Oats are a cereal with multiple virtues. Widely used in cooking, it also has properties particularly appreciated in cosmetics.
Extracted from the seeds of oats, oat milk is used to heal and restore vitality to dry , dull hair .
There are many oatmeal cosmetic products on the market.
Shampoos , conditioners , masks , creams , and sprays are some versions of these cosmetic products.
Most of them are designed to deeply moisturize and nourish the hair. The benefits of oats for your hair are numerous, discover some of them here.
The use and benefits of oats on hair
You can find this cereal in various forms of hair care : cream, milk, shampoo or lotion based on oats.
These different treatments can be found in specialized hair stores. But they are also very easy to make yourself (which allows much better control of the composition) and are much cheaper than professional care.
Oats bring many benefits to the hair.
This cereal acts to hydrate , nourish , fortify , detangle and shape the curls or simply coat the hair to close the cuticle and limit frizz.
It makes the hair more voluminous, shiny and soft. It is also recommended for fine hair because it adds volume.
Oats are indicated for the treatment of irritated scalp , it helps to soothe irritations, itching and dandruff.
Oatmeal hair care can be used in many ways, regardless of form.
You can use them as a balm, wash out the treatment (after 5 minutes of exposure or overnight) or leave on.
You can also use oatmeal cream diluted with a little water to make a hairspray to enhance your curls in the morning or just to help with your hair.
How to choose your oatmeal conditioner?
By definition, the conditioner is a treatment which, as its name suggests, is applied after the shampoo.
Unlike deep nourishing hair masks, although conditioner is still made with oats as the main ingredient, they vary in brand, composition and quality.
So, before buying a hair conditioner, you need to decide which brand you want to use.
To do this, you need to compare their compositions . You will find that some products may contain only organic and 100% natural ingredients.
There are also products that combine organic substances with toxic products .
We advise against choosing hair products that contain sodium, sulfates and parabens.
They are active detergents that are harmful to the hair.
Homemade oatmeal hair care recipe
Here is an example of a recipe for making homemade oatmeal treatments.
Recipe #1: Oatmeal Cream Hair Mask
For about 50 ml of cream, you need the following ingredients:
- 250ml of water.
- 2 and a half tablespoons of rolled oats.
- A clean box with a lid if you want to keep it.
- A colander.
- Pour water into the saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat and add 2 and a half tablespoons of rolled oats.
- Use a wooden spoon or spatula to stir gently for about 1/4 hour.
- The water will turn into milk, then into cream with the well-soaked pieces.
- When the result is a gooey texture, you can remove the pan from the heat.
- Pass the cream through a sieve to keep only the portion of cream.
You can let the preparation cool in your container. Your ice cream will thicken even more as it cools.
Obviously, you have to wait until it is at temperature to apply it to your hair.
Focus on the scalp and massage gently.
For long hair, you can double the amounts. Leave for a quarter of an hour and rinse.
For leave-in applications, it is best to use a very light cream. It will keep for about a week in your fridge.
Recipe n° 2: Nourish the hair with oat milk
The preparation is very similar to the previous cream. The difference is the amount of water and the soaking water before cooking. For the ingredients:
- 900ml of water.
- 4 to 5 tablespoons rolled oats.
- A saucepan.
- A bowl.
- A colander.
- Let oats soak in the bowl with water overnight.
- Boil water.
- Add rolled oats and cook for five minutes, stirring gently.
- Filter the mixture with a strainer.
You will get a liquid similar to milk, much lighter.
Likewise, let it cool down before applying or washing your hair with oat milk.
You can use it once a week. For fine hair, it is a very effective supplement to thicken hair and stimulate growth.
What are the alternatives to oats?
Of course, other ingredients can be added to this cream to multiply its benefits.
You can add to the preparation: such as honey, aloe vera gel , egg yolks, vegetables and/or essential oils .
Avocado oil, shea butter and sweet almond oil are also natural products for hair treatments.
The use of oats is perfect on all hair types, whether thick, straight or curly.
However, it is a beauty ingredient specifically indicated for very dry and/or frizzy, curly hair , because it is hair that lacks water and nutrients.
They often need an internal and external supply of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to regain beauty, care and suppleness.
These oatmeal treatments also prevent hair loss, promote hair growth, and limit breakage, dryness, and split ends.
Oats have many cosmetic benefits, especially in hair care.
The cosmetics industry has understood this very well, which is why they manufacture a full range of oatmeal products for the body and hair.
These products, when they are of high quality, are also quite expensive. However, you can choose homemade recipes but other alternatives also exist.