Crazy hair, don’t care? Well, we do! Say goodbye to those dreaded bad hair days courtesy of non-toxic and rejuvenating oils.
Maybe you’re wondering, how rubbing oil in your hair is going to yield anything other than a greasy mess. The key to getting all the benefits from oil and none of the grease is in the application! Read on to learn how to use hair oil properly.
1. Weekly treatments
You can use oil to give your hair some extra love by masking with oil 1-2 times a week. Simply apply your oil from root to tip and wrap your hair up (preferably with a towel or clip—not an elastic). Let this sit for an hour or two, or even overnight! Just be sure to sleep with a towel on your pillowcase or use one you aren’t worried about getting messy. Masking your hair with oil helps keep it smooth and shiny, prevent additional breakage and promote healthy hair growth.
2. Condition before shampooing?
15 minutes before getting in the shower and shampooing, apply oil to the length and ends of your hair and let sit. During this time you can brush your teeth or accomplish other small tasks. Doing this before a shower helps detangle and condition your hair to protect it from becoming too dried out from washing. This is a great method if you’re not into doing weekly mask treatments.
3. Seal off and prevent split ends
You can also use oil after you wash your hair. Taking a VERY small amount of oil, run your fingers through the length and ends of your hair. Doing this while your hair is wet will allow your hair to better absorb the oil and prevent that greasy look. This method is beneficial to protect the ends of your hair from styling and prevents frizz if your air drying.
4. Tame frizz
As your hair drys or after your finished styling, you can use a very light amount of oil to tame frizz and flyaways and add a shiny finish to your hair. Add a very small amount and rub into your hands so that there’s just a light coating of oil. Run your fingers lightly over the frizzy areas to “smooth” them out and add shine.
5. Protect hair from the sun
Your hair needs extra care in the sunshine too! Add a drop or two of oil to your hair and tie it back if you’re heading to the pool, the beach or just out for a long day in the sunshine. Protecting your hair from the sun will promote less damage and healthier hair overall.
What kind of oil should you choose?
Castor Oil is super high in proteins, Vitamin E, Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids and is known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. All this goodness makes it great for hair, especially revitalizing and moisturizing the hair shaft. Dip a q-tip in the oil and apply to eyebrows overnight for brows that have been over-plucked.
There are hundreds of uses for coconut oil and hair repair definitely ranks on the list. Essential fatty acids nourish the scalp and remove harmful build up. If you suffer from extremely dry and damaged hair then you need to buy a tub of this go-to remedy and apply nightly.
As someone cursed with very thin and dry hair, I feel jojoba oil works best for me since it’s not super greasy. Funny enough, jojoba oil is actually not an oil at all, but a wax ester that mimics sebum produced by our bodies. Translation? It moisturizes like nobody’s business. Just add a few drops to your shampoo and lather up the goodness from rich omega fatty acids and docosanol.
Let’s say no to frizz this summer with Argan oil. This healing oil is rich in vitamin E and tocopherol that helps boost cell production and overall hair health, which means less frizz. Just a drop or of this non-greasy oil two will leave your hair feeling soft and silky.
Dandruff may be harmless but, come on, no one likes the scalp snow look. Those little white flakes can be plenty embarrassing. No worries – almond oil‘s got your back. Massage two tablespoons of almond oil into your scalp and wrap in a towel. Leave on overnight and rinse in the morning. Just remember to read the labels. Many conventional almond oils are mostly kerosene-derived paraffins (a fancy word for mineral oil) mixed with a small amount of almond oil.