Staying indoors has one advantage. We have all decided to bring out those hair oils and face packs which we have bought over time and decided that one day we will definitely use them. So by now you at least have 2-3 varieties of oil but the dilemma is which one will suit your hair type.
Here, we have for you Dr Pallavi Sule, Mumbai-based dermatologist, elaborating the importance of oiling and the uses of different hair oils. “Oil plays an important in protecting hair from damage. It penetrates the hair and reduces the water absorbed in the hair. It fills the gap between the cuticle cells and prevents the aggressive substances to enter the follicle. There are multiple mineral oils and vegetable oils with different properties, which have been used for preventing hair damage and hair regrowth,” she insists.
Coconut oil: This oil is proved to reduce protein loss from the hair shaft. The fatty acid present in coconut oil – lauric acid, penetrates the hair shaft forming a protective film. Coconut oil can be used for all hair conditions – be it dry hair, frizzy hair, or to condition and protect normal hair. It has heat protecting property and also prevents UV damage. It is also rich in anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Argan oil: Argan oil is rich in tocopherols, polyphenols, anti-oxidants, vitamins A, C and E, and also linolenic acid. This makes it an excellent hair nourishing agent and conditioner. Being an anti-oxidant, it helps to reduce inflammation and itchiness on the scalp, in the treatment of dandruff and also in conditions like psoriasis. It is used as an excellent nourishing hair mask. It seals the split ends and reduces the chances of hair breakage. It is also an anti-frizz agent and is hence used in hair sprays as a great styling product.
Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil is a native of Australia. It is a natural oil and put to use as a cosmetic for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is also well known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can be actively used for treating dandruff, seboherric dermatitis, follicular infections and also helps to kill the hair lice.
Castor oil: Castor oil is an age-old remedy for hair fall and hair thinning. Castor oil is rich in monosaturated acids, which are great humectants. This property of castor oil helps lock and seal the moisture in the hair, thus preventing dryness. It stimulates the microcirculation of blood on the scalp, hence providing more oxygen and nutrients to the hair bulb and helping in faster hair growth. It is also an excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.
How you should apply oil?
- Hair oil can be applied twice a week.
- Either apply it overnight or 20-30 mins before head bath.
- Warm the oil and apply it on the scalp with your fingertips. Gently massage it for 5-10 mins to increase the blood flow to hair bulbs.
- Always use a wide-toothed comb to detangle hair. Post-oiling, tie your hair into a loose bun.
- Steam or a hot towel wrap helps to increase the seepage of oil deep in.
Keep in mind: Assess your scalp, hair texture, active infection, weather, climatic conditions, etc. before choosing the right oil for you.
Precautions: Sometimes oils can cause allergic reactions, so before application on scalp do a patch test over skin behind the ear. If there’s no redness or irritation, then use it.