Is your hair dry? Has it been a little dull lately? Maybe you need to add Oil Rinsing to your Washday routine! It’s really simple too, trust me!
What is Oil Rinsing?
Oil Rinsing is basically saturating your hair with any oil(s) of your choosing before your condition your hair after a wash.
It should not be confused with pre-pooing. Pre-pooing requires certain oils that need to be left in hair for an extended period of time BEFORE washing, that is, shampooing is done.
How do I oil rinse?
1. Get some oil that you like.
2. After shampooing or your first co-wash, pour oil generously onto hair and scalp.
3. Leave for about 5 minutes, as you would a conditioner while in the shower. I reckon that having warm water running in the shower may allow the process mimic a hot oil treatment for a little bit.
4. Now there are two variants of the next step: Some people rinse off the oil and then condition as normal. Others add conditioner and then rinse both a while after. I tried the latter (because, longer time for oil to be in hair).
And that’s it really. Nothing elaborate. For my first experience, I used Taliah Waajid African Healing Oyl. It smells divine, this oil (or oyl as the product prefers to be called. Fancayyyy).
What oils are best for oil rinsing?
So you read this post and it turns out today is washday for you and you want to try out oil rinsing. You’re good to go if you have an oil, said oil is liquid and will continue to be liquid at all temperatures while in your hair, and you like said oil. That’s really it. Even melted shea butter can be used as an oil for oil rinsing.
So what are the benefits of oil rinsing?
- It rescues dry hair. Especially after a protein treatment or henna.
- Increases hair moisture and softness
- Aids easy hair detangling because the extra oil you will get in your hair adds slip to hair.
- Can help reduce frizz
- Hair shine
Having said this, if you do not like shiny hair, if you never shampoo your hair and if you have a problem feeling the presence of oil in your hair, then maybe oil rinsing is not for you. With oil rinsing, you have to remember that because there is a tendency for the oil to attract dirt and what not, it is necessary for you to wash hair occasionally.
I hope this was helpful to somebody. Has anyone else tried oil rinsing? Any advice? Testimonies?
Take all the positivity for the week. I wish you lots of good hair days!
– Mee Mee