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Hair Oiling 101

24.02.2023 | Haircare

Hair oiling is one of the latest trends to be seen all over our TikTok feeds, but if you didn’t know–it actually dates back years ago and it originated as a traditional Ayurvedic practice. Let’s dive into this.


Hair oiling is a haircare technique used to strengthen and moisturize hair. It’s a practice where 100% of natural oils are spread or massaged throughout the hair, from scalp to tip, to increase shine, moisture, growth, and overall health.


By sealing the hair strands, hair oiling adds a boost of moisture that helps to lessen frizz and add shine. Also by providing smoother hair, it improves the appearance of split ends as well, and it can even protect hair from drying out in the sun! 


The key is that the oil you use should be 100% natural. One of the most popular options that people are using is Rosemary oil, which helps promote hair growth.


First is prep work. Carefully detangle your hair with a brush and exfoliate the scalp. We recommend using our INKEY List Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment to remove any dead skin cells and build-up on the scalp before applying oil.

Next, apply your choice of 100% natural oil onto the scalp and/or down the ends. To help evenly distribute the oil throughout, you can section off our hair and secure each section with our INKEY List Hair Clip.

If you’re combating a dry scalp and/or dry hair, give it extra love and apply oil generously at the ends, since this is the driest part of the hair.

Massage into the scalp for up to 5 minutes to allow the oil to maximize the benefits. Make sure you massage all over the scalp

Then, leave the oil saturated on your hair for at least an hour, you can even sleep with it on by using a shower cap and our INKEY List Hair Clip to keep hair out of the way. 

Finally, once you’ve let the oil sink into your scalp and hair, wash your hair as usual with your go-to shampoo. Using a Scalp Massager in the shower to remove all residue of oil from the scalp can help.

Pro tip: for extra shine, finish with our INKEY List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Hair Treatment for a truly luxurious look and feel.

Want to learn more about hair oiling? Our askINKEY team is available to answer all your questions and help you reach your skin and haircare goals!

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Written by one of our askINKEY skincare advisors

Our askINKEY team are available 24/7 on our live chat. A friendly bunch, all experts with deep product knowledge, ready to make skincare as simple as possible. Whether you are an ingredient expert or starting your journey, no question is too big or too small, no judgement or jargon, we’re here to help and be part of your journey.