We have been oiling our hair regularly especially in India, where the solution to every hair problem is to oil your hair with different types of herbal oil or only coconut oil. It’s not only the elders in our houses but now experts say that oiling your hair does have many benefits. When you massage oil into your scalp it increases the circulation of blood to the scalp and the nutrients in the oil helps nourish the hair.
Oils contain fatty acids that help replace lipids in the hair, when they are lost through chemical treatments and styling. These lipids help to make the hair look healthy and glossy. Oils are exceptionally beneficial for those with frizzy and dry hair.
Benefits of oiling hair
- It strengthens the hair and protects it from damage.
- It stimulates hair growth reduces hair fall
- It hydrates the hair and reduces frizz
- Prevents breakage of hair
- May also prevent dandruff
How to apply oil to your head
As mentioned earlier, massaging oil into your scalp and hair brings nourishment to the hair and also conditions the hair. How do you apply oil to the scalp and hair?
- Take some oil in both your palms.
- Apply it on your scalp with both hands
- Massage it in with your fingers in a circular motion
- Also apply the oil to your hair.
You can cover your head with a towel of shower cap and keep it overnight. It is very beneficial to leave it overnight. Wash with a mild shampoo and condition your hair. You can also use coconut oil to condition your hair. Oil your hair at least twice a week.
Best herbal oils for hair growth and thickness
What oil you use on your hair will depend on what your hair lacks. Some of the oils used on hair is coconut oil which provides natural protection to the hair and is a good choice for almost all hair types. Sesame oil is antibacterial and antifungal and also provides deep conditioning like coconut oil. Almond oil is good for the hair as it is rich in vitamin E and so can reduce oxidative stress.
There are some herbs like Amla, Bhringraj, aloe vera, henna and hibiscus that can add a lot of nourishment to the hair thus stopping hair fall, stimulating hair growth and giving your hair a healthy and glossy shine. Some of them also help to prevent dandruff. Most of the above mentioned oils like coconut oil, sesame oil and almond oil is usually used as the base oil to make these herbal oils.
1. Amla Oil
Amla oil helps to strengthen the hair and reduce premature greying of hair. It stimulates hair growth and reduces hair loss. You can also treat dandruff and dry scalp with amla oil. It also helps with scalp infections.
2. Aloe vera oil
Aloe vera oil helps moisturize the hair. It is great for dry hair. It prevents fizz and boosts hair growth. If you want lengthy hair, aloe vera oil is the one to use. It also make the hair soft and treats fungal infections and itchy scalp.
3. Henna Oil
Henna oil is very beneficial for regulating the pH of your scalp. In addition to stimulating hair growth and reducing hair fall, it helps prevent dandruff and other scalp problems. Makes your hair soft and glossy. It deep conditions your hair.
4. Hibiscus Oil
Hibiscus oil is another one that stops hair loss and makes your hair look healthy and lustrous. It helps thicken your hair and gives it volume. It prevents split ends and conditions the hair against dryness and frizz.
Try making these oils at home and use it to get glorious hair. Once you know which one is the best for your hair, you can continue with it. You can also mix the various hair oils and get your own mix of oil which works for you.