The Best Natural Oils for Type 4 Natural Hair


Many oils on the market that promise to infuse moisture, increase manageability and repair damage but which oil works best for your hair type? Knowing the magical oil that will work best for your hair type can prove critical in having amazing hair that benefits from oil instead of hair that is rejecting your best efforts. Understanding which oils work best will go a long way in helping you nurture those natural locks.  For this article, let’s take a look at the best oils for the type 4 family.

Which Oils Work Best for Type 4 A?

 Type 4A hair has an s-shape and is at risk for damage thanks to it having fewer cuticle layers than is seen with other hair types.  

Jojoba Oil

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Jojoba oil perhaps the best oil for conditioning not only 4A hair but all hair types. It is a common ingredient found in shampoos and conditioners; however, naturalistas may find this particular oil to be an excellent component within the pre-poo mixture. Jojoba oil is a light oil that:

  • Detangles natural hair
  • Adds volume
  • Improves hair growth
  • Repairs damage 

 If your hair is experiencing a bout of low-porosity, jojoba oil can restore moisture balance.   

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil is fantastic for 4A hair which is at significant risk for damage as evidenced by intermittent shedding. This oil can hydrate hair thanks to its ability to penetrate the shaft and infuse moisture from the inside of the hair. Sweet almond oil:

  • Repairs damaged ends
  • Adds shine
  • Improves hair growth 


Which Oils Work Best for Type 4 B?

 4B hair gives us z-shape all day. This hair is natural hair fluff at its best. It’s tight coils and coarse structure, however, can make it susceptible to damage thanks to the hair oils inability to travel the shaft, thus leaving hair ripe for dryness and damage.  

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

 While Jamaican Black Castor Oil may not be so beloved for those who do not like heavy oils, those who understand the broad range of benefits that accompany this oil know to keep several bottles on hand. Jamaican Black Castor Oil:

  • Controls frizz
  • Infuses moisture
  • Prevents scalp infections

Add this oil to a pre-poo mix and watch as miracles happen.

Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is yet another ingredient for your pre-poo mix. Coconut oil:

  • Detangles hair
  • Enhances hair growth
  • Replenishes protein
  • Strengthens hair 

Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is a light oil much like coconut or olive oil. Sesame oil not only adds shine to otherwise dull hair but it also possesses a number of other benefits including:

  • Penetrates the hair shaft
  • Seals in moisture
  • Darkens gray hair 

Also, sesame oil is an effective pre-poo ingredient and works as an excellent conditioning agent.

Avocado Oil

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Avocado oil is a wonderful anti-fungal agent that reduces the risk for scalp infections which ultimately reduces the risk of hair loss. Rich in vitamin A, E, C, and K, avocado oil supports a natural divas desire to:

  • Bestow moisture
  • Add shine
  • Boost hair growth

Which Oils Work Best for Type 4 C?

  4C hair is kinkier than 4A and 4B.  4C naturalistas will tell you that this hair is not for the weak at heart. While beautiful curls may exist in one area of your head, other parts of the hair have a tendency to clump together, making hair care a steep undertaking. 

 4C hair thrives on moisture. In addition to avocado oil, jojoba oil, and Jamaican Black Castor Oil, 4c hair also responds well to rosemary oil and olive oil. 

Rosemary Oil

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Rosemary oil may assist in a naturalistas effort to hydrate hair while also repairing and preventing any new damage. Also, rosemary oil is useful in promoting hair growth.  

Olive Oil 

Olive oil is the foundation for most natural divas. Olive oil is a natural conditioner that penetrates the shaft to strengthen hair and reduce hair loss.  Should you decide to purchase this oil, make sure that you buy extra virgin olive oil for best results.

It’s important to note that while coconut oil is may be a staple in the natural hair diva’s arsenal of oils, its benefits may not be as long lasting for those ladies with 4C hair. 

While various oils mentioned in this article are noted to be useful for a particular hair type, do not feel as though you must file a set formula or fit the mold of a specific hair type. Pay attention to what your hair is trying to tell you. Natural hair care often dictates that we treat the symptoms of our hair. Use this information as a guideline but be flexible in using these oils. 


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