Oil Rinsing

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After spending a week sick and unable to care for my hair, the first thing I wanted to do when I felt better was give it a little TLC. My hair was looking pretty dry so I decided to give an oil rinse a try with hopes of relieving the dry, brittle feel to it. 

An oil rinse is basically an extra moisturizing step added to your hair washing routine. It works by coating the hair after the follicles have been "lifted" during shampoo, and allowing the oil to deeply penetrate the strand before conditioning and sealing. The following steps explain how to do an oil rinse:

1. Rinse (or shampoo) your hair
2. Coat your hair with your favorite oil (i.e, olive oil, castor oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, etc.)
3. Rinse with warm water
4. Apply your conditioner and detangle
5. Rinse with cool water
6. Apply leave-in conditioner
7. Seal ends

Finding an oil for your oil rinse can involve a bit of trial and error. For those of us with very thick, coarse hair (4a, 4b), I would recommend a heavier oil like olive oil. If your strands aren't thick, try a lighter oil like grapeseed. The main thing to remember is to not to oversaturate your hair with oil during the rinse. Conditioner can help remove some of the excess oil but just to be on the safe side, a little goes a long way.

If your hair is experiencing boughts of dryness, try and oil rinse in place of a hot oil treatment. I'm sure your hair will thank you later.


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March 29, 2011 4:44 PM delete

I will be trying this!!!

Btw Shea Moisture hair products are AWESOME. I have used the Masque, Styling Milk, Smoothie, and hair oil. I love them all!!! Affordable & given rewarding results.


February 12, 2014 11:57 AM delete

Has anyone used the shea moisture reconstructive elixir for oil rinsing?