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Want to have beautiful hair, that is genuinely healthy and full of life? Dry, damaged hair, frizzy hair, or unmanageable hair can be remedied by maintaining overnight oil treatments for your hair. YAY!
The History of Oil Treatments
A lot of people may not know this, but oil treatments have been used for a very long time. Men and women from all different parts of the world have practiced different oil treatments to care for their hair.
In ancient Greece, women would condition their hair with olive oil, proving to be a fantastic hair treatment.
Ancient Egyptians would keep their hair healthy with fat and oils derived from animals. They would apply these oils to the hair and wrap it up in a cloth to leave on overnight. They wanted to achieve healthy and strong hair, and those oils did just that.
Modern Oil Treatments
Overnight oil treatments are a little-known secret that celebrities use. It is a handy tool and provides the hair with a luscious look. Overnight oil treatments are so simple that we all should be doing it.
You will find many oil treatments on the shelf, including hot oils and leave-in oils; some of these oils are great, but most of the ones you see in the drug store contain synthetic oils, silicones, preservatives, and fragrances.
Chemicals in Mainstream Oil Hair Treatments
Some of the chemicals you will find in drug-store oil hair treatments include:
Why would we choose to use a product that contains these questionable ingredients, when we can instead use readily available plant oils?
Stresses that Damages our Hair
Keeping our hair healthy in our ever-changing environment is not an easy task. We use many different products in our hair, and the stress of the hot and cold temperatures we expose our hair to can cause damage. Our hair is continuously being bombarded by the environment, hair care products, and styling products. Our hair deserves a little love and attention!
Here is a list of some of the stresses our hair encounters on a day to day basis.
- Hot temperatures from the shower
- Hot temperatures from the weather
- Cold temperatures from the weather
- Using products that dry out and damage the hair
- Using synthetic shampoos that strip away the hair’s natural oils
- Not using the right products for your hair type
- Hair dyes and perms
- Blow drying
Going O’ Natural
Some of us try not to use many products in our hair and choose to use natural products, something we hope will benefit our hair from future damage. You will prevent damage by not dying, bleaching, and so on, but you are still going to have wear and tear that needs attention.
Limiting what we do to our hair will help keep it more robust in the short term, but over time, even natural kept hair will become a little worn out – dry at the ends, and slightly course, especially if you keep your hair long.
What I recommend, whether you are always rocking a new hair color, or you have entirely virgin hair or everything in-between, is to get into the habit of maintaining an overnight hair oil treatment routine.
Best Oil Treatments for your Hair Type
So what is the best oil for your hair? Will one oil work great for all hair types? There are a few oils I would recommend based on your hair type, and I also have an excellent overall recommendation for all hair types.
Thin or Brittle Hair
Recommended Oil: Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary essential oil naturally stimulates the hair follicles to grow, as well as helps prevent hair loss. Rosemary oil is fantastic at anti-aging for the skin; with so many nutrients and protective compounds, it translates wonderfully to keeping the hair young and full of life.
Rosemary oil will hydrate and nourish the regenerative tissues and keep hair growing and healthy.
Recommended Oil: Avocado Oil
Avocado oil is very rich in proteins and it can help soften coarse hair. With high amino acids, vitamins A, D, and E, this oil will help fill and repair the crevices that happen with coarse hair, strengthening each strand and protecting it from further damage. Coarse hair can be softened and made more manageable with this nourishing oil.
Recommended Oil: Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp Seed oil is super rich in fatty acids and vitamin E. Hemp seed oil will deeply condition and hydrate thick hair, helping give it more flexibility, nourish split ends, and drag it out. What I mean by dragging it out is, allow the hair to straighten and not feel so thick. Often people with thick hair find it hard to keep it hydrated and flexible.
All Hair Types
Recommended Oil: Argan Oil
Argan oil is the ultimate oil for all hair types. Argan oil is a rare and costly oil, but worth every penny. Argan oil is excellent for an overnight oil treatment for a variety of reasons.
A high vitamin E content means argan oil can help stimulate cell growth and encourages healthy hair development. It increases elasticity and reduces breakage.
Argan oil is composed of 80% unsaturated fatty acids. The fatty acids contained in argan oil include Oleic, Linoleic, Palmitic, and Stearic acids. These fatty acids work hard for the hair; helping tame frizz and add softness and shine to dry ends. It also conditions, protects, and moisturizes the hair.
How To Perform an Overnight Oil Treatment Step by Step
So how do you do an overnight oil treatment? It is wonderfully simple, resulting in amazing benefits.
Simply choose the oil that best fits your concern or hair type.
If you are unsure, go with Argan oil. Each oil listed will provide a luscious shine and deep conditioning. Keeping the oil on the hair overnight will allow the deepest penetration, and ensure there is enough time for each strand of hair to use the oils nourishment to its fullest.
- Choose your favorite oil
- Apply generously to dry or slightly damp hair
- Wrap your hair snug in a towel or spread a sheet onto your pillow
- Leave in overnight ( I recommend using a towel that you don’t mind staining and keep it as your overnight oil treatment towel)
- Have a wonderful sleep 🙂
- Wash your hair, as usual, the following morning ( you may need a second wash but try to avoid it if you feel comfortable)
- Repeat every 7 days
Now that you know this amazing little secret, people will be asking you, “how do you get such bright and lush hair?”. It is truly amazing how nice your hair can look after an overnight oil treatment, especially when you use natural oils without synthetics.
People who treat their hair with many products, blow dry or straighten their hair are going to benefit admirably.
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