What is Oil Rinsing?

Oil Rinsing


Oil rinsing is a technique used to add moisture, reduce tangling, and increase softness to your natural hair.  It's accomplished by adding an extra step to your wash routine usually between the shampoo and conditioning steps. By applying oil after the shampoo process you immediately replenish moisture lost during cleansing.  The type of oil you use is optional but some of our faves are olive oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, avocado oil, and jojoba oil. A good oil rinse only requires about a 1/2 cup of oil for your entire head. A typical wash routine with an oil rinse looks like this: 


Pre-poo (optional)

Shampoo & Rinse w/ hot water

Apply Oil & Rinse w/ hot water (let oil sit for 3 - 5 minutes)

Apply Conditioner and/or Deep Conditioner & Rinse w/ cool water




Tip - If you use castor oil for an oil rinse go easy.  Too much castor oil can cause your hair to get greasy and sticky.


Have you tried oil rinsing?  What is your favorite oil to use? 



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    Muchas gracias. ?Como puedo iniciar sesion?

    Posted by hzmshjctrz | November 14, 2020
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    This is great advice, my only comment is that you should change the “hot water” used during wash and conditioning to lukewarm/warm water. One should never use hot water on their hair. Everything else is awesome advice particularly for us “4 type” naturals.

    Posted by monica bookdevour | February 17, 2015
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