Q: Does oil moisturize the hair or only seal the ends? In as much as you can’t drink water when thirsty, you cannot use oil to moisturize. Rather you use it to lock in moisture to the hair.
A: To use oil or not is a personal choice when you’re embarking on your hair journey. However, the benefits cannot be overemphasized. One major benefit of using oil is that it is massaged into the hair and it treats both scalp and hair. When you leave it overnight, it results in shiny and beautiful hair. Oiling the hair also assists in repelling harmful UV (ultra violet) rays from the sun. While oil is beneficial, you don’t want to oil your hair on a daily basis. Oiling your scalp 3times weekly and focusing on locking moisture to your hair ends sparingly is quite effective in retaining length.
How to Oil your Hair
1. Choose your hair oil carefully by focusing on the benefits you can derive from its’ use. However you will need to conduct your research on the different types of oil available such as Castor oil, Coconut oil, Avocado Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Rosemary Oil, Lavender Oil e.t.c.2. Put a couple of oil drops on the palm of your hands
3. Rub your hands together for a few seconds to warm the oil and spread it evenly over your hands
4. Scrunch the ends of your hair in your hands because your hair ends are the most damaged and require utmost care.
5. Re-apply the oil to your hands and gently run your hands down the length of your hair. If you’re using the oil as a leave-in (once you have applied your leave-in conditioner), doing this once is enough. Your hair shouldn’t look oily.
- If you are using the oil as a wash-out treatment, repeat this step a few times. You should be able to tell your hair has oil in it, but it shouldn’t be soaked with it.
- If you’d like luster in your hair, try massaging coconut oil onto your scalp and leaving it there overnight, to be washed out next morning
6. Apply the oil to just your fingertips and and massage into your scalp.
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