- Leaving avocado oil overnight in your hair is a great idea in some cases and a bad idea in others.
- Do you want to use avocado oil to repair severely damaged hair and do you experience hair loss due to breakage? In that case, it’s a good idea to leave it overnight in your hair.
- And what if you want to use the oil to moisturize dry hair? In that case, I don’t recommend leaving the oil in your hair overnight. And later I’ll tell you how you should use avocado oil.
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As you can see, leaving avocado oil overnight on your hair is beneficial only if your hair is severely damaged.
What things can severely damage hair?
For example, bleaching. Bleaching is the most severe chemical process that you can do to your hair. Because it robs it of nutrients, vitamins, and moisture.
Imagine how strong the bleaching mixture has to be to completely remove the color from hair, both artificial and natural color.
So, before leaving avocado oil overnight in your hair, you should check whether your hair is damaged or severely damaged.
Because if your hair is simply dry, avocado oil can quickly saturate your hair fiber with nutrients, causing the opposite effect to what you want.
In other words, your hair can suffer more damage if you saturate it with proteins, minerals, and antioxidants. That’s why it’s very important that you don’t leave avocado oil on overnight if your hair doesn’t need it.
So, the first thing you need to do is identify whether your hair has mild, moderate, or severe damage before leaving oil overnight in your hair.
Shall we start?
If your hair has extreme damage you can leave avocado oil in overnight
And here comes the million-dollar question: how can you tell if your hair has extreme damage?
- You can’t style your hair when it’s wet.
- If you comb it, it doesn’t move easily, because it will have the texture of chewing gum.
- When it’s dry and you touch it, it looks grainy.
- You lose a lot of strands of hair.
If you’ve identified at least two of these four symptoms, your hair has severe damage. You may have bleached it, abused heat tools, or you’ve been dyeing it for a long time.
Bleached or colored hair loses moisture very quickly. The same happens if you straighten your hair more than three times a week.
My recommendation as a stylist is that before leaving avocado oil in your hair overnight, you should remove the most damaged parts of your hair, the ends.
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Because your hair won’t be able to retain the nutrients from the oil if the ends are split or burnt.
Once you’ve removed the damaged parts of your hair that are beyond repair, it’s time to leave the avocado oil in your hair overnight.
- Comb your dry hair and separate it into two sections.
- In the palm of your hand, put five drops of avocado oil and rub it with your other palm to warm it up.
- Apply it to one section from the tips to the roots, massaging for three minutes.
- Continue with the other section.
- When you’ve finished, gather your hair together and massage your scalp for ten minutes.
- Wrap your hair in a shower cap.
- The next morning, rinse your hair with shampoo and conditioner. You may need to shampoo twice to remove all the avocado oil.
I recommend you leave the avocado oil in your hair all night twice a month.
And once you feel your hair is starting to show signs of recovery, leave the avocado oil in your hair overnight, just once a month.
If your hair has only slight damage you shouldn’t leave avocado oil in overnight
In this case, you should use it as a mask and leave it on your hair for a maximum of twenty minutes .
Because your hair doesn’t need the oil to stay in overnight.
How do you identify if your hair only has slight damage?
Obviously, you’ll notice your hair doesn’t fall out in clumps and that you can detangle it even when it’s wet.
Chances are that if your hair has only slight damage, it will show symptoms such as:
- Split ends, which is not the same as burnt ends.
- Lack of shine.
So leaving avocado oil in all night will be overkill. Why? Because your hair doesn’t need the load of fatty acids and nutrients that the oil has. And if you do leave it in for longer, you can damage your hair more.
Can you use avocado oil if your hair is only slightly damaged?
Yes, you can use it as a mask and leave it on for up to twenty minutes.
- Put five or six drops of avocado oil in the palm of your hand and rub it with your other palm to warm it up.
- On your damp hair, apply the oil to the lengths and ends. It’s important to massage all of your hair with the palms of your hands.
- Gather your hair and cover it with a shower cap.
- Leave the oil on for twenty minutes and after that time, rinse your hair with shampoo and conditioner.
Apply this avocado oil mask once every two weeks. Yes, only once every two weeks, because remember that excess protein can damage, dry out, and break your hair just like chemicals.
On the other hand, excess fatty acids can clog the pores of your scalp and cause more serious consequences such as dandruff or hair loss.
The only time you should leave avocado oil in your hair overnight is if your hair is very damaged or ruined. And now you know the difference between severely damaged hair and only slightly damaged hair.
If your hair is slightly damaged, use avocado oil as a mask, leaving it in your hair for a maximum of twenty minutes.