Oiling hair: Here's how to do it correctly

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We are pretty sure that you’ve heard it from your grandmother or your hairstylist already but here we go again - the power of hair oil for healthy hair is magic. Hair oil is known to be a great natural conditioner along with having the ability to nourish your hair for soft and healthy tresses. If you have never tried hair oil, maybe you should give it a chance with these easy tips in mind.

Indians have already mastered the art of oiling hair from a very young age and through multiple generations. There are ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ for every beauty regimen - we are here to tell you that there is a ‘right’ way to oil your hair.

DO’s:

DO - Give your scalp the attention:
Although known to nourish hair, the main secret of hair oil is often forgotten - it is the most beneficial to the roots of your hair! When oil is massaged into the scalp, it enters the cuticles of your hair to nourish it from the the root to tip. A cool factor to keep in mind is that it also increases or stimulates blood flow. So, it is great for your roots, scalp and strands!

DO - Keep a regular routine:
Giving your hair some love with hair oil takes some time, we understand, but that is no excuse to not do it. It is important to know your hair type (for example if you have oily hair, do not treat your hair with hair oil too often) to figure out how many times a week you should oil your hair.
A tip to the wise:

  • If you have fine hair and an oily scalp, try oiling your hair every other week.
  • If you have thick hair and a dry scalp, you can oil your hair once a week.

DO - Recognize that hair oil is multi-talented:
Although most people only think of hair oil as a deep natural conditioner, that is not entirely the case. Hair oil can also be used for finishing touches on styled hair! Once your hair is dry, you can use a few drops to keep the shine intact and baby hairs in check. Only use it on the lengths of your dry hair, not the scalp and you’ll have disciplined hair all day.

DON’Ts

DON’T - Forget timing:
Oiling hair is very beneficial, although most people rush it or leave it on for too long - there is only so much oil can do. After a certain amount of time, the oil has already worked its magic, it makes no sense to leave it on longer. Depending on the condition of your hair, leave the oil in for 30 minutes to an hour before you wash your hair. One majorly important thing to remember is: DO NOT leave hair oil on your scalp overnight. Wash it off thoroughly with warm water and a mild cleansing shampoo. The reason for this advice is that oil can attract dust so leaving it on too long would be unhygienic and make hair strands weak - not to mention it would defeat the purpose of using hair oil in the first place. Those prone to oily skin and acne also must not keep hair oil for long periods or overnight as the oil may seep on the skin and cause breakouts .

DON’T - Overuse the gem:
We understand that grandma said to oil your hair every single day, but it’s important to know that it honestly serves no purpose. Overusing oil can weigh down your lovely locks and increase the greasiness of your scalp. A little oil can go a long long way for the health of your hair; too much oil isn’t the answer. Our advice to you is to apply a palm full of oil on your scalp and slowly rub the remainder on the length of your locks.

There is not a single right way to apply oil to your hair, but we can help you with a few tips that could give you great results. We have covered a few DO’s and DON’Ts, but here are some tips to keep in mind:

The oil does not have to be burning hot - no, that is not the meaning of hot oil treatment. Lukewarm oil is sufficient and it can spread on your scalp easily. Wash your hands and then part your hair into sections. Then, dip your fingers in the oil and start to massage your scalp - DO NOT just pour warm oil onto your scalp. The massage helps the oil penetrate to the hair cuticles helping to nourish the roots and also improve blood circulation. Gently massage the oil on your hair, do not RUB the hair oil into your scalp and never use your palms on your scalp (you can use it on the length of your hair, not too harshly though) as that can break hair strands. Do this for 10 to 15 minutes for the best outcome!

There are some great benefits to using hair oil on your tresses, here’s a few to give you the motivation to include it in your hair care routine:
→ Although, dandruff is a fungal infection, a dry scalp can aggravate it. A dry scalp causes itching at the roots of your hair initiating hair fall. Oiling of hair nourishes the scalp keeping dryness at bay.
→ Who doesn’t want healthy and shiny hair? You already know that oiling hair can give it great shine but its constant providing of nutrients gives way for healthy hair growth from the root to the tip.

Now that you know the benefits of oiling hair along with a few tips on how to do it correctly, you’re ready to start your journey to healthy hair. Hair oil has been used for years in different cultures, they must have known it’s secrets long before we did. With these tips in handy, you can reap its benefits too!

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