Oil Rinsing 101 for Natural Hair

posted on: September 16, 2013

Oil Rinsing

Over the past three weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of research on porosity because I believe that (besides understanding that hair requires a protein/moisture balance) knowing about it is key to forming an effective hair regimen for your hair.

I’m still in the process of figuring out my hair’s porosity level. I experience so many of the symptoms of low porosity hair yet when I place a strand of my hair into a cup of water, it sinks to the bottom. That’s usually a sign of high porosity hair.

I’ve dedicated the remainder of the year to trying to figure out what works best for my hair. Yes, I know that seems like a lot of time, but I don’t want to put any additional stress on my hair by trying out new things all the time.

One of the things I’ve decided to try out is oil rinsing.

In a nut-shell, oil rinsing is adding oil to your hair after you shampoo, but before you condition.

Benefits Include:

  • More moisture retention
  • Smoother, shinier, softer hair
  • Less single strand knots
  • easier detangling

Based on my research from mainly natural hair blogs, many low-po natural haired women have found success by incorporating this method of using oil into their hair regimen.

Here’s how I used it (visuals provided by the video below):

  1. I washed my hair with Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo (Target, drugstore.comWalgreen’s).
  2. Then, I applied extra virgin olive oil to my hair using an applicator bottle and I let it penetrate my hair shafts while I showered. [READ: The Benefits of Olive Oil for Hair]
  3. Then, I applied TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner with Aloe Vera and Avocado on top of the oil (drugstore.com, Walgreen’s, Wal-Mart, Boots).
  4. Then, I rinsed it all out.
  5. Finally, I divided my hair into small sections, applied Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner as a leave-in conditioner, and twisted each section. I applied a little castor oil to my ends. (drugstore.com, Walgreen’s, Target).

Tip: Use a oil that can penetrate the hair shaft like coconut, olive or avocado oil. Some people use castor oil as well even though this oil is more commonly used for sealing moisture into hair.

Out of the the four, coconut oil is most penetrating. It mitigates hygral fatigue by limiting the amount damage hair receives when it expands (as a result of water) and contracts (when drying). Coconut oil has the ability to bind to the protein in the hair shaft to fortify it. This, along with coconut oil’s inherent hydrophobic nature, makes it more difficult for water to enter the hair. Therefore, it doesn’t swell as much.

Please watch the video below to see how I rate this process for my hair.

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