With constant exposure to air, heat, wind, aggressive hair products and shampoos, your hair can end up being excessively dry and worn out, whether you’re a woman or a man. Dry hair breaks easily and starts to look unkempt and unmanageable.
You don’t have to pay a fortune for expensive hair moisturizers. Natural oils such as olive oil and coconut oil have been used for generations by communities in the
Mediterranean, Asia and Africa to encourage hair strength and growth.
If you’ve used harsh processes on your hair, like permanents and bleaching, applications of oil can add moisture and suppleness, making the hair less likely to break and easier to style.
Rubbing your hair with natural oils — a “hair bath” — is done after a shampoo:
1. Pat your hair dry with a towel. Do not use a hair dryer.
2. Use 1/4 cup of virgin olive oil or coconut oil.
3. Separate your hair into four sections, from back to front.
4. Rub the oil generously on the hair. Don’t apply the oils directly to the scalp.
Apply first to the root end of the hair, working your way gradually to the ends.
5. When you are done applying the oil, massage the hair. Then gather your hair together in the middle of your head, making sure the oil has been spread evenly throughout.
6. Cover your hair with plastic. One of those plastic shower caps you get at a hotel is convenient.
7. Wrap your head with a hot towel and leave it in place for 30 minutes or an hour.
8. When time’s up, rinse your hair carefully with cool water and pat dry with a towel.
9. When done, you can use a blow dryer to dry your hair or simply let it dry on its own.
You will find your hair looking and feeling healthier and easier to comb (with less bristled ends).
ASSIGNMENT: If you like the results, use an oil bath once a week to rebuild your hair’s natural moisture and prevent breakage.
Remember to leave your oil preparation on your hair from 30 minutes and up to an hour.