The Benefits of Almond, Avocado, Coconut & Monoi Oils for Curly Hair

How often have you found a new product containing interesting ingredients but little idea whether it’s beneficial for you? It happens to us almost daily! And so much so, we’ve decided this blog is going to discuss the benefits of specific ingredients. Obviously, this could cover quite literally, 100s of elements! So we’re going to focus on natural oils and discuss a few of the most effective ones.

We know the structure of curly hair makes it particularly susceptible to dryness and breakage, hence it’s essential to keep it healthy, moisturised and hydrated. However, in our experience, oils are often neglected for other types of spray or leave-in conditioners. Usually this is because people worry about their hair appearing greasy or flat. But this doesn’t need to be the case, it’s simply a case of less is more. If you’re now persuaded, there are some excellent natural oils that can help to keep curly hair in great condition.


Almond Oil

Almond oil is a light sealant, which means that it locks in moisture so that it takes longer for hair to dry out. Although it coats the hair strands rather than penetrating them, it is excellent for adding shine and lustre to the hair as well as smoothing the hair shaft and making it easier to manage. For best results, smooth it onto your hair after using a water-based conditioner to lock in the moisture and protect it against breakage.


Avocado Oil

Unlike almond oil, avocado oil is able to penetrate the hair from within. This nutrient-rich oil is full of protein, amino acids and minerals that strengthen the hair and stimulate growth. It is also high in monosaturated fat, which nourishes and moisturises the hair and leaves it feeling soft and shiny. Avocado oil also contains powerful antioxidants that help to heal the hair from exposure to heat styling tools and UV rays. Apply it before shampooing and leave on for at least 30 minutes for best results.


Coconut Oil

Coconut oil also penetrates the hair strands, moisturising the hair from within. It strengthens the hair by binding its proteins and is great for hydrating a dry scalp and reducing dandruff. This oil is best used as a pre-poo to protect the hair cuticle from damage while washing it. Apply it the night before washing your hair and cover it with a shower cap. In the morning, wash it out before shampooing for softer, smoother hair.


Monoi Oil

Monoi oil is made by soaking the petals of the Tahitian tiaré flower in coconut oil. The flower is native to French Polynesia, and the oil is well-known for its deeply moisturising qualities. It has a delicate scent and many of the same characteristics as coconut oil, and is also able to penetrate the hair shaft and bind hair proteins. With Vitamin E to improve the hair’s elasticity, reduce frizz and add shine, this sulphate-free oil is becoming increasingly popular for those with African-Caribbean hair.  


So, that’s four oils from natural ingredients which all have something special to offer. As usual we’ve left links below to similar products that we think you’ll love.

We hope you enjoyed the blog and most importantly learnt something new! If you have any questions we’re always happy to talk so don’t hesitate to drop us a message here

Looking forward to the next blog!