Should you apply oil to wet hair or dry hair? It depends what you use it for and the type of oil

woman doesn't know whether to apply oil to wet or dry hair

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  • To know whether you should apply oil on wet or dry hair, you should consider two things. The type of oil you’ll use and what you want to achieve with the oil.
  • If you’re going to use a heavy oil, I recommend you apply it to damp hair. And if you’re going to use a light oil, it’s best to apply it to dry hair. I’ll tell you about light and heavy oils below.
  • If you’re going to use oil to repair and deeply moisturize your hair, you should apply it to damp hair. And if you want to use the oil to eliminate frizz, improve the appearance of your ends, or give shine and softness to your hair, you should apply it to dry hair.

 

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Yes. I know things are easier when they’re black and white. But when it comes to  applying oil to wet or dry hair , unfortunately, you have to contemplate the grays.

Why?

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Because there isn’t just one type of oil. And since I don’t know what type of oil you want to use, first I have to talk about dense or light oils.

 

And if you take this into account, the answer will change.

Because dense oils are applied to wet hair and light oils to dry hair.

Don’t be fooled by the almost identical appearance of different oils.

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I can assure you that coconut oil is completely different from castor oil. And you need to know these differences in order to use them correctly and achieve the goals you want for your hair.

 

That’s the first difference.

But things aren’t that simple. Because  before you apply oil to your hair, you should next consider what you want to achieve with the oil. 

Using oil to repair your hair deeply is not the same as using it to reduce frizz, for example.

So, with all this in mind, let’s begin to unravel the mystery.

 

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Apply heavy oils to damp hair and light oils to dry hair

woman applies coconut oil to dry hair

So, the first thing you need to do is check your bathroom medicine cabinet and see what types of oils you have in there. Because then you’ll know if you should use them on wet or dry hair.

Apply heavy oils to  wet hair , because then you can distribute them more easily. This way, you can control the amount you use, without overdoing it.

And this detail is very important.

 

Why? Because if you overdo the amount of any heavy oil you use, I can assure you it can take hours to remove it from your hair once the exposure time has elapsed.

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Which are the heavy oils?

  • Castor
  • Avocado
  • Olive
  • Sunflower
  • Almond
  • Shea butter
  • Sesame

 

You can’t use these oils frequently. Why? Because their high concentration of fatty acids could clog the pores of your scalp and generate serious problems, such as dandruff, flaking, itching, irritation, and even hair loss.

You can apply all of these oils, except castor oil, up to once a week. It’s recommended you only use castor oil once a month.

 

Which are the light oils?

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Apply all these oils to  dry hair  because they have less density and distribute very easily.

You can use them up to three times a week, leaving them overnight in your hair, or as a mask, once or twice a week.

Well, so far, you already have a pretty clear picture. Because now you know that you should apply heavy oils to wet hair and light oils to dry hair.

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But there’s one very important detail left: what you want to achieve with the oil.

 

If you want to repair your hair deeply you should apply oil on wet hair

Here my advice is to use heavier oils, like olive oil or castor oil. You should apply these oils to damp hair because you can distribute them more easily.

But keep in mind that to remove them completely from your hair, you will need to shampoo it up to three or four times.

  •  If you want to repair, nourish, or strengthen your hair to stop breakage , you can use a heavy oil on your damp hair.
  •  If you want to add shine and softness to your hair or control frizz , you can use a light oil on your dry hair.

 

Conclusion

To deeply repair your hair, I recommend using a thick or heavy oil and applying it to damp hair.

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If you simply want to add moisture to your hair and control frizz, I advise you to use a light oil and apply it to dry hair.

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