Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Yes .....Oils Can Pentrate Hair Shaft

So there was the big , huge debate on LHCF about Oils being able to penetrate shaft/ condition or nourish the hair....Some women really believed the only things oils do is seal in moisture....It really showed how are sistas are still so uneducated about our hair care

It has been scientifically proven that some oils can penetrate example:

Coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft.

Mineral oil, being a hydrocarbon, has no affinity for proteins and therefore is not able to penetrate and yield better results. In the case of sunflower oil, although it is a triglyceride of linoleic acid, because of its bulky structure due to the presence of double bonds, it does not penetrate the fiber, consequently resulting in no favorable impact on protein loss.

The main purpose of oiling the hair is to help it retain moisture,

Studies have proven that ...

Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Olive oil penetrate the hair shaft to make it stronger (J. Cosmet.Sci 52, 169-184, 2001)The study showed straight chain glyceride's like coconut oil , avocado oil, olive oil easily penetrate into the hair.

Polyunsaturated oils , like Jojoba oil, are more open in their structure so they don’t pass through the layers of cuticles very well.

Meadow foam seed oil partially penetrates, and jojoba and sunflower oils don’t penetrate at all.Most other oils, including safflower oil and sunflower oil, do not penetrate hair very well.

So yes !!! There are oils scientifically proven to penetrate the hair shaft.....You must read Ladies...You must educate yourself...Before picking oils for your regimen 'Google it'...find as much info on it as you can and make sure that is what you and your hair needs....

Most Info provided through study (J. Cosmet.Sci 52, 169-184, 2001)