How Long Can You Leave Oil on Your Hair?

By LeafTV Editor


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How Long Can You Leave Oil On Your Hair

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Deep Conditioning Treatment

Experts say leaving on any kind of oil suitable for the hair for as little as 30 minutes can make a difference. However, allowing the oil to soak into the scalp and hair for a longer period can be more effective. The longer you leave in the oil, the softer and shinier your hair will be. It is possible to leave the oil on for the whole day or wrap the hair and allow it to absorb overnight. This option is an ideal treatment for those with drier hair.

Leave-In Conditioner

On the other hand, you can use hair oil as a leave in conditioner. This method uses oil as a maintenance or styling product. Apply a few drops of oil to the hair, avoiding the scalp (unlike with a deep conditioning treatment), and leave in until your next wash. Remember, a small amount goes a long way!

Bottom Line

Whatever method you choose, Daily Glow recommends that you oil your hair weekly. Whether for 30 minutes or for five hours, oil treatments undoubtedly give the hair a boost and allow for healthier and shinier results.