Do oils soften the hair? Scientists say the only oils that are beneficial to the hair are coconut, olive and avocado oil because those are the oils that are proven to penetrate deep into the hair's
cortex. However, When I apply those oils to my hair I do not notice a
difference. When I apply hempseed, castor oil or capuacu butter, my hair my hair
softer, pliable and feels as if it were elastic (it feels more flexible). I know oils that do not penetrate the hair just leave a coating over the hair, but why is it that a coating of hempseed oil, castor oil, capuacu butter on my hair makes my hair feel soft and pliable while a coating of canola or soybean oil just sits on top and not offering any softening properties? I know oils do not
moisturize the hair, but does applying non-penetrative oils soften the
hair (kind of like how soaking leather in oil makes it more flexible or lanolin softens wool)?