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Herbs, Oils, and Spices Series: Avocado Oil

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Origin: Avocado oil is extracted using cold pressing method.

Characteristics: Oily to the touch, strong, herbal aroma, dark green color when unrefined, shelf life is about 6 months

Benefits for hair: Avocado oil is high in monounsaturated fatty acids that help with conditioning the hair. When used in a deep conditioner, Avocado oil can effectively moisturize the hair shaft by penetrating the cuticle layer. Avocado oil is not recommended for fine hair as it is a heavy oil.

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Herbs, Oils, and Spices Series: Apricot Kernel Oil

Origin: Apricot kernel oil is extracted from dried apricot kernels.

Characteristics: Oily, nutty fragrance, golden color

Benefits for hair: Apricot kernel oil contains essential fatty acids, like polyunsaturated fatty acids, that help in sealing moisture into the hair. Apricot kernel oil is rich in Vitamin A, C, and E.

Benefits for scalp: Apricot kernel oil can help treat dermatitis and dandruff, plus prevent hair loss by massaging it into the scalp regularly.

How to use:

Sources: ehow.com

Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels by Marlene Jones

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