- Use pure, natural oil for the best results. Scientific research shows that coconut oil is the most effective choice, but olive oil and jojoba oil are also beneficial.
- Only do an oil treatment if you plan to shampoo, not cowash.
- Detangle your oil-coated hair with your fingers before you wash your hair.
Step 1: On wash day, divide your dry hair into 4-6 sections. Do not wet your hair.
Step 2: Apply a heavy coating of pure coconut, olive, or avocado oil throughout each section. Make sure to put oil on every layer of your hair from root to tip. Use 4-6 tablespoons depending on your hair thickness and length.
Step 3: Cover your hair with a plastic cap to keep the oil from dripping down your face and neck.
Step 4: Leave the oil on your hair for 20 minutes to 1 hour. Some say it's better to keep the oil on longer (even overnight), but you'll have to decide for yourself.
Step 5: Before you shampoo your hair, gently comb it out with your fingers to remove any tangles or knots. If you notice any breakage, skip this step and head for the shower.
Step 6: Follow this tutorial to wash your hair with minimal breakage.
Updated May 8, 2012