I <3 Oil

Since the early days of learning to care for my wavy, curly hair, I’ve played with different oils. In the last year or two, oil has started to become one of the buzz words in the beauty industry. I think it started with argan oil and spread from there. The first oil I ever used was sweet almond oil – I believe I started using this with some essential oils as a night-time moisturiser. Then I decided I wanted to grow my hair out and read on the naturallycurly.com message boards that oiling your hair the night before you wash it helped with condition and growth. So my sweet almond oil was put to two uses.

That was back in 2008 and I’ve been pretty consistently oiling my hair at least once a week since then. After the sweet almond oil ran out I used coconut oil up until the end of last year when I decided to give jojoba oil a try. When that ran out I bought some avocado oil and that’s what I’m using at the moment. It does smell pretty avocado-y so I have to add lavender oil to it (which also helps with dry scalps and is supposed to be good for hair growth), but it adds a delicious flavour to my cooking 😛 (yay multitasking).

Now, in regards to the claim that oiling helps with hair growth – I can’t be certain. My hair grows steadily no matter what I do to it, and I’ve never been one to measure it every month. However, what I do know, is that it helped with the condition of my hair. I used to swim a lot and I was told by my hairdresser that my hair was in good condition. It was probably a combination of keeping sulfates to a minimum and doing regular deep treatments, but I’m sure the oil didn’t hurt. Besides, it’s a nice ritual and I like giving myself head massages while I catch up on TV shows.

How do I oil my hair?

1. Apply a small amount of oil with one drop of essential oil to the hairline.

2. Part hair from hairline to nape and repeat along the parting.

3. Part hair from ear to ear and repeat step 1 along this parting.

4. Repeat step 1 along the nape of the neck.

5. Apply a last puddle of oil to the ends of the hair and really work it in.

6. Massage the scalp. Try and cover the entire scalp at least three times.

7. Optional – gently detangle with tool of choice. This will help evenly spread the oil throughout the hair.

Do you use oils at all in your beauty routine? How do you like to use them, and what oil is your favourite?

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Love and waves,
Astrid

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