without an essential oil, castor oil conditions and moisturizes the hair, as well as prevent split ends. This oil is known to help fix many common hair problems.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Because it was roasted before pressed, there are added benefits to this castor oil. With ricinoleic acid, Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) is known for reducing inflammation, stimulating hair regrowth, and for its moisturizing properties. It also produces collagen, aiding in the fight against dandruff and various conditions. Castor oil is thicker than most oils. For added benefits, mix essential oils and/or lighter carrier oils.
- Add moisture
- increases hair growth
- antimicrobial and antifungal properties
- cleanses the scalp
Cocoa butter is extracted from cocoa beans. The cocoa tree, also known as the cacao tree, is native to the tropical regions of South and Central America. Cocoa butter has cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP), which helps ease dermatitis or rashes. Contain fatty acids, which improve skin moisture retention and elasticity. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
- Moisturizes hair
- Prevents breakage and repairs damage
- Strengthens hair shaft
- Adds volume and strength to fine hair
- Replenishes oils lost due to color and/or relaxers
Shea butter is extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree. The Shea tree is highly concentrated in fatty acids which melt at body temperature. Shea is a good source of vitamins A and E, which strengthen your skin and help it repair the damage. Shea butter is non-comedogenic, meaning your pores will stay clear. It may also help reduce the appearance of acne scars because its antimicrobial properties can fight off infections.
- contains Vitamin A, E, F
- coats the hair shaft and also protects it from damage
- restores elasticity
- adds moisture to dry and dull hair
- Hair Conditioner
Mango butter has similar uses as Shea and Cocoa butter, however, the fatty acids content gives Mango butter an advantage. Although a butter, essential oils mix beautifully with it.
- softening, soothing & moisturizing properties.
- this semi/hard butter is off-white in color and very similar to cocoa butter.
- is helpful in protecting the hair from the weather
- contains anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
- is non-greasy and absorbs easily into the skin and hair
Argan Oil is also known as Moroccan oil and elevates your hair to new heights of fabulous. It's filled with nutritional benefits like vitamin E and fatty acids. A little goes a long way, so don't drown yourself in it. This powerful carrier oil protects your hair from many hair issues men and women go through (hair loss and thinning). We have an entire collection that's focused on utilizing the benefits of Moroccan Oil.
- heat protectant
- fights frizz
- assists with manageability
- help to treat split ends
Sunflower oil has a higher content of vitamin E than any other carrier oil, including safflower oil, and rich in the essential fatty acid omega-6. This carrier oil softens the hair and adds a natural shine.
- control frizz
- tackles dryness and damage
- makes your hair manageable
- stimulates growth
- prevents hair loss
Safflower oil is steam pressed, like sunflower oil, from the seeds of the flower. There are two types of the carrier oil: one is a linoleic variety, which is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acid (omega-6 fatty acid linoleic) while the other is an oleic variety that is rich in monounsaturated fatty acid( omega-9 fatty acid oleic acid)
Avocado oil strengthens strands and increases elasticity in hair. You thought it was only great in your food but it's great for your hair. It's the superfood of the oils. You can use avocado as the fruit or oil for your hair. The carrier oil itself is rich in:
- Amino acids
- vitamins A, B-5, and E
Whether you are making your own hair products
or purchasing from My Tamed Mane, it is always best to know what you are putting into your hair. The crown on your head should always be treated with care.