I love oils through and through. Full Stop. They go on my face, hair and body.
I never wash my hair without oiling it the night before (or at worst an hour before). I credit my good hair (in my opinion :) ) to oiling. I also try washing my hair as less as possible. During a typical week I probably wash my hair once.
Today's is my 7th day no wash. I am oiling it today as I have an event to go to tomorrow so it needs some washing. If I wasn't going to an actual event I'd probably go another 2 days without washing it. I blow dried my hair and curled it with straighteners on the day I last washed it and as you can see my curls are more like waves now. The scalp is *slightly* greasy but nothing unbearable and I have not used any dry shampoo.
7 days ago:
1.Oiled hair the night pre-wash
2. Washed and conditioned hair
3. Applied hair oil to ends and blow dried
4. Curled hair and applied a little bit of more hair oil
5. That's it. No products were added after or during the rest of the week. I sometimes tie my hair up in a loose bun with a scrunchie while I am sleeping.
This is my hair on a 7th day no wash:
How to Oil you hair:
1.Grab a de-tangling brush and some oil (I've mixed olive, castor, coconut, almond oil and a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Use lavender essential oil for those of you who are trying to make your hair grow longer. Typically I would also add Japanese Camellia Oil and Argan Oil but I currently don't have any. You can use whatever you have, I just prefer mixing a few as I feel they all do slightly different things which I can't explain as it's just in the way the hair feels).
FYI: I don't believe in pre-made hair oils that contain liquid petroleum or liquid paraffin as a carrier oil which is why I mix my own rather than use commercially available hair oils (I'm looking at you Dabur Vatika and Parachute Advansed). I also don't advocate the use of mustard oil as I personally feel that it increases hair loss.
2. De-tangle your hair
3. Rub some oil in your palms
4. Apply to hair starting from scalp. Massage well: this really helps as it stimualates blood flow to the scalp.
5. Apply to rest of hair and massage well
6. Brush through once more to remove all knots
7. Tie in a bun with a scrunchie (yes not a fashion accessory but one of your hair's best friend)
8. Carry on as normal: as the day goes on you'll notice your hair gets less *oily*. I will actually go out with my hair tied up in a bun when there's oil on it. For those of you who can't face that then either leave the oil in overnight, or oil it an hour before you shampoo. I really enjoy the process of applying oil to my hair and I take between 5-10 minutes massaging it properly depending on the amount of time I have.
How many of you uses a hair oil on a regular basis? Is not oiling your hair something you could live without? I certainly couldn't.
Coming up next: How to wash oil out of your hair in just one shampoo. Shocking I know! But there is a way :)