Massage can be very relaxing and therapeutic, especially when done properly by someone who knows what they’re doing, but there are some drawbacks to it as well – the mess, for example! In order to be able to fully enjoy your massage and make sure it doesn’t get ruined by some oil or lotion getting in your hair, you need to know how to get it out of your hair in the first place. This guide will teach you 9 simple steps on how to get massage oil out of hair so that you can enjoy your massage experience without worry!
Step 1. Remove As Much Oil As Possible With Rubbing Alcohol
You’ll want to remove as much of it as possible so you can focus on absorbing what’s left. Start by combing your hair with a fine-toothed comb while applying rubbing alcohol to your roots. Work your way down and use your fingers to massage rubbing alcohol through the rest of your hair, paying special attention to oilier spots like behind your ears, in front of your hairline, and on top. While massaging it in, avoid pulling or tugging at any knots; instead take a hand full of hair and wrap it around two fingers (opposite directions) and gently slide them down without tension. Repeat until all of your hair is wrapped up in two-finger sections.
Step 2. Wash Your Hair (But Don’t Use Shampoo)
Massage oil can be difficult to remove from hair, especially if it has been allowed to sit on your hair for a long period of time. You may not be able to get all of it out in one wash, so you’ll want to do a second pass. Shampooing your hair while trying to remove massage oil can do more harm than good, so start by rinsing your hair thoroughly with water until most of your body is free of oil. This will also help lower any surface tension between the shampoo and massage oil which will make them easier to separate. Once you have washed off as much oil as possible with water, lather up your head with soap again and rinse until no more soap comes out.
Step 3. Repeat
Continue to massage your scalp for about five minutes or until you feel satisfied. While massaging, remember to keep your hands moving in a circular motion and avoid putting too much pressure on any one part of your head. Repeat as necessary until oil is no longer visible on your hair. You may want to take a shower after rinsing away excess oil so that you can be sure all residue has been washed away. It’s also worth noting that it might be necessary to re-wash some areas of your hair due to massage oil build up because that could alter your normal shampoo routine (and we don’t want that). One time should do it, though! 🙂
Step 4. Rinse Your Hair
We’ve reached that point in our massage oil removal journey where we want to get rid of any last bits of oil that might be on our hair. We can do that with a rinse. Use warm water and pour it over your hair, making sure not to miss any strands. This is also an opportunity to inspect your hair for any remaining signs of massage oil. If you still see some, repeat step 3 and 4 again until your hair feels completely clean. Even though you might feel like there’s no hope left, keep at it! With enough washing and rinsing, you should be able to remove all traces of massage oil from your head. If for some reason you find yourself needing to do a second shampoo, don’t panic!
Step 5. Apply A Deep Conditioner
Deep conditioner is known to bind to water molecules. They will trap water in your hair and help prevent dryness from being a problem again. Deep conditioners have other natural moisturizing ingredients that will keep your hair healthy, soft and smooth. If you don’t know what deep conditioner to choose, consider using coconut oil deep conditioning. It’s easy to apply and rinses out easily with just water!
Step 6. Do Not Shampoo Again
If you’ve been tempted to run and wash your hair already, don’t. Even with a high-quality shampoo and a lot of patience, it’s hard to fully get massage oil out of hair. Though massaging as soon as possible is ideal, your best bet is to not wash your hair until at least three days after receiving a massage so that excess oils have time to absorb into your skin and be removed naturally by sebum production. You could try washing with just water in between shampoos, but this isn’t guaranteed to remove all of the oil.
Step 7. Style Your Hair Normally
After you get massage oil out of your hair, it is a good idea to style your hair as you would normally. This will help to make sure that you don’t leave any trace of oil in your hair. A good way to do so is to use a heat protecting serum and blow dryer. This will help to ensure that no matter how often you wash your hair, there won’t be any trace of massage oil left behind. You can find such serums at local beauty supply stores and retail locations like Target and Walmart.
Step 8. Blot – Never Brush Or Comb The Strands of Oiled Hairs
One of the final things you can do to get massage oil out of your hair is to take preventative measures before bed. If you know that you’re prone to getting oils in your hair, go out of your way to avoid using them on your skin. Use a satin pillowcase instead of cotton and sleep with a towel on top of your head. This will help keep oils from getting into your locks while you sleep. It may be frustrating when waking up with an oily scalp but it’s definitely better than having an oily mess for days afterwards!
Step 9. Sleep On A Satin Pillowcase And Sleep with a Towel on Top of Your Head
You want to get massage oil out of your hair as quickly as possible. If you put a towel on top of your head, then rub it against a satin pillowcase, you will be able to remove most of the oil (if not all) in one swift motion. Because hair is made up mostly of proteins, rubbing it against satin (which is also made up mostly of proteins) will result in massaging away some of those proteins from both your hair and from whatever oil that’s stuck inside! Voilà! Your massage oil problem has just been solved.
Applying any type of oil to your hair or scalp is not something that you want to take lightly. It takes a lot of care and attention to make sure you are using quality oils, paying close attention to how they affect your hair and scalp, as well as taking necessary precautions to avoid messy situations like these. That said, if you follow these nine tips we recommend above and make it a point to familiarize yourself with common oils before trying them on your hair or skin, chances are good that you’ll be able to reap all of massage oil’s potential benefits without having to deal with its potential hazards!