Oil Rinsing and Hot Oil Treatments- Know the Difference!


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Ever wondered the difference between an oil rinse and a hot oil treatment? While both of these curly hair treatments might appear to be the same thing, they are actually quite different.

One major difference is that hot oil treatments are typically applied before shampooing your hair, while oil rinsing is usually done after shampooing the hair, right before applying conditioner. The differences don't stop there, keep reading to determine what's best for you!

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Oil Rinsing for Beginners



Oil rinsing is a technique used to lock moisture in ones hair while in the process of washing and conditioning. It is very similar to the LOC method, except it is only done in the shower. It is usually done with one of three oils—olive, coconut or avocado—because they penetrate the hair shaft.

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How Much Coconut Oil Does Hair Absorb? #QuestionsThatNeedAnswers


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Here’s more good news for lovers of natural hair care products.

Coconut oil penetrates hair

I'm sure you already know about how coconut oil is one of the few natural oils that has been proven to penetrate deep inside the hair where it can strengthen from within. The problem has been there has been no way to quantify how much oil actually gets inside the hair. A 2012 research paper documents a new method involving radioactively labeled coconut oil that can now measure how much oil actually gets inside hair.

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Oil Rinsing for Smooth, Shiny & Soft Natural Hair


Oil Rinsing... The Answer to Frizz

by Petra Lomax of EmilyCottonTop

I have to start out by saying, frizz was never an issue for me, I figure it comes with the territory so when I find something that virtually eliminates frizz then you have my complete attention. I learned about oil rinsing a couple of weeks ago from my girl Alma, and since then, I have tried the process on three wash days with the same results every time.  Everybody knows that if you have natural hair and you get the same result three or more times then that process is a keeper!

What is Oil Rinsing?

Oil rinsing is an extra step added to your wash regimen where you would add oil to your hair after you shampoo and before you condition. Oil rinsing is different from mixing oils into your deep conditioner because the oil is added to the hair itself, and is considered different from a hot oil treatment because that is done prior to shampoo and oil rinsing is done in the middle.

The advantages of Oil Rinsing include:

- moisture retention
- smooth, soft hair
- reduction/elimination of single strand knots
- easier detangling
- natural shine enhancer

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