As mentioned, “Each one carries different characteristics and can impart different nutrients,” notes Michelle O’Connor, texture specialist and artistic director at Matrix. (Read: coconut oil has tons of lauric acid; olive oil boasts vitamins E and K; and castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid.) That said, you can’t really go wrong with mixing: “I’m a huge fan of Jamaican black castor oil, coconut oil, rosemary oil, and lavender oil,” O’Connor notes. Those essential oils also have tons of vitamins and nutrients to nourish the strands—those two in particular have been linked to improving hair thickness and promoting speedier hair growth, respectively.
Anthony Dickey, hairstylist and founder of Hair Rules, is partial to mixing avocado, olive, almond, coconut, and castor oil with a base of jojoba oil, since it’s closest to the skin’s own sebum. “They all work together really nicely, and you can use them at your discretion for your hair.” The only caveat: Castor and coconut oil are quite thick, so you might want to add them in slowly—whatever works best for your strands.
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