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Nature is not something to be tampered with! We have learnt it the hard way. As we got greedy, our environment kept degrading and we have been paying the price with our health and beauty. The polluted and stressed filled environment doesn’t spare anything, not even your hair. The more we have been exposed to it, the more hair problems we have encountered.
Ignoring the wisdom of centuries as we grew up, most of us put away those bottles of oil. Our mothers kept telling us that it was a sure shot way to get our healthy and beautiful hair but we continued to ignore them. They did after all make our hair sticky and icky for that brief period of time!
This article is all about how wrong we have been to ignore the age old wisdom of oiling!
Why Should We Oil Our Hair?
Oil massage helps in improving the circulation of blood to the scalp which ultimately leads to better nourishment and hence better health of hair. Also, oil provides good lubrication to the hair, thereby, checking and reducing the damage.
Hot Oil Treatment For Hair At Home
Hot oil treatment at home involves the use of special concoctions from different kinds of essential oil that you heat and apply to your scalp. The reason behind it you ask? Each ingredient is a solution to a specific issue that a person faces.
Heat up the oil or the mixture of oil with a few drops of essential oils. Don’t put it to the test of fire though! Place the mixture in hot water and heat to your tolerance.
While that magic potion is coming together, make sure that you comb hair to keep it tangle free and breakage proof.
Take small amount of oil on your fingertips and massage your scalp gently in small circular motions.
After massaging your scalp, take small strands of hair and apply oil along the full length of your hair.
For better results, steam your hair. And you don’t need a parlour for that, just use a hot towel for 20 – 25 mins. Wash off the oil as per convenience.
How To Do It Right?
Simply applying oil to your hair doesn’t serve the purpose. Oiling must be done in a specific way to get the desired benefits.
Here are some tips you can consider while oiling your hair:
- Always apply warm oil as it seeps in to your scalp more easily than regular oil.
- Dip a cotton ball in warm oil. Squeeze out any surplus oil and dab this cotton in to your scalp. You can also directly apply warm oil with your fingertips. But remember to massage your scalp gently. Over massaging will break your hair. So do it in moderation.
- Oil your hair either overnight or 1 to 2 hours ahead of shampooing your hair. Oil will seep in more at night, making your hair healthy from the inside out.
- Going out with oiled hair must be avoided as it tends to attract more dirt and dust, which further can cause dandruff, hair fall and scalp irritation.
Here are some oils that you can use to get rid of your hair problems.
Olive oil possesses antifungal and antibacterial properties that aids in destroying bacteria in your scalp thereby promoting hair growth. It also helps to nourish and condition your hair at the same time improving its elasticity and strength. Olive oil assists in restoring the overall scalp cell health of chemically treated hair, thus promoting healthy hair growth.
Almond oil is a rich source of Vitamin-E and hence helps to reduce hair fall. Regular massaging your hair with almond oil makes your hair strong, long, shiny and thick. This oil also provides nourishment to your hair, thereby helps smoothen the cuticles of hair.
Coconut oil is known to be an excellent hair conditioner. It possesses best moisture-retaining capacity as compared to any other oil. Coconut oil not only cleanses but also moisturizes your scalp. It easily penetrates into your scalp and stimulates the growth of hair follicles.Essential Oils You May Use
- Normal Hair: Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon or Thyme essential oil.
- Oily hair: Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon essential oil.
- Dry Hair: Sandalwood, Lavender, Rosemary, or Geranium oil.
Dandruff: The best oil to treat dandruff is tea tree oil. Other oils which you may use are Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon, Basil or Cedar wood oil.
Hair loss: Treat hair loss with rosemary, lavender or lemon essential oil.
Hair growth: Lavender, rosemary, geranium or cedar wood oil can be used.