Why You Should Oil Rinse Natural Hair

Oil rinsing is the beneficial natural hair method you should be doing to your hair on a weekly basis.

Oil rinsing is a popular hair wash step that many naturals implement into their weekly hair was routines. If you didn’t already assume this by the name, oil rinsing involves rinsing hair with an oil during the hair washing process. Why oil rinse natural hair? Short answer: To increase shine and moisture retention. But there are many other benefits to add to this short list.

A lot of naturalistas opt for using D.I.Y. concoctions like rinsing with oil for treating their hair types because it’s budget-friendly, cost-effective and easy. However, there are a few things you should know before immersing your hair into a pool of oil. Read on to learn how you can add this beneficial step into your natural hair care routine, why you should be doing it and what oils to use:


oil rinsing natural hair: woman drying her curls
Implementing easy natural hair care methods into your routine can give you healthier looking hair and curls that cooperate at all times.

How to Add Oil Rinsing Into Your Routine

Oil rinsing is the last step of your hair wash routine. After shampooing, conditioning or co-washing your hair, be sure to rinse your hair thoroughly before adding any oil to your hair. To carry out the process, you simply have to pour or smooth the oil onto your hair, allow it to sit for a few minutes and then rinse out with water only. If you want to remove some of the weight, you can shampoo instead. However, shampooing can remove a lot more oil than expected, so it’s recommended that you go easy on the oil application to avoid the weighed-down feeling.

Oil rinse natural hair: woman detangling her dry stretched curl pattern
Hate detangling your hair? Oil rinsing can help give your hair slip, making the detangling process a breeze.

Why Oil Rinse Natural Hair?

Oil rinsing helps your natural hair type do what it has difficulty doing on its own, such as retain moisture. The method has been said to help prevent single-strand knots (as this occurs mostly on super dry hair), keep hair shiny and helps create slip, which makes it easier to detangle your hair on wash day.

What Oils to Use for Oil Rinsing Natural Hair?

When it comes to choosing the right oils for oil rinsing natural hair, you want to look for oils that penetrate your hair shaft. So steer clear from oils like castor oil that coat the hair, but feel free to use them after to help lock in moisture. Natural hair oils like coconut oil, avocado oil and jojoba oil are all great options for oil rinsing as they all work their way into the hair shaft. If you want to increase the penetration, opt for heating up the oil until it’s warm before adding to your hair. Alternatively, you can use a heating cap for a few minutes, then rinse out the oil afterward.