Beware of hair oils that claim to do it all. As PRIYANKA RAVANI PUNAMIYA explains, your choice of hair oil should be dependent only on your hair type or concern.
Who doesn’t want healthy, bouncy and shiny tresses? For that, you need to nurture your hair, and our grandmothers have been right all along with regard to oiling—it will undoubtedly keep your locks glistening and nourished.
However, here’s a sp‘oil’er alert: there is no one-oil-fits-all. Your hair type or a specific hair concern plays a big role in deciding which oil is right for you. What works for one hair type may not necessarily work for another. Even though it may be recommended by a trusted friend or endorsed by your favourite celebrity, there is no guarantee that it’s the perfect treatment for your needs. Here’s a hair oil guide to help you discover which oil you should be using.
Dry and frizzy hair: Argan oil
Argan oil is laden with fatty acids and vitamin E, which tames your poofed-up hair and makes it softer
and shinier. Take a couple of drops of argan oil and rub it generously through your hair. Also, don’t forget to
massage your scalp; it will liven up your locks from the roots. Repeat the process before each hair wash.
Damaged hair: Macadamia oil
For damaged hair, you need an intensive oil treatment to put life back into them. Macadamia oil is highly nutritious, with reconstructive and hydrating properties, thanks to its rich nut content. This oil is great for reviving dull and lifeless strands by coating the hair and keeping the scalp moisturised. Heat the oil, until it is lukewarm, and apply it from root to tip. For best results, leave it in overnight.
Hair loss: Olive oil
Want the length, quality, and strength of Rapunzel’s hair, but your hair won’t stop falling? The answer lies in your pantry. Olive oil is full of vitamins B, D, and E, banishing hair fall and preventing bald patches. It even battles dandruff, which is one of the main reasons for hair loss. The simplest way to incorporate olive oil into your haircare routine is by massaging it thoroughly into the scalp—this process of massaging the scalp increases blood circulation
which, in turn, will reduce hair loss and promote growth.
Chemically processed tresses: Marula oil
Hair that has been subjected to chemical treatments needs highly formulated nourishment. Marula oil,
with its antioxidant properties, will penetrate deep into the hair follicles and restore moisture levels and lost lustre. Applying the oil thoroughly from root to tip will help maintain the vibrancy of your hair.
Fine hair: Jojoba oil
Fine hair needs lightweight oils that help add texture instead of weighing your hair down and making it look limp.
For such hair, jojoba oil is the perfect choice as not only is it light and non-sticky, but also it’s very similar to the natural oils present in the scalp. Apply the oil and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before shampooing. Over time, it will promote hair growth and give you thevoluminous hair you desire.
Thick hair: Castor oil
To maintain your thick head of hair, you will need an oil that will do the heavy lifting for you to maintain your lush mane. Say hello to castor oil. Rich in vitamin E, minerals, and omega-6 and 9 fatty acids, it makes the hair roots stronger and adds much-needed vitality. However, use this oil sparingly as it is sticky and can be hard to get out. Use it only once or twice a week, right before washing your hair. Ensure that it is completely rinsed out before you step
out of the shower.
Dandruff and itchy scalp: Almond oil
Eating almonds is healthy, but for best results, you really need to add almond oil to your haircare regime. It is high in vitamin E, fatty acids, protein, and magnesium, nourishing your hair from the inside-out. Also, almond oil is the perfect solution for those suffering from irritable scalp and dandruff. Simply massage the oil into your scalp and leave it on overnight. This reduces scalp inflammation and redness, while also helping eliminate dandruff.
Curly hair: Coconut oil
As curly hair is thicker and more voluminous, natural oils don’t always reach the ends, upping the need for extra moisture. Coconut oil is one of the best natural sources of fatty acids, and combined with its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, coconut oil is very nourishing. Apply the oil twice or thrice a week, preferably the night before you wash your hair. It will help define and maintain those gorgeous ringlets.
Last but not least, do not give up on your hair oiling regime. Initially, it may seem like too much work for too little reward. However, with long-term and consistent use, you will a see beautiful, healthy, and shiny results.