Oil Rinsing

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If you love protective styling let me hear you say “heeeey”

If you love twists let me hear you say “yoooo”

If you love twists so much that you leave them in so long until they look like you were born with them, make some noooiiissseee!!!

Yeah so it’s almost been three months since I’ve had these Marley twists in. Sigh. I admit, part of the reason is that I’m afraid to deal  with my hair what with everything that I have going on. At first the reason was that it was simply too early to take them out. I am still not used to having to pay so much just to get my hair done. So when I do get my hair done, I like to utilise my money. But now, winter is upon us and I just don’t see the point in taking out my twists and letting my hair out. I have redone the twists twice now just to refresh them. However, in recent weeks, I have noticed that my hair care habits have deteriorated. Heck, I cannot for the life of me figure out where my spray bottle is. So you know what that means. The most moisture my hair has been getting is stray drops from my overactive shower head and tiny showers from when it rains. Bad bad bad. So basically, I was tempted to take them out today. But I did not have time to deal with take-down plus post-take-down care. Not today, not this week, not ever. And then it came to me. Oil rinsing! (this has been a lengthy journey of words to get to the point of this post. Forgive me)

I have only known about oil rinsing for about a month and some now. I stumbled upon it when I fell into the dark unending vacuum that is youtube. Oil rinsing. I see those words and I think of oil just dripping down from weighed down hair and onto one’s face. Ugh. Some of that image might be true… especially in the process of doing oil rinsing.

What is Oil Rinsing?

It is basically saturating your hair with any oil(s) of your choosing before your condition your hair after a wash. It should not be confused with pre-pooing. Pre-pooing requires certain oils that need to be left in hair for an extended period of time before washing is done?

How do I oil rinse?

Simples. Get some oil that you like. For my first experience, I used Taliah Waajid African Healing Oyl. It smells divine, this oil (or oyl as the product prefers to be called. Fancay). After shampooing or first cowash, pour oil generously onto hair and scalp. Leave for about 5 minutes, as you would a conditioner while in the shower. I reckon that having warm water running in the shower may allow the process mimic a hot oil treatment for a little bit. Now there are two variants of the next step. Some people rinse off the oil and then condition as normal. Others add conditioner and then rinse both a while after. I did the latter (because, longer time for oil to be in hair). And that’s it really. Nothing elaborate.

What oils are best for oil rinsing?

So you read this post and it turns out today is washday for you and you want to try out oil rinsing. You’re good to go if you have an oilsaid oil is liquid and will continue to be liquid at all temperatures while in your hair, and you like said oil. That’s really it. Even melted shea butter can be used as an oil for oil rinsing.

So what are the benefits of oil rinsing?

  • It rescues dry hair. Especially after a protein treatment or henna.
  • Increases hair moisture and softness
  • Aids easy hair detangling because the extra oil you will get in your hair adds slip to hair.
  • Can help reduce frizz
  • Hair shine

Having said that, if you do not like shiny hair, if you never shampoo your hair and if you have a problem feeling the presence of oil in your hair, then mayhaps oil rinsing is not for you. With oil rinsing, you have to remember that because there is a tendency for the oil to attract dirt and what not, it is necessary for you to wash hair occasionally.

So as I started to blab about in the beginning, I tried oil rinsing on my twists and I have to say I’m ready to have these on for another year week. It completely rejuvenated the twists and the undergrowth.

While I have no before pictures of the dull, dry, brittle mess my hair was this is what it looked like after oil rinsing:

Ignore that bald patch. That's the result of a bad decision to get ghana braids done.

Ignore that bald patch. That’s the result of a bad decision to get ghana braids done.

I will definitely be doing this again and I am  interested in seeing the effects it will have on my beautiful fro when I decide to let it free.

I hope this was helpful to somebody. Has anyone else tried oil rinsing? Any advice? Testimonies?

Take all the positivity for the week. I wish you lots of good hair days!

– Mee Mee

25 thoughts on “Oil Rinsing

  1. Okay. So it seems like oil rinsing is the buzz word for moisture-retention these days. Heard about it like a month ago. Loved the idea but was hesistant to try it for two reasons. 1. I don’t like to condition after my wash coz I want to leave a ‘clean palate’ for my dc to work on. I even let the hair dry completely so the dc saturates (??) the hair. 2. I love my oils and the thought of them washing down the drain after such a short time in my hair gives me shivers (Overnight oil rinsing anyone?). I did plan to do an oil rinse last washday coz I was exfoliating with sugar and oil anyway so I figured I’d just slap some more olive oil on the length before co-washing. Easy, right? Nuh-uh! Chickened out n used shea butter instead (Broke student y’all). Then I was too lazy to do a DC so now my hair is vexing. So here’s my solemn vow, I will do a proper oil rinse when I co-wash on Thursday and let you know how it goes. So help me God. Love u AB and Mimi.

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    • Lol. The cheaper the oil, the better please. This is my thinking. Ain’t nobody got money to literally wash down the drain.
      Goodluck on Thursday and if you remember, let us know how it goes! ❤


    • I have read that your hair will absorb all of the good stuff from your deep conditioner in 20 minutes – 30 tops. Leaving it on for more than that is just eating time because its not doing anything more. With oil rinsing, it is best to use cheaper oil like sunflower oil or one of those; but I did use my olive oil because I had lots of it. Oil rinsing is meant to be the very last thing you do after you rinse your final product out of your hair. Here is a great video on YouTube that shows how simple oil rinsing is:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjKnmgvP91g
      In regards to you point #1 re clean palate, a deep conditioner basically replaces your regular conditioner so one wouldn’t shampoo – condition – deep condition but rather shampoo – deep condition – and if hair isn’t soft enough (because not all deep conditioners soften hair) you can condition – then you can oil rinse 🙂
      Hope that makes sense!!


    • Me again! I did the oil rinse! Yaaaayyyy! And it turned out…. Naaaaayyyy!
      Totally not the oil’s fault tho’. I used a leave-in conditioner to spritz and bagged the hair so it would absorb before applying the oil (olive with a little castor) since I wasn’t doing a full wash. But the leave-in had hydrolyzed proteins so after baggying it felt like I had done a mild protein prepoo. (I hope I’m explaining this well). I hoped the oil rinse and co-wash would fix this but nehi! Still felt hard, not exactly dry but ‘tough’. At the end of the day it was good ol’ trusty shea butter to the rescue. Slathered it on and put the hair in Bantu Knots. Now it’s nice and soft.
      I think the oil rinse did help tho’. I’ll try again next week minus the protein. Thanks everyone.


  2. I’ve tried oil rinsing a couple of times. What I did was after shampooing/cowashing I applied my oil for some time then topped it up with my DC(basically plain rinse out conditioner, nothing fancy) and detangled(twisting each detangled section) then wore my shower cap and left it all in. Rinsed out with my hair still in my twists. Sure enough, it helped with moisture but my hair was too oily for my liking. I’m talking oiliness that lasts for daysss. I don’t know if the benefits outweigh the oiliness oh but oil rinsing isn’t something I would do often cos u know, oily hair.


    • Castor oil!? I love my castor oil too much for this 😀 Oil Rinsing is meant to help lock in moisture into the hair rather than be absorbed (at least, that’s how I understand it) It worked for me 🙂


  3. Oil Rinsing is the business…but since I do not struggle with dry hair any more…I skip it. And I can never wash my hair with braids in. Hats off to all who do. After washing, I would notice the white balls at the root of my hair alllll around my edges – not me. Not today. Not ever. I just take my braids out instead (but, hey – I usually do my own hair haha)


    • Hey Sugar,
      Havana twists and Nubian twists don’t need any special hair. Just buy regular kinky braiding hair, fit for kinky twists. Noble Afro Twist Braid, Supreme Royal Silk Afro Twist Braid, Bonny, Sublime, these are just examples.
      You can easily find them in the market or any place in your area where extensions are found.
      You can also order online from Olori, Sizzelle and The Kinky Apothecary.
      I hope this helps!


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