A new trend has been taking the natural haircare community by storm and it is called oil rinsing.
Oil rinsing is exactly what is sounds like: a hair rinse using oil.
Now it may sound like an oxymoron because women, especially naturals, wash their hair to remove excessive dirt and oil.
But an oil rinse is intended to do both: give your hair a general rinse while maintaining some moisture.
It’s not hard either. The most difficult part to an oil rinse is find out which oil you would want to use.
It definitely should be an oil that coats the hair for long periods of time. Good coating oils include coconut, extra virgin olive, jojoba and shea oil all make great coating oils. If you want, you can add your favorite soft oil, an oil that is easily penetrated into the scalp, into the coating oils too. These would include sweet almond, hempseed and rice bran oil.
While it is completely optional, the added benefit to a soft oil means that the hair shaft and the hair base will both be very moisturized after the rinse.
If you are still dead set on washing your hair with shampoo, that’s fine. Just make sure you do it before the oil rinse, so you can gain the benefits of the rinse.
Follow these steps for producing a great oil rinse.
1. Select your oils. While you will be just fine with a coating oil, consider adding a soft oil
2. Mix your oils and then heat them. DO NOT over heat the oils as they will burn your scalp.
3. Mix your oils together in a dispenser bottle. You can also run the bottle under hot water to warm it up.
4. Massage the oil onto your scalp and hair. You will be an oily mess, but it is important to oil every strand to get the full benefits of coating.
5. Allow the oil to sit on your head for 15-20 minutes prior to your rinse.
6. In the shower, continue to allow the oil to sit. Wear a shower cap if necessary. During this time, you can shave or just enjoy the therapy of a warm shower!
7. Remove your shower cap and rinse the oil using COOL water. It is important that the water is cool so your pores will close faster. With hot water, they will remain open. Closes pores mean the oil stays on your hair strands and this is what you want. Try to use as cool of water as you can stand.
8. Do not rinse the oil out for a long time. A good 30 seconds to a full minute should be more than enough to rinse the excessive oil while keeping your hair coating.
9.Allow your shiny wet curls to air dry or, under low or medium heat, blow dry your hair out. It will feel impeccably soft and moisture. Guaranteed!