Oil Rinsing – Elimate Dry Brittle Hair

oil rinsingIf you’re suffering from dry, brittle hair, you may want to do an oil rinse. Oil rinsing is a  great treatment for eliminating dry, breaking and brittle natural hair. Oil rinsing traps moisture under the hair cuticles, is a great detangler and can help soften follicles and promote hair growth.

Here’s how to do an oil rinse:
Step 1: Start by shampooing your hair in 4 – 6 sections (if your hair is long enough). If you are conditioning or co-washing only, then just rinse your hair but make sure it gets soaked.
Step 2: Using an applicator bottle with nozzle tip, coat your wet hair with about  ½  cup or 4oz or so of oil.  Use 1 cup or 8oz  if your hair is longer, of your favorite carrier/vegetable oils (i.e. extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, mustard seed oil, etc).  Heat oil to warm if you like.  I do.
Step 3: Using your finger tips (not your fingernails) massage oil well into scalp and thoroughly coat hair strands, paying special attention to your hair ends. Begin the detangling process.
Step 4: Rinse the oil off with hot water.
Step 5: Proceed to generously apply your favorite instant conditioner (use a conditioner with lots of slip.  I use Trader Joes Nourish and Shine)  to your strands and continue the finger detangling process. Use this time to clear your hair of any shed hair.
Step 6: Rinse with cool water while concluding the finger detangling process. Your hair strands should be nice and smooth with closed cuticles allowing for a quick and painless detangling.  Use this step to retwist your hair in 4 – 6 manageable sections.
Step 7: Blot and wrap hair with a large old t-shirt or pillowcase to absorb excess water. Do not rub you hair with back and forth action to lift your hair cuticles and roughen your hair.
Step 8: With your hair is damp but not soaking wet, apply your favorite leave-in conditioner (I use my deep conditioner during this step), seal and style as desired.


2 Responses to Oil Rinsing – Elimate Dry Brittle Hair

  1. Yolanda Rosario says:

    Thanks for the information. My hair has been steadily falling out for the past two years. Clumps, with no reasoning, did all of the tests. Right about the time I had a hysterectomy. I’m curious about the natural treatments I’ve seen you apply to your hair. I am of East Indian ancestry, using all those oils in my hair would only make it greasy. I wash my hair once a week, fearful to see how much falls out, and comb every other day, I am so reluctant to use rogaine, I’ve been taking supplements, trying natural stuff… Any suggestions?

    • Hi Yolanda,

      I suspect that there are a number of things affecting your current hair situation including, hormonal imbalance, heredity, diet, stress, diseases, illnesses, lifestyle changes, infection of the scalp, poor circulation to the scalp and lack of water, vital vitamins and minerals and a fall in DTH levels in the hair follicles. You mentioned noticing a change after your hysterectomy. I’m not sure if your procedure was partial or complete but our ovaries regulates two important hormones, estrogen & progesterone, both vital to important body functions. Please research each of these topics to learn more. You are correct, using oils on your type of hair would make it too greasy. Take a look at ayurvedic hair powder which is a popular practice in your culture. They are known to have good strengthen and hair growth properties. Here’s the link to one of my ayurvedic recipes>> http://naturallyfitqt.com/hair-recipes/ayurvedic-hair-mask-recipe/

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