In actuality, the oils helped remove dirt while leaving the skin hydrated and moisturized. Once the big companies got wind of oil cleansing, a bunch of commercial products hit the marketplace. Oil cleansing became a legit thing.
My first thought was this, "I NEED a cleansing oil shampoo in my regimen!" My hair adores oil and can't get enough of it. If I were to incorporate an oil rich cleanser, this could mean less tangles on wash day and reduce manipulation related breakage during the conditioner application. And perhaps, adding a little oil would somehow minimize the swelling that occurs when hair is saturated with water. My impatience wouldn't allow me to wait days for a product to arrive so I immediately sought to create my own oil cleansing shampoo.
This is the easiest DIY ever! Basically, I grabbed a bottle of avocado oil from my product stash and set it aside. Then I put some Keracare Moisturizing Shampoo in my hand as I normally would. But instead of applying the shampoo directly to my wet hair, I mixed in a little avocado oil. I tried to avoid using too much oil and kept the ratio of shampoo to oil to about 70/30.
When I rubbed the shampoo/oil mixture in my hair, I couldn't detect any "greasiness." In fact, the shampoo process went as normal. Actually, there were a couple of differences. First, my hair seemed to tangle way less. Secondly, after rinsing, my hair already felt highly conditioned. This process is definitely a keeper.
My only regret is that I didn't use enough oil. I have very thick, very course hair and I could probably get away with a 60/40 shampoo to oil mix. I say this because, once rinsed, there was no trace of oil whatsoever. Some people would prefer this but I wouldn't mind having a hint of oil remaining on the strand.
Oil cleansing on wash day is a must try if your hair responds well to oil. Oh, as a follow up, I have to mention how I'm loving my DIY conditioning ACV rinse. If you haven't tried this yet, you're falling behind. Time to catch up.