Remember the times when our grandmas used to massage our heads with hot oils? This Indian tradition has been in the spotlight for decades now. We Indians rely on our grandma’s theories more than marketed products. Isn’t it? This practice is one of the most popular hair-care remedies in India when it comes to hair growth and it has worked WONDERS for me.
The first thing that comes to mind when we think about our appearance is our HAIR. It represents our personality and outlook. Especially for women, voluminous and long wavy hair are a symbol of beauty and elegance, as a woman myself, I spend a lot of time pampering my hair, so, I understand why hair is such an important aspect of our being. However, excessive hair styling and coloring leads to damaged, dull, and dry hair. Using hair irons that cause heat exposure can also lead to brittle hair strands and split-ends, hence our hair requires nourishment and strength to overcome such problems.
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Treating your hair with harsh products and hair irons often leads to intense hair fall as well. Negligence and forgetful behavior results in lousy hair health, hair loss, dandruff, scalp infections, etc. Its very essential that you take proper care of your scalp to combat such problematic issues. Oiling is a very popular and impactful remedy when it comes to haircaring. It is one of the primary steps that should be practiced regularly and consistently. I’ve made a list of useful hair oils to enhance hair health and growth (based on my experience!).Source: Google.com
What are essential oils?
These are extracted from natural sources, mainly plants. They are volatile in nature, obtained by distillation or by mechanical methods like cold compress and they have a natural fragrance since they are extracted from the plants. For example: grapefruit oil, lavender oil, lemongrass oil, rosemary oil, tea tree oil, etc.
What are carrier oils?
They act as a base used to dilute potent essential oils. These are derived from nuts and seeds of the plant, For example: almond oil, argan oil, olive oil, etc. They are non volatile and viscous in nature.
Coconut Oil is one of the most versatile and widely used Oils in India. This evergreen oil nourishes and stimulates blood circulation on the scalp which enhances hair growth. It is stuffed with fatty acids which penetrate the scalp and nourish the hair follicles. Coconut Oil is extremely rich in Vitamin E, antioxidants, carbohydrates, and minerals which escallate hair health. It benefits your hair against damage caused by excessive hair styling and harsh products.
You can also use it as a conditioner as it provides lustre to the hair strands and makes them soft. Coconut Oil is an universal oil because it is used in cooking, skincaring, haircaring, aiding several skin and scalp related infections and so much more!
Procedure: Since it is free of additives and chemicals, you can apply it directly on your scalp and hair. Mildly heat is before application. It cures damaged, dull and dry hair, it fights dandruff and brittleness as well. Best suited for people who want lustrous, soft and wavy hair.
Apply it an hour before washing your hair. You can also add curry leaves or amla and cook it on medium flame before the colour changes and apply it or you can just heat it mildly and apply it. Repeat it twice a week.
This oil is another multitasker for skin and hair. It is rich in Vitamin E, fatty acids and antioxidants that prevent hair breakage and enhance its growth. It exhibits antibacterial and antifungal properties which protect the scalp from dandruff and harmful infections. Almond oil is a natural moisturizer that nourishes the scalp and hair while simultaneously makes the strands soft and lustrous. It is an excellent oil for hair growth and aids dull and dry hair, also benefits the skin by providing the necessary moisture, aiding dry skin, and preventing inflammation.
Procedure: You can apply directly on your scalp and length of the hair and wash it off with a gently shampoo after an hour or two. You can also mildly heat it before application and keep it overnight. Repeat this procedure twice a week for maximum results. Works best for dry, dull, and damaged hair, prevents dandruff and restores the natural lustre of the hair.
Pronounced as ho-ho-ba oil, it benefits the hair in many surprising ways. It is filled with vitamins and minerals which promote hair volume and strength and boosts hair growth by generating the growth or new hair cells. If used consistently, your hair will become frizz-free and lustrous. This oil deeply nourishes your scalp and gets rid of dandruff. It consists of several healing properties, so it can be used to aid damaged or dull hair. Furthermore, this oil also prevents hair fall and strand breakage by strengthening the hair follicles and moisturising the scalp and hair.
Procedure: The few drops in a bowl and apply it evenly on your hair and scalp, spread it with the help of your fingers. Repeat this procedure once a week for smooth and shiny hair. People with dandruff issues should use this oil regularly.
Popularly known as liquid gold, this natural oil provides many known benefits to hair and skin. It is a rich source of Vitamin E, antioxidants and fatty acids that prevents frizziness and deeply moisturizes the scalp. The high Vitamin E content promotes hair growth, provides shine and makes the hair strands silky and smooth. The ones who suffer from hair damage due to overstyling should use this oil. It cures damaged and dull hair, protects the scalp from excessive heat, and increases the hair volume by making them thicker. It also treats split-ends and hydrates the scalp.
Procedure: Take a few drops of argan oil in a bowl and directly apply it on your hair and scalp. Make sure to thoroughly apply it over your hair length. Massage properly and leave it for half an hour and wash it off with the help of a gently shampoo.
You can also mix it with castor oil or coconut oil according to your hair requirements.
Alternatively, you can mix a few drops of this oil in your serum as well.
This oil reminds me of the times I didn’t listen to my mother when she insisted that I use Olive oil to get rid of hair fall and dryness, should’ve listened to her! Nonetheless, you can still start using this oil and garner its benefits!
It comes with moisturizing and conditioning properties that smoothen and strengthen the hair and scalp, restores the natural keratin of your strands and prevents frizziness. Virgin olive oil can also be used for better results since it possesses anti-inflammatory properties so you can bid adieu to dandruff. It rejuvenates the scalp, softens the strands, and promotes hair growth.
Procedure: (Best for dry, dull and damaged hair) You can heat the oil and apply it directly on your scalp and your lengths, provide steam to your hair by covering it with a warm towel for 20-30 minutes and wash it off with a mild shampoo. You can also apply it on damp hair strands if you want more shine and smoothness. Repeat it at least once a week for good results.
You can mix it with lemon juice if you want to prevent dandruff, it works wonders!
This oil provides an infinite number of benefits to our hair including reducing frizziness, premature graying, split ends, hairfall and many more. It is also antifungal so it aids many scalp related problems like dandruff, hair lice, eczema, etc. The only drawback of this oil is its poignant smell, if you can bare with the smell, I suggest you use this oil regularly. It also maintains the Ph level on the scalp and contains fatty acids, vitamin E, limonoids, calcium and antioxidants which promote hair health and helps in regrowth of lost hair.
Procedure: Apply it directly on your scalp and length of your hair and let it work for around an hour. Wash it off with a mild shampoo and conditioner. Repeat it at least once a week for better results.
To combat its fragrance, you can mix almond oil or coconut oil in equal proportions.
This oil is used in a variety of ayurvedic solutions for hair growth. It contains antibiotic properties which aid scalp infections and dandruff. It works as an excellent conditioner for the hair, provides the necessary nourishment and contains a good amount of vitamin E which promotes hair growth and volume. This oil is best suited for dull, rough and brittle hair. One of the major advantages of this oil is that it has healing properties, which protect the scalp from high temperature, and seals the moisture on the scalp and hair.
Procedure: To reap the best benefits, it is advisable that you heat the oil before application. Massage it thoroughly on the scalp and spread it to your hair, keep it overnight and wash away with a mild shampoo. Repeat it once a week.
Alternatively, you can also add some curry leaves to the oil and heat it before application. You can also add a few drops of sesame oil in your hair mask to gain maximum results.
Derived from a fragrant lavender herb, this essential oil has proven to be highly beneficial for hair and scalp. It consists of antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that fight back with scalp infections, itching, dandruff, etc. It enhances hair growth which makes the scalp fuller and hair thicker. This oil improves blood circulation and increases the number of hair follicles so it promotes hair growth straight from the follicles. It also moisturizes and nourishes the scalp deeply. The soothing fragrance of this oil adds to its many profitable qualities.
Procedure: Don’t apply it directly on the scalp, instead, add a 8-10 drops of it in carrier oils like coconut or olive oil. Massage it properly and keep it overnight. Wash it off with a gentle shampoo.
Not so popular among Indians, this oil is paving its way into the hair care culture. Most of the Indians are unaware of its surprising benefits. This oil is extracted from grape seeds and is packed with emollients, nutrients and antioxidants that promote hair health. It rejuvenates the growth of hair follicles so it is best for those who suffer from major hair loss. Since it is non greasy in nature, people with dry and brittle hair should use this oil. It is also odourless which makes it easier to use.
Procedure: You can apply it directly on the scalp and leave it overnight or use it as a carrier oil to essential oils like lavender or rosemary. Repeat either of the two at least once a week.
You can also apply it like a conditioner to your lengths and cover it with a hot towel for 20 minutes. Wash it away with a gentle hair cleanser.
This oil comes with several healing properties which protects the scalp and hair from various harmful infections, dandruff, and hair loss. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent for the scalp, works best if you want to treat dandruff. Popularly known as the stress reliever, it is known to ease pain and stress so a good massage will do the work for you. It is also rich in Vitamin E which strengthens the hair follicles, prevents hair loss and provides the necessary nourishment to dry scalp.
Procedure: Since it an essential oil, use it with a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil. Mix about 8-10 drops of lemongrass oil to 2-3 tablespoons of carrier oil. Let it work overnight and wash it away with a mild shampoo and follow up with a conditioner. Repeat it once a week.
Tea Tree Oil
Although, this oil does not directly enhance hair growth, it is known to cure several hair concerns that have proven to be harmful for hair growth. This oil contains antimicrobial and antifungal properties that help combat infection and dandruff. It is also a used as an ingredient in various products.
Procedure: Mix a few drops of tea tree oil (5-6 drops) in 2-3 tablespoons of a carrier oil. Apply it properly, leave it for half an hour and wash it off. You can also add a few drops of this oil to your shampoo so that it can be used regularly.
This viscous oil has proven to be beneficial in many ways when it comes to hair concerns. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent dandruff and scalp infections, helps in blood circulation which benefits the hair follicles and deeply moisturizes the hair and scalp, leaving your hair smooth and shiny. It is rich in vitamin E, proteins and minerals that promote hair growth and volume.
Procedure: You can apply it directly on your hair and scalp and leave it overnight but it would be difficult to wash it off since it is very viscous and thick in nature. It is suggested that you mix it with coconut oil or sesame oil to reduce its viscosity before application. (P. S. this oil is my personal favourite!)
Besides promoting hair growth, this oil also helps reduce premature graying and hair thinning. It also helps aid an inflamed scalp and stimulates blood circulation as well. It is a preferred oil for dry and itchy scalp since it provides moisture and nourishment.
Procedure: Add a few drops of rosemary oil to a carrier oil and apply it thoroughly. Leave it for half an hour and wash it off with a gentle shampoo and conditioner. Repeat it twice a week for maximum results.
You can also mildly heat a carrier oil with dried rosemary leaves in it, if rosemary oil is unavailable.
Peppermint oil provides a cooling effect to your scalp and reduces itching. Its various capabilities include regulating blood circulation on the scalp that helps bettering hair follicle heath, lessening dandruff and promoting hair growth and thickness. It has antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties that protect your scalp and hair from infections.
Procedure: You can either mix a few drops of peppermint oil in a shampoo or mix a few drops of it with a carrier oil before application and shampoo after half an hour.
This not-so-popular essential oil is one of the most beneficial oils for hair growth and thickness. It stimulates blood circulation and reduces hair fall. It has also been highly favourable for people suffering from baldness or alopecia.
Procedure: Add a few drops of thyme oil in 1-2 tablespoons of a carrier oil, massage thoroughly and leave it for half an hour. Rinse off with a mild shampoo.
To treat your hair and scalp with an appropriate hair oil, you need to understand the requirements of your scalp, and the element your hair lacks. The oil you choose should be able to nourish and polish your scalp, stimulate hair growth, fight dandruff, provide moisture and the essential nutrition, and maintain the natural luster of your hair strands. You can also mix oils (essential oils and carrier oils) according to your hair demands.Source: Google.com
Stay away from harsh products, don’t sway on advertisements. Focus on your requirements, more organic and natural products will be more beneficial. Nonetheless, whichever oil you choose, follow your routine consistently and regularly, oiling itself isn’t the only thing that contributes to hair care. The type of shampoo and conditioner you use, the hair packs, how you treat your hair, all of it together makes a proper hair care regime. Regular pampering and attention can help you achieve thick and shiny looking hair in no time.