The Oil Inversion Method for Hair Shine, Softness and Shimmer
Coconut Oil vs. Hemp Oil vs. Olive Oil vs. Castor Oil
As many of you guys already know, I've been growing my hair out for about a year, after chopping it off and dying it platinum blonde last winter. Since then, I've been looking for methods of repairing my hair naturally and ways to condition my hair that are restorative, nutritive, and loving. I'm a big fan of the self love ritual.
I found the hair inversion method after a ton of searching on YouTube, and after seeing some pretty amazing before and after pics, I decided to try it.
What I could find on the oil inversion method seemed promising, but the type of oils people were recommending to use seemed all over the board - coconut oil on everything? Or castor oil all the way?
So I decided to test the main four oils recommended for hair conditioning and growth - olive, castor, hemp and coconut - and review them all here for you guys, that way we all have a pretty good idea of how it and what works.
To review, in this article, I am comparing these four oils for hair conditioning, repair and shine:
And before we get going, I wanted to show you my preliminary results at 4 weeks of treatment so you don't have to wait to see if what I'm talking about even works -
- my 4 week of test of the oil inversion method -
Wow right? These photos are just four weeks apart - and you can really see a difference. And while it's too early to tell on growth - just 4 weeks here (I'll do another upcoming blog on that) - it's definitely easy to see the texture of my hair has dramatically improved.
Needless to say, I'm impressed so far.
As you can see, my hair was pretty ratty and kinky before all this.
Up until this point, I'd been conditioning my hair with routine henna treatments, getting the ends trimmed off every 4-6 weeks, and taking hair growth vitamins, and nothing seemed to make a difference in it's texture or health.
It seemed like I was just gonna have to cut it all off and start fresh.
This is what happens when you white platinum your hair, people! Take note.
Anyway - after just four weeks of using oil inversion method, I've noticed huge changes in my hair's softness, elasticity, and deceases in breakages. Yay!
And my significant other has even commented on my hair's renewed silkiness - he rarely notices even a haircut. So that's a bonus we have to count (for research purposes of course).
So here's what I did, using the four oils tested above.
Oil Inversion Method
1. Choose 1 of the oils above to test each week
2. Massaged it into my roots with my head upside down
3. Keep massaging and adding oil for about 5 minutes
4. When almost done, brought the oil all the way the hair from my roots to my tips
5. Took a bath and chilled, then washed it out with shampoo when I was ready to get out
6. Repeated this once(ish) per week
For the oil inversion method, I suggest doing it once per week using one of the oils I tried above. Before you do, these are my reviews of using each oil:
Which oils to use
While the most recommended, I found the castor oil most greasy and difficult to wash out. It took two shampoos to fully get out, and after the second wash, my hair felt heavy, silky, and luxurious, but the most important word here is heavy.
The castor oil added a lot of weight to my hair, and it didn't make my hair feel buoyant and bouncy like you could run your fingers through it, nor did it feel like a Pantene Pro-V commercial, which is what I really wanted. The benefit of using castor oil, if you can get over the weight of it, would be all the studies that show how much it does improve hair growth, scientifically.
The olive oil was just meh, I didn't notice much of a difference either way after using it, and it reminded me of cooking vegetables, so I didn't like that aspect of it. That using it reminded me of cooking. It was kind of like using sesame oil for your beauty routine . . . too much stir-fy. With the olive oil, I really didn't notice a huge change in my hair's texture after washing it out.
The coconut oil was easy to put in and wash out, and it made my hair feel silky, shiny, and smooth, even in the morning after. It felt like I'd taken a straightening iron to it and added the shine oil spray they sell you at stores to keep the fly aways down. Except I hadn't done any of that, with the coconut oil my hair just looked like that naturally when I woke up - in other words, I just woke up like that.
Now compared to the hemp, the hemp oil added the most softness and bounce to my hair. It made my hair commercial hair - I felt like I was walking down 5th avenue with the way it bounced as I walked - weightless. It had that commercial feel and it felt like that for the whole week after using it.
Less shine and smooth than the coconut oil, but more softness and buoyancy with the hemp.
Both made my hair feel and look great, but in different ways.
The coconut oil and hemp oil treatments were the stand outs of the bunch.
So, between the coconut oil and the hemp was really a matter of personal preference which you chose, depending on what you want:
Hemp oil . . . . natural, wavy, soft, I felt like I'd woken up with perfect tussled daytime hair.
Coconut oil . . . silky, shiny, and smooth, I felt like I'd had it for an evening gala, more formally sexy, but at 8 in the morning instead of 7pm at night.
In conclusion, my favorite oil was the HEMP, primarily due to the softness and bounce it gave my hair, but depending on what your needs are, I would suggest both coconut oil and hemp for oil conditioning, even mixing them together if you want for your own DIY Recipe like Love Love Thing has done, depending on what's right for you.
If your hair is otherwise undamaged . . . . try going with the hemp oil first as your go-to for the inversion. It seems to be lighter on the hair, equally as conditioning as coconut, and it gives you that commercial style bounce without adding to the weight. And according to Mountain Rose Herbs, it turns out to be the most nutritious of all the oils for the hair.
Also, if you get the oil bottle pictured here - the Nutiva Hemp Oil - it comes with a dispenser lip which helps apply the oil directly to your roots - none of the other bottles had that - so that's something to keep in mind - ease of application. This is another reason why the hemp oil was my favorite -
Now, if your hair has been damaged like mine, and needs a little bit more repairing than normal, coconut oil actually has the highest percentage of lipids of all the oils tested, that can actually seep into the hair cuticle to smooth it from the inside out.
And after the coconut oil treatment, this is when I took the photo above. So you can really see the effect it had on my hair.
For myself, I'm going to be mixing coconut and hemp together for upcoming weekly conditioning treatments, because I've seen such amazing results using both of these oils.
As far as growth is concerned, that's going to come in an upcoming blog - because it's too early for that. But for conditioning treatment purposes - both hemp and coconut oil are great in a weekly oil inversion treatment! Out of the four tested (olive vs. castor vs. hemp vs. coconut) for hair conditioning, shine, and repair.
Amanda Linette Meder
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