Natural Oil MassageNatural oils including coconut oil, olive oil, and argan oil are great alternatives to leave-in hair serum. In fact, well-known hair care brands such as Garnier or Pantene are creating their own versions of hair serum products that contain natural oils. However, if you look at the ingredient labels closely, you will notice that those products usually contain less than 10% of natural oils in them. For me, I always go with natural essential oils for several reasons. First, natural oils are much cheaper and last much longer. For instance, you can get extra virgin coconut oil for less than $10 at any local grocery store. But the main reason I prefer essential oils as a leave-in hair treatment compared to products is the fact that it is 100% natural. Hair care products usually add chemical ingredients to increase shelf life, but with natural oils, I don’t have to worry about it. Natural oils remove dandruff and help prevent itchy scalp by providing moisture. Also when applied to all of your hair, they provide essential nutrition to the cuticles (the most outer layer of the hair shaft) and add shine and thickness. In order to get the most out of natural oil treatments, here are some useful guidelines:
- Shampoo your hair: Before you apply an essential oil (I prefer coconut oil), wash your hair first to remove any buildup such as hairspray/gel residue.
- Warm your oil: Coconut oil is a solid when it’s below 76 F. I usually take two table spoons from the jar to place it in a small container. Then, microwave it for 15 seconds to change it to a liquid. Some people use hot water instead to warm it up, but it’s a personal preference. If you are using other essential oils such as olive or argan oil, you can skip this step since those are always in a liquid form.
- Apply the oil to your hair: Start by applying the oil on your scalp from the top section to the neck area. Once applied, gently massage your scalp for 2 to 3 minutes to stimulate blood flow. Then, apply any leftover oil to all of your hair. Since the ends of your hair can often dry easily, start applying it from the tips to the root.
- Leave it in for 30+ minutes and rinse: People usually leave the oil on their hair about an hour or sometimes more. But since I am using a conditioning heat cap over my head for the faster oil absorption, 30 minutes works for me. Once done, rinse your hair.