OILING – A NATURAL SECRET OF BEAUTIFUL HAIR

28.11.2019

Recently, oiling has become a popular method of hair care among Polish women. What is it about? What are the methods? Are there any rules? In this article, we will dispel all doubts.

 

WHAT IS OILING?

Oiling is a systematic care treatment whose task is to maintain an adequate level of hydration, make hair more elastic and improve its structure. To obtain satisfactory results, oil your hair at least once a week.

 

 

HAIR POROSITY

In order for the oil to work well on hair, it should be matched to their needs and porosity – we divide hair into low porosity, medium porosity and high porosity.
Porosity is the degree of deviation of keratin scales on the hair surface. The cuticles may stick tightly to the hair, bend slightly, or be open. The more the keratin scales are tilted, the higher the porosity and the more damaged the hair.

Which group does our hair belong to? We can determine this using tests available on the Internet or by analyzing their appearance.

 

 

WHICH OIL TO CHOOSE?

Once we know the porosity of our hair, it’s time to choose the oil! Not every oil will like every type of hair. The classification of oils in terms of matching their porosity should be a facilitation.

For oiling low porosity hair, use oils rich in saturated fatty acids with small particles that form a protective filter on the hair surface. Examples of such oils are:

    • Coconut oil
    • Palm oil
    • Shea butter
    • Cocoa butter
    • Mango Butter
    • Babassu butter

 

Medium porosity hair will like oils rich in monounsaturated acids, the particles of which will complement hair defects and form a protective layer. It is worth to bet on oils with a high content of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and these include:

    • Olive oil
    • Avocado oil
    • Sunflower oil
    • Macadamia oil
    • Peanut oil
    • Sesame oil
    • Sweet Almond Oil
    • Argan oil
    • Rapeseed oil
    • Plum seed oil
    • Castor oil

 

High porosity hair needs oils that rebuild the defects, nourish them from the inside and glue cuticles to reduce their porosity. Oils with large, clear molecules – polyunsaturated, such as:

    • Borage oil
    • Soybean oil
    • Linseed oil
    • Walnut oil
    • Sunflower oil
    • Hemp oil
    • Grape seed oil
    • Black cumin oil

 

If we are not sure what porosity our hair has, a great solution is to use cosmetics that contain different oils. An example of such a product is O’lisse shower oil with castor and soybean oil. It works great on medium and high porosity hair, i.e. those that are most common in our latitude (so-called Slavic hair).

HOW TO OIL?

There are several methods of hair oiling, but not everyone will like each of it. The choice of the right method consists of trials, observations and modifications until a technique is perfect for us.

Dry oiling involves applying a small amount of oil, previously spread in your hands, to the hair. This is the fastest method, but it’s easy to overdo it with the amount of product applied and you need to keep the oil on your hair for at least 40 minutes.

Oiling in a bowl involves adding oil to a bowl of water and then immersing the hair in “broth” for several minutes. The advantage of this method is even oil hair coverage, unfortunately this method is not suitable for short hair.

Oiling with mist involves spraying the hair with previously prepared by us water with oil. You can also add moisturizing substances such as glycerin, aloe or honey to such a mixture. We hold such a mixture on the hair for at least 40 minutes.

Oiling on a moisturizing foundation involves applying a foundation, i.e. a moisturizing substance (humectant), to your hair. It can be a moisturizing mist (a teaspoon of sugar / honey / fructose dissolved in a glass of water), aloe vera gel or linseed gel. We apply oil to such prepared hair for a minimum of 40 minutes. This technique is quite time consuming, but if you want to moisturize your hair well, it’s worth a try.

Wet oiling involves applying, for a minimum of 15 minutes, oil to washed, wet, but drained from excess water hair.

Oiling for conditioner involves adding oil to the silicone-free conditioner, which we apply to wet hair. Keep the oil-enriched mask on your hair for 15 to 40 minutes.

 

 

OIL WASHING – EMULSION

Washing oil is quite troublesome. The most effective method is emulsification, i.e. applying a conditioner for a few minutes to hair previously wet with warm water. Then rinse everything off the hair and wash it with shampoo.

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