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 oil, said 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.
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