If you have coarse or medium hair, I'm probably preaching to the choir, but no matter your texture, hair oil is one of the best ways to keep your locks looking good. My favorite oil delivery method is a hot oil hair massage using a nice amla or almond oil, but there are tons of options and lots of different oils, at least some of which you almost certainly already have in your kitchen. If you already know how to do a hot oil massage, I'd love your tips and tricks in the comments. And if you'd like a how-to or a refresher, just read more.
- Give some thought to what oil you want to use. Coconut oil is good for medium textures who shampoo (if you're not a shampooer, it can build up). A 3:2 ratio mixture of olive and canola oil works well on coarse hair or any very dry hair when shampooed out afterward. Argan oil (Thanks, ladies on Facebook!) is great on fine hair. Drugstore synthetic oils can also be good options — just check the ingredients for drying agents and silicones, which have have a tendency to build up.
- Heat five to nine teaspoons of your oil (depending on your hair length and thickness) in the microwave for about 15 seconds. You want it warm, not hot. Remember that different oils heat up at different speeds, so stay on the conservative side when you're warming them.
- Apply the oil with your fingers, massaging through from tip to root, concentrating on the ends and remembering not to massage too deeply into the scalp, since too much oil will only clog the follicle. Don't use more oil than you need to lightly coat your hair — your strands can absorb only so much.
- Wet a towel in warm water and wring until slightly damp (you can also pop it in the microwave for a few seconds if you want extra heat). Wrap around your hair, and leave on for 15-20 minutes.
- Rinse your hair with warm water, shampooing if you need to. Repeat no more than once a week.