We’ve told you about the importance of co-washing your hair using a no-poo formula but when you want to shampoo (like the model to the right), oil rinsing is a great way to revitalize hair after the process.

Even if you’re just co-washing,  there are several benefits of oil rinsing for relaxed and natural hair. Try an oil rinse to lock in your hair’s moisture, increase shine, soften hair follicles, promote growth and ease the detangling process.

Follow these steps to oil rinse and you’ll be on your way to stronger, longer hair.

1-Wash your hair with shampoo. If you are only co-washing, rinse your hair ensuring it’s completely wet.

2- Part hair into four sections (or more depending on hair’s thickness and length).

3- Saturate hair and scalp with the oil of your choice. Don’t be fooled by fancy products and packaging, take it back to basics with natural products from the pantry like jojoba oil, meadow foam seed oil, avocado oil, amla oil, argan oil, and coconut oil, which are all great mixed together or used singularly. (You can use an application bottle if you mix multiple oils together.)

4- Using the tips of your fingers gently massage the oil from root-to-tip stroking in a downward motion.

5-Cover hair with a plastic cap and leave the oil on hair for a minimum of 45 minutes to an hour (You can decide on a longer length of time at your own discretion.)

6- Detangle hair using a wide-tooth comb or a Denman brush and rinse the oil in hot water.

7- Follow-up with your regular conditioner. Rinse out with cool water to remove oil residue.

Do you oil rinse your hair? Are you happy with the results? Share your experience in the comments.

-Margaret Francois

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  1. CurlyBunnie

    I have done oil rinses w/a mix of different oils. My hair sheds so much less and is very moisturized. I usually steam my hair w/the oil on it for 1/2 hr.

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  2. TeAhnnie

    I used a free SLS shampoo and I added plain yogurt to the mixture of my oils (grapes seed, coconut, and olive). I left it in a shower cap for about and hour. I followed the rest of the direction and I’m proud of the results. My hair is transitioning so its becoming just a tad difficult to maintain, but the oil rinse was easy. My hair is soft, the ends are wonderful, and my hair has the perfect shine.

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  3. Peggy Shelton

    My hair was shedding horribly and nothing worked to stop the breakage. After my first
    oil rinsing with olive oil, the breakage stopped immediately. My natural hair has more
    moisture and shine than ever before. Since the breakage has stopped, the growth is
    noticeable.

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  4. I actually just started this process this week and what have seen so far is amazing. My hair was super soft, detangling was a breeze. My hair is shinny, not greasy and it feels moisturized. It still sheds, but not nearly as much as before. I think that will lessen over time.

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  5. I found out about this topic from youtuber denimpoxie and gave it a try. First result, detangling went far better! I also had to come up with a method to do it safely in the shower without it becoming a slippery hazard. Second result, I’ve reduced my breakage and shedding by 70%!!!! This is no exaggeration! I love the way my hair can recover from strawlike crunchiness to a calm and deeply moisturized state. Thus is everything!!!!!

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