Lightweight Oils vs. Heavy Oils vs. Stimulating Oils : What's The Difference!?
There are so many great oils that will help boost the health and appearance of your natural hair, whether you're using them for styling purposes, or for hair maintenance on, or between wash day! Heavy Hair Oils, Lightweight Hair Oils, and Stimulating Hair Oils serve different purposes and have distinct characteristics that make each more appealing for one hair type over the other. Here's an overview of the differences between these types of hair oils:
Lightweight Hair Oils
Texture and Viscosity: Lightweight hair oils are thinner and less dense. They have a lower viscosity and are easily absorbed into the hair.
Use: These oils are ideal for people with fine or thin hair, as they are able to condition the hair without weighing it down. Lightweight oils are suitable for daily use and can be applied to dry or damaged hair without leaving a greasy residue.
Examples: Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Argan Oil and Sweet Almond Oil are examples of great lightweight hair oils.
Heavy Hair Oils
Texture and Viscosity: Heavy hair oils are thicker, denser, and have a higher viscosity. They tend to be more substantial in texture and have a slower absorption rate.
Use: These oils are best suited for individuals with very dry, thick, or coarse hair. They can help with managing frizz and adding a conditioning weight to unruly hair.
Examples: Castor Oil and Coconut Oil are considered heavier oils.
Stimulating Hair Oils
Texture and Viscosity: Stimulating hair oils can vary depending on the specific oil being used. However, most stimulating hair oils have a lightweight to medium-weight texture. They are typically thinner and less viscous compared to heavy or thick hair oils.
Use: Stimulating hair oils help to improve blood circulation, invigorate the scalp, and promote hair growth. They are often used as part of a scalp massage or as a treatment for thinning hair or hair loss. They must be combined into a carrier oil to be used safely.
Examples: You may find hair oil blends that are formulated specifically for stimulating hair growth and scalp health. These oils often include essential oils like Peppermint, Sage, Rosemary, Lavender, and Tea Tree Oil.
All Together Now!
The oils mentioned previously are great options when used alone, but try mixing a few and applying them together and you’ll notice the benefits multiply substantially! Look for convenient, “all-in-one” oil blends like The Melanin Haircare Multi-Use Pure Oil Blend, which contains many hair and scalp-healthy oils, including Avocado, Argan, Sweet Almond and Baobab Seed, which are full of fatty acids that help restore hair damage, lock in moisture, and promote healthy hair growth. It also boasts Vitamin E, Sage, and Geranium, which help to protect the hair and scalp while stimulating blood circulation, offering anti-inflammation properties, and encouraging hair growth.
Natural Oils For Thin, Curly Hair
Nourishing, lightweight oils like Argan, Sweet Almond, and Jojoba are rich in vitamins and antioxidants to protect the hair and scalp, and are super light and absorbent. You can use them both as a wash day, or pre-poo treatment, and within your daily styling routine! These oils are lightweight and absorb into the strands seamlessly and therefore won't weigh your curls down.
Natural Oils For Thick, Curly Hair
Thicker hair textures will also benefit from using the lightweight and absorbent Argan, Sweet Almond, and Jojoba Oils, and can also dabble in the heavier oils like Castor and Coconut, which boast major hair conditioning and hair growth benefits! To be clear, any hair type can use Coconut and Castor Oil, but it's how you use it that may differ. If your hair is on the more fine or thin side, you’ll want to use Coconut and Castor Oil mainly as a pre-shampoo treatment that is cleansed away, rather than as an oil that is left in the hair.
The weight, and penetrative abilities of the oil that you use definitely matters, but don’t fret if you discover that you accidentally purchased an oil that is too heavy for your hair type. You can always use the oil during your wash day routine as a pre-shampoo or hot oil treatment that will nourish your hair and scalp, and then be cleansed away, allowing you to still be able to reap the benefits from the nutrients contained within the oil.
The Best Of Both Worlds
The Award-Winning Melanin Haircare Multi-Use Pure Oil Blend is affordable, luxurious, and super convenient! The key differentiators with this amazing oil blend is that it’s not only lightweight, but it’s non-oily and penetrates into the hair and scalp without leaving a greasy, slimy residue on the hair and scalp’s surface, making it perfect for all hair types and for all steps within your wash and styling routines.
As a bonus, it’s skin-friendly and can be used to seal the moisture into the skin on your body, face, cuticles, and beards, leaving all of the above soft, nourished, and with a healthy glow. It contains many of the lightweight hair and scalp beneficial oils mentioned above, such as Sweet Almond, Argan, Avocado, Jojoba, Baobab, and Vitamin E which help to nourish the hair and scalp. It also contains stimulating oils that promote hair growth, such as Sage and Geranium Oils to encourage a healthy scalp environment! The Multi-Use Pure Oil Blend can be purchased online at MelaninHaircare.com!