Ingredient Review| Red Palm Oil + Natural Hair

by West Parsons on August 2, 2015 · 3 comments

in beauty, product review

red palm oil sample



What is red palm oil?
Recently, while perusing the chaotic aisles of Dekalb Farmer’s Market (Atlanta), I came across a display for red palm oil (not to be confused with red palm kernel oil), which compared this oil to olive and of course touting the powerful antioxidant benefits it carries. It is obtained from the flesh of palm fruit grown on palm trees.  The color of the oil is due to the high levels of carotene (beta-carotene and lycopene), levels greater than what’s found in carrots and tomatoes.  It contains no cholesterol but behaves much like hydrogenated oils as it thickens at room temperature. This makes it an ideal substitute for food manufacturers to replace the less healthy hydrogenated oils, but once this oil is heated and refined, it looses its color and many of the health benefits it offers in it’s natural state.

Dr. Oz can catch you up to speed on all the other health benefits as it relates to the body. Now lets talk about all it’s magical hair goodness!

My Experience with Palm Oil
The scent of this oil is not at all soothing like coconut oil. Actually it smells quite offensive — much like neem oil.  At room temperature it very thick and slow to pour. I applied it to my dry hair as a pre-poo, while removing shed hairs, then applied a deep conditioner and a hair therapy wrap atop.

After several hours of wiping red drips, which WILL stain clothing, I rinsed my hair and it felt so dang soft and dare I say, silky! This level of softness? Coconut oil does not compare. Red palm oil seems to be in a category of it’s own. Detangling was a breeze as I prepared to twist my wet hair to air dry, hoping the softness would last well into hair drying, but it didn’t. Womp, womp! But the true test of moisturized hair is how easily it blow dries and I choose to skip that this round.

Final Thoughts
The ease in detangling is absolutely something to write home about. With extreme levels of vitamin E, it promotes growth, deep conditions strands and obviously conditions the scalp — I can attest  my scalp has been flake-free since my initial use two weeks ago.  I’ll be adding this to my conditioner mixes in the future. A little goes a long way and it’s inexpensive. Can’t beat that!

Products with Red Palm Oil
Pure Red Palm Oil
Emtage Beauty SILKtage Scalp Repair Pre-Wash Healing Oil Treatment
Emtage Beauty Silktage Clear Glow Treatment Cleansing Oil
Shoosha Organic  Rejuvenate Stretch Mark Serum

Have you used red palm oil?


MakeupVixen August 4, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Yeah so I’m going to have to red the article all the way through next time LOL. I just ran to Trader Joes on my lunch break to get this miracle oil. While at my desk I dip my finger in the new organic red palm oil… It not only stained my scalp but stained my white nail polish LOL. My hair has the greenish glow to it where I applied it and my scalp is golden LOL. I’m just gonna keep to myself until I get home so I can rinse it out. LOL

I did notice that this trader joe version is not refined and has these lumps in it, I’m guessing it’s fat. It has a smoky scent to it.

I think I will add this to a treatment reggie. Perhaps adding it to my anita grant conditioner cubes mix with some aloe vera juice and this palm oil and letting it sit on my hair for an hour or two. I’m gonna try it once a month for now and see what happens.

West Parsons August 25, 2015 at 8:42 pm

Hehe…Hopefully no one ran up on your and took a whiff. Didn’t know Trader Joes had it. Good! Hopefully mine does too and I won’t have to travel so far next time. The Anita Grant cubes or henna mix is a good idea.

How did it go?

MakeupVixen September 10, 2015 at 5:29 pm

So far so good. I’m using it to grow my hair out now. In a 12 ounce squueze bottle I added 5 teaspoons of the red palm oil to my JBCO/JBCO hair therapy mix. My hair is always soft now. I also take that same mixture and do a kimmaytube mixture with aloe vera juice, knot today and the oil mix. so far I got an inch in a month so I’m good. I also use another mix for my LOC method. I will be writing a detail follow up on my blog and youtube channel about it.