In Indian beauty culture, hair oiling is considered a fundamental ritual. From hair fall to dandruff and dryness, hair oils can help fight myriad hair problems. But, it is crucial to pick the right hair oil for your hair quality and type.
While it cannot be denied that soothing and hydrating is mandatory for all hair types, knowing how much oil and hydration your hair needs depends on your specific hair conditions. Sadly, just like your skin, hair type differs from person to person. This means that if one hair oil works for your friend (or sibling), it doesn’t mean that the same oil will work for you too. Moreover, everyone does not suffer from the same hair issues. Some are battling the loss of hair and receding hairline, while there are others fighting itchy scalp and dandruff.
Traditionally, coconut oil has been used by grandmothers and mothers, and this hair oil is helpful in treating different types of hair problems. But, there are also other types of hair oils that can treat specific problems.
To help you pick the right hair oil for your hair, Dr. Kiran Sethi, a dermatologist based out of Delhi, gives a few pointers. Take a look below.
Frizzy hair and dry scalp? Coconut hair oil to the rescue
For dry scalp and hair, coconut hair oil is a burst of hydration. Thanks to its micro composition, coconut hair oil penetrates deep into the follicles of the scalp and improves the quality of the tresses. Rich in soothing and hydrating properties, this oil has been in use for more than a hundred years. This oil is an amazing option if you have an itchy scalp.
The presence of lauric acid in this oil gives scalp and hair an extra boost of nourishment. This penetrates deep into the hair shaft and gives hair the required minerals, vitamins and medium-chain fatty acids. Also, this oil keeps the scalp cool during the hot summer months and coconut oil can be used by everyone, regardless of hair type.
Thick, but coarse hair? Almond oil should do the trick
A luscious, thick mane is a dream come true. But, not so much when thick hair is frizzy and coarse. Then, it becomes very difficult to manage your tresses. You can use almond hair to control and tame your hair while providing your hair with the moisture that it needs. This oil is extremely high in Vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium.
Hair fall and greying? Bhringraj oil is for you
Bhringraj is an ancient herb and has its significance in Ayurveda. Bhringraj hair oil has been used for many years to treat premature greying and hair loss. This powerful herbal oil inhibits dandruff and activates the hair follicles to boost growth. Also, this oil is helpful in tackling scalp concerns like, sensitivity and dandruff.
Thinning hair? Consider jojoba or sesame oil
Jojoba and sesame hair oils are both great options when it comes to reviving limp, thin hair. Both these hair oils have a light consistency and do not weigh down.
Jojoba hair oil is rich in zinc, copper, Vitamins E, B and C, which makes this oil perfect for those with thin hair. Even hair fall and dandruff can be treated with this oil. Sesame hair oil is rich in Vitamin B complex and E, and minerals like, phosphorous, calcium and protein. This oil deeply nourishes and strengthens hair.
Hair won’t grow? Amla (Indian gooseberry) or hibiscus hair oil can lend a hand
When it comes to hair growth, both hibiscus and amla hair oil are good choices. Hibiscus flower has been found to be a part of hair treatments that boost hair growth and improve the overall quality of hair strands.
Also, amla hair oil is known for stimulating hair growth. This oil has oodles of essential fatty acids that easily penetrates deep into the hair follicles and makes hair shinier, softer and voluminous. Thanks to its high carotene and iron content, this oil encourages hair growth and has been used for centuries.
Colored hair? Use moringa oil
Coloring your hair can make you stay in vogue and look chic. But, maintaining colored hair is a real task. If you have color-treated hair, it is a good idea to use hair oil that contains significant amounts of antioxidants. This helps to protect hair from sun damage and the vibrancy of the color is maintained. You can use moringa oil if you frequently color your hair. This oil will protect your hair from the environment and heat, and also neutralize the negative effects of high amounts of protein.
How to use hair oils for best results?
Warm the oil and massage it gently into your scalp. Let the oil sit overnight. Wash it off in the morning using your regular shampoo or any mild shampoo. Your hair will instantly feel nourished, shiny and soft.
Not a fan of leaving hair oil overnight? You can also use the oil before shampoo and make it a part of your pre-shampoo routine. Massage the oil and leave it for about 20-minutes or an hour, before washing it off.
You can even apply the oil after shampoo, instead of serum. But, since oiled hair attracts dust and pollution, restrict this application method for those days when you don’t plan to step out (which should be easy now due to the COVID-19 lockdown).
So, add the hair oils that deal with your specific hair problems to your hair care arsenal and get ready to have a mane so luscious, bouncy and shiny that will make your friends (or even onlookers) envious.