Oil Rinsing…Is this “The Miracle” for your Dry Natural Hair that you have been looking for???
An oil rinse is a hair treatment used primarily on kinky, coily, afro textured hair. Oil Rinsing is the step between co-washing/shampooing and conditioning, that keeps the hair moisturized longer, makes detangling a cinch, soften hair follicles, promotes growth, and prevents fairy knots.
Using an oil rinse of one or more oils together is effective at smoothing the cuticle layers and greatly improving the appearance of your hair. Oils like evoo, coconut, castor, grapeseed, or almond oil etc. are applied from the root to the ends of the hair shaft after co-washing/shampooing and before conditioning. The oil adds extra slip during the wash which may help the hair strands slide past each other instead of tangling and forming knots.
This is how it is done:
1. CO-WASH: Co-wash your hair using warm water or as hot as you can bear, it helps to open the pores. Remember, the purpose of this step is to help remove the scalp of build-up from your products which is very important!
2. OIL: Apply your oil of choice to your hair (1-2 tablespoons) depending on the thickness of your hair. I like castor oil; however, experiment to find out what works best for you. Work it through the hair from root to ends, not the scalp. Detangle your hair during this step which helps to make sure the oil has been applied liberally. Rinse hair with warm water or as hot as you can bear.
3. CONDITIONER: Apply your choice of a moisturizing conditioner to your hair generously and rinse with cool water or as cold you can bear to close the cuticle. Cold water rinses help to seal in moisture, prevent knots, and add shine to the hair. You will definitely notice a difference in your hair.
Experiment… If one oil does not work for your hair, try using another one. Also, use more or less oil depending on what works best for your hair. BTW: Oil rinsing is great for children!
Have you tried oil rinsing? How did it work for you?