warm oil massage for hair

Has it ever occurred to you that you could massage your hair with warm oil and style it without washing it off? Are you surprised? Down the ages, it is common to find fashion magazines mentioning pomades, mousse, and wax for men’s hair. It gives them that slick and shiny look. There are quite a few resources available describing different hair styles for oily hair for men.

But on the other hand, there is almost no article available on styling oils for women. There is only one reason for that – negative propaganda for women being seen in public with oily hair. Do you recall your friend or sister telling you over the phone that they have to cancel the plan because they have not shampooed their oiled hair? The reason being that they did not dare show up in public with oil in their hair.

So, ladies, times have changed. So let us just replace the question of “why are you in public with oily hair” with “what’s wrong with that?”

Oiling your hair is important. Different women have different regimes when it comes to their oiling and shampooing cycle, and it is best not to disrupt them. Contrary to popular notions, which has birthed words like ‘champu’ and ‘chip chip’,hair oil not only moisturizes and nourishes the hair but also prevents the hair from dandruff and dust. So why wash the goodness away?

What you only need are simple tricks to style your oiled hair. And here are a few hairstyles to try next time you have oiled your hair so that you do not have to cancel that plan.

Here Are A Few Hairstyles For Oily Hair  
Leave It Straight

Yes, you heard that right. Comb your hair in straight movements. You can choose to part your hair in the center or on the side. Following this use a wet-wipe and clean the oily splotches from the hairline closest to your forehead and temples

Advantage: Long, straight hair has always fascinated people and thus the hair straightener was born. Oil just adds a shiny, slick look to it.

A Fishtail Braid 

Make a ponytail.  Divide it into two equal-sized ponytails. Take a half-inch section of hair from the outside of the left ponytail and pull it across the top of the left ponytail over to the right ponytail. Now repeat the step on the right ponytail. Now repeat. In the end, secure your hair with a band. Now accessorize it.

Advantage: This not only takes away the attention from the fact that you have oily hair but also looks elegant.

A Messy/Tight Bun 

Start by tying a high ponytail. Now, divide it into two sections. Wind each section, one over the other, into a bun. And secure it with hairpins. Now, it would completely depend on you how tight or loose you want your bun to be. A neat bun will obviously require you to tuck all your hair strands in, while you do not have to be too careful if you are aiming for the messy look.

Advantage: It works for both casual and semi-casual occasions.

A Straight Braid/Scarf Braid/Embellished Braid 

This is perhaps the most go-to hairstyles in Indian households. But it can be completely revamped if you wish to wear it outside. In the case of a braid scarf, tie the scarf across your head like a hairband and then braid the ends of the scarf with the hair. In the case of embellished braids, decorate a regular braid with braid rings, clips, and floral hair pins.

Advantage: One of the easiest and least complicated hairstyles for oily hair to adopt if you are running late.

Tip: You could try a side braid to give a twist to the traditional braid.

Half-Up Twist 

Begin by separating the hair at your crown area. Use a comb to comb it towards the scalp. Then secure it with a hairband. Separate a section of hair on the left side and twist it toward the back. Position the twist on top of the previously tied band and secure with pins. Repeat on the right side. Comb down the remaining hair. You should have a beautiful twisted design at the back of your hair.

Advantage: One of the best hairstyle for oily hair for a party, it adds an element of design to hair left casually open

Special Mentions
The Curly Sisters 

Brush and detangle your hair. And that’s it. What is better than carefree and shiny rings of locks?

Advantage: It is a perfect hairstyle for unplanned parties. It can also be tried by people with straight hair. All they will need is to curl it.

The One With The Pixie 

Plenty of women nowadays like their hair short. So if you suddenly find that you have to go out and have not shampooed your hair then either brush back the hair to give yourself a bold look or part your hair on the side.

Advantage: I cannot find a disadvantage. This hairstyle for oily hair works well for both formal and informal outings.


Why did the wicked queen in Snow White keep asking the mirror the same question? The reason is that she served as a representation of all women in the world navigating stereotypes, patriarchal opinions and often turning a blind eye to one’s own desire to seek validation. The practice of women oiling their hair also falls into this category. Despite knowing well of its advantages, most women would not like to be seen in society with oily hair. It is time this stereotype is broken.

For the women running the home and the world, they must do what is right for them and not what others think is right for them. And oiling one’s hair and opting for warm hair oil massage fall in this category. And hence being seen in public with oiled hairstyles should be just fine. Pick the best hairstyle for oily hair from above and just style it right.

 Reviewed By

Dr. Tambe (Ayurvedic Practioner)

Dr. Tambe is an Ayurvedic Consultant, practicing in Satara City, Maharashtra for the last 45 years.He comes from a long line of Ayurvedic doctors. His grandfather and father were both Vaidyas, therefore he wanted to continue the family legacy.This year, his family will celebrate 100 years of Ayurvedic service.

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