For this month’s 30 day challenge I’ll be using my long-time boo-thang, grapeseed oil, as well as castor oil and peppermint oil.


I’ve been using grapeseed oil for years as both my number 1 sealant and for hot oil treatments. Grapeseed oil helps strengthen hair, smooths the hair cuticle, and has a high percentage of linoleic acid that boosts the natural production of ceramides. If you’re a long time reader, you’ve undoubtedly heard (read) me rant and rave and swoon over ceramides:

Quick rundown on ceramides. The cuticle layer inevitably suffers damage over time through manipulation, shampooing, chemical relaxers, etc. Once the cuticle layer of the hair is damage, the hair becomes susceptible to breakage. Ceramides are lipid molecules that protect hair from moisture loss and protein degradation by keeping the cuticle layer in closed and repairing the cuticle layer of hair. Check out the original post: Hemp Seed OIl & Benefits of Ceramides



I’m not a huge fan of castor oil because it’s so thick and easily weighs down my fine strands so for this month I’ll be limiting it’s use on just my scalp when I do my hot oil treatments. My plan is to use castor oil to help thicken up my edges. Castor oil is also rich in vitiman E, Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids, and is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.


I’ll be mixing a few drops of peppermint oil with castor oil for weekly hot oil treatments and will focus the mix on just my scalp leaving the grapeseed oil for the length of my hair.

Peppermint oil is an essential oil and should never be applied directly to skin without first being diluted in a carrier oil like castor, coconut, olive oil, or grapeseed oil. Peppermint oil helps treat dandruff and dry scalp, as well as promotes growth by stimulating the scalp to increase blood circulation.

What oils are you using? If you’d like to join the challenge, the sign up is still open! Challenge sign up
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  1. After following your blog for the last couple years I've finally officially joined my first challenge /=._.=
    And…I also began my very own blog, so I look forward to linking to the challenge posts and learning more about the oils. I'll detail my selected oils and why I chose them in my challenge link. This is all new but I'm quite excited (*-*)

  2. Im gonna use coconut oil, ghee, hibiscus oil, sunflower oil and castor oil 🙂 So excited !!

  3. I'm using grapeseed oil, coconut oil, peppermint, eucalyptus and neem oil. I'm excited for this challenge.

  4. That sounds like a great mix of oils. My first wash day for this challenge will be this weekend. I'm using Olive Oil and Castor Oil for my first hot oil treatment. But now I'm thinking maybe I should add some grapeseed oil to the mix too. I love that stuff as well! Great post, Jen!

  5. Great choices! I'm using coconut oil, castor oil, and a few drops of peppermint oil. I will do a hot oil treatment weekly, since I wash my hair weekly. I'm excited!

  6. I have tried grapeseed on many occasions but it's hit or miss on my hair. Like, just when I think it's working, it stops. Weird.

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      My hair does that with wheat germ oil, weird indeed.

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