Many of us know that hair oiling provides hydration, but did you also know that it can protect your hair and scalp from the elements, serve as a protective conditioner, and treat certain issues pertaining to hair growth?
Generally speaking, hair oiling can be done with either wet or dry hair; which method you choose will depend on what your hair responds best to. You can also alter or combine the methods outlined in this blog.
Wet or damp hair oiling
Your hair will absorb oils better when it’s wet; this is because your hair’s cuticles are raised when wet. Wet hair oiling can be effective for people who have low hair porosity. Additionally, a hair steamer or hot shower can help increase the hair’s ability to absorb oil.
Oiling hair before washing
This hair oiling method may seem counter-intuitive, but it does have benefits. Applying oil to your hair prior to washing can help reduce the amount of water your hair absorbs. Pre-wash hair oiling can aid in protecting the hair from the drying effects of hair washing.
Start by wetting your hair with water, then apply the oil to both your hair and scalp. The amount of time you keep the oil in is up to you. The longer you leave it in, the better. When washing your hair, avoid using a shampoo that will dehydrate your hair. Opt for a hydrating shampoo that is free of harmful ingredients, like sulfates and parabens.
Oiling your hair after washing
This hair oiling method not only helps replenish hydration to the hair, but it can also help make it softer and smoother. As mentioned before, damp hair has raised cuticles, making it easier for oils to penetrate the hair. Post washing oiling is a bit like a leave-in conditioner. It helps detangle the hair and add shine. After washing your hair, apply the oil. If you have a naturally oily scalp, you may not need to apply oils to your scalp as the natural oils should suffice.
Hair oiling using a sauna or compress
This relaxing hair oiling method involves applying oil to your hair and scalp and wrapping your hair in a towel soaked with warm water. You can also use a sauna, if you have access to one. The warmth will cause the oil particles to move more quickly, enhancing their effects and better penetrating the hair.
Dry hair Oiling Methods
Dry oiling involves applying hair oil to your hair and scalp while the hair is dry. This method of hair oiling can provide protection, reduce static, and help reduce frizz.
Applying hair oil to dry hair before washing
The overnight treatment involves applying oil to your hair and scalp the night before you wash it. Keeping your hair covered can help avoid staining the sheets with oil, and the heat from your scalp can help the oils penetrate the hair better. Afterward, wash your hair using a mild shampoo. This method is fantastic for reducing damage to hair when wet. You can also apply the hair oils 30 minutes or even a few hours before washing your hair. Doing it this way is less intensive than an overnight treatment, but it will still offer protection and hydration.
Hair oiling and styling
You can apply oils to your hair before and after styling to add hydration and give it a nice sheen. If you are using heat styling tools, using a hair oil beforehand can protect against high temperatures. Don’t be afraid to add more oils to your hair and scalp as needed if you notice your hair is starting to get dry. Pay special attention to your edges and the ends of your hair. Our edges are constantly exposed to the elements; as such, they can dry out quickly. The ends of your hair are also susceptible to becoming dry because natural oils flow from the roots of your hair to the ends. These oils may not always reach the end of the hair, especially if you have naturally curly or wavy hair. Remember, curly hair is drier than straight hair, so if you have curly or wavy hair, you’ll likely have to use oils.
Optimal blood flow to the scalp is one important step in helping your hair grow. The Vitalize Growth Support Shampoo contains an ingredient that helps stimulate blood flow to the scalp; when paired with a scalp massage, it can work wonders for increasing blood flow. When you’re applying oils to your scalp, gently massage the oil using your fingertips.
If you are looking for an oil that offers superior hydration while nourishing and stimulating the hair follicles, give the Vitalize Hair and Scalp Treatment Oil a try.
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