For Soft, Touchable Tresses...

If there is one thing I have learned from being a blonde by choice for so many years is that caring for my tresses is crucial. Depending on how you take care if it, chemical blonde hair can either look great or trashed and it is a very fine line between the two. 

Lightening hair from dark to pale is a perilous, damaging process. I don't care what products you use, whether you do it at home or have it done in a salon, the procedure is the same: The natural pigment must be stripped from the hair with bleach and peroxide then a new tone deposited onto the hair. This is a harsh and hostile thing to do to your hair, making it prone to stretching, split ends and breakage. It also dulls the shine and can make it feel rough to the touch. 

As a chemical blonde, I struggle with the side effects of the things I have to do to my hair to have my chosen colour. What do I do to keep my blonde hair healthier looking, shinier and touchably soft? I have an arsenal of hair care products at my fingertips but one of the most effective techniques I practice is the simplest. I oil it!

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I like to oil my hair both before and after I wash it. My pre wash oil treatment is always an overnight process. One oil I love to use is Derm Organic Pure Argan Oil. I also enjoy coconut oil; my personal favorite is Spectrum Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil. I also really dig Jojoba Oil. Which is not really an oil but is a natural plant wax. Not only is jojoba great for your hair, it is fantastic for skin and cuticles, as well. 

To deep oil my hair, I brush it smooth then put a small pool of oil in the palm of my hand (if I am using coconut oil, I melt a marble sized ball between my palms), rub my hands gently together then work the oil through my hair, concentrating on my length and ends but not neglecting my crown, roots and scalp. If I need a little more oil, I get more, work it in until my hair is evenly coated but not saturated or dripping. Then I brush or comb my hair, gather it on top of my head in a coiled bun anchored with a couple of little jaw claws. (When my hair is longer, I braid it.) I lay a soft cloth over my pillowcase to keep it clean, then I sleep with the oil in my hair. 

In the morning, I wash, doing one good shampoo. As long as I didn't over oil, one shampooing is all that is necessary and doesn't strip my hair, negating the benefits of the oil treatment. I then condition as normal, add a little leave in, blot my hair and...

Oil it, again! 

For my post wash oiling I use either my usual natural oil or I'll grab an oil/silicone mix hair treatment like One 'N Only Argan Oil Treatment or Moroccan Oil  (the two are basically the same thing) or something similar and put a small amount in the palm of my hand, rub my hands together and work it through my damp length and ends. If I have any left on my hands, I'll smooth it over my crown and roots. If you have oily hair, you can skip that last part. Comb, dry and style. Or wet bun it and let the oil and moisture deeply infuse my strands. As long as I don't overdo it, my hair never looks or feels "greasy" but it feels soft and shinier and better conditioned when I use oils consistently. 

If you haven't tried oiling your hair, I encourage you to give it a go. You don't have to go out and buy a bunch of spendy, specialty oils to start.  Just look in your kitchen cabinet! Do you have a bottle of olive oil? Some walnut or other light nut oil? A jar of coconut oil? Even a good, light weight vegetable oil will work. Grab that bad boy, pour a little out into a non breakable container with a tight fitting lid and take it into the bathroom and experiment. Even if you overdo it or it turns out that you don't like oiling your hair, no harm. All you have to do it wash it! And, you never know... You may really love it. And then go buy a bunch of oils just for your hair. 

Do you oil your hair? Do you have any favorite oils that you like to use on a regular basis? If you haven't oiled your hair, before do you think that you'd like to try it? Please share. And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask, I'll help if I can. 
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38 comments

  1. I LOVE Dermorganic! I use them all the time.

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  2. I do like hair oil. The only one I'm using right now is just jojoba oil.

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  3. I oil before every couple of weeks w Darshana Indian oil. What a difference it makes!

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  4. Haven't tried this one but the Suave oil is a favorite.

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  5. I have the Suave Moroccan. It's pretty nice and smells so good. :)

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  6. I haven't tried that one. Isn't oiling great? :D

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  7. Jojoba is fantastic. If it works for you and your hair likes it, go with it. :D

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  8. So do I. That argan oil is so good. I love it for my hair and it saves my cuticles when I am swatching polishes.

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  9. I love this one in my hair! It makes i super soft!

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  10. I absolutely oil my hair! ­čść I get it straightened regularly, and I dye it. And i have been blonde many times! I know your pain. (It's my natural color, but I consistently dye my hair darker in winter and fall. Then for the sunny months I go back to blonde because it's almost not worth trying to keep it dark in the suns rays lol). I devoutly stick to Argan Oil and Coconut oil. I also love me some jojoba oil, but not on my hair. As I find argan and coconut to be just amazing.

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  11. I oil my ends from time to time, it really makes a difference!

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  12. Yep, I oil my hair when it's still damp.

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  13. I love this stuff on my hair! I use it all the time!

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  14. This oil is a life saver! I have it and love it.

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  15. I've been testing some hair elixirs that are oil blends - I have one in my hair right now that I'm fixing to go wash out. I still need conditioners and stuff, but so far so good...

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  16. I've never tried oiling my hair, I'm always afraid of what it will do haha!

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  17. I oil my hair overnight before washing too & afterward I use DermOrganic leave in treatment. I love DermOrganic!

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  18. I do oil once in a while and DermOrganic is a name brand I def trust plus a nice review always seals the deal ;)

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  19. I've been playing with argan oil at night lately. It's a great neck/d├ęcolletage moisturiser.

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  20. I have long (my Disqus photo is two years old, ha), naturally oily hair, so I have to be careful with hair oils. My hair is down to my shoulder blades, so right before I blow dry, I'll use either Orofluido (oil with silicones) or Mizani Supreme Oil (silicone-free) from about my neck area down to the ends. I like the Mizani because it's a blend of eight different oils - sesame, jojoba, almond, avocado, apricot, olive fruit, sunflower, and argan. And yes, I just had to look that up, haha.

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  21. Oil would be great for your thick hair!

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  22. Argan is wonderful for skin. I will use it on my face and neck with moisturizer and in place of when it is humid.

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  23. I've been oiling my hair for a long time! :D I have been in love with Derm Organic since they offered me some products to try. Such good stuff. :D

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  24. You can't hurt your hair. If it is too oily, all you have to do is wash it. :D

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  25. Yeah, I don't find that oils replace conditioner for my hair, they supplement. :D

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  26. My hair thanked me a thousand times when I started oiling it. :D

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  27. Best time. Seals in that moisture, :D

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  28. I love that there are different oils for different hair types and preferences. :D

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