Curl Talk Q&A: How Should I Use Oil On My Fine Hair?

by Ebony Clark-Bomani

Q: Good morning. I'll try to make this quick. I'm pretty sure that I have fine hair, and I know that I should be using oils to help improve the health of my hair---but I know that oils have the potential to weigh down my hair. Is there a way to incorporate them into my hair care regime and still have hair that looks healthy and lively? -KB-

A: Hi there. Yes! Absolutely! Fine hair can be tricky to care for due to the narrow width of the strands. Fine hair can also be easily damaged due to over styling/handling, processes chemicals faster, and can easily be weighed down by oils, creams and butters, and may not hold styles well. You should definitely handle fine hair with a lighter hand. While we're on the subject of being lighter, fine hair is more lively with the use of lighter oils. You  can incorporate oils into your regime by doing hot oil treatments. Hot oil treatments are great options because the oils are easily absorbed into the strands. However, with fine hair, there's no need to heavily saturate the hair. Massage a nice, light coat of heated oil into the scalp and down the strands. Cover with a plastic cap and process for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and shampoo thoroughly! Condition, moisturize, and style. A couple of lightweight contenders are grapeseed, jojoba, and sweet almond oil. They have the essential fatty acids our strands crave to help improve elasticity. Another important step is sealing in the moisture. My absolute favorite oil for fine hair is Dry Remedy oil by Aveda. It is made with Buriti oil, which is one of the lightest, most penetrable oils on the market. All it takes, to seal in the moisture, is 2-4 drops and you're all set. It's an amazing multi-purpose oil, but especially good for sealing. It doesn't weigh the hair down, and it helps retain moisture for a longer period of time than some of the heavier oils.

Do you have fine hair? What are your favorite oils to use, and HOW do you use them?

Ebony Clark-Bomani


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