5 Ways to use hair oils and how to choose the right ones

As there are many oils with different properties moisturising and sealing oils, there are many different ways to use them. Oils have tons of benefits in hair and scalp care, and when used correctly, you can get remarkable results. Find below four different ways to use your hair oils and which oils are the best fit.

    1. Pre-pooing: It is the process of applying oil to your hair before shampooing. The oil provides your hair with a protective layer that avoids the moisture to be stripped away during cleansing. 
    2. Frizz control: Oil forms a thin film on the surface of the hair reducing friction and flyaways. Ideal for styling frizzy hair!
    3. Hot oil treatment: For some oils, heat application improves oil penetration into the hair shaft. Heating the oil for an intensive treatment will ensure that your hair will get moisturized from the inside too, not just on the surface.
    4. Scalp treatment: Oils, especially essential oils, contain a lot of anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties making them ideal to treat a flaky, irritated or sensitive scalp. They work to even rebalance sebum secretion thus working for both dry and oily scalp.
    5. Hair growth promoter: Oils can stimulate hair follicles and increase blood circulation, thus helping to bring more nutrients to the scalp resulting in healthier hair growth. 

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What is pre-pooing?

Most shampoos contain harsh surfactants that remove dirt, impurities, and natural oils from the hair. These surfactants are usually so “efficient” that they strip the natural oils produced by the sebaceous glands. These can cause the hair to become weak, dry, and prone to breakage.

Therefore, before washing your hair, doing a pre-poo (pre-shampoo) oil treatment helps to maintain oils in your hair keeping your hair healthier.

How to do a pre-poo treatment?

Before washing your hair, apply a small handful of oil through your scalp and hair. At the same time, you can give yourself a head massage to stimulate blood flow to your scalp and hair follicles.

Which oil to use for pre-pooing?

To get the maximum benefits of pre-pooing, choose an oil that can penetrate the hair, such as coconut oil. However, the penetration is a slow process, to give the best protection, apply the oil for overnight and shampoo it during your morning shower. If your hair feels softer and easier to detangle afterwards, the treatment has worked well. From The Wild Curl products, the Moisturizing Curly Hair Oil fits perfectly for pre-pooing. 


Are oils good for frizz control?

This nightmare is way too familiar to all curly girls! Dreaming of achieving equal curl definition from wet to dry hair is farfetched. It is easier said than done! When the water enters the hair, it weakens the hydrogen bonds in the hair, which then attracts the molecules of our hair protein structure. This makes the protein structure to become more fluid and heavy creating elongated curls. When the hair dries, the evaporation of the water makes more hydrogen bonds available to lock back into its place with the hair protein and the hair regains its rigidity. This usually happens quickly and unorganized, resulting in not aligned and frizzy curls. If you held the strands in a form when drying, like when using Flexi-rods, it helps with the hair alignment and prevents frizz. However, there are simples ways to control frizzy hair and at the same time preserve your natural curl pattern. Sealing your hair with hair oils can help to further lock the hair in place by preventing moisture/humidity from disturbing the carefully formed curls. 

How to style with oils to prevent frizz?

After washing your hair, apply a few drops of hair oil to towel-damp hair. Apply the oil mainly to the end of your hair and while applying, try to align the strands in a defined way.

Which oil is best for frizzy hair?

The best frizz controllers are sealing oils as they can form a thin film on top of the hair surface. The film helps to lay down opened cuticles and smoothen the surface. This results in less friction between the hair strands and better curl alignment, thus more defined frizz-free look. Grapeseed and Sweet Almond Oil are good sealers and they are extremely lightweight making them ideal for all hair types. From The Wild Curl products, the Weightless Wavy Hair Oil is the ideal frizz-tamer.


What is a hot oil treatment?

Hot oil treatment is a perfect treat when your hair is starting to break or is feeling very dry. To heat your oil before applying makes the treatment more efficient. Heat opens the cuticle of the hair and allows moisture to penetrate the hair shaft. Additionally, for some oils such as coconut oil, the penetration properties improve with heat.

How to do a hot oil treatment?

  1. Warm the oil in a water bath.
  2. Separate your hair into 4-6 sections to make the oil distribution easier.
  3. Before applying the oil, make sure it is not too hot by testing a drop in your wrist.
  4. Massage the oil into your scalp and coat well all your ends.
  5. Finally, cover your hair with a shower cap and let the oil treatment sit on your hair for at least 30 minutes. For maximum benefits, let it sit on your hair through the night and wash it off in the next morning.

You can read a step-by-step tutorial here.

Which oil is best for a hot oil treatment?

Try the ideal Hot Oil Treatment Kit for every hair type, the Curly Hair Oil KitThe Moisturizing Curly Hair Oil contains penetrating oils such as coconut and avocado oil that will give you an ultra moisture boost. To promote your hair growth and prevent hair loss, use our Charm Hair Growth Booster, and to give your scalp an intensive treatment to get rid of dry itchy scalp, use our Fortune Scalp Oil Treatment. As an intensive treatment, this kit is suitable for all curl types and will cover even the thirstiest curls.


Is oil good for the scalp?

Many oils, like Jojoba oil, are remarkably similar to the oils that our skin naturally produces. When you use it as a treatment for the scalp, it can act as a moisturizer. It does this by balancing the level of a compound called sebum, which naturally occurs on our skin. On top of this, many essential oils contain anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties that provide relief for flaky or itchy scalp. 

How to use oil for the scalp?

Scalp oils can be used as an intensive treatment. Apply it directly to scalp and massage well. Leave it for at least 30 min or overnight before washing it off. 

Which oil is best for a scalp treatment?

Try The Wild Curl Fortune Scalp Oil Treatment that is designed to re-balance dry, irritated and sensitive scalp. It contains ingredients, like tea tree oil, that are known to help with skin conditions like psoriasis, alopecia areata, and eczema.

Do hair oils promote hair growth?

Hair growth is mainly determined in genetics, hoewever, there are still some simple hacks you can do at home to promote it and one of them is the use of hair oils. Several studies shows that oils have properties that can generate the growth of cells, increases circulation and maintain healthy scalp conditions. These properties can help promote hair growth.

How to use hair oil for hair growth?

To get the maximum penetration of the oils try an intensive treatment. Distribute the oil well throhough the hair and massage on the scalp. Leave it for at least 30 min or overnight before washing it off. 

Which oil works best to promote hair growth?

The Wild Curl Charm Hair Growth Booster oil contains important carrier and essential oils that are linked to promote and accelerate hair growth. For exmple, castor oil is one of the best oils for hair growth. It also contains essential oils such as peppermintrosemarybasil and cedarwood, which are linked to increases the number of hair count and depth and reduce hair fall. 


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