For many people, hair oils are the beauty equivalent of a Rubix Cube: daunting, counter-intuitive, and complex (or so they seem). How much should you use? Will they make your hair greasy? What formula is best for your hair type? To help navigate the waters of hair oils, I chatted with eco-friendly beauty brand, Live Clean, to solve the hair oil enigma once and for all.

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CT: What are the benefits of hair oils?

– To protect hair from damage caused by heat tools, the environment, and brushing;
- To treat dryness, damage, spit ends, and frizz;
- To replace essential moisture lost during shampooing and styling;
– To make hair sleek and shiny.

CT: How much should you use?

The most common mistake is using too much; less is definitely more. Start by using only a few drops – more than that and hair can look greasy or weighed down.

CT: Should you apply hair oil to wet or dry hair?

For leave-in oils (like Live Clean Exotic Vitality Monoi Oil Leave-in and Exotic Silk Keratin Oil Leave-in), apply to damp hair that’s freshly washed and conditioned. Non leave-in oils (like Live Clean Age Resist Miracle Oil) are best on wet hair as well.

CT: What’s the best way to apply hair oil?

Place 1-2 drops of oil in the palm of your hand and rub your hands together; this will distribute the product evenly. Lightly comb your fingers through your hair from the mid-section to the ends, distributing the product as you go. Start with one side of your head, then the other.  If it’s a leave-in oil, style your hair as you normally would. If it’s a rinse-out oil, shampoo, then condition if necessary and style.

CT: How long will the average bottle of hair oil last before it expires?

24 months after opening the package.  Look for the PAO symbol on the back of packaging for the life of the product after opening.

CT: If your hair tends to get greasy quickly, can you skip conditioner and use a hair oil instead?

Yes, depending on how greasy your hair gets, you may find using both a conditioner and an oil on the same day might weigh hair down.  If your hair tends to be greasy, we suggest only applying the oil to the ends of your hair.

CT: What exactly do hair oils do? Do different oils address different hair problems?

All oils will tackle the same problems to a certain degree, but some oils are meant to tackle different issues and results.  At Live Clean, we have numerous products for different hair challenges:

– Live Clean Monoi Oil Leave-in is the strengthener, preventing breakage and increasing resilience and elasticity. It shields against external damage, prevents protein loss, and alleviates frizz.

– Live Clean Keratin Oil Leave-in is the smoother.  Exceptional for dry hair, it repairs,tames frizz, and deeply delivers moisture.

– Live Clean Age Resist Miracle Nutrition Oil turns back the clock, creating shine and manageability, and restores thickness/fullness.

CT: How often should you use hair oils?

Leave-in treatments like Live Clean Monoi and Live Clean Keratin can be used after each shampoo and conditioning. Rinse-out Miracle Nutrition Oil can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment every time you wash your hair. With Live Clean oils you don’t have to worry about build-up. Live Clean’s formulations are water soluble, meaning they won’t build up on the hair like products with silicone do.

CT: Can you leave hair oils on overnight?

Yes, for a deep, nourishing treatment. But less is more, and it might be a good idea to wear a shower cap or put a towel on your pillow when you do.

CT: Should people with fine hair avoid hair oils?

Live Clean Oils are formulated with dry, low viscosity light oils. If putting oil on fine hair is a concern, we suggest doing a strand test or only applying the oil (a dime-size amount) to the ends of the hair.

CT: Is there anything else you can use hair oils for?

You can apply a few drops to dry hair before swimming or colouring your hair to protect and nourish it.

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