All of us have our share of bad hair days. Every time you notice a hair problem, you tell yourself that you will treat your hair to a moisturising and nourishing DIY treatment that would help fix it. But what eventually happens is you scroll through the many DIY deep conditioning treatments and hot oil treatments only to not be able to decide what is best for you and give up.
It’s high time you changed that! The first step to figuring out what type of treatment you should do is understanding what options you have. When it comes to a weekly intensely nourishing and moisturising treatment, you have two main options – Hot Oil Massage & Deep Conditioning. Read this blog to know what they are and which of them is best for you.
What Is A Hot Oil Massage?
As an Indian, it is impossible for you to spend your childhood without being forced to allow your mom and/or grandma to oil your scalp. As much as you’ve complained about this, admit it, you had better hair then.
A Hot Oil Massage is when you oil your hair with a carrier oil or oil made out of a combination of ingredients. This oil will be warmed such that it does not burn you, but is hot enough to help penetrate the scalp deeply. This warm oil is massaged into your scalp and then kept without washing for an hour or overnight. There are a lot of benefits of hot oil hair massage. These benefits also differ based on the kind of oil you choose.
What Is Deep Conditioning?
Weekends now call for #selfcare. This means that you will whip up a thick paste out of a couple of ingredients you can find in your kitchen and apply it to your hair. What you made is pretty much a deep conditioning hair mask.
Deep conditioning is applying a DIY or over-the-counter deep conditioner on the scalp and lengths of the hair. Depending on the hair problem, you can choose ingredients that are best suited for it. Since most of these deep conditioners are concentrated extracts, it is advised to keep them on for around half an hour. However, this can change based on the ingredients or product.
What Is The Difference Between a Hot Oil Massage & Deep Conditioning?
Purpose: A hot oil massage is supposed to deeply penetrate into your scalp and protect the hair & prevent damage. However, a deep conditioning treatment works on the top layer. It helps seal moisture, detangle, and hydrate the hair.
Hair type: A hot oil massage with organic oil for hair growth works on all hair types. When it comes to deep conditioners, there are products that suit all kinds of hair types. If you are making one at home, you can choose ingredients that work best for your hair type.
Ingredients: A hot oil treatment for hair growth can be done with a single oil or a mix of oil extracts. Commonly used ingredients are Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Bhringraj, Brahmi, Hibiscus, Curry Leaves, Tulsi, etc. For a deep conditioner, you use a blend of ingredients that work well with each other as the ones in Tru Hair’s Overnight Hair Mask. All you have to do is apply the cream to your hair and leave it on overnight. You can also wrap your hair with a hot towel for 10 minutes.
Temperature: As the name suggests, a hot oil treatment requires the oil to be heated. However, it shouldn’t be heated to such an extent that the goodness of the ingredients gets nullified. The oil should be heated to around 65° which is the optimum temperature to activate the ingredients in the oil. For a deep conditioner, no heating or temperature control is required. However, some of the ingredients used may be too cold for some people, resulting in allergies. Make sure you do a patch test before use.
Results: The expected result from a hot oil treatment with an Ayurvedic hair oil for hair growth is to improve the health of the hair in general, increase hair growth, thickness, strength, etc. However, this is only possible with regular long term use. With a deep conditioner, you will see results in the form of soft and smooth frizz-free hair after one use but these results are not permanent. They are short term.
What Is Right For You?
Right off the bat, let us tell you that you do not have to choose one from the other. Both the treatments are separate entities that have benefits of their own. The only way of knowing which one is right for you is by analysing what your hair needs at the moment.
Hot oil treatment for hair growth is used before washing the hair. You can apply it on your scalp an hour or two before you decide to wash the hair or you can keep it overnight on the scalp and wash it off in the morning. However, a deep conditioner should be used on washed, towel-dried hair. Yes, you will have to wash it a second time, but the nutrients and benefits will not be accessible to the hair if the hair is dirty. Hence, you can even choose to do both treatments on the same day.
If you are wondering what are the benefits of hot hair oil, understand that heated oil helps in deeper penetration and helps the scalp get the nutrients from the oil. For a treatment that will help strengthen your strands, protect the hair from harsh chemicals and pollution, reduce dryness, reduce split ends and tame frizz, hot oil treatment is best for you. Remember that the results from a hot oil treatment takes time but produces a more permanent result with regular use.
If you are looking for a treatment that will give you temporary but immediate results like making the hair more manageable with frizz control, detangling, then you should opt for deep conditioning treatments once every 2 weeks. It helps create hair that is smooth and shiny while keeping your natural oils intact. A deep conditioner helps fill the damaged area of the hair, hence, it will make your hair look healthier and smoother.
When it comes to using a deep conditioner, what you should do is research what ingredients suit your hair problems. Based on that, you can choose a set of ingredients that help your hair and mix them in the right proportions. You can also buy over-the-counter products that provide this intense moisture.
With hot oil treatment for hair growth, your best bet is with oil that carries the goodness of a number of Ayurvedic ingredients. Extracts from Ayurvedic ingredients have highly beneficial nutrients that can fix multiple hair problems. The Tru Hair Oil with Tru Heater has a mix of 13 rare herbs that can provide you with all the nutrients your hair lacks and focuses on repairing damage and preventing further damage. The hair oil heater allows you to heat the oil at around 65°, and comes with auto cut-off technology that turns off the heater in about 4 minutes. If you are wondering how to use Tru Hair Oil, this Tru Heater makes the whole process a cakewalk. Being free from parabens, sulphates, LLP, and other harsh chemicals, Tru Hair has a safe range of hair care products that do not harm your hair by altering its pH level or stripping it off its natural oils.
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