Oil has many uses for natural hair, and is not just the seconding step in a sealing method. Carrier oils, and oils that stay liquid whether warmed or cooled, in particular has its many uses as a topical application and, in particular, are a positive tool in your hair regimen, and in treatments.
In this treatment, the oil of choice is typically applied as the last step in a wash routine after the hair has been shampooed/clarified/co-washed. The hair is lightly rinsed after letting the oil sit up to 5 minutes. Cold water works best in this process as it helps the hair cuticles to ‘close’ and seals in moisture from the water. Oil rinses has so many benefits: the addition of a natural sheen, popping curls and manageability. But, as it also covers the L (water) and O (oil) step in LOC sealing method, it cuts my washing AND styling time in half due to the oil rinse. Awesome.
Hot Oil Treatment
This is a treatment that’s known throughout the ages in Black hair care, and is typically done before the hair is washed.
A mixture of warm oils (or a single favourite) is applied to wet or dry roots, hair strands and ends. Please note ‘warm’ and not hot as you don’t want to scald your scalp! Let the oils sit for at least 30 minutes, before you continue on with your normal wash routine.
Some naturals use a bonnet hair dryer or take a relaxing hot bath and to allow the oils to penetrate the hair shaft more efficiently. Your hair also doesn’t need to be soaking in the oils for this treatment to take effect, so it’s definitely easy on the pocket.
The end result is adding shine to the hair, and depending on what oils are used, has great rewards of strengthening the hair, prevents breakage, helps with scalp issues and flakiness!
Don’t knock the amazingness of oils – the varieties available and positives, are a guarantee to have a beneficial impact on your hair health. So don’t be afraid, introduce these two treatments to your everyday hair regimen! You’ll thank me later.
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