Finding the Right Oil Treatment for Your Hair

Alyssa François | 31 March 2016

A simple hair treatment to nourish your hair.

Getting an oil treatment is beneficial to help treat so many hair issues. More and more people are using this method to help treat their damaged or dry locks. While you might think of oil as the first offender when it comes to limp and weighed down hair, believe it or don’t, this substance can help pretty much all hair types, promoting healthier and more manageable hair. Read on to discover the best oil treatments for your own hair type and how they can work to treat your hair.

Oil Treatment Options for Your Hair Type

oil treatment on red hair
Make oil treatments a part of your weekly regimen.

Oil treatments can help nourish and hydrate your hair as well as your scalp. Ideally, oil treatments should be done on clean wet hair (any temperature is ok) in order for the oils to penetrate into your hair and work its magic. When heat is used with the use of a hair dryer or heating cap, you’re intensifying the treatment.

In general, oil treatments work by stimulating the scalp as they restore the natural oils in your hair and aid in boosting shine. Bottom line: When you give your hair an oil treatment you are giving it life (yes we know, hair is dead, but you catch our drift).

1. Oil Treatments for Dry Hair

Dry hair could use a moisture boost via an oil treatment once a week or as needed. For a deeper treatment, you can add oil to your hair after applying a deep conditioner. The oil works in conjunction with the deep conditioning treatment. Many dry hair sufferers, (myself included) like to do this in the colder months when the air is dry and sucks all of the moisture out of your hair. Whip up an olive oil treatment by warming it up, and apply it to your hair for a few minutes. Heating the oil will help enhance the treatment, especially if you are facing a severe case of dry hair. Olive oil penetrates the hair shaft, helps to retain moisture and creates soft hair with the help of its emollients.

2. Oil Treatments for Normal Hair

Normal hair doesn’t fall on either end of the oily or dry spectrum. This doesn’t mean that this hair type can’t benefit from an oil treatment as well. Even though your hair isn’t technically broken, it’s still susceptible to damage from the sun, daily styling, dyes, chemical processes and more. An oil treatment can work to strengthen and protect your strands, as well as condition your roots. Try something like almond oil, which can make the hair soft, shiny and can help strengthen hair, leading to less breakage.

oil treatment for curly hair
Oil treatments can really help all hair types.

3. Oil Treatments for Oily Hair

In some instances, oily hair is actually the result of genetics, as sebum from your scalp can move throughout your strands, causing your tresses to be greasy and weighed down. Since the main purpose of an oil treatment is to nourish your scalp and hair, an oil treatment at least once a week can still be beneficial to oily hair types. Try a lighter oil like grapeseed, since it’s non-greasy and can help fight moisture loss or, try a dry oil treatment like Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment. Pro tip: Make sure to thoroughly rinse out any oil treatments.

4. Oil Treatments for Combination Hair

Combination hair is usually oily at the roots, with the ends being drier. Often times, this can be a result of sun damage, chemical treatments or heat damage, just to name a few. These damaging effects can interfere with your sebum production and its ability to work its way down the hair strands on its own. With an oil treatment, you’re basically hiring a co-worker to assist sebum with the tasks your hair cannot carry out on its own. Use oils like coconut oil which can protect and replenish the hair by penetrating the hair shaft, delivering vitamins as well as fatty acids that are beneficial to the overall health of your locks.

In addition, all of these hair types can face problems such as frizz, flyaways, and a dry and itchy scalp. Argan oil treatments are great for fighting frizz since they block moisture from penetrating the cuticle. To combat a dry and itchy scalp, use oils like jojoba to help with dryness, and tea tree oil, with its anti-fungal properties, can help with treating scalp irritation. To help tame flyaways, try out some of the Suave Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Oil Treatmentwhich will also add a healthy shine to your hair.

Looking for more oil treatment options? Check out our feature on using oil treatments for natural hair.