A simple guide to understanding how natural oils work

One of the first products to which we are introduced when we begin in our process of transitioning to natural hair or healthier hair are natural oils. Learn how the make the most out of using them!

Carolina? What are natural oils good for?

Ahh … If my hair grew an inch for every time people asked me this question, I would have the longest mane in all the land.

One of the first products to which we are introduced when we begin in our process of transitioning to natural hair or healthier hair are natural oils from olive, coconut, grape seed, argan, jojoba and others.

Whichever of your choice, natural oils have a well-earned reputation for providing nourishment to hair and skin. They are usually used for their fragrance (essential oils) and healing properties, and have become one of the quintessential ingredients within the cosmetic industry.

That is why today we are going to share with you some ways to get the most out of those special and precious little bottles.

The many use we can give oils to our hair

The oils can be used to:

• Seal the moisture in the hair

• Scalp massages

• Protecting ends

• Hot oil treatments

• Promoting hair growth/length retention 

• Natural shine

What’s the best oil for my natural hair?

When used correctly, oils can provide many benefits, so we recommend the following tips when choosing the oil of your choice:

Investigate: the hair needs of your friend or sister, are not your hair needs, this means that what works for someone else will not necessarily work for you. Research, read, ask and try until you find the one that gives you what you are looking for.

Read the labels: This is important! Most oils sold in large department stores are not entirely natural oils but mixed with mineral oils, fragrances silicone and dyes that dry out and affect hair growth. 

Read reviews and support sustainably sourced oils: Now with the internet you can type in a brand and type of oil and get a bunch of information. I encourage you to get oils that are sustainably sourced.

Tips and tricks to put oils to work 

Okay, so you did your research and purchased your oils now what? To use the oils you can:

• Heat up some water, place oil in a container and heat the oil by placing the container in the hot water. This makes a great hot oil treatment

• Spread a little on your hands, and massage the scalp for about 3 to 5 minutes every other night, this will stimulate circulation and help stimulate hair growth 

• Add it to your favorite natural treatment for some extra slip 

• When you finish applying your favorite styling cream, put a little on your hands and apply it to the ends, just a few drops.

• Apply it the night before washing your hair as a pre-poo to prepare and protect the hair for the washing process

• Watch out for how much you use: Once upon a time there was a girl who got so excited about her new oils that she threw them into her shampoo, conditioner, and applied a ton after washing her hair! I promise it wasn’t me! LOL! Remember, everything in excess is bad, so a little goes a long way.

Right now I am using my own oil mix. My favorite oils are jojoba, argan, coconut, avocado, almonds, grapeseed, well almost all of them! I just discovered Monoi oil and I love it! I usually mix my oils with lavender and rosemary essential oils or when I want to feel a fresh and tingly feeling on my scalp, I mix in peppermint essential oil in it.

Remember oils are not moisturizing or hydrating because they are not made out of water. They seal in moisture and can give your hair shine and improve your overall hair health when used correctly. 

And you, what are your favorite oils and how do you use them? Let me know in the comments below. ✨

What to expect when you are transitioning

Man, I can never write enough about this subject because let’s face it, many women are new to this world and many of us experienced something that sets us back to step 1. So let’s go back to basics and talk about what is transitioning, what to do and what to expect. 

Let’s cover the basics first. I know it’s tough to hear that you’re transitioning, but it’s important to call it what it is in order to know how to care for your hair properly. I’ve encountered literally thousands of women who are transitioning, but swear their hair really does curl. When you don’t recognize that your hair is in fact damaged, then you won’t know the correct measures to take. 

So then how do you know if you’re transitioning you may ask. Is the hair at the root really coily or curly and the ends are straight? Did you submit your hair to high heat, chemicals or a magical salon process (keratin, botox etc.)??? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you are indeed transitioning. 

Some of you may already know this, but again, A LOT of you are in complete denial and we get it. Transitioned hair is almost impossible to revert back to curly and so this means that the hair needs to be cut and to many that ish is scary.

But don’t worry, I got you! Let’s look at what to do next. 

1. Start

This may seem so obvious, but it’s important to make the commitment. If you’re going to transition, you have to stop doing that same thing that got you here. This means no heat, no chemicals, and no weird potions to change your hair texture. See this as a very exciting decision because it is. It is the start to a new awesome journey of discovering your beautiful curls and learning how to love your hair.

2. Get equipped

It’s important to get the right tools and products when you start so that you feel like you’ll have options throughout the transition.  I recommend a good deep conditioner (I love the Deep Fix by CurlJunkie and Stellar Strand by Kinky Curly), perm/flexi rods, leave-in and hair creams (I used Knot Today by Kinky-Curly), paddle or denman brush, hair dryer and/or diffuser, and a good gel (I love eco styler). Having all the right tools will help you style your hair and nourish it as it grows. 

3. Don’t listen to the naysayers

During this process you might find people who will criticize your decision, call you ugly, or even crazy. It’s so important to stay the course and understand your WHY. You got this!

Now these are just a few of the many tips we will be sharing on here! Feel free to add yours below. 

5 tips to rock your twist this winter

Brrr it’s cold in here…y’all know how the song goes! No, but seriously it’s so cold in the northeast! This is the perfect season for protective styles and we’ve noticed that a lot of you have been rocking twists and twist-outs. So, I wanted to quickly review some general tips when it comes to this particular style.

1. Make sure you’re using the right products

I use different products for my twists depending on how I want the results. If I want  twists that kinda sort of looks like a wash and go, then I will use a light leave-in and a gel and do the steps as if I were doing a regular w&g before I start twisting. If I want more volume, fluffiness and for the texture to look like the twists, then I use a cream and a lighter gel. 

2. Make them the right size for desired look

Here’s the twist rule: the bigger the twist the more volume and the smaller the twist the less volume you’ll get. So if you know how you want to rock your twist-out, make sure you’re twisting your hair with the right amount of hair. 

For the ends, just finger coil your hair and it won’t become undone. However, if your hair is a looser texture, you might want to put a rubber band or a perm rod to hold the end. Remember to also section the hair the way you want to wear it once the twists are out. If you wait until the hair is dry to section it, you’ll cause a bunch of unwanted frizz. 

3. Wear your twists for a few days

I always recommend wearing twists for a few days. This will allow them to fully dry and will keep your hair safely tucked away and protected for a bit. There are various styles you can rock with your twists like buns, updos, and more. You also extend your wash day this way by wearing twists for like a week and then wearing them out for another few days before washing hair. 

4. Use butters or oils to untwist 

When removing your twists, remember to wear a bit of oils or butter (ideally natural ones) on your hands as you’re untwisting the hair. This will help to avoid frizzing up the hair as you manipulate it. The more you open up the twists the more volume you will have, the less you open them the less volume. 

5. Use your bonnets or satin pillowcases

If you want the style to last, you’ll want to make sure that you’re taking care of it at night. You can do a few things like put it up in a pineapple if your hair is as long as mines. You can also retwist it in bigger twists to save time or you can actually put your hair in a few buns to stretch the hair out for a different look. Don’t forget to go back to step #4 when manipulating your hair. 

If you use any of these tips don’t forget to tag me @miss_rizos and #missrizos! Also check out this IGTV I did, showing you how to untwist and style your twists!