How to Protect a Couch From Head Oil


Head oil refers to a type of oil applied to your hair for deep conditioning of the hair follicles or the scalp. Hair oil can restore a dry scalp or brittle hair to a shinier, more manageable state. Commonly used hair oils are made from olives, coconut and rosemary. If you've just applied a deep conditioning oil treatment to your hair and scalp, you want all the oil to stay on your head and not stain your clothes or furniture.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic shower cap or plastic wrap
  • Hot towel
  • Upholstery silicone spray
  • Plastic couch cover

Shield Your Head

  • Pull your oil-covered hair back and twist it in a knot at the top of your hair, if possible. If your hair is too short to do that, just sculpt it back, away from your face.

  • Pull a plastic shower cap over your hair, covering all the oily hair follicles. Alternatively, you can wrap your hair in plastic wrap, the same stuff you use to keep food fresh.

  • Wrap a hot towel around your plastic-covered hair. This will help the oil to penetrate your hair and prevent any of the oil from leaking out from the plastic cover. You are now free to lay back against your couch, as you've protected it from oil.

Shield Your Couch

  • Spray your couch with a protecting silicone spray. This will give it an inherent shield from all sorts of drips and stains, not just head oil. Allow the spray to dry thoroughly for at least 30 minutes.

  • Cover the couch with a plastic couch cover. Tuck the edges of the plastic cover underneath the bottom of the couch to ensure complete protection.

  • Sit or lay on the couch as you normally would. If any of the oil drips from your head onto the couch, just wipe it up with a paper towel. This protects your couch and ensures you can reuse the couch cover, which is particularly useful if you do oil therapy a lot.

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