Does Hair Oil Make Your Hair Oily?


Does hair oil make your hair oily? A lot of people ask this question. Our answer: not if you’re using it the right way.

It depends on your hair type.

If your hair is curly or dry, you know your hair craves moisture. It needs conditioning every day. You shouldn’t be washing your hair that often but you should be moisturising your hair every day.

For curly hair, hair oil can be used three ways:

  • In wet hair, add 1 pump in to your hair when it’s still wet. You can lock in the moisture to your hair before applying curl cream or gel.
  • In dry hair, I use 1 pump of hair oil to tame any frizz that’s there after diffusing curls. It helps to shape curls and add shine and definition.
  • In second-day hair, dampen hair slightly and use hair oil to re-twist messy bed heads and add more shine. Oftentimes second-day curls are even better than the first.

If you have fine hair, use a lighter oil like L’Oreal mythic oil. For fine hair the trick is to never spray in one spot. You want to move the bottle as you press the spray nozzle down, like a can of spray paint. This way the fine mist diffuses into your hair, instead of sitting in one spot.

For those with very fine hair, spraying into your hand rather than your hair is recommended.

For all hair types, apply the oil to the ends of your hair first. Grab your hair from the ears down and run your hands through your hair. Once you’ve applied the majority of the oil to your hair, take the residue on your palms on smooth it over the top of your hair. You can catch any flyaways and brush them down into your hair.

Never apply heavy product to the top of your hair. That’s the mistake that will make you think hair oil causes oily hair. It’s the ends of your hair that need hair oil the most.

So what does cause oily hair?

Many things can cause oily hair. Most often, your scalp feels dry so it goes into overproduction of the body’s natural hair oil, sebum.

Washing your hair every day can also make your hair oilier. It totally depends on your hair and skin type.

Hair oil is not going to make your hair oily, unless you apply too much to the roots of your hair. Just remember to always start at the ends and work back up your hair until you get to your desired result.


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