I want to share some information about an oil I have added to my hair, scalp, and skin favorites! I always see palm oil or palm kernal oil in many natural hair ingredients when I read the labels, but never thought much of it. My mom used to have palm oil by the gallon and cook with it all the time when I was growing up. I knew it gave food a great and distinct aroma, taste and color, but I was not aware of all of its internal and extral benefits for our bodies. I came across it one day while searching for coconut oil at the Oriental grocery store and decided to bring a bottle home to experiment with.
Palm oil is rich in beta-carontene which is a great antioxidant. It has a higher content of beta-carotene than carrots and tomatoes. It’s high in vitamins A and E, so it helps repair damaged cells. Externally, it is effective in treating eczema, psoriasis, scars, and stretch marks. This makes sense of why it is used in a lot of a products geared towards renewing and moisturizing skin.
This oil also has several amazing benefits for hair! It softens, improves elasticity, and adds shine. Red palm oil also has antibacterial properties which aids in providing a healthy growing environment for your scalp and hair follicles.
Red palm oil does not lose its nutrients when it is heated like some oils can so this is what makes it excellent for cooking. However, it is a very heavy, thick oil and solidifies at room temperature like coconut oil. Due to the intense nature of the oil, in my opinion, it is great for a pre-poo or any type of natural conditioner you don’t mind possibly having to shampoo out depending on your hair type.
I like to mix palm oil with other heavier ingredients like banana, avocado and honey. It would go great in a caramel treatment as well. Essential oils are great to aid in masking the palm oil smell if you’re not so fond of it.
If you have tightly curled/coiled hair or hair that is very dry, then I would recommend red palm oil as a pre-shampoo or hot oil treatment!
Please feel free to share any of your experiences with palm oil.