I have classic length hair that is coarse and low porosity (oils just sit on top of my hair instead of soaking in).
I oil my hair the day before I wash. I use one of two oils but you can use any oil that works best for you. I use Moroccan Argan oil. The amount of oil you use is up to you.
Then, I brush through my hair with a boar bristle brush (a BBB) to spread the oils throughout all the length.
Next, I usually braid or bun my hair to keep it from collecting pounds of dust and to ensure I don't put oils everywhere. A good bun for this purpose is Torrin's rope braided bun.
I do a variation of this bun. I can't put my hair in that high of a pony because it gives me a headache. I do a lower rope braided bun without putting it in a pony first, or I do two dutch braids. You can do whatever works best for you.
On wash day, I wash my hair just like for my Summer routine with only one difference. At the end of my wash, I do an apple cider vinegar rinse. It's super easy to do. All you need is 1 cup of water (warm or cold, doesn't matter) and 1 to 4 tablespoons of ACV. The more oil you have in your hair the more ACV you will need.
An important note: Do the ACV rinse BEFORE you shave or it will burn your legs. What I do is put it in my hair before I shave then let it sit in my hair while I shave.
The ACV will leave a light smell in your hair but you can add essential oils to your rinse. It isn't a very strong smell and it dissipates quickly.
Here is a list of some essential oils that are good for your hair:
- Lavender may help to promote hair growth and overall scalp health.
- Peppermint will cause a cold tingling feeling but its nothing to worry about. It may promote hair growth.
- Rosemary may help promote hair growth and thickness.
- Cedarwood may help to promote growth and reduce hair loss.