I proudly admit to being quite vain; particularly when it comes to my hair. My relationship to the long, dark mane of mine takes on mythological proportions, resulting in a desire to pamper, and a reluctance to cutting, it. Were I to offer my (not so) humble opinion about hair care to anyone, I’d say the most important thing is to quit – just quit! – using conventional shampoos, blow dryers, flat irons and the like. Here’s a post about why, and what to do instead. An additional suggestion, is to treat yourself to a hot oil treatment every now and then.
There are, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, quite a number of hair oils trending right now – argan oil came first, then hemp oil, then baobab oil, then marula oil – and the list goes on. I’m sure they’re all excellent. I also know that they’re quite expensive, which, in keeping with my minimalist ambition, turns me off and makes me look for equally nourishing, but cheaper, alternatives. And, as you might guess by now, there is at least one – namely, the less glamorous, but much cheaper, sunflower oil. In the blog post I mention above, you’ll find links to some impressive scientific studies supporting the claim that sunflower oil has a number of fine qualities when it comes to skin care. My guess – and experience – would be that this indicates that it’s good for your hair too.
This is how you do it:
1. Heat the oil on the stove, the microwave oven or just rub it between the palm of your hands until it’s warm, but, obviously, not too hot.
2. Apply it to your dry hair the best you can, using your fingers to massage the strands gently. Leave in for as long as you can – an hour, a day or over night.
3. When washing your oily hair, do not rinse it with water straight away. Instead, make a lather in your hands, bit by bit massaging your soap – or whatever you use to wash your hair – into your scalp and strands, adding more and more water. This is because oil and water do not mix.