This time it is ROO, what oh what would it stand for? Okay, I am very curious about what kind of crazy person you have come up with in the meantime. Ready for the real answer? Here he comes:

ROO stands for Rinse Out Oil or by some people also called Oil Rinse. The bottom line is simply applying oil – which is incredibly good for your hair – and rinsing it again in a hair-friendly and – certainly not unimportant – way with conditioner.

Why should I apply oil to my hair?

Why wouldn’t you do it? Oil is incredibly good for your hair. It makes and keeps your hair healthy, ensures that it is supple, makes your hair shine, makes it smoother (and therefore fewer tangles), protects your hair from all kinds of evil forces from the outside, strengthens your hair from the inside, and wear it with this method it is mostly reversed: it traps moisture in your hair and thus contributes to well-hydrated hair. Do you want to know more about the power of oil? Then also read my article about what coconut oil can mean for your hair.

So ROO is really just a simple oil turn?

Yes and no. It’s an oil turn, and it’s simple, but there’s more to it than you think. Tell me once, if you do an oil turn, do you apply it to wet or dry hair? Dry? Then you are not doing as well as you might think. Oil and water do not mix, and if you apply oil to your hair, you ensure that almost no water can get in or out of your hair. And that’s fine if your hair is just well hydrated, but if it isn’t, you prevent your thirsty hair from absorbing the moisture it craves for. That’s why with the ROO method, you always apply the oil to wet hair so that you enclose the moisture in the hair and thus contribute to good hydration.

Do I have to aim that whole bottle of oil in it?

No, that is certainly not necessary, and it would also be a waste of your oil because too much oil does not add anything extra and you only make it more difficult for you to get it washed out. Let it depend a bit on your hair, what you like yourself and how well you get the oil washed out.

But rinse the oil out? How?!

Perhaps you have done an extensive oil change, and you couldn’t possibly get the oil washed out of your hair? But with this method you don’t have to worry about that: conditioner to the rescue! With conditioner you almost always get the oil out and otherwise just aim more conditioner over it, it has never failed me. 😛

How do you do the ROO method?

You can ROO in different ways:

After shampoo, before conditioner

You wash your hair with shampoo, then apply the oil to your wet hair, let it soak in for a while, then aim a layer of conditioner over it, massage it well, let the whole also absorb it and then rinse everything out and then continue your styling routine as normal. This is how the method actually came about.

Over the conditioner

But soon people began to vary the method, and there was the birth of the idea to first wash your hair with shampoo, then apply conditioner and oil it over the conditioner. You let this withdraw as quickly, and then you flush it out. This would ensure that your hair is even better hydrated. By applying oil over the conditioner can do its job better than when you do it the other way around, you also enclose the conditioner together with the moisture.

For the shampoo

Those are two options that you have, but there is another one. So many options! Oh dear. If you would like to protect your hair and especially your tips from damage caused by shampooing, apply the oil before using shampoo. You can then continue as you wish.

To combine

And after that I will stop, I promise, but what do you pay attention to just combine the above options? You can do it double and apply oil for the shampoo and afterward followed by conditioner, or you can go completely loose and do it triple with oil for the shampoo and after the shampoo for the conditioner and again after the conditioner, but then you have probably applied enough oil to fill a frying pan with, so I do recommend to let the amount of oil depending on your hair.

And remember, if you get out of the shower, apply a few drip p Eltjes oil to wet hair for that little bit extra.

Can I also do this as an extensive course instead of just taking a quick shower?

Do you want to give your hair a boost? Then do an extensive oil treatment in this way: Wet your hair first, apply a lot of oil, you can also first apply conditioner or hair mask for the oil, and then let it in for a few hours or night before rinsing it out. Super soft ends are almost guaranteed.

And what if I just apply nice oil to dry hair?

There is certainly something to be said for oil on dry hair. Getting your hair completely soaked is actually not that good at all. This is because the hair swells with all that moisture, causing the scales to be under enormous pressure and it also extends because more moisture gets between the keratin, and this makes your hair weak. You can apply oil to prevent your hair from absorbing a lot of moisture. This is, for example, very useful when you go swimming (also protects against salt and chlorine). Damaged hair, in particular, can benefit from this because it tends to absorb even more water than healthy hair. Incidentally, with the ROO method, you also ensure that your hair absorbs too much moisture and continuous moisture while showering.

Many oils can also be absorbed into the hair, such as coconut oil and jojoba oil, so even if you apply it to dry hair, you certainly have oil benefits.

However, especially if you have drypoints and fluffy hair, I would apply oil to wet hair if you do not intend to flush it out right away.


I actually always applied oil to dry hair, but I am really over now. I am now trying out the order of conditioner, and then oil and the first results are good, my hair took longer to dry (so it is better hydrated), it feels nice and soft, and the dots don’t look so brushy. So a lot of good things! Hopefully, it works for you too.

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