How Long Should I Leave Karkar Oil On My Hair For?

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Serena Russo

Serena Russo

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Treating your hair isn't just about caring for the shaft - looking after your scalp is as important. It is all the more vital when taking care of afro-textured hair since it's often low porosity and requires more nourishment than most hair types. What this also means is that choosing hair care products that benefit afro-textured hair can be more challenging.


Karkar oil is the ultimate solution for this issue, providing your strands with healthy nutrients while also disinfecting your scalp. But what is this unusual hair product and why is it so effective?


Read further to learn more about what it is, why it works miracles on afro-textured locks and how to use it. We'll also discuss how to use Karkar oil safely and provide some tips for getting the most out of this natural product.

What is Karkar Oil?

Karkar oil is a traditional remedy used by women in northern Africa, more specifically in Chad and Sudan. It is known for helping to grow healthy hair and to protect the scalp from any irritants. It is made using all-natural ingredients such as ostrich oil, sesame seed oil, tallow and honey wax.


Karkar Oil has a number of great benefits. But one of the reasons why it’s so great for afro-textured hair is because it provides everything needed to revitalize your hair and prevent potential dryness and breakage. Find out about all the benefits in detail further.

Benefits of Using Karkar Oil

Karkar oil has a number of benefits for both scalp and hair, including:

Scalp Treatment: Karkar oil is perfect for cleansing and fertilizing your scalp. It reduces dandruff, flakiness, and itchiness, while also containing antifungal and antibacterial properties.


Trapping Moisture: Karkar oil helps trap the much-needed moisture in your strands to last from one wash to another.


Hair Texture Improvement: Ingredients contained in Karkar oil help boost blood circulation in the scalp, improving your hair texture. As a result, your hair not only feels - but also looks - super soft and silky smooth.


Healthy Hair Growth: Karkar oil has been proven to promote healthy hair growth - not the least due to the above-mentioned benefits. This product’s ability to treat hair from the very follicles in your scalp to the tips of your hair guarantees a perfect foundation for consistent hair growth.


Additionally, you can check out our article about Benefits of Karkar Oil on Afro-Textured Hair and know more about advantages of using it.


How to Use Karkar Oil Safely and Effectively

It is our general recommendation that you do a patch test before using any new products. You can do this by applying Karkar oil to a small area of your skin. If you have any form of irritation, swelling of eyes and mouth or difficulty breathing, immediately rinse the area. If irritation persists, please consult your doctor.


Once you are sure it’s safe to apply, you’ll have to consider whether you intend to use Karkar Oil as a post-conditioning treatment or as a hot oil treatment, though the instructions are similar.

Here’s how you apply Karkar Oil for best results:

Step 1


Moisturize your hair with a leave-in conditioner before use and leave it damp. Warm up the oil in a separate container if using hot oil treatment.

Step 2


Divide your hair into sections, then rub Karkar oil between your palms and apply it generously to your hair, from root to tip, avoiding the scalp

Step 3


Gently massage your scalp and hair for absorption, then leave it in for around 30 minutes (or longer if needed) and rinse it out with warm water until all traces of the product are gone

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Karkar Oil

To get the most out of Karkar oil, here are some additional tips:

  • Make sure to use high-quality Karkar oil; avoid formulas with added chemicals or fragrances as these can irritate your scalp or damage your hair.


  • Use Karkar oil as part of a regular haircare routine; once a week works well for most people, but if your hair is particularly dry or damaged, you may want to use it more frequently (just not as a hot oil treatment).


  • Experiment with different product combinations, particularly those used by Chadian women themselves. Chebe hair butter or hair paste work especially well since Karkar Oil helps trap the moisture these products provide.


Karkar oil is an excellent product for keeping your kinky hair healthy and strong. When used correctly, this natural oil can help nourish and protect your strands from damage while adding shine and softness. For best results, be sure to leave Karkar oil on your hair for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it out, and follow these tips for using it safely and effectively.