Naturally_BellaNaturally_Bella Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 6 Curl Neophyte
I have a little experience with oils when it comes to my hair. I have tried to use oils regularly but really do not see the use because it weighs my hair down. I do, however use oils as a hot oil treatment or prepoo and this works fine for me but... I have issues after my wash-n-gos with itchy scalp. So... my question is - how do you type 3 gals use oils in your hair? What ways are most effective? 


  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 20,731 Curl Virtuoso
    Like you, I mostly use oils (mostly coconut oil) as a pre-poo or in my deep treatments. If my hair seems dry from dry winter air or summer sun and wind, I will put some oil on the ends. 
    --I'm located in Western PA.   --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, joined the forums in May 2005, started going grey in late 2005.   --My hair is 3B with some 3A, currently at mid back length when dry,  texture-medium/fine, porosity-top is low, middle is medium, ends are porous, elasticity-normal.   --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, coconut oil, honey, vinegar.   
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  • curlyamarylliscurlyamaryllis Registered Users Posts: 338 Curl Connoisseur
    I have fine, thin 3A curls, so I have to very wary of adding any weight to my hair. It'll go limp really easily, but I do still use oils. Coconut oil doesn't work for me in any context, it's just too heavy, to the point where I have to avoid it in everything. If it's low on the list of ingredients of a rinse out product, it might be okay, but it's not working in anything I leave in. (It's really a pain since it's so popular in curly products.)

    I use olive oil as a pre poo applied the night before a wash and a few drops of argan oil rubbed between my palms prior to scrunching out the crunch to help prevent frizz. (I also use olive and argan oil mixed into lotion on my cuticles, elbows, knees and feet and argan oil to remove eye makeup.) I think as my hair gets greyer I might get more into oils since my greys are coarse, not fine, but for now I can't use them much.
    CG since May 1, 2016
    3a, fine, thin, normal porosity, no dye, greying naturally
    Devacurl Weightless Waves Low Poo & Conditioner, B'Leave-in and Ultra Defining Gel
    Curl Junkie Spiral Lotion in low humidity
    Ouidad Advanced Heat & Humidity Gel mixed with UDG for high humidity
    at home gelatin PT
    Hask Argan Oil Deep Conditioner
  • BeinDebBeinDeb Registered Users Posts: 583 Curl Connoisseur
    One of my favorite ways to use oils is an oil rinse. After shampooing (low-poo, or yes, a sulfate) I'll take a few drops of oil, rub it between my palms and add it to the length of my hair, squishing it in. Distribution is 100 times easier when your hair is wet. Then, I'll add my conditioner as usual, followed by a rinse, then a bit of squishing to condish. It helps tremendously when my hair is feeling exceptionally dry, like this Winter! During the Summer, I also occasionally use a few drops of oil after a wash, as an option for a leave-in. My favorite oil is a 50-50 mix of JBCO & avacado oil, although every now & then, I also use argan oil. (I'm a 3a, fine, highly porous curly.) 
  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Moderators Posts: 10,840 Curl Virtuoso
    edited April 2018
    I use oils as a pre-poo. I'll put a blend on at night, sleep in it, then shampoo it out in the morning. 

    Here's an article the content team just posted about Macadamia oil, just fyi. 

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