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The Benefits of Oil Rinsing for Natural Hair

Oil rinsing, or oil washing, is a popular cleansing method for naturally coily hair.  Oil washing is a process that involves using a carrier oil such as olive oil or castor oil to smooth through soaked or damp natural hair repeatedly from scalp to ends and rinsed out under cool water.  Oil rinsing can be performed alone, before or after shampooing your hair, in place of a shampoo before using a conditioner in your natural hair, or simply after rinsing out your conditioner.  Oil in general can be incorporated into your wash regimen.  Oil rinsing is especially great for the cooler months as a way to keep natural hair moisturized.

Types of oil used for oil washing:

  • Olive oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Castor oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Argon oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Almond oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Jojoba oil

Some of the benefits of oil washing:

  • adds sheen/shine to natural hair
  • naturally cleanses hair strands
  • leaves natural hair moisturized
  • less shedding
  • less tangling of the natural hair
  • reduces frizz
  • aids in detangling process
  • softer hair

DIY: Below are some examples of different oil rinsing methods.

So ladies, have you tried oil washing?  How has it worked for your hair?  Please comment below and feel free to share a link to your own video or photo of your oil washing results, I’d love to see your response on this! :-)





  1. I love oil rinsing. For me it makes my hair more manageable and stay moisturized for longer. And my curls pop with life. Love it. http://www.glamnaturallife.com/2013/09/adding-oil-rinsing-to-natural-hair.html

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