I should have written a very specific blog on this issue ages ago!
I sometimes get emails asking me, "Heather, I've tried this oil and that oil but my hair simply doesn't get soft and moisturized - why?!" The answer is an oil won't soften and moisturize your hair because although oils do have a moisturizing quality to them, this function is very incomplete without water.
Why don't oils moisturize hair?
Because moisture means water and oils and water do not mix.
This is why in the LCO and LOC methods of moisturizing hair the water is always first:
Even when you have dry skin: have you noticed that when you rub oil directly onto the dry skin it doesn't look as good as when you shower first and then oil yourself up? In fact, if you don't want to bath/shower, rubbing a wet towel over dry skin and then oiling it up hydrates the skin better than direct oil application without the moisture first.
So, how should you use oils?
As I mentioned in THE Best Oil For Natural Hair. A Mega Summary! you can use oils for:
I also use oils in many different ways as seen in Neno Natural's DIY Hair Recipes.
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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward