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Why You Should Be Using Babassu Oil On Your Natural Hair

This lightweight oil may just become your favorite natural hair ingredient.
09 Jun 2023
When it comes to hair oil for dry hair, not all of them are created equal. There are the fan-favorites that we reach for in a pinch, but there’s a not-so-new hair oil on the block that we can’t stop using on natural hair. Enter, babassu oil. While it’s not as popular as coconut or almond oil, it’s a powerhouse when it comes to hydrating dry hair, especially dry natural hair. In fact, we love it so much we created an entire line around the powerhouse oil. Meet the Born to Repair Collection.

Keep reading to get the lowdown on babassu oil for hair and how to incorporate this moisture-rich oil into your natural hair care routine.

What is Babassu Oil?

Babassu oil comes from the seed of a babassu tree. Yes, that means this hair oil is an organic and natural ingredient — no processed oils here. The babassu tree sort of looks like a palm tree and is native to the tropical climates in South America, specifically Brazil. The natural oil is extracted from the kernels of the tree’s nuts where it can be added to cosmetic formulations or used alone.

What Are the Benefits of Using Babassu Oil for Natural Hair?

Even though there’s not a ton of research and studies on babassu oil, what we do know about this Brazilian oil is enough to prove its worth. Here are a few of the benefits to using babassu oil on natural hair.

It’s uber hydrating

Like most oils, babassu quenches parched strands. And since naturally curly hair is typically dry, adding this natural hair care product to your hair routine is a no-brainer. Babassu oil is chock-full of fatty acids (70 percent of its composition to be exact), so you can expect bouncy, hydrated hair after each use.
Another major benefit that comes with using babassu oil as a hair oil for dry hair is that it absorbs quickly into the hair cuticle. If you often omit oils from your natural hair routine because of the greasy residue that sits atop the hair shaft, you’re in luck here. Babassu oil is so lightweight that dry, thirsty hair practically drinks it up and leaves only a sheen to the hair, not a greasy feel.

It can help with inflammation in the scalp

One study found that babassu oil can help to reduce and rid the skin of inflammation when applied topically. If you have itching, redness, irritation or sensitivity on the scalp, this may be a good option for you. It’s even been known to help with acne and eczema-prone skin since it’s lightweight and doesn’t clog pores.

It has antimicrobial properties

Since babassu oil has both antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, it can help with the overall health and balance of your hair and scalp. This includes wound healing, balanced levels of hydration and fighting against bacteria and infections.

It’s rich in antioxidants

It’s no secret that infusing antioxidants in natural hair products is a plus. Babassu oil is rich in the antioxidant vitamin E, which can help to how-to-stop-hair-breakage and protect against free radicals and environmental stressors that the hair and scalp are exposed to on a daily basis.

How to Use Babassu Oil

Since babassu oil is so lightweight, it can be used on all hair types (fine to coarse and thin to thick). And even though you may want to douse your natural strands with this lovely oil, moderation is key. Overuse of any hair product can actually have reverse side effects.
In most cases, you’ll want to stick to using babassu oil once or twice a week or when your hair needs a little TLC. Here are a few ways to incorporate this natural oil into your natural hair care routine:

Use it as a hydrating product

Of course, you can use babassu oil like any traditional oil to hydrate the hair. You can apply it all-over your head or apply the oil to targeted areas that need moisture. For best results, apply babassu oil to clean and dry hair. And if you have fine hair, consider adding this to the mid-shaft hair to the ends (avoid your scalp so that you don’t get product weigh-down.
The Born to Repair Reviving Hair Oil is formulated with shea butter and babassu and Amazonian nut oils to deeply moisturize the hair, prevent frizz and add shine. Just one use of this miracle oil can repair up to one year of visible damage. Consider it love at first use.

Add to your shampoo or conditioner

If you don’t want to apply the oil directly to your hair, you can add a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner for an extra dose of moisture. The Born to Repair Sulfate-Free Nourishing Shampoo is made with babassu oil and is perfect for naturally dry and damaged hair. It’s sulfate-free so your curls will be soft, lush and moisturized after each use and it’s even safe for color-treated hair.

Use it as a quick deep treatment

The Born to Repair 60-Second Moisture Treatment is a great go-to when you’re short on time, but your hair is screaming for some attention. In just one minute, your strands will be soft, hydrated and bouncy. This is also a great product to use as a pre-poo for melting away knots and tangles.

Add it to your styling cream

Curly hair can take all the extra moisture it can get and that’s why the Born to Repair Defining Cream is our new go-to for sculpting, shaping and moisturizing natural hair. The combination of shea butter and babassu oil ensures that each curl is hydrated from root to tip for your most defined curls yet.

Next up: The Benefits of Using Shea Butter for Hair
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