A few months ago, I discovered the secret ingredient for my homemade DIY deep conditioner....it'sred palm oil! You know the red oil that most Africans and Southeast Asians use to cook!
Before I get carried away talking about my hair's true love, let me give a brief description of red palm oil
Red Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from the mesocarp (reddish pulp) of the fruit of the oil palms, primarily the African oil palm Elaeis guineensis, and to a lesser extent from the American oil palm Elaeis oleifera and the maripa palm Attalea maripa. It is naturally reddish in color because of a high beta-carotene content (Read more)
Like coconut oil, it’s solid at room temperature because it’s high in saturated fat, it can also be stored at room temperature, due to high amount of Vitamin E. The color does tend to stain, and if that's a problem, you can heat it up a little, however, I don't do that because it may cause the oil to lose some of it's nutrients.
The moisture content in palm oil is very beneficial for hair and skin. This oil contains lipids and saturated fats that feed the hair shaft, eliminating dryness. Palm oil can be a deep hair-conditioning treatment. Simply apply palm oil to wet hair and put on a shower cap. Rinse after 30 minutes or sleep with the treatment on overnight. Click here to see my results!
The moisture beads in palm oil will improve the texture and quality of your hair by making your locks soft and manageable. Palm oil can also be a moisturizer for your skin. Your skin absorbs everything you put on it, and palm oil is a natural substitute for a chemical-based moisturizer. After cleansing, simply rub palm oil on your face and body in circular motions. The oil is lightweight and will not clog pores.
Red palm oil contains natural antibacterials that fight acne bacteria. Using palm oil on your skin can help maintain moisturized, yet clear skin. Dryness can actually cause the skin to become irritated and sensitive, which can lead to acne. Palm oil is beneficial if you have a cut or scrape on your skin, because the oil will kill germs. This antibacterial oil is also good for your hair and scalp because it can prevent scalp acne and dry scalp.
Red palm oil is rich in vital nutrients. These vitamins are essential for healthy hair and skin. Vitamins A and E are free radical neutralizers. Free radicals are unpaired molecules in the body that cause destruction of your cells. These vitamins fight free radicals, helping to protect and preserve your cells, resulting in healthier hair and skin. When hair is lacking nutrition, you will have dry, brittle hair.
Lets not forget, palm oil makes a very yummy sauce for African yams, Irish potatoes, and it's also the most used oil for cooking outside of the U.S.