Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Oil Rinse for strength & shine

What is an Oil Rinse?

An Oil rinse (Pre Poo)  is yet another way to help your strands retain moisture. Users rave about the frizz busing qualities, and shiny results. Here’s how you do it:

1-Wash your hair with shampoo. If you are only co-washing, rinse your hair ensuring it’s completely wet.
2- Part hair into four sections (or more depending on hair’s thickness and length).
3- Saturate hair and scalp with the oil of your choice. Don’t be fooled by fancy products and packaging, take it back to basics with natural products from the pantry like jojoba oil, meadow foam seed oil, avocado oil, amla oil, argan oil, and coconut oil, which are all great mixed together or used singularly. (You can use a bottle if you mix multiple oils together.)
4- Using the tips of your fingers gently massage the oil from root-to-tip stroking in a downward motion.
5-Cover hair with a plastic cap and leave the oil on hair for a minimum of 45 minutes to an hour (You can decide on a longer length of time at your own discretion.)
6- Detangle hair using a wide-tooth comb, your fingers,  or a Denman brush and rinse the oil with warm water
7- Follow-up with your regular conditioner. Rinse out with cool water to remove oil, and lock in shine.

Here are a list of oils you can use. Many of these oils can be found in local beauty supply, grocery , and health food stores.

Lavender Oil: It is a good treatment for dandruff and itching, helpful in controlling hair breakage and improving hair growth. Most widely known to treat alopecia areata, a condition where you lose excessive hair in patches. Daily massage with lavender oil has proven to help significant re-growth and gives you the results in a few months. Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including jojoba, rosemary and tea tree oils.
Chamomile Oil:  chamomile is known to  soothe the nerves  and it does the same for your hair and scalp, in fact it is the most soothing of the essential oils for the hair and scalp. Chamomile helps to retract skin cells that have been inflamed from chemical procedures, and harsh weather conditions and helps with itching scaly scalp and dandruff.
Peppermint Oil: helps to stimulate blood flow to the root of the hair. 
Rosemary Oil – The oil is derived from the rosemary plant and is very useful for dandruff problems and flaky itchy scalp. 
Tea Tree Oil: is a great moisturizer for the hair, it helps to keep the scalp free of bacteria and fungal problems. Tea tree oil unblocks the sebaceous glands and encourage the flow of the scalp’s own moisturizing oils while clearing away dead skin cells. 
Lemon Oil:  helps with the treatment for dry scalp.
Myrrh Oil: helps with the treatment for dry scalp, dandruff problems and under-active sebaceous glands. Use instead of lemon oil if your hair is not oily.

Fragrant Oils For Hair

Fragrant Essential Oil Suggestions:
great for Scalp Massages: Put 3-5 drops on your fingertips and lightly massage into scalp.

Carrier Oils

Another type of oil for hair is called carrier oils. Carrier oils are also known as base oil or vegetable oil they are usually derived from seeds or nuts. Carrier oils are best used as natural and unadulterated as possible 
List of Carrier Oils and Their Benefits To Hair
Jojoba Oil – The debate is whether jojoba is the king of the carrier oils. Jojoba is great for all hair types and has an ability to inhibit excess activity of the sebaceous glands making it the perfect choice for people with oily scalps that still need conditioning. Likewise it can be used for dry hair as it helps to moisturize your hair properly.
Olive Oil – Only olive oil that is labelled “extra virgin” guarantees that the oil has been cold pressed from freshly harvested olives and does not contain chemicals. 
Coconut Oil - Coconut oil consists of more than ninety percent of saturated fats Vitamin-E and Vitamin K and minerals such as Iron. Coconut oil is considered one of the best natural nutrition for hair and is in contention with olive and jojoba oils as the king of the carrier oils..
Castor Oil – is a vegetable oil obtained from the castor bean. Castor oil is a colorless to very pale yellow liquid with mild or no/low odor or taste..
Vitamin E Oil -  Vitamin E contains valuable antioxidants that help to keep the immune system up and improves circulation to all parts of the body, including the scalp. When added to homemade products it can extend shelf life!
Avocado Oil- is extracted from the king of the ‘hair’ fruits avocado. It is full of vitamins that your hair needs like vitamins A, E, D and potassium. If you want a super deep conditioner treatment without having to buy a commercial preparation, you can add avocado oil to the other carrier oils and you will definitely feel and see the difference.