Discovering Oil Rinsing

Discovering Oil Rinsing

To my ladies with natural hair, do you ever get the shivers when you think about detangling your hair? I do, sometimes the task just seems so daunting that I can’t even bring myself to look at the tangled mess of coils on top my head.

I’m sure if we did a random survey of 100 naturals, all 100 would say detangling is the worst part about it, OK maybe some difficult ones might say styling or something, but you get my point.

Let’s rewind to a few weeks ago, I hadn’t touched my hair in nearly a week and I had been wearing it out, what was I thinking??!!. The thought of having to wash and detangle my hair was sending me into cold sweats (slight exaggeration) but point is I was not feeling up to the task. As most of us know, we have to be gentle with our tresses and the way I was feeling, I know I would have ripped through my hair like nobody’s business. So in my moment of desperation and frustration I reached out to the only place where I knew I could get an answer to my problems, Twitter! God bless twitter and everyone who spends hours wasting time on it.

I put it out there that I couldn’t be bothered with detangling and Dee, from the blog Beautifully and Naturally Made, came to my rescue and told me all about Oil Rinsing. In my 4 years of watching YouTube videos and reading blogs I had never heard off oil rinsing. But thank God she had, because it really saved me that night. My hair was washed and detangled in 20 minutes! Best of all, the process is so easy.

Oil rinsing in five easy steps;

  1. Rinse your hair with water.
  2. Shampoo or co-wash.
  3. Thoroughly saturate your hair with the usual oils you use, such as Olive Oil.
  4. Put your hair into large sections and detangle.
  5. Rinse out oil.

Optional steps: Before rinsing out the oil you can deep condition as usual.

Here’s a video showing oil rinsing in action!


That’s it, nothing else to it. I couldn’t believe I never knew about this method before. It really is a life saver on those days when you do not have a lot of time to spend doing your hair. Next time you’re short of time or dreading detangling, give oil rinsing a go, you won’t be sorry (hopefully)!

What do you do to make detangling that little bit easier?

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