Oil rinsing is a process that involves applying excess amount of carrier oil onto the hair from root to scalp, allowing it sit on the hair for a period of time; less than 25 minutes, with or without heat whichever is your preference and then rinsing off with cool water. Oil rinsing isn’t the same as pre-pooing. Oil rinsing can be easily added to your wash regimen at intervals. Oil rinsing can be done after shampooing the hair before applying the conditioner or if you use conditioners only, it can be applied after conditioning the hair but before deep conditioning or after deep conditioning, it just depends on your preference.
Oils that can be used include;
- Olive oil.
Sweet almond oil.
How to Oil Rinse
- Preferably after shampooing, ensure hair is still quite damp.
Apply your favourite oil; Coconut oil for fine hair, Olive oil for coarse hair.
Let it sit on the hair for 5 – 25 minutes, with or without heat.
Rinse with cool water.
Proceed with deep conditioning or if it is done after deep conditioning, style as desired.
Advantages of Oil Rinsing
- Reduces frizz.
Easy detangling process.
Helps retain moisture in hair.
Adds shine or sheen to hair since natural hair can look dull sometimes.
Promotes softer hair.
Disadvantages of Oil Rinsing
- Oil rinsing can aggravate itchiness if you have dandruff or any scalp irritation.
If you’re on the CG method, you may not like oil rinsing because with time, shampoo will be needed to remove the excess build up caused by the oil attracting dust from your environment.
N.B Please use oil that can penetrate your hair shafts easily such as coconut oil if not you’d hate oil rinsing completely.
Have I done this before? Yes
Will I do it again? No, because my hair doesn’t like oil and I used olive oil (which I think is fake) on my fine strands so it was just horrible. The oil sit on my hair for a really long time, my hair didn’t appreciate the excess oil. Also, my scalp was very itchy. No, Never, Ever.
If you oil rinse let me know and share some tips too. 😉
Till next time,