Oils are essential part of your hair care routine and can be used in different ways on both your hair and scalp. Most of us, use oils as moisture sealant & on this post, we talk different ways you can use them to achieve healthy hair. Oils are a great way to condition, stimulate growth, nourish and protect natural hair.
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How to use Oils on Hair.
As a pre-poo product
What is pre-poo? Pre-pooing is a hair treatment done before washing your hair where you apply oil of choice or a conditioner. Pre-pooing helps protect your hair from the stripping effect of shampoos by forming a protective layer on your hair. Not only does pre-poo offer a protective layer, it also restores hair’s natural shine, conditions, softens the hair and also stimulates growth if you massage the scalp after oil application.
To pre-poo, get your applicator bottle and apply a generous amount of oil to your hair, from your scalp to the ends. Massage your scalp to stimulate growth. Wrap your hair in a shower cap and leave the oil on for at least 30 minutes to an hour. The longer you leave it on, the more nourishing it will be for your hair but be cautious of hygral fatigue.
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Hot Oil Treatment
Hot oil treatment is a perfect way to condition and hydrate your natural hair. To do a hot oil treatment, warm up the oil of choice in a bowl of hot water. Ensure the oil is not too hot, don’t burn or damage your hair and scalp. Apply the oil on your hair and scalp then massage it in for a few minutes. Wear a shower cap and let the oil sit for 30 minutes to an hour. You can do the hot oil treatment before shampooing or after shampooing in place of a deep conditioner.
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Sealants are products used to lock in moisture after applying a moisturizer/ leave-in conditioner. Sealants are either butters or oils. Sealing helps prevent dryness, tangling and breakage. To seal, apply an oil of choice to your hair after moisturizing from your roots to ends, apply on your scalp too. This will help to lock in the moisture and prevent your hair from drying out.
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Scalp Care: Oiling and scalp massages.
When it comes to scalp care, massaging with an oil is a great way to stimulate growth of healthy hair, treat itchy scalp and dryness, improve hair and scalp health. For those with itchy scalp and dandruff, consider adding tea tree oil to your hair oil of choice. For massages, apply a few drops of oil into your scalp, massage it in circular motions using the pads of your fingers. Don’t scratch the scalp with the nails even though it’s itchy. If you experience dry scalp, consider oiling your scalp as needed.
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Other ways to use oils;
- Add your favorite oil to your deep conditioner.
- When taking down twists, apply oil on your hair to make the unravelling process hassle free.
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When choosing an oil, it is important to consider your hair type and it needs. For instance, if you have fine hair, consider a light oil such as jojoba, olive or argan oil. If you have thick hair, consider a heavier oil such as castor oil.
In conclusion, oils ought to be part of your hair routine, how you use them depends on your hair needs and what you want to achieve.