What’s the best way to use hair oil? – We get this question all the time from people trying to get the maximum benefits from their hair oils.
We hate to brake it to you but actually there is no simple answer to this one… it depends on a few factors including your hair type and what you are trying to achieve from your oil, but here’s a few oiling techniques for you to try. We recommend testing each of these out so you can discover for yourself which best suits your hair’s needs.
The quick fix (5-15 mins)
If you are looking for a quick fix we recommend using your oil on clean, wet hair. After your usual washing routine towel dry your hair. Pour a small amount of your favourite alchemy oil into the palm of your hand and rub both hands together. Then gently run your hands through your hair starting at the ends and slowly working up towards the scalp. Focus on the ends and if you struggle with oily hair then avoid the roots and scalp. Then dry and style your hair as usual.
how this helps: each hair is made up of several strand like structures, when they dehydrate they split and break (hello split ends!). The oil will help to nourish these strands and keep them hydrated and will add protection from heat and styling products.
Middle Ground (1-2 hours)
If you have a little more time on your hands this is the ideal technique. A few hours before washing your hair apply your favourite oil all over. We recommend keeping a separate brush or comb for when you do this so you can use it to evenly coat your hair from top to toe. Tie your hair up out of the way and leave the oil in for as long as you can – 30 mins to 1 hour should be enough but the longer you wait the better the benefits you will experience! Then wash, dry and style your hair as you usually would.
how this helps: this will spoil your hair with all the benefits deep conditioning treatment. Depending on which hair remedy you use the ingredients will work their magic to tackle your hair concerns. (find out the benefits of each ingredient)
The long haul (over night)
If you want to maximise the effects of your hair oil then this is the one for you. It’s good to do an over night treatment once or twice a month to give your hair a health enhancing boost. Brush your hair and then massage your chosen hair oil into your scalp, working your way down to the tips. As we mentioned it can be handy to use a brush or comb to ensure the oil is spread evenly throughout your hair (but remember this brush may have oil residue on next time you use it, so keep it separate!) Focus on the areas that are most damaged (usually the ends). Then tie your hair up and leave it overnight (if you are worried about marking your pillows try putting a shower cap over your hair or a towel down on your pillow.) In the morning wash, dry and style with your usual routine (…and wait for the compliments to roll in!)
how this helps: Our hair goes through so many stresses on a daily basis, from air pollution, to harsh chemicals in styling products and heat damage from straightning and styling. This over-night treatment gives your hair and scalp plenty of time to absorb all of the nourishing, natural ingredients that will cleanse, tone and moisturise your hair and scalp.
P.S. give your oils a boost with this secret tip: before applying your oil warm it up by placing it in a bowl of warm water, this will help it absorb more quickly into your hair and scalp.