According to the ancient Ayurvedic texts “ Massaging the scalp and hair with warm oil infused with hair-friendly herbs is one of the best ways to nourish the scalp and the hair”.
Massaging the head with the best hair growth oils at least once or twice a week is known to improve hair quality, growth, texture and thickness.
Even if you are not familiar with the idea of putting oil on your head, don t miss on the benefits of this ancient Ayurvedic ritual. Keep it simple. All you need is to take about 10 minutes once a week, to start with, to make it part of your regular hair care routine. Particularly if you have concerns such as thinning of hair, hair fall, hair loss, split ends and hair dryness, this is the simplest way to healthy, long and glowing hair.
So what are the 4 best oils to use for scalp and hair?
1. BHRINGRAJ OIL
Also known as False Daisy, or the King of Hair, Bhringraj, is a miraculous herb originating from the sunflower family. The leaves of Bhringraj tree are used to prepare the oil, the most beneficial for hair growth.
Benefits of this herb:
- Prevents hair loss and premature graying of hair,
- Is a natural conditioner leaving your hair soft,
- Prevents scalp infections,
- Has a soothing and calming sensation
How to use? Gently massage this oil into hair ensuring all scalp is covered. Split the hair in different parts of the scalp and pour the oil. Massage with circular movements all throughout the scalp. For more benefits, warm up the oil bottle under warm water in your sink before starting to apply. Leave as long as possible or at least 30 min for it to work as a natural conditioner. Make sure you clean your hair after with a mild natural hair cleanser. You might need to wash your hair twice to get out all the oil.
2. EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil has the natural power to make your hair longer, healthier and thicker. This is because this oil has vitamins and fatty acids that are able to penetrate the cuticle of our hair. Once they have penetrated, they can remove the build-up sebum from the hair follicles which can speed up the growth of hair.
It’s important that the oil is of high quality and cold processed to ensure all nutrients are well preserved.
Benefits of using extra virgin coconut oil for the hair:
- It’s an effective conditioning treatment,
- Adds luster to the hair,
- Has a cooling and soothing sensation,
- Ideal for the warm seasons of the year
To use it, simply apply the oil to the scalp and dry hair and gently massage all the head in circular movement. Make sure also the tips of the hair are covered in oil. Leave to rest overnight or whilst you are out sporting or just for 20 minutes if you have no more time. After that make sure you use a mild hair cleanser.
3. SWEET ALMOND OIL
If you have weak and damaged hair, the nutrients in sweet almond oil help in nourishing the hair and repairing damage.
Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin E and magnesium present in sweet almond oil help promoting hair growth as well. It smoothes hair cuticles, helps control hair fall and adds luster to damaged hair.
Benefits of sweet almond oil for hair:
- Repairs damaged hair,
- Conditions hair,
- Protects hair from damage
Easy to use, simply apply sweet almond oil to the scalp and gently massage from root to tip. Leave for at least 20 minutes and then rinse with a mild hair cleanser.
4. CASTOR OIL
Last but not least is castor oil, obtained by pressing the castor seeds. Castor oil, also known as Ricinis Communis, is a multipurpose vegetable oil used for thousands of years. The use of castor seed has a long history and many ancient civilizations throughout the world have used this seed for a variety of beauty and health reasons since its really effective. The Greeks used it for body ointments, hair growth and texture.
Historians note castor seeds in Egyptian tombs dating back to ca. 4000 BC. Cleopatra even used the oil to brighten the white of her eyes. The use of castor oil extends to other cultures like Chinese medicine.
It has been used as a natural hair treatment because of its moisturizing properties which can help lubricate their shaft, increasing flexibility and decreasing the chance of breakage. The thickness of this oil helps to lock moisture providing your hair with a natural shine.
Castor oil is cooling to the hair follicles. In Ayurveda it is said that excess heat causes hair loss by burning the hair follicles. The nourishing aspects of this oil strengthen the hair roots as well.
If you try it out on your scalp, eyebrows or eye lashes for a thicker more luscious look.
By nourishing the hair follicles, the hair that is produced is thicker and stronger. In fact, nowadays in India, you can still see many families that apply the castor oil to the heads of the babies for richer, thicker hair.
Rich in Omega 9 fatty acids, minerals and vitamin E is very suitable for dull and dry hair.
Its benefits are:
- Deeply conditions dry and damaged hair,
- Helps retain the natural moisture of the hair,
- Revives hair follicles for better growth.
How do I use it? Warm the oil slightly in warm water under the sink, this will make it easier to apply since castor oil can be a bit sticky. Massage gently onto dry scalp with circular movements. Like with the other oils, leave in as long as possible, ideally overnight or at least for 30 minutes. Gently wash with a mild shampoo and rinse thoroughly.