If 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.