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Please teach about why to use oil as a conditioner (Read 1503 times)
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Please teach about why to use oil as a conditioner
May 17th, 2009 at 9:31am
 
I am brand new and am reading about all this oil stuff.  Why should we condition with oil?  How often, what kind, how long do you leave it in etc.  I am reading so much...
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Re: Please teach about why to use oil as a conditi
Reply #1 - May 17th, 2009 at 2:31pm
 
Oil keeps the hair soft and pliable by replenishing the moisture in the hair shaft.  The oil used needs to be able to penetrate the hair, so it should be a small molecule oil.  Jojoba oil is one of the finest oils and works well on fine hair.  Olive and coconut oils are slightly larger/heavier oils and work well on many people's hair.

These oils can be used as a heavy conditioning by using enough to make the hair oily and leaving on for 5 - 30 minutes.  Light conditioning can be done daily with some hair types.  This can be done with just a few drops of oil applied to the length of the hair - avoiding the scalp.  Oiling before bed allows the hair to fully absorb the oil by morning.  (I usually oil then braid my hair before bed.  This limits the oil from messing the bedding.)

There are many other posts discussing types of oils and techniques used.
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Re: Please teach about why to use oil as a conditioner
Reply #2 - Nov 17th, 2009 at 9:24pm
 
I agree with bbikerbraid.  It makes the hair soft, shiny, healthy looking and feeling.
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