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Oats for Hair

Many times I sit and think about new ways to treat my hair that won't have me searching too far. I have always been the type of mother who finds natural ways to heal my kids. In doing so, I have managed to find another ingredient to add to my routine: Oats..... Jungle Oats! Yet again, my kitchen never disappoints.

My son has eczema and in the past, I've used Oats to bathe him. The oats add a milkiness to the water which helps to coat and moisturize the skin.

Oats is great internally and after doing my own research, I found it to be beneficial to my natural hair as well.

Here is what I found:

- It makes your hair feel silky and soft. Oats contain beta-glucan which is a polysaccharide. Polysaccharides add slip to the hair and act as an emollient (softening).

- Oats is extremely moisturizing as it contains hair-loving vitamin B's, which draws water in from the atmosphere into your hair (humectants). It does all this while penetrating the cortex of your hair.

- Oats add shine to your hair - especially type 4 hair. Shine happens easily with hair that has an even surface - like straight(er) hair, so adding some sheen/shine will help that crown glisten.

- Oats can help fix damaged hair as it assists in strengthening the hair. As mentioned in the previous point, it contains Vitamin B which penetrates the deepest layers of our hair. It helps with brittleness and elasticity especially since we are exposed to loads of manipulation and handling damage.

- Oats is also an excellent film former. This can be great for high porosity hair. I know some, mainly myself, are really apprehensive about anything that creates a film on the hair shaft. Like silicones (which is what we avoid), but this “oat coating” isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it seals in moisture and provides a barrier from harsh elements (cold, wind, etc).

- Oats are great for hair that’s prone to tangling because of its film/coating properties. It reduces snagging of the hair and also washes off easily every wash, unlike silicones that need a sulphate to wash them off.

I do admit - because of my own fears/preferences - that I am still trying to find the right balance in my routine for oat rinses. I am low porosity so for me, too much coating can lead to build-up BUT, never has there been an issue with getting more moisture. So, I challenge you to find a balance that works for YOU in your routine too.

~ Marion

Here are a few ways to make oat water/conditioner:

  1. Add a few spoons of oats to some boiling water and let them soak until the oats are cooked (until the water cools down). Strain and use the milky water to rinse.
  2. Blend dry oats and allow it to sit in some water until the water turns milky.
  3. To use as a conditioner, cook the oats in a pot of water until creamy.

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  • Marley Grey on

    Hi Angela, you leave it on as you usually would with a normal conditioner.

  • Angela Webster on

    Morning how are you, how long do you leave the oats on the hair. Thank you

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