Grapeseed and coconut oil for natural hair

Natural Hair 101 should tell you that when you moisturize your hair, you need to seal the moisture in with oil. With so many oils out on the market, the options are endless. When I first went natural, I used this "super" oil mix of shea butter, coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil, and avocado oil. I know, it's a lot. Then I nixed the shea butter when I realized that it had no benefit for me. And later, I got rid of the avocado oil because it was like olive oil, just more expensive. The castor is just super thick, so outside of winter, my hair would turn into an oil slick when I used it. That left just coconut and olive oil.

I've dabbled in using other oils - sweet almond oil, lanolin oil, macadamia nut oil, walnut oil - none really made an impact...well, except for one, grapeseed oil. My love of grapeseed oil is off and on. I love it because it feels like liquid velvet and is really great for skin and hair. But the price point makes it less appealing. So, it stayed to the wayside of my skin and natural hair regimen.

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Whole Foods to stock up on the Giovanni 2chic Brazilian Keratin & Argan Oil Ultra Sleek Leave-In Conditioning & Style Elixir. I've mentioned my love for this hair product many times before; it always makes my hair so soft and shiny. Oddly enough, the first ingredient just so happens to be grapeseed oil. At that moment, I thought, if I'm willing to spend the money on the Giovanni oil, then I should be willing to spend money on some grapeseed oil. So I walked over to the oil aisle...laughed hysterically at the price of grapeseed oil at Whole Foods, and went home and purchased some from Amazon.

If you're like me - heavier oils tend to weigh your hair down and make it feel greasy - grapeseed oil may be for you. The price point is pretty high, but trust me, it's worth it. Grapeseed oil is an emollient, softening hair and skin, and it has great anti-aging properties. It helps to prevent frizzy hair from humidity. And every time I use it, my hair looks really shiny and holds a style longer than with the olive oil. Not to mention, it's liquid velvet; it's a very luxurious feeling oil. So try it, and let me know how you like it!

...oh, and I know what you're thinking. Yup, I bought the Giovanni. I mean, I always buy Giovanni, I just tend to keep coupons in my pocket for the many days that I find myself in a store in front of a bunch of Giovanni products, lol.
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