Improves blood flow to your scalp
Oiling hair is the most important ritual in traditional hair care. An oil massage will increase your blood flow to the scalp. It stimulates your scalp. The increased circulation brings nutrients to the hair roots. As little as 5 minutes of head massage can make a significant difference in the health of your hair. Plus, the essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals present in the oil seep in and nourish your scalp. And a good scalp means happy hair.
Protects your hair from damage
When you shampoo your hair, it absorbs water causing the outer layer of hair (cuticle) to lift up. Once dry, it shrinks back to its original state. The constant washing and drying put stress on the cuticle. This can make it vulnerable to damage. In the long run, your hair can become damaged and rough.
So how does oiling help?
Oil forms a protective sheath around your hair, which helps to reduce the damage caused by washing. Plus, water doesn’t penetrate easily as oil repels it. So, the amount of water absorbed by the hair is less, and so is the damage.
Naturally conditions and detangles your hair
Oil massages condition and improve the strength and resiliency of your hair. Even after shampoo, a tiny proportion of oil remains in your hair. It is not visible but it protects and nourishes your hair. There would be no need to condition your hair after washing it, as the oil treatment has already done the job of conditioning, nourishing, and protecting it. Plus, it helps reduce friction between the hair strands and makes detangling much easier.
Give your hair some pampering and your hair will give you that style!
Choosing the Right Oil
There are many options to choose from. Here are a few suggestions:
Cold-pressed virgin coconut oil has a wonderful aroma of fresh coconut cream. This oil can penetrate the hair shaft and is great for hair. As it is high in saturated fatty acids, coconut oil moisturises and promotes healthy hair. Compared to other oils it is less greasy because of its high tannin contents.
It is suitable for soft, fine or oily hair.
Almond oil is a light, nourishing oil. The flavonoids and omega-6 fatty acids in almond oil controls shedding and promotes healthy hair growth. It even contains a high amount of vitamin E, which helps to strengthen tiny capillaries of the scalp. This in turn boosts circulation.
It can also be used as a leave-in conditioner: apply a few drops on your freshly washed hair to seal the moisture and boost shine.
It is suitable for dry, or brittle hair.
Sesame oil is highly recommended in Ayurveda due to its healing and nourishing properties. It’s commonly used as a base oil in many ayurvedic preparations. It’s packed with some amazing fatty acids. These offer great skin softening and skin regenerating qualities.
This oil also contains high amounts of phytosterols and polyphenols, which render anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant qualities.
It is suitable for dry and damaged hair
People with oily scalp can benefit immensely from jojoba oil. It closely resembles the scalp sebum, the oil produced by our skin. This oil penetrates the skin and acts as an excellent moisturiser. It also helps to loosen the sebum in the hair follicle, cleansing the scalp and removing the clogged debris. Plus, jojoba oil can reduce inflammation and itching, and can be calming for angry and sensitive scalp.
It is suitable for sensitive scalp and fine thinning hair
How to apply?
Apply evenly on the scalp and massage gently with the pads of your fingers. Finish by running fingers through your hair. It shouldn’t take more than 10 to 15 minutes. Leave on for an hour, or leave it overnight for better conditioning.
Which one to buy?
Some experimenting can help to determine which oil works best for you. Usually, the best ones to use are cold-pressed pure oils. Cold-pressed oils mean those where no heat was used in the extraction process, thus leaving all the goodness intact.