Monday, August 10, 2015

Oil Rinsing

Your Hair is Extremely Dry?: An Oil Rinse May Be Your Answer!

An oil rinse has similar results to doing an a hot oil treatment.  To do a successful oil rinse, it is suggested that you do so in the shower.  However, it can be successfully done over a sink or a large bowl of water.  What is great about this technique is that it can be done throughout all seasons.

1. What is oil rinsing?

Oil rinsing is a technique that involves adding a liquefied oil or hair butter to your tresses. The oil or butter is then allowed to sit/absorb in your strands, with or without heat for anywhere from five to 20 minutes. After you have waited for the desired amount of time, the oil is then rinsed out of the hair. Some people will follow the rinsing of the oil with a co-wash product or conditioner. However, you can skip this step and simply blot your hair and proceed to style.

2. Is Pre-pooing and Oil Rinsing the Same Thing?

Pre-pooing is usually done before you either shampoo or co-wash your hair. If you have chosen to pre-poo, you should think about doing this procedure overnight to get the maximum benefit from the strand-penetrating oil of your choice.

However, for oil rinsing you do not need to saturate your hair overnight with an strand-penetrating oil like coconut, olive oil, or avocado oil. Oil rinsing can be done just before you co-wash since it is effective in aiding in detangling and adding slip when used.

What you will need:

1.       Any oil of your choice DOES NOT NEED to be a 
          penetrating oil ( coconut, olive, or avocado) 


  • Shampoo (or co-wash) Hair, as usual
  • Gently Wring/Twist Out All Excess Water
  • Apply Oil from Ends of your Hair to the Roots
  • Now,  Follow-up With Your Favorite Conditioner, As Usual
All Done!  Your hair will feel extremely soft and look shiny and healthy!

Benefits of Oil Rinsing:

Oil rinsing is thought to help hair in several ways including:
  • Will help soften your hair and relieve the crispy and dry feeling of your hair after a henna or protein treatment.
  • Refreshes Your Hair by increasing moisture and softness. Therefore, there will be no need to shampoo or co-wash hair after an Oil Rinse.
  • The additional oil will increase your slip factor and help to detangle hair and most importantly help to reduce frizz.
  • For those with natural hair with a curl definition, oil rinsing will help with defining your curl.
  • Increase shine to your hair.
  • Penetrating Oils will increase your strands ability to absorb and retain water molecules!
  • These oils will enter hair shaft and binds to the water molecules because of their polar structure.
  • When rinsed well, hair will be left shiny without feeling greasy!

Oil rinsing will leave a coating of oil on your hair. Coconut Oil hardens/solidifies at low/cold temperatures and should not be used to oil rinse in cold weather. Oil rinsing in cold air or winter calls for a oil/butter that will still stay liquidfied at cooler temperatures. Olive oil, castor oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil and shea butter are good candidates for oil rinsing.

3. Cons of Oil Rinsing

  1. Dandruff, scalp irritations, and eczema can be irritated by oil rinsing and should be avoided.
  2. Those whose hair has a tendency to form build-up or have a looser curl pattern may find that this method causes hair to be limp.
  3. If you ONLY co-wash , you may consider using a clarifying shampoo to make sure you prevent any oil build up.
  4. OIL ATTRACTS lint and dirt! You should schedule a shampoo within a week of your oil rinsing.

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