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Old 07-14-2012, 09:55 AM   #1
 
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Default CO Washing: Using Oils

If you CO wash, can you use oils for your hair? Can you CO wash oils out of your hair or will it leave buildup? Are all oils water-soluble? Or is it only some? Which ones? How about: Olive oil? Castor oil? Jojoba oil? Coconut oil? Sesame oil? Others? What other oils are out there for hair?
Would you need to shampoo it out?
or BS/ACV wash it out?
or will CO work?
How about vinegar rinses?
Conditioner w/ baking soda or brown sugar?
Lemon rinses?
Or how about using other oils? Like OCM except with hair... Like dissolves like.. Oil dissolves oil and all that stuff..
Also, because some oils are thicker or lighter than others, can someone put them in order from lightest to thickest?
Just wondering..

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Oils are not water soluble
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:18 PM   #3
 
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If you CO wash, can you use oils for your hair?
yes, I love using oils.
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Can you CO wash oils out of your hair or will it leave buildup?
Water will mobilize oils somewhat and move them down the hair shaft. Depending on how porous your hair is, and how penetrating the oil is, some of the oil will be absorbed by your hair and act as a leave in. The less penetrating oils can tend to build up, particularly jojoba and mineral oil.
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Are all oils water-soluble? Or is it only some? Which ones?
No oil is water soluble.
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How about: Olive oil? Castor oil? Jojoba oil? Coconut oil? Sesame oil? Others? What other oils are out there for hair?
You can use any oil on hair. Different hair will prefer different oils, and you'll have to experiment a bit.
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Would you need to shampoo it out?
or BS/ACV wash it out?
Those will both wash out oil very well. Oils arn't as hard to wash out as silicones.
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or will CO work?
Conditioners do contain mild surfactants and can remove some oil buildup.
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How about vinegar rinses?
Lemon rinses?
Those won't remove oil any more than water will.
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Or how about using other oils? Like OCM except with hair... Like dissolves like.. Oil dissolves oil and all that stuff..
Yes oil will dissolve other oil, but you will still have oil in your hair. You will just be adding more oil. The thing that actually removes oil in OCM is heat, water, and friction, and that works to remove oil from hair too. Stand under a hot shower for long enough, and a lot of oil can be removed from the hair.
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Also, because some oils are thicker or lighter than others, can someone put them in order from lightest to thickest?
Just wondering..
Oils are best put on from most penetrating to least penetrating. Saturated (solid) oils and butters are very penetrating in the hair shaft. I like these for deep oiling treatments. Monounsaturated fats like olive oil are semi penetrating. I like olive oil as a gloss. Polyunsaturated fats are not very penetrating. Mineral oil is not penetrating at all.

Hair can absorb oil, and weather and wear will remove oil, so using oil doesn't automatically mean that you will feel oily or that you'll need to use shampoo. Just don't use too much. The only time I need to remove oil is after a deep oiling treatment, even then I deliberately don't remove all the oil. In the right amounts, oils make your hair soft, satiny, and less frizzy, without feeling oily, greasy, or weighed down.

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Also, because some oils are thicker or lighter than others, can someone put them in order from lightest to thickest?
Just wondering..
In the order of the oils you listed:

Jojoba
Sesame
Coconut
Olive
Castor
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