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When to oil your hair: overnight or just before you shampoo?

 When to oil your hair: overnight or just before you shampoo?

Hello there, lovelies! We all love an at-home hair spa, don’t we? It’s a great way to show your tresses some love and care, while giving yourself some much-needed pampering. Today we’ll talk about an important step in a hair care routine: oiling your hair. Should you oil hair just before you shampoo, giving the oil just enough time to soak into your hair? Or should you oil your hair the night before you shampoo it and let it work its magic overnight? Read on to find out!

Oiling hair overnight

Oiling hair overnight

How to do it:

1. Massage oil into hair and scalp and leave it on overnight (don’t forget to cover your pillow with an old towel!)
2. Wash off oil when you shampoo the next day

Note: De-tangle your hair with a comb/hair brush before, not after you finish oiling it, to avoid breakage.

When you can go for it:

 • You feel your hair requires intensive treatment to address concerns like coarseness, fineness, dandruff, dry scalp, excessive frizz, etc.
• You feel your otherwise normal hair has become too rough or coarse due to, say, a fun beach outing
• You spend a total of 15 minutes getting ready in the morning 😊

Oiling hair overnight

In general, it is not recommended to leave oil on for more than 6-8 hours, as that might make things tricky. The oil can attract a lot of dirt, dust, grime and get them to stick to your hair! So, it will take a lot more effort to wash your hair with all this added stuff to wash off.

Oiling just before you shampoo

 Oiling hair before you shampoo

How to do it:

1. Massage oil into hair and scalp and leave it on for 30-60 minutes (or for 3-4 hours, if you feel like it)
2. Wash off oil thoroughly from your hair when you shampoo

Note: As mentioned earlier, combing and de-tangling go before, not after massaging oil into your hair!

When you can go for it:

• Any regular shampoo session – it helps protect your hair during the washing process
• You don’t have specific concerns like excessive dryness/coarseness, frizz, dandruff, hair thinning etc.

OIling hair just before you shampoo

Good hair oils generally have a concentrated dose of nutrients (not too concentrated, that would make them harsh on hair) to do what they are meant to do. Based on the type of hair oil, they can moisturize and nourish hair, reduce frizz, reduce irritation in the scalp, promote hair growth, protect hair from damage or heal and repair hair from within. Of course, some oils can perform more than one of these functions.

Choose natural oils such as olive oil, macadamia oil, coconut oil or almond oil

Choose natural oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, macadamia oil, almond oil or shea lipids, which can help strengthen, repair, nourish and protect hair from within.

plum recommends: Our much-loved Olive & Macadamia Nutri-Shield Pre-Shampoo Hair Oil

Here’s to happy hair days!

Related products:

Mega-Nourish Duo For Hair
Olive & Macadamia Mega Moisturizing Hair Mask
Olive & Macadamia Nutri-Shield Pre-Shampoo Hair Oil
Olive & Macadamia Healthy Hydration Shampoo
Hibiscus & Rosemary Gentle Defence Shampoo
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