Is oiling good for the hair?
- November 24, 2023
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Grooming Gyan
In India, under the Ayurvedic system, the application of oil is an integral part of hair treatments. Oiling of the hair not only provides nourishment but is the best way to deal with dryness. It is also an excellent pre-shampoo treatment and helps the natural distribution of oils along the hair. The scalp is actually rich in oil-producing glands, but stress, pollution, dandruff, harsh shampoos and other factors can cause the pores to become blocked. This is common during the teen years when oil gland activity increases. If pore-clogging continues, the hair becomes dry. Blood circulation to the scalp is also hampered and dandruff may also occur.
The application of oil with a light massage helps to soften the texture of the hair and also stimulates blood circulation to the follicles. The hair is actually fed by the nutrients in the bloodstream. So good blood circulation to the follicles is necessary for healthy hair growth. Oil massages also help to keep the scalp healthy, nourish the hair, and improve the look of dry hair.
Different oils have different qualities
Coconut oil is probably the most popular oil for hair in India. It is said to strengthen the hair and make it thick and shiny. Hot oil therapy with coconut oil is said to restore health to damaged hair and prevent split ends. Heat coconut oil and apply it on the scalp. Then do a hot towel wrap.
Sesame seed (til) oil is light, free of odour and is easily absorbed by the skin. Ayurveda advocates it as the most balanced oil. It is rich in nutrients and has healing properties too.
Olive oil helps to restore the normal acid-alkaline balance of the scalp. It is useful for oily hair with dandruff.
Almond oil is said to be very nourishing for dry hair. It is reported to be soothing, healing, lubricating, softening, revitalizing and nourishing.
PLUS! Tips to care for your hair
Excerpts from The Teenager Today Article by SHAHNAZ HUSAIN