Benefits and Techniques of Oiling your Hair
In this day and age of coloring, drying and styling one’s hair, you’ve surely had your mother, grandmother or friend touch your mane and said, “You should oil your hair; it’ll solve all your hair problems.”
Now, who hasn’t received this time-honored advice?
Well, oiling your hair once or multiple times a week can have a multi-favorable results on your tresses. And in a time when your hair is subjected to many external factors like pollution, chemicals and treatments, using oil makes sense.
It is a blanket solution for everything from lifeless tresses, damaged ends to stress relief. It helps by increasing the tensile strength of the hair, reducing the frizziness and preventing breakage. The oil, by coating the hair, forms a protective layer for the hair shaft.
Beyond the product itself, the massaging technique used when applying oil also has its own benefits. As it increases or stimulates the circulation of blood to the scalp, it helps to bring the nutrients to the scalp.
While this piece of advice has faced the test of time, did you also know, like most other problems even hair & scalp concerns can & should be treated with appropriate oils?
Having the right kind of oil for your hair is very important.
Some of the beneficial oils which are being used for beautiful & healthy hair with indefinite good qualities are –
1. Kapiva’s Onion Oil :
Apart from being a common kitchen staple, onion has multiple external benefits. Onion oil nourishes the hair follicles- strengthening the roots, thereby preventing hair fall. It is also known to avoid graying and helps make the hair more voluminous in nature. The pungent smell of onion keeps lice at bay and fights dandruff caused by a dry scalp. Combining Onion Oil with other nutritional additives like fenugreek seeds or turmeric could multiply its health benefits.
Cold-pressed Castor Oil uses natural means for extracting oil from the castor beans/root by applying pressure till the oil is released unlike the normally used, cheaper alternative which compromises the purity and benefit of the oil. Using this oil on your hair shafts will accelerate the hair growth and give your hair a glossy and soft appearance. Castor oil is predominantly used as a hair-thickening agent but it can also help to cure dandruff problems. Apart from the hair on your scalp, when applied on eyebrows and eyelashes, Castor Oil can be used to make them more thick and healthy.
As stated in the above point, the benefits of using a cold-pressed oil as against a normally manufactured oil are plentiful. The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of coconut oil make it an all-rounder among different oils. The higher amount of anti-oxidants present enhances the appearance of your hair, cutting down on problems such as split-ends. The fatty acids present in this oil make the hair soft, supple and manageable. Treating and avoiding the recurrence of dandruff is one of its advantages along with stimulating hair growth.
Bhringraj, known as ‘Kehraj in Assamese and ‘Karisalankanni’ in Tamil, is a medicinal herb that grows in moist areas. The oil is dark green in color and has a unique, strong aroma. The best way to use it is to apply it directly on the scalp, let the roots absorb it and then wash it off. Bhringraj oil can be used for treating various hair problems.
It can easily penetrate the scalp and helps in treating dry scalp, & due to its cooling qualities it can help in reducing stress and stress-related hair loss.
Bhringraj oil can help in treating baldness, if used regularly. Massaging the oil on your scalp helps in improving the blood circulation at the root of the hair bringing more nutrients to support hair growth. It increases vasodilation which means, widening of the blood vessels, that improves blood flow to the roots and thus, promotes hair growth.
Apart from these, Chameli Oil is also great for prevention of Hair fall & Dandruff.
For beautiful and strong hair, massage your scalp with hair oil and leave it on overnight. You can also use a steamed towel to cover your hair for half an hour for best results. This gives your hair a shiny and lustrous look. Oiling your hair everyday would be too much to ask for. But do this at least thrice a week for beautiful hair. It does make a lot of difference if you keep doing this regularly as it is bound to show on your hair. Due to the oil your hair is protected from the strong and hot sun rays. The oil also gives your hair that extra shine.
We hope after reading this, you would be oiling your hair regularly, and more importantly, with the right kind of oil depending on the results you want.