Do you sit in your pyjamas on the weekends with your hair all oiled? So do we. A weekly hair oiling ritual does a lot of good to the scalp and hair. The oil massage or ‘champi’ is the best part though as it enhances blood circulation in the scalp and makes hair healthier. But did you know you could get more out of your weekly hair oiling ritual if you used the right oil? We all have different hair issues – damage, hair loss, dryness, strength and even length. Here’s a list of commonly used hair oils and what they are best suited for.
1. Castor Oil: This oil has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It even works well when your hair has been damaged due to washing with hard water. So if you have noticed thinning in your hair, get your hands on this one.
Best for: Hair regrowth
2. Sesame Oil: Sesame oil has deep moisturizing and softening properties. It also has anti-microbial properties to tackle dandruff and scalp infections.
Best for: Dandruff and rough hair
3. Coconut Oil: It is one of the best conditioning hair oils around – just warm it up a little before applying. It also has softening properties. So if your hair texture has become bad due to colouring and rebonding, use it regularly. Read about more beauty benefits of coconut oil here.
Best for: Hair breakage, dry and damaged hair
4. Jojoba Oil: Curly hair? Rough hair? Make jojoba oil your best friend and use it for hot oil treatments to condition your hair. Just apply the oil for an hour and wrap in a hot towel for ten minutes. It absorbs well so it is very useful if you have a dry scalp.
Best for: Dry scalp and weekly conditioning treatments
5. Olive Oil: This oil contains a lot of good lubricants for the hair (and skin). These include oleic acid, palmitic acid and squalene. What does that mean for your hair? Frizz-control! Use it in the monsoon to keep your hair in good shape.
Best for: Split-ends, shine and frizziness
6. Mustard Oil: It is quite rich in protein and a lot of vitamins and minerals, especially zinc and selenium, which are required for lush hair. It also has strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Best for: Healthy scalp, sensitive scalp and hair regrowth
7. Amla Oil: Did you know that amla oil is not actually derived from amla? It is an infusion oil, which means it is kept in other oils so that they can absorb its properties. It has a high concentration of vitamin C that helps combat the effects of pollution on your hair and scalp.
Best for: Premature greying, detoxifying hair
8. Almond Oil: Loaded with vitamins, almond oil has been long known for making hair long and strong by nourishing the follicles of your hair. You can even use it in a small amount on damp hair as a leave-in conditioner. Read about more beauty benefits of almond oil here.