You're probably wondering what an oil rinse is? Well for us naturalistas with dry hair, it's one of the best things we can do in terms of leaving hair soft and moisturized without weighing it down. There are also a few more benefits it offers which I'll get into. First, here's what it means to do an oil rinse.
An oil rinse is applying a penetrative oil like olive oil, coconut oil or avocado oil (or mixture of) to the hair before or after shampooing. You could use any oil but these specific oils mentioned are the only ones that can be absorbed into the hair shaft. When applying, allow to sit on the hair for at least 5 minutes before/after washing with shampoo or rinsing out with water. Conditioning is a personal choice that some avoid all together or incorporate into their oil rinse routine.
MicMas ReMiX Scalp Treatment is recommended which has both penetrative oils coconut oil and olive oil in it along with shea butter, argan oil and grape seed oil. When applying (which I personally do 1 - 2x a week) I leave it on my hair for 5-10 minutes and massage on my scalp for a few minutes then shampoo out with a cool water rinse afterwards. My hair is not protein sensitive or low porosity so it works fabulous in my hair regimine.
By using the oil rinse method, it helps your hair hold on to water which leaves hair more moistured and makes detangling easier by reducing friction between the strands which means less breakage. It also helps leave the hair smoother and softer with a natural shine which can help with curl definition.
After an oil rinse, your hair will have a coat of oil on it which is why it is advisable not to be done if you suffer from eczema or any type of scalp irritation. If you don't wash your hair 2-4 times a month with shampoo you may want to avoid oil rinses as they may produce buildup. However, if you clarify your hair with apple cider vinegar (acv) this will help get rid of any buildup from not just oils but styling products, as well. Keep in mind that when you add oil to your hair it helps attract lint and dust over time. So you want to be sure to clarify or shampoo your hair once a week.
Please keep in mind that if you have low porosity hair, this may not be the best regimine for you. Seeing that the hair shaft is tightly bound for low porosity hair it is difficult for moisture to penetrate the hair. You may wind up with what feels like an oil spill on your hair because the oil will just sit on top of the hair.
Also, if your hair is protein sensitive you will want to avoid using coconut oil because although it is not a protein it helps protect hair from loosing protein. Which is why when coconut oil is used protein sensitive hair may produce the same straw-like dry feel a protein containing product will do. My Porosity or My MiX would be ideal for these two hair types selecting olive oil, tea trea oil and lavender oil as the ingredients for your specialized formulation.