Oil Your Way to Healthy Hair
Your grandmother may have told you that coconut oil is the secret behind her thick, dark and flowing tresses. We, however, know how impractical it is to oil and wash hair on a daily basis.
Also, anything done in excess can do more harm than good. But we have a long-standing tradition of oiling our hair. Not just that, we also like to use different types of oil for different hair problems. Our old-world recipe books have hair oils made with flowers, herbs and other ingredients to deal with various scalp and hair problems. They are still effective to this day.
Know your hair type: To oil or not to oil is a question many ask. Tradition shows that a regular oil massage actually benefits hair health. Despite novel products, hair oils to this day remain a major part of an Indian woman’s daily hair-care regime. Regular oil massages stimulate hair growth as blood circulation to the roots get better leading to strong roots and better hair regeneration. Using the right kinds of hair oils can help you in dealing with scalp problems like dandruff, alopecia and itchiness. Since it is a well-known moisturizer, it keeps the scalp soothed, and reduces split ends.
Most hair-care experts agree that whatever be the texture of your hair, it is necessary to massage in some oil at least once a week to keep the scalp in good condition.
The first and foremost things are to know your hair type because your oiling regime depends on that. If you have dry hair, oil your hair twice a week. In case of oily hair, oiling once in two weeks or two hours prior to a head wash is just fine. Choose hair oil suiting your hair type. Olive oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil and almond oil are some good options to choose from. If you have normal scalp, coconut oil is your best option. On hot summer days, it also helps cool down the head. For dry hair, apply almond or castor oil on the scalp. Castor oil is thick and it enhances the hair growth. Along with almond oil, it nourishes the hair. Almond oil is rich in vitamin E, which is good for dry dehydrated scalp.
Increase blood circulation: Oiling hair once a fortnight is more than enough. Common mistakes, that people do is that they oil the strands of hair rather than the roots. It’s the scalp that must be oiled. Also, you don’t need to keep the oil on overnight. Two hours between oiling and washing the hair is more than enough. Another very important point is that it is not enough to just apply the oil. Massaging the oil into the scalp is more important. When you massage, you stimulate the blood vessels, and this is the whole point of an oil massage as it promotes healthy and strong hair growth.
Routine oiling of hair is not required as enough natural oils are produced by our sebaceous glands. But the polluted environment and increased application of colour play havoc on your tresses. A weekly oil massage helps increase circulation of blood causing the sebaceous glands to function better and making your hair as fit as a fiddle.
Benefits of oil massaging are numerous. Those who complain of insomnia can also get relief as it soothes your senses. It prevents hair fall and the dryness of hair. As massaging improves blood circulation, it also makes your face radiant.
If you have pimples, avoid oiling your hair too frequently, as it tends to make the facial skin oily too resulting in more pimples. People with oily hair, can add lemon juice to the shampoo, it takes away the limp from the hair making your hair silky and shiny.
One should avoid going out with oil in one’s hair, as it attracts dust particles. Always make it a point to detangle your hair strands before massaging oil. It helps in fighting dead cells and gives a better application of oil. Apply oil to your hair by using cotton pads, as it spreads the oil well. After applying the oil, massage the scalp with your fingertips. Moving on to the temples, gently massage your ears and neck also. Light strokes help in distressing and improving blood circulation. Don’t be harsh on the scalp, as it can result in hair fall.
Tips on How to Oil your Hair:
- Always use hot to warm oil. Hot oil penetrates better than oil that is at room temperature.
- Use a cotton ball to apply oil on the scalp.
- Remember the oil should be applied to the scalp and not to hair.
- Part your hair in sections to apply oil on the scalp.
- Use your fingers to massage the scalp in a circular motion.
- Don’t pull the roots of hair while massaging.
- Wrap a hot towel around your head; remove it after eight to 10 minutes. Repeat this procedure at least three to four times. It not only benefits the hair, but also relaxes the body and mind.
- When washing off the oil, do not pour shampoo directly on the scalp. Mix shampoo with water in a glass and then pour it over your head, or pour it on palm and smooth it in.
- Massage your scalp well even while shampooing and finish off with a light conditioner.