The Tea On Oil Rinsing On Natural Hair


Is using oils and hair butter not really appealing to you? Are they too heavy for your curl type? Do you hate greasy hair but know that oils are beneficial to hair health?

If you have answered yes to any of those questions, then oil rinsing is the method for you!

What is oil rinsing ?

Well, oil rinsing is simply applying an oil or oil blend after your shampoo and (deep) conditioner and rinsing it out with cool water afterward. Since you’re only rinsing with water some of the oil will remain on your strands. This helps seal in the moisturizing effect of your conditioner. However, you can also use oil rinsing before a shampoo to combat the drying effect of the shampoo just like a hot oil treatment but without the heat. If you want a deeper moisturization effect, you can even leave the oil on and directly apply your conditioner.

Oil rinsing and the L.O.C. method

If you are using the L.O.C. method as your moisturizing technique you can easily incorporate the oil rinsing into the regimen. Especially in the L.O. method and L.C. method rinsing afterward can help to minimize the greasy and oily feel of your strands. Your hair will feel less weighed down, which is usually the case with, and thin curls.

Can I use the oil rinsing as a replacement for a shampoo or co-wash?

No. You can’t. When researching oil rinsing, we found an article on curlynikki.com that said you could swap your shampoo for oil rising to cleanse your hair, which is false and far from the truth. Oils are not cleansers no matter what anyone says. It’s also not a heat protectant even though it may have a “high smoke point” but that’s a conversation for another blog post. Here’s the definition of a cleanser in the Cambridge dictionary:

Cleanser Noun /ˈklen·zər/

a substance used for cleaning

Cambridge Dictionary

A shampoo is used as a cleanser because it cleans your hair from product build-up which primarily consists of oils, silicones and other substances. So, an oil cannot possibly clean your hair. (By the way, this also applies to castor oil.)

Using oil rinsing to clean your hair will eventually lead to product build-up. If you want to cleanse your hair just use a shampoo. It won’t bite.

Which oil do I use?

We at KCL – Cosmetics highly recommend you use our hair oil of course. This option will give your mane the most nutrients from all kinds of oils like olive oil, castor oil, macadamia nut oil, vitamin e oil and many more. It is perfect for this treatment and will softly coat your hair without weighing it down. However, if you are on a very low budget, we highly recommend you use extra virgin and cold pressed vegetable oils like coconut oil, olive oil and grapeseed oil from the supermarket. Anything else is mixed with waste product oils and will not “feed” your hair.

How do I oil rinse?

  1. Start with washing your hair with a shampoo or co-wash.
  2. Rinse and apply a generous amount of your chosen oil or oil blend to your kinks and coils.
  3. If possible, leave it on for at least 5 min.
  4. Then rinse with cool to cold water. Rinsing with cool to cold water will help to lock in the moisture and lay your cuticle flat.

How often should I oil rinse?

You can do it with every wash, or with every other wash or when your hair feels particularly dry and brittle. It really just depends on how much time you want to spend caring for your hair and how much time you have.

So that was the tea on oil rinsing. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to leave a comment down below.


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