There are various other oils discussed previously which works well for sealing moisture in such as shea nut oil, Vitamin E oil, sunflower oil, rice bran oil and monoi oil but sea-buckthorn is particularly effective for this. Additionally, it can help with scalp issues when combined with pomegranate oil.
Sea-buckthorn is aka Hippophae Rhamnoides (try saying that fast 5 times)! The berry has the same level of Vitamin E as wheat germ and three times more Vitamin A than carrots. It also contains omega-7, a very unique acid. Sea-buckthorn oil can be extracted from either the seeds or the pulp of the fruit. Though they come from the same source, the essential fatty acid composition for each is different with the berry oil having a higher composition of essential fatty acids. The pulp oil also has a high content of carotenoids.
The oil from the seed is a light yellow while the oil from the pulp is a darker shade of orange, mildly similar to the colour of palm oil. There are suggestions that oil extracted from the berry is better but there is no scientific proof of this. You can try both and see which works best for your hair.
How to Use Sea-buckthorn Oil
- Prior to styling hair, pour a few drops in your palm, rub together and apply to wet hair after you’ve already applied your leave-in products. Work through, shake and style as usual.
- The best companion oil for sea-buckthorn is pomegranate seed oil. Combine equal parts of the two together and use as a scalp massage oil to nourish and strengthen your follicles.
DIY Pre-Poo Oil
This oil mix will nourish your hair, replenish lost moisture and lock in moisture and shine if used correctly.
- 5 tbsp sea-buckthorn oil
- 5 tbsp pomegranate seed oil
- 3 tbsp apricot kernel oil
- 3 tbsp macadamia nut oil
- 3 tbsp rosehip seed oil
Mix all the ingredients together, heat over a bowl of hot water and apply to dry hair. Massage into your scalp and smoothen through hair. Cover with a shower cap and leave in overnight. Wash out the next morning with a mild shampoo and proceed with styling. You can adjust the recipe based on the length of your hair.
The picture below is from a friend of mine living in Latvia. Those are cornflower coated sea-buckthorn pralines. They look so darn delicious!
Fast Fact: Sea-buckthorn oil was once used to cure blindness in horses.
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