Curly Hair Oils – Why You Need to Use Them

Everyone knows that curly hair is extremely dry. Using curly hair oils is one of the best ways to combat the dryness and frizziness that often accompanies having curly hair.

Several Benefits

  • It can be used to help bring out your hair’s natural shine.
  • Helps protect your hair from damage caused by heat styling.
  • It helps to combat frizz
  • Moisturizes dry hair
  • Boosts hair growth
  • Can help with dandruff and psoriasis.

Styling Tool

You can use hair oil as a styling tool as well. You can section your hair and put the oil on the sections. It will help hold it in place and boost the effectiveness of any other styling products you may decide to apply to your hair.

If your curls need refreshing, you can take a few drops of oil, rub it in your hands and smooth it on your hair. It will help with the flyaway strands and livens up dull hair.

You can add oil to conditioner and it will make it that much more effective. Another idea is to add some oil, conditioner and water in a spray bottle and use it as a homemade detangler.

Curly hair oil also makes a great protectant from heat styling, such as blow dryers. You can also use it after blow-drying.

Many times I have used an oil as an overnight conditioner. I simply apply to my hair before bed.


Some Everyday Oils

It sounds surprising, but you can also use oils that may be stocked in your kitchen pantry on your hair. Extra Virgin Olive Oil — cooking oil- is great for your hair. Several beauty products containing Olive Oil do not actually have Olive Oil as their primary ingredient. Think about it…if it is pure enough to put in your body, it is pure enough to put in your hair.

Another wonderful oil to use is extra virgin coconut oil. You can use coconut oil as a deep conditioner or as a leave in conditioner. It is great as an overnight conditoner. You can put a cap on your head and sleep on it and rinse it out in the morning.


Using the LOC Method

LOC stands for leave in conditioner, oil, and cream. It simply applies to the order in which you apply the products. The oil is sealed into the hair by the conditioner and styling cream. Some women also like to change up the order in which they apply their products, such as LCO. You will have to experiment and find which method works best for your curls. I think LCO works best for me.

  • Step One: Leave in conditioner
    • This can be a detangler as well. Carol’s Daughter has several good spray based leave in conditioners, which serve as a good base for this method
  • Step 2: Oil
    • There are several oils on the market. You can also use a serum as well.
  • Step 3: Cream
    • Any cream based styler you have. This includes hair milks and hair butters. Not only will this moisturize your hair, but you will have the added benefit of keeping your hair in place.

The Reward of Healthy Shiny Hair

It is fun to research and experiment to see what works best for your hair. Yourreward will be hair that is healthier as well as stronger.  Just as it feels good to put lotion on dry skin, putting oil on your hair feels wonderful. Give it a try today!


  1. Can you suggest a leave-in oil for fine, thin hair? I use coconut 2-3 times a month as a deep conditioner. Also, there is olive oil in the conditioner that I use after shampooing or as a shampoo. There is no way I could use olive oil or coconut oil as a leave in oil; either would weigh down my hair.

    • Grapeseed Oil, Argan Oil, and Almond oil are all supposed to be good for fine hair. If you have fine hair, it might be best for you to get a dropper to apply the oil. You can get one at a beauty supply store or you can probably use a dropper for medicine. You can probably get them at Walgreens.

  2. Hi, Irma, I’ve never once thought of trying to use oils to style my hair, which is literally nothing but ringlets these days that I’ve grown almost to my shoulders. The problem, however, is the fact it loves to become flyaway and frizzy at times, forcing me to often wear a knitcap or a fitted hat.

    While I’ve used certain gels, pastes, and mousse in the past, I want something that will work long-term, plus something that is actually healthy for my hair as well, so I’ll definitely give oils a shot. The fact that olive oil might work here as well is interesting and I wouldn’t even mind giving it a try.

    • Yeah, I would definitely try it. After all, if you don’t like it, you can just stop using it. Start with maybe a pea or dime sized application and see how that works for you.

  3. Great article about using oils to condition and help the nutrients of the hair .I totally chuckled a little bit when I read the part that says if it is good enough to put in your body it should good enough for your hair. But logically it makes a world of sense because it would more dangerous to oral consume a product. additionally any natural product that be internal or external in the I 100% support and promote. Excellent article and keep the great article writing.

    • Thank you for your nice comments! Yeah, what is nice about just using cooking olive oil is you don’t have a million ingredients to read through…just one…olive oil!

  4. I have used olive oil on the dry scaley spots that I get on my scalp. Works great. Irma, do you know what causes these dry spots on my scalp? My husband played Santa this year and his white beard and wig tended to friz. I put conditioner and water in a spray bottle, applied it and gave it a light rinse. Worked a treat. Cheers

    • Honestly, I am not sure. It could be allergies or inflammation. There can be multiple causes. Glad to know that the olive oil is working!

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