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6 proven carrier oils for incredible healthy hair

We all crave beautiful, long hair, while genetics plays a significant role in hair type, density and length. But the correct hair care regime can bring a huge difference in your hair. Good hair care starts with nourishing the scalp. So choosing the right carrier oil is the initial step in nourishing the scalp. Every individual is unique, and so is our hair type, porosity, length, and thickness. Just because a particular oil suits me does not necessarily mean it will suit you. Building an oiling regime based on your hair type, porosity, and concerns will benefit your hair.

Discover the power and versatility of carrier oils, as they are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and other vital hair growth-promoting ingredients. Apart from promoting hair, carrier oils have the potency to counter numerous hair concerns. Carrier oils are not only made for hair but also for providing nourishment to the whole body. 

What is a carrier oil?

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Carrier oils are those oils that are extracted from seeds, nuts or kernels of various plants. They are often referred to as base oils because they are being used in dilution and blending of essential oils. They are used use in herbal herbal hair oils.

There are various types of carrier oils available, but not all of them are suitable for hair care.

In this blog, I will share the top 6 carrier oils best suited for hair.

carrier oil benefits for hair

Provides deep nourishment

Applying carrier oil regularly on the scalp and hair will provide deep nourishment as they are rich in fatty acids and other nutrients.

Antimicrobial property

The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of carrier oils help eliminate dandruff from the scalp and relieves itchy, inflamed scalp.

soothes scalp

The anti-inflammatory properties of the carrier oils reduces the scalp inflammation and soothes the scalp.

Controls hair loss

Carrier oils provides ample nourishment to the scalp which makes hair follicles strong, preventing hair loss.

Natural hair conditioner

Carrier oils act as a natural conditioner. Applying carrier oil regularly on the scalp moisturises the hair, leaving it soft, manageable and less prone to breakage.

Different carrier oil offers various benefits. You can easily customise the carrier oils according to your hair concerns.

Where to find carrier oils?

Carrier oils are easily found at the local market or you can simply purchase from online platforms.

best carrier oils for hair growth

#1 Coconut oil

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  • Coconut oil is known for its versatility. From cooking to removing makeup, this wonder oil has its power. 
  • Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizing ingredient. It penetrates the scalp and hair and provides nourishment.
  • Massaging coconut oil on the scalp improves blood circulation, which helps promote hair growth. 
  • A study has shown that coconut oil reduces protein loss in hair, which helps maintain strong and healthy hair.
  • The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of Coconut oil help combat dandruff and other scalp conditions like itchiness, dry scalp, etc.
  • Coconut oil is a natural conditioner that helps tackle dry, frizzy hair, leaving hair soft, shiny, manageable and less prone to breakage.
  • It is one of the best oils to manage hair fall and suits all hair types.

#2 Jojoba oil

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  • Jojoba oil is derived from the seeds of the jojoba plant. It comes under the list of lightweight oil which can penetrate deep into the scalp.
  • Jojoba oil is known to be the scalp’s best friend as it helps balance the sebum production, preventing excessive oiliness or dryness.
  • Jojoba oil is rich in hair supporting nutrients like Vitamin B, Vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc and copper, which are required for maintaining healthy hair.
  • It penetrates into the scalp which makes hair follicle stronger, promoting hair growth.

#3 castor oil

  • Castor oil is made out of castor seeds. This carrier oil is known to be a hair growth stimulator.
  • This incredible oil is rich in omega acids, vitamin E, protein and ricinoleic acid and is responsible for stimulating hair follicles, and promoting new hair growth.
  • Regular application of castor oil encounters hair thinning and bald patches.
  • This carrier oil acts as a natural emollient, which means it can lock the moisture into the hair, leaving it soft and shiny.
  • It has the potency to make individual strands of hair thick, offering a volumized look.
  • It is one of the thick and nourishing hair oils, thus prevents split ends and improves the hair texture and best suited for dry and damaged hair.

Note: Castor oil is very thick, diluting it with other carrier oil would be a good choice.

#4 Sweet almond oil

  • Sweet almond oil is a gentle nourisher. It has magical fatty acids, like oleic and linoleic acids, that can deeply hydrate the hair and scalp, making the hair manageable and less prone to breakage.
  • An Inflamed scalp causes hair fall. Applying almond oil to the scalp reduces the the inflammation and soothes it. Thus, it is preferable for an irritated scalp. It can even reduce scalp acne by killing the acne-causing bacteria.
  • Regular application of sweet almond oil on scalp improves the overall hair texture, provides natural shine to the hair, and manages excessive hair fall.

#5 Grape seed oil

  • Grape seed oil is a lightweight oil that easily gets absorbed by the scalp, probably suits all hair types and is an excellent choice for fine or thin hair.
  • It strengthens hair follicles, resulting less hair fall.
  • It moisturizes hair shafts, preventing hair breakage.
  • Grape seed oil helps balance the scalp’s natural oil production.
  • This carrier oil is rich in antioxidants. So, massaging grape seed oil on the scalp will improve blood circulation, stimulating hair follicles, and resulting in hair growth.
  • One can also use grape seed oil as a hair serum or leave-in-conditioner to tackle hair breakage.

#6 Argan oil

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  • Argan oil is known as liquid gold for hair.
  • This carrier oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, an excellent choice for dull and brittle hair.
  • It is effective at controlling frizz and fly-aways by making hair smooth and manageable.
  • It adds shine to the hair, making it look healthy and lustrous without leaving any greasiness.
  • It strengthens hair roots and maintains hair elasticity.
  • It acts as a natural heat protectant. You can use argan oil on the hair before applying any heating tool.
  • Applying argan oil to the colour-treated hair helps maintain the hair colour to be fresh and radiant.
  • You can use argan oil after shampoo as a hair serum. This will condition your hair and reduce breakage.

How to use the carrier oils for hair

  • Always warm up the carrier oils before applying them to the scalp. Warm the oil using the double boiling method and double-check the temperature bore applied to the scalp. It should be neither too nor too cold.
  • A good hair massage is very important after applying carrier oils on the scalp, as it improves blood circulation. Massage your hair for 15-20 minutes, focusing on the pressure points like the temples, crown area, back of head, etc. Do not use nails for scalp massage. Always use your fingertips and be gentle.
  • Do not keep the carrier oils on the scalp too long, as it might clog the pores. Keep the oil for few hours or overnight, not more than that.
  • For noticeable results, consistently use the oil for 5-6 months, 2-3 times a week. Choose any of the carrier oils as per your concern.
  • You can also add essential oils with your carrier oils or you could make DIY herbal oils, using the carrier oil for doubling the benefits. You can also check my other posts, where I have shared different recipes of DIY herbal hair growth oils.
  • Use regular shampoo afterwards.


Always apply oil on a clean scalp.

Side effects of carrier oils for hair

Generally carrier oils safe to use for hair but if anyone is suffering from excessive dandruff any other fungal infection, it’s better to avoid applying any oil on the scalp or if you have a sensitive scalp, please do a patch test before applying any carrier oil on the scalp.


The journey of holistic hair care starts with choosing the right hair care products that suit your hair and counter your hair concerns. The carrier oils mentioned in the blog are versatile and have the potency to change the overall health of hair.

All these carrier oils mentioned in this blog are rich in anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory property, antimicrobial property, which will provide nourishment to the scalp, soothe the scalp, arrest excessive hair shedding and prevent pre-mature greying of hair. Using any of these carrier oils consistently, following a nutritious diet, sound sleep, and regular body movement will double the benefits.

Do try these oils and share with us which oil you loved the most! Your valuable feedback is always appreciated.

Hope! You found this blog helpful.

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