Oil Rinsing 101 For Transitioning Hair
You’ve heard of the tea rinse, beer rinse and now…. the oil rinse. Over the past year, oil rinsing is a technique that has gotten amazing reviews from countless naturals. What does oil rinsing do exactly? It restores moisture and softness in between ‘pooing and/or co-washing, it helps to reduce frizz, increase shine and it also adds slip which creates a smoother detangling process.
The application is simple. Apply a generous amount of oil from the roots to the tips of your mane. You can use oils like jobjoba oil, grape seed oil, and almond oil. You can liquefy hair butters like shea butter if you choose but you must be careful. In cold temperatures, some butters like coconut oil harden and become visible in your hair. You don’t want it to appear as if you drudged through a snowstorm in the middle of fall. Choose an oil that will hold up in any temperature.
Be strategic in your application. Carefully coat each strand and allow the oil to soak into the hair for 10-20 minutes. You can cover your hair with a plastic cap to keep the oil from staining your clothes and furniture. Leaving Soul Glo stains all over your place is not a good look. You can also add heat but this is optional.
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Is there any hair type that should avoid oil rinsing? If you have a looser hair texture (1a to 3a-ish), your hair may become too oily and form buildup quickly. Also, those with certain scalp conditions may need to steer clear. If your scalp is easily irritated or you suffer from dandruff or eczema- oil rinsing may worsen these conditions.
Have you tried oil rinsing? If so, did you like your results?