Hair oiling is the simplest yet the most important thing you will do for your hair. Salons and some self-proclaimed hairstylists always advice you against hair oiling. Let me tell you that oiling is an age old custom, a tradition that we have followed for generations and it REALLY brings results. Forget about all the concerns that you have about oiling and get started. It will certainly bring great results. Here are a few things you should do when you start oiling.
Understand 2 hair oiling essentials
You must know that your hair is thickest near the scalp and thinnest at the tips. Consider the shape of a radish or a carrot. They taper towards the bottom. For most of us, the hair looks like this. This is the reason why your ponytails never look good enough, even when you have a head full of hair. We want hair that is healthy, shiny and uniformly thick from the scalp to the tips.
Second, hair oiling is 50 percent about choosing the right oil and 50 percent about massaging your hair well. You can select either coconut oil, mustard oil, olive oil, castor oil or almond oil to nourish your hair. Note that you have to massage your scalp for a good 10-15 minutes with the hair oil with your fingertips. When done, gently massage oil into your hair strands towards the end. Use your palms to apply oil throughout the length of the hair.
Note that you have to massage your scalp for a good 10-15 minutes with the hair oil with your fingertips. When done, gently massage oil into your hair strands towards the end. Use your palms to apply oil throughout the length of the hair.
This will help you in getting nourished hair with great shine and uniform thickness. This method works. I have been doing it for years now and my hair is thick, from top to bottom. No split ends and no bald patches (even though I am suffering from PCOS, which makes male pattern hair loss very common). Check out my Instagram profile @cosmicjuni or check my Instagram feed here to see for yourself.
I don’t have any split ends or bald patches (even though I am suffering from PCOS, which makes male pattern hair loss very common).
How often should you oil your hair?
I have a little Sunday ritual. I oil my hair in the evening and let it sit for about an hour. Then I braid my hair and go to sleep about 4-5 hours later. I oil my hair every second day, though I have also done this every day as it helps in making your hair grow longer. However, it may not be possible for everyone. Hair oiling should be done twice every week. That is the barest minimum that you must do. There are several varieties of oil available in a supermarket. I prefer to get some base oils, infuse them with herbs, create different blends and then use them for oiling. The recipes are a secret (hussshhh…) but it helps my hair looking great.
I prefer to get some base oils, infuse them with herbs, create different blends before I use them for oiling.
Here is a look at my hair. I washed my hair after oiling it the night before and it looks strong, thick and healthy. They have a natural shine and look even thicker after the hair has dried.
Hair post oiling. I did a live video talking about the best way to oil your hair. If you could not see it, follow the link in my bio to read an article based on it or visit my Facebook page for the video. It is thick enough, has a natural shine and doesn't even tangle. Oiling has conditioned hair deeply which helps in keeping it relatively tangle free. I only shampood hair. No conditioner applied. It is smooth to touch and no frizz. I haven't combed my hair yet. It is still damp. #hairoiling #oiling #oils #organic #beautiful #hair #hairgoals #smooth #shinyhair #naturalhair #indian #browngirl #hairsecrets #results #cutehair #staynatural #curlyhair #wavyhair #thickhair #tips #hairtips
What is the best way to oil your hair?
Ideally, you should oil your hair a few hours before going to bed. Your hair will easily soak up the nourishment from the oils overnight and will be ready to wash by the morning. If you are pressed for time, you can apply hair oil an hour before a shower. This nourishes your hair and makes it more manageable after wash. However, for deep conditioning, it is always better to oil at night.
I suggest not to oil your hair right before going to bed. If you do this, most of the oil could be soaked by your pillowcase instead of your hair. I personally don’t use shower caps after oiling as I don’t prefer to braid the hair and sleep. Braiding after oiling helps in growing the hair longer. Yes. Trust me on this.
Braiding after oiling helps in growing the hair longer. Trust me on this.
Remember, massage the scalp to stimulate circulation and massage the entire length of your hair to get nourished, frizz-free hair. If you leave the tips or the hair length dry, split ends will haunt you soon. Try this for about a month and let me know the results you experienced. If you want to know my hair oil recipes, stay tuned.
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