Since middle school, I haven't cut more than three inches off of my hair at a time. Needless to say, it's gotten to be quite long. While the length itself is beautiful (to me, at least), it doesn't make up for the dry, lackluster strands. Split ends are rampant among my tresses and because of the length, it's difficult for the natural scalp oils to reach the ends.
Over the years, I have sought out numerous treatments and products to keep my hair looking nice and soft. Recently, I had the chance to try out a natural product that seemed to do some good.
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The product that I tried is Elrique Naturals Emu Oil.
For quite some time, Emu Oil has been used for a number of purposes, including relieving sore muscles and joints as well as reliving discomfort from carpal tunnel syndrome and shingles.
In more recent times, it's been used to reduce redness associated with acne, to add moisture to dry cuticles, and to promote healthy nails. It's also been used quite often for softening hair and encouraging hair growth.
This Emu Oil is certified organic and is said to improve the appearance of hair and skin. The bottle offers two sets of directions, one covering general use and the second covering use in beauty regimens.
The first set of directions states to pour a small amount of oil into your palm and then apply directly to the desired area. One drop is said to be sufficient enough to cover an area about the size of the back of your hand. It also states that when applied to wounds or skin conditions, a sterile dressing and bandage may be applied.
For hair and beauty, the bottle states to pour a small amount into your hands, rub your hands together to evenly distribute the oil, and then apply it to your hair starting from the ends and working up to the roots. For longer hair, more oil may be applied. Finally, you may cover the hair with a warm and damp cloth and leave it on for an hour—longer for hair with extensive damage. Finally, wash the oil with a mild detergent.
The bottle comes equipped with a pump, which allows you to get just the right amount of liquid for the job.
Elrique Naturals Emu Oil is an off-white color with a slightly creamy texture.
I found that three pumps was more than enough for my extra long hair. Immediately after applying it, my hair felt softer and just looked healthier. My scalp didn't feel as dry and itchy as it usually does, which was a welcomed change.
Anyway, I covered it in a towel as the directions suggested and wore it overnight. In the morning, I washed it out of my hair and styled it as usual. My hair wasn't as "poofy" as it usually is after blow drying. I typically have to straighten it immediately after drying or else I look like I was struck by lightning. That wasn't the case here. It actually laid flat.
Because I was so impressed with the results, I decided to dig a little deeper and find out more about emu oil. I should have done this prior to trying it out (as I normally do) but I didn't. To find out what I learned, read on.
Emu Oil is Derived from a Bird
I'm not typically one to assume, but prior to receiving the emu oil, I did (which is terrible of me, especially when it's a product that I'm required to try). You see, I assumed that emu oil was just another plant oil—what I didn't realize that an emu is actually a bird.
Clearly, I was way wrong. As it turns out, emu oil is derived from the meat and fatty tissue of the emu, which is a flightless bird, not unlike an ostrich, that finds its home in Australia.
Now, because the oil is extracted from the meat and fatty tissue, it's clear that it isn't obtained while the animal is still living. With that said, it's likely that the emu oil comes from a ranch where emus are raised for the specific purpose of obtaining the oil.
While I don't necessarily consider myself to be an animal advocate (I do eat meat), I'm not particularly keen on killing animals for the sole purpose of beauty.
With that said, the oil did provide significant results. The reason I am including the above information is because I want those of you looking to try the oil to be aware of what you're purchasing. That way, you can make your own decisions.