Having a good oil can be one of the ways of keeping your hair healthy and moisturized.
But just like anything else, oils can be confusing and even be counter-effective when not used properly.
I remember that at one point I had at least 10 types of oils for my hair in my house. I had bought them because I kept coming across tutorials, each praising this oil or that one.
And though I knew how to use them, it was all just a tad overwhelming, and my cabinet was just overflowing.
I’m so glad I just have one oil blend that is working great from my hair needs at the moment.
What you need to know about the main groups
Not all oils perform at the same level, so you want to make sure that you are using the right oil in order to get the best results. This is largely determined by their molecular structure.
Because I like keeping things simple, I’m going to share the 2 groups of oils based on their uses. To read more you can refer to this article on Naturally Curly.
This group of oils is made up is made up of small molecular structures which enable them to penetrate the hair shaft. Examples include coconut oil, olive and palm kernel oil.
These oils have bigger molecules and are highly unlikely to penetrate, but they are great for giving your hair shine and slip. Examples include jojoba and castor oil.
Depending on your hair needs, you can use oils in various ways.
HOW I USE MY OIL
The oil that I use is a blend of 13+ natural based and essential oils, and it’s made in such a way that it mimics our body’s natural oils. I particularly enjoy that it’s already infused with anti-inflammatory properties, which works great to help with my scalp issues.
I use it in my regimen in the following ways:
- As a pre-poo
This is beneficial to protect your hair from stripping when shampooing, and an oil is one of the methods you can use to pre-poo your hair.
I used to avoid shampooing my hair but now I do it regularly since I found a shampoo that’s infused with oil, so it doesn’t strip my hair. But when my hair feels especially dry, I’ll use my oil as a pre-poo.
2. Hot oil treatment
A hot oil treatment is done after shampooing to add the oil goodness to your hair. The oil is typically (warm or hot) for better absorption by the hair. Your hair will absorb the oil best in this state because there’ll be no other product to obstruct it, unlike with a pre-poo. Both are beneficial for different reasons.
Method: Apply your warm oil and sit under a warm dryer or cover your head with a warm towel and cap for about 30mins or so to let the oil work its magic.
It’s still advisable to follow with your deep conditioner since it may contain other useful ingredients like protein.
I find that without an oil, my hair lacks that shine and it doesn’t retain moisture for a long time. So my moisturizing regimen usually includes my leave in, oil and a cream/butter. The cream or butter can be my air dry cream, sculpting taffy or curl cream, depending on how I’m styling my hair.
This video below demonstrates exactly how I do this.
You’ll notice that I do LOC (liquid, oil, cream), though I sometimes do LCO for layering my products.
4. To reduce Frizz
Flyaways and frizz can be a problem when styling. But using a bit of oil calms them down for me to finish my styles looks.