Have you been reading everywhere that you should use oil on your hair? But you are not sure how exactly to use it? Well, you’ve come to the right place! I am going to tell you everything about why hair oils are necessary and how exactly to use those hair oils for healthy and beautiful hair!
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The importance of hair oil in hair care
Hair oils are an amazing tool in our healthy hair care. They help moisturize our hair, keep it supple and can even help with frizz.
The reason why our hair needs extra oiling is our modern style of hair care. Nature planned for the oils that our scalp produces, the so-called sebum, to protect and oil our hair. But nature didn’t plan with increased pollution and modern hair products.
Nowadays, many people wash their hair daily. With shampoos containing aggressive tensides. Those strip away all the natural oils from our hair, leaving it unprotected.
And while a “healthy hair diet” can help a lot with growing strong hair, our hair doesn’t directly get nutrients from our body once it’s outside our scalp. Once the hair grows out of the scalp, it is “dead” material and needs to be taken care of. Hair oils are perfect for that.
Is oil necessary for hair growth?
The fact that everyone recommends oiling your hair can make it seem like it’s necessary to oil your hair to get any hair growth at all. This is not the case.
But hair oils can help a lot in keeping your hair healthy and preventing split ends and breakage. One of the most common reasons for a seeming lack of hair growth is damage. Your hair is growing, but the same amount breaks off at the ends. This makes it look like your hair is not growing at all.
So while oil is not absolutely necessary for hair growth, it can definitely help. Some oils even increase circulation in your scalp, which can increase growth speed a little.
So should you oil your hair?
In case you are still wondering if you should oil your hair: Yes! Do it! You got nothing to lose and so much to gain! Any hair type will benefit from the right hair oil.
And another benefit of using hair oil instead of other products: it is completely natural! You can find most oils at the supermarket. No weird chemicals, just 100% pure oil. Doesn’t that sound awesome? And if your hair doesn’t like it you can still use it in the kitchen and vice versa.
How to use the hair oil
There are different ways of using hair oil. You can use it as a leave-in conditioner. Or you can use it as a pre-wash treatment to really moisturize your hair. Some people even use it for styling their hair.
How to use hair oil for dry hair
If your hair is really dry and you want to “saturate” it a little more, a heavy oil mask is perfect for you. Make sure you have some time afterward to wash your hair and let it air dry. It would be a shame to not get the whole benefit of the treatment because you have to use heat to dry your hair after.
For dry hair, you want to use a penetrating oil. My favorite penetrating oil is argan oil. Just make sure you have a good one. Dampen your hair by spraying some water on it and start applying oil. No need to be shy here – you want all of your hair to be properly covered in oil!
Once all of your locks and nice and oily, wrap them in an old towel or t-shirt. Warm temperatures help the oil penetrate your hair shaft, especially if you have low porosity hair.
Just make sure that you don’t use your favorite piece of cloth. Oil can be extremely difficult to wash out of fabric.
Benefits of applying oil in wet hair
Putting on the oil mask on wet hair has a couple of benefits.
First of all, it is simply easier to distribute the oil when your hair isn’t bone dry. Obviously, this also depends on your choice of oil. Castor oil will always be tougher than, say, Camellia seed oil. But the moisture helps in any case.
Second of all, and this is more important for an oil mask for dry hair, a little dampness will help your hair absorb the oil better. Your hair shouldn’t be soaking wet, as then it can’t absorb anything more. But a little dampness is good.
In the LOC method, the oiling specifically happens after putting “liquid” on the hair.
Can I comb my hair after oiling?
Now could also be a good time to detangle your hair. The oil acts as a natural lubricant and will make it easier to get rid of knots and tangles.
But be careful! Wet and damp hair is very susceptible to damage. So yes, you can comb your hair after oiling, but you need to be extra careful.
Use a wide-toothed wooden comb* or your fingers. And take your time.
How long should you leave oil in your hair?
Now you have some time to get comfortable, drink a cup of hot tea and enjoy the feeling of pampering yourself. But how long exactly should you keep oil in your hair?
Well, you want to leave in your oil mask for at least 30 minutes to make sure your locks have time to soak up all that oily goodness. Some people even leave the oil in overnight and only wash it out the next morning.
Ideally, you don’t have your hair in a wet state for too long though. As you know, it is way more vulnerable in that state. And keeping it in that “swollen” state for too long can have negative effects on its elasticity.
How many times should I oil my hair in a week?
Closely related to that topic is the question of how many times a week you should oil your hair. You can put some oil into your tips and lengths every day if your hair likes that.
But when it comes to the oiling mask, once per week is enough. As it includes staying in a damp state for a while and also a good washing afterward, it is a good idea to not do it too often.
Related: The 11 best oils for your hair
Will you be using hair oils in your hair care?
So after all this input on how to use hair oils for healthy hair, will you be using them in your hair care? I’m looking forward to reading your input in the comments!
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