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When it comes to hair oil, there are so many myths and facts out there, so we chatted with the lovely people at Imbue who share the same ethos as us here at House of Curls – educating you and empowering your curls. After all, no-curl is the same!
Below, we break down the myths and discuss what’s what.
Myth 1: Hair Oil will make my hair look and feel greasy.
Fact: People are quite often afraid to use hair oil as there is common misconception that using it will make your hair look and feel greasy. This can be true for those with an oily scalp and hair type. However, this doesn’t mean those with a naturally oily hair type can’t use oil. We’d recommend using a few drops of hair oil through the mid-lengths of your curls down to the ends, this will mean you avoid making the scalp oily. Hair oil not only has the benefit of moisturising and taming flyaways and frizz, but it will also add a lustrous shine to hair giving you the glossy locks everyone dreams of. If you want to add hair oil into your routine, we’d recommend using a lightweight hair oil like the Imbue Curl Worshipping Shine Oil. It works to smooth curls and add shine, you can even use it on day 2 or 3 curls to reenergise them.
Myth 2: Only people with dry curly hair should use hair oil.
Fact: Any curl type can use hair oil. Hair oil is not just nourishing and moisturising for dry hair, but it can also benefit all curl types (no matter the texture or length). Due to our unique curl patterns curly hair can feel drier than straight hair types, the natural oils produced struggle to travel down the spirals. For this reason, hair oil is a great option to add extra moisture into those curls and to help avoid breakage.
Myth 3: Hair oil should only be used on wet hair.
Fact: Undoubtedly hair oil works well when used on wet hair. We recommend using hair oil on damp hair after you’ve conditioned those curls, this will help to seal in the moisture. However,Oil is such a versatile product that you can use it in many other ways. Try it on the ends of your curls in between wash days to help keep them plump and springy or use it as a finishing oil to ensure your curls are smooth and shiny.
Myth 4: Applying hair oil to my scalp will promote hair growth.
Fact: Applying hair oil does not promote hair growth. The oil will nourish the scalp and curls and will boost moisture leaving you with juicy, plump curls, but it will not cause your hair to grow. The act of massaging the hair oil into the scalp with your fingertips will, however, promote blood circulation to the hair follicles which encourages healthy looking curls.
Myth 5: It’s best to leave oil in the hair overnight.
Fact: Leaving hair oil on overnight does not make a difference, you can apply hair oil for a few hours before you wash your hair and let your strands soak up all that moisturising goodness before cleansing with shampoo. In fact, leaving hair oil on for prolonged periods could even attract dust and dirt to your hair as it will just stick.
Hair comes in all lengths and textures and is unique to us. It’s arguably one of our most distinct features and sometimes we can be overloaded with what’s good for your hair and what’s not. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to curly hair but treating your curls with the respect, they deserve is key. We’re all about celebrating kinks, curls, and coils, so go and celebrate your curls in all their glory!
Michelle Sultan boasts a successful career that has spanned over 20 years and has quickly become known as one of only a handful of hairstylists who specialised in afro curly hair.View Guide
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