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FEATURES Oct 2 2013 5:50AM

Got Dry Hair? Try Oil Rinsing!

By Kyss, http://www.kyssmyhair.com/
One of the most common reoccurring problems women with natural hair face is chronic dry hair. Dry hair can be caused by a number of things including using harsh products, not washing hair often enough, or not sealing moisture into hair.

The answer to chronic dry hair isn’t simple. It’s subjective, but there’s a step you can experiment with in your wash regimen.

It’s called oil rinsing.

In a nutshell, oil rinsing is adding oil to your hair after you shampoo, but before you condition.

The benefits of oil rinsing include:

1.     More moisture retention
2.     Shinier, smoother, and softer hair
3.     Less single strand knots
4.     Easier detangling

Here's how to do it:
1.     First, thoroughly wash your hair. You’re going to put oil on your hair so you don’t want any unnecessary buildup due to improper cleansing.

2.     Then, apply oil of your choice.  Use oil that can penetrate the hair shaft like coconut, olive or avocado oil. Out of the three, coconut oil is most penetrating. It reduces hygral fatigue by limiting the amount damage hair receives when it expands (as a result of water entering the hair shaft) and contracts (when drying). Coconut oil has the ability to bind to the protein in the hair shaft to fortify it. This, along with coconut oil's inherent hydrophobic nature, makes it more difficult for water to enter the hair. Therefore, it doesn't swell as much.
If you want to use a sealing oil such as castor oil or grape seed oil, heat up the oil. The heat will lift your hair cuticles making it easier for the oil to penetrate the hair shaft. Heating the oil may be a good idea for those with low porosity hair that is difficult to penetrate
3.     After applying your oil, apply conditioner of your choice. There are a few different ways you can apply your conditioner.

a.     After applying your oil, you can put the conditioner on your head right away and let it sit for 15 minutes.
b.    You can allow the oil to sit on your hair for 15 minutes, then apply the conditioner, let that sit for another 15 minutes, then rinse.
c.     Let oil sit on your hair for 15 minutes, then rinse out the oil before applying your conditioner, let conditioner sit for another 15 minutes, then rinse.
Experiment and find a method that best suits the needs of your hair. Rinse thoroughly to avoid having oily hair. The possibilities are many.
4.     Apply your leave in conditioner and seal lightly if you need to.
5.     Style as desired.
Try different oils and different conditioners. If you have low porosity hair, you may have to use heat in order to lift your cuticles. Oil rinsing is definitely something that you have to experiment with. You may like it, love it or hate it, but you won’t know if you don’t try it.


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