A Basic Guide To Oil Rinsing: Benefits and How To (A Simple Recipe)

A Basic Guide To Oil Rinsing: Benefits and How To (A Simple Recipe)

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If you know me (say you’re a close friend, close family member or just a loyal reader of my blog), then you must know how much I love talking about and promoting the use of essential oils, be it for skin care or hair care. Once you’re a natural hair babe, the first thing I’d recommend (if you’re behind the times) is that you incorporate a few great essential oils into your beauty care regimen.

We all know of the many wonderful benefits of using essential oils for the skin, but did you know that the effects are just as powerful when used to treat and maintain our natural hair?

It is said that oiling one’s hair regularly increases its density and strengthens the roots. It is also believed that using oils to massage your scalp at least once per week can help to prevent hair loss as well as promote regrowth of your natural hair.

Many people make it a habit to include essential oils in their “pre-pooing” routines during wash days, however, another great technique that most people overlook is oil rinsing.

Do you know what oil rinsing is?

If not, stop for a moment to check out the simple definition below.


Oil Rinsing Definiton| Simply Put

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Oil rinsing, to put it simply, is a technique used by many, during/after the deep conditioning process, to lock moisture in the hair through the use of oils. It is similar to doing a pre-poo, besides the fact that a pre-poo is mostly done before a person shampoos her hair.

All you need is a few good oils, and you’re set to go.

The oil you choose is dependent on the results you’re hoping to achieve—be it a better texture, elasticity, more moisture or just about whatever. Castor oil, Jojoba, Olive, Grapeseed, Almond and Avocado oils are a few top picks that I’ve seen listed by the ravers as their favorite oils to use when doing an oil rinse.


It is believed to be because these oils are great for penetrating the hair shaft, nourishing the scalp, and sealing in moisture. You can try different oils (as are recommended for your hair type) so that you can determine what works for you, and what you’ll stick with.

KAREMA SAYS: After doing an oil rinse, your hair will likely have a coating of oil, which is why it is important for you to pay attention to your oil selection. Choose an oil that is not too dense or difficult for your hair to absorb. Make sure that you also determine your hair’s porosity, which may affect how well each oil works for you. What works for low porosity hair certainly may not if your hair’s porosity level is high.

So, why should you do an oil rinse?

Oil rinsing reduces/eliminates dryness and/or frizziness that naturally affect our hair. But that’s not all! Added to its frizz-killing qualities, there are several other benefits you can enjoy by adding this simple technique to your wash day regimen.

Not too convinced?


Here are a few of the many benefits of oil rinsing:


  • Enhances the natural shine of your hair, making it look glossier & healthier…without the excess grease! Oils have properties that are great for strengthening hair roots and improving hair texture. #Onfleek
  • Increases and retains moisture which makes your hair much softer and smoother.
  • Great for detangling! The extra slip that is created by the oil helps to reduce friction between the strands.
  • You will have fewer single strand knots because oil rinsing gets rid of dry ends (especially for extremely dry hair) which causes single strand knot formation. If your hair has a natural curl definition, oil rinsing can also help to reduce frizz!
  • Since it is done after the shampooing process, this method is likely to replenish any natural oil that may have been lost by shampooing.
  • In essence, oil rinsing is a very easy and effective oil treatment for hair!


Here’s The Gist!


A lot of people prefer to do their oil rinsing after they’ve conditioned their hair. As for me, I rather do it during my deep conditioning stage. Again, it’s all a matter of preference.

In my opinion, when I do it that way (during conditioning), it’s easier (no added stress over getting the excess oil out of my hair, especially with oils like olive oil), adds more moisture (I usually add a few drops of the oil to my conditioner, or if I have time on my hands, I sometimes make my own DIY conditioner using more natural ingredients mixed with whatever essential oil I’m crazy about at the moment) and is just better overall.

If you are interested in trying the oil rinsing method to treat your hair, you can probably benefit from this simple recipe:


How To Do An Oil Rinse Like A PRO!


A basic oil rinse hair recipe


  • Your favorite oil (essential oil or carrier oil)
  • Warm water
  • Conditioner
  • Leave-in conditioner/ hair cream
  • Heating cap (optional)


  1. After shampooing your hair, or if you’re co-washing, soak your hair with water.
  2. Apply about 1/2 cup or thereabout of your favorite oil, for example, Olive oil, Grapeseed oil, or Jojoba oil, etc.
  3. Use your fingers to massage the oil liberally through your hair; ensuring to coat both the scalp, roots and along the hair shaft.
  4. Leave for a few minutes. For deeper penetration, you may opt to use a heating cap for a few minutes.
  5. Rinse once more with warm water.
  6. Apply your conditioner and use your fingers to detangle. It is not recommended for you to brush or comb your hair while wet, but if you must, please use a wide-toothed comb to detangle from end to root.
  7. Rinse with cold water.
  8. After squeezing out the excess water from your hair, apply the leave-in conditioner or hair cream of your choice to seal.
  9. Braid and let air dry. You may also choose to use a blow dryer (set to cool).
  10. You should be good to go!


There are still a few persons who will insist that oil rinsing is bull.

That’s OK. We all have that one thing we feel that way about. However, because it didn’t produce the results you were looking for, it doesn’t make it any less effective for someone else.

Person A: “Hey, Karema. I’m not too sure oil rinsing is for me. Who would you say should do an oil rinse?”

Me: “Anyone can do an oil rinse. However—”


Oil Rinsing Is NOT For Everyone!


The truth is that everyone’s hair is different. Depending on your hair type, oil rinsing may not work. For example, if your hair is prone to build-up, and/or is easily damaged or irritated (for example if you have eczema or dandruff) then oil rinsing may not be for you!

Then there are those people, like myself, who have a love-hate relationship with it.

Take me, for example. My hair tends to easily form build-up, and become very sticky and greasy whenever I use certain oils, and in particular quantities, so I shy away from oil rinsing most of the time. However, my hair also gets dry and brittle unless I oil it every night, before bed, and leave it in plaits throughout the night. What I noticed though is that when I do the oil rinse technique (every now and again), it leaves my hair more moisturized which lasts for a couple of days well, but I have to be prepared to wash my hair within a week.


A Voice Of Reasoning Before You Go!


For every product that is promoted in the beauty industry, the results differ for each and every one of its users. You have to know how your body is set up, how it works, and what works for it. With that being said, don’t be so quick to shun an idea…instead, give it a try and draw your own conclusion. If it works, then that’s terrific! If it doesn’t, then bummer. You can either tweak it to suit your needs or move right along unto the next best thing.

The journey to perfection is through trial and error!

I’ll leave you with that thought.

Take care babes.


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