5 Ways to Use Oil on Your Natural Hair

natural oilsNatural Oils are big component of our natural hair routine and for good reason. Natural oils can aid moisturizers, seal, renew, and prevent damage in hair. You can also use them in every step of your natural hair routine and here’s how.

See Also: 5 Questions You Should Ask When Choosing Oils

Oil Rinse

A oil rinse has been compared to a hot oil treatment done in the shower.  Its simple!  Apply any of the three oils that penetrate hair (coconut, olive, or avocado) or try all three in the shower after shampooing your hair and scalp.

Make sure to ring out excess water and add oil from ends to roots.  Then condition hair as normal.  Its guaranteed to leave your hair soft and moisturize but not greasy. You can read more about a Oil Rinse & Why You Should Be Doing Them.

Hot Oil Treatment

We all know what a hot oil treatment is. But we may have forgotten how beneficial it can be for extremely dry hair and scalp. With the freezing temperatures of the polar vortex, I’ve become reacquainted with this treatment. I recommend using olive oil, because it’s super hydrating. It also has a high affinity for hair and skin giving it the ability to absorb easily, leaving you with moisturized, but not greasy hair.

More on Hot Oil Treatments i.e What oils to use & etc.

Oil Infusion

Olive Oil Infusion Kit is a two-step deep conditioning treatment that almost miraculously hydrates the driest of curls.

The term Oil Infusion Treatment was coined by Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter with her Olive Oil Infusion Set which retails for $25. But you can recreate the treatment at home with your favorite deep conditioner and natural oil for less than $10.

It’s a two-step deep conditioning process in which you apply olive oil to the scalp and hair, root to tips followed by a deep conditioner. Allow the combination of products to sit for 30 minutes under a plastic cap, rinse with warm water until the water runs clear, and wash with a sulfate-free shampoo.

Pre-Poo Treatment

Pre-poo is the process of applying coconut oil (or some other moisturizing product like a cheapie conditioner or natural oil) before shampooing to prevent excess loss of natural oils and damage. The natural oils can be stripped by traditional shampoos during the cleansing process.

I have to admit that I was somewhat anti pre-poo.  It just didn’t make sense to condition or moisturize your hair before shampooing. But I was wrong. Studies show that moisturizing your hair with coconut oil before shampooing prevents damage and the loss of the hair’s natural proteins in addition to helping the hair stay moisturized.

I use whipped coconut oil to pre-poo my hair.

Read More on Pre-poo i.e benefits, the best pre-poo mixture & etc.

Add Oil to Shampoo

A little bit of olive oil, jojoba, almond and/or avocado oil will take your shampoo or conditioner to the next level.  This adds an extra moisturizing boost and vitamins to the existing formula.

If your hair is always dry after each shampoo you can’t afford to skip this step. Read 20 More Simple Natural Hair Hacks

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