‘Oiling the hair’ is a beautiful and ancient practice that’s been handed down to us from generations. Our great grandmothers depended on nothing but natural oils for long, lustrous hair. They added various natural ingredients to enhance the quality of the oil, from fenugreek seeds to curry leaves and even onions, and well, their hair was long, thick and beautiful.
Somewhere between then and now, we got into ‘fast and effective’ hair care solutions fad that promised to instantly rejuvenate our hair. Unfortunately, though, as we all know, hair care can never be instant and if it is, then it is never long-lasting. There is no substitute for consistently oiling your hair.
There are many benefits that come from using natural oils on your hair. The regular use of multiple over-the-counter hair products, hair treatments, styling, can damage the hair. Regular use of natural oil will help protect the hair and give it shine.
Yes, natural oils are one of the best options for hair growth but which among the many natural oils should you use for your particular hair concern? From the array of natural oils available
Here are the top 6 natural oils and how they can benefit your hair
Coconut Oil for Frizzy Hair
Do you still remember the days when your mother or grandmother forcefully applied coconut oil all over your scalp before taking a bath? Back then you hated it but you are about to realise how much of a blessing it was.
Being rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, regular application of coconut oil can be highly beneficial to restore your hair health. The fatty acids in coconut oil help it deeply penetrate the scalp so that the scalp benefits from all the nutrients.
This organic oil for hair growth helps the hair reduce protein loss especially from the use of external heat, pollution, and harmful products. It stimulates hair growth and tames frizz. For dry and damaged hair, coconut oil can be moisturising and softening. Using coconut oil with curry leaves also can tackle premature greying of hair.
All you have to do is warm the oil slightly, and apply it at least half an hour to one hour before you take a bath. People with dry hair could also apply coconut oil overnight for intense conditioning. It is also highly recommended to massage this oil on your scalp for 10-20 minutes. The boost in blood flow helps with promoting hair growth.
Olive Oil for Damaged Hair
Olive oil is known for its intense hair moisturising properties. Certain chemical elements like oleic acid, palmitic acid, and squalene are artificially created in labs to add to over-the-counter products to boost their moisturising properties. These elements are found naturally in olive oil, making it ideal for high moisturisation.
The keratin found naturally in your hair is what protects it from damage. Olive oil has the ability to shield the keratin in your hair. Vitamin E in olive oil also helps with promoting hair growth.
Depending on your hair texture and type, the amount you have to use will also differ. Olive oil is relatively thick and can weigh down thinner hair. Hence, use a smaller amount for thinner hair and more for thicker hair. You might need to shampoo your hair thoroughly to wash off the oil.
Castor Oil for Hair Growth
One of the oils known to make its way through the haircare industry is castor oil. With a mix of proteins, vitamins, fatty acids, and antioxidants, castor oil can do wonders to human hair. Castor oil has the ability to attract dirt making it a great gentle cleanser. It is also a humectant, making it intensely moisturising.
Castor oil has the ability to reduce pigment loss from hair making it the best oil to stop premature greying of hair. The ricinoleic acid in castor oil can improve blood circulation and help increase hair growth. It locks in moisture and adds shine to the hair. Long and lustrous hair really is possible with this oil.
Unlike coconut oil and olive oil, castor oil should not be used on a daily basis. It is best to use this only once a week. Apply the oil on the roots for 15-20 minutes and wash it off thoroughly with a mild shampoo. You can choose Tru Hair Castor Oil that is infused with herbs
Sesame Oil for Scalp infections
No, sesame seeds don’t only belong in your ladoos, it has an important role to play for your hair health as well. Essential fats play a major role in boosting hair growth. Sesame oil is rich in fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6, allowing it to reduce hair loss. Fatty acids are also known to help soothe and heal the scalp, repairing thin patches.
The antifungal and antibacterial properties of sesame oil help heal skin infections, making it the ideal hair oil for dandruff and hair fall. It also has high hair-softening emollients that can restore moisture and smoothness in dry hair.
Slightly warm the oil and coat your entire scalp, keeping it on for an hour. Wash it off with mild shampoo for best results. The oil helps coat your hair with a protective shield stopping any more damage from occurring.
Mustard Oil to treat Dandruff Naturally
Extracted from the seeds of the mustard plant, this oil has omega-3 fatty acids and anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which makes it highly beneficial for hair health. Mustard oil is known to tackle problems like dry hair, flakey scalp, frizz, hair breakage, heat damage and more. Sounds like an elixir, doesn’t it?
With mustard oil, you can bid goodbye to dandruff and make your hair a lot smoother and moisturised. You can use it to cover the scalp and tip of the hair. Keep it on for 30 minutes and wash it off with mild shampoo. Repeat no more than once a week.
Onion Oil to Fight Multiple Hair-related Problems
Onion is a star ingredient in not just salads but also in many hair care products. From onion juice extract to onion oil, the use of onions in some form or other is being popularised and rightly so. Products like Tru Hair Onion Oil are full of natural herbs that help reduce hair fall. It tackles hair breakage, thinning and split ends with the help of sulphur.
Maintaining the pH balance of hair is very important to protect the hair from external heat, pollution and more. Onion has a pH that is slightly acidic helping hair maintain its acidic pH as well. It also reduces bacterial infection, keeping dandruff at bay.
Massaging onion oil on the scalp for 15 minutes will improve blood circulation. Keep this oil on for a few hours. This will ensure that all the nutrients from the oil get seeped into the scalp. Wash off with a mild shampoo and repeat twice a week.
With natural oils like these, you don’t have to opt for expensive hair growth treatments from salons that use many harmful ingredients. You can bid goodbye to your chemical-filled hair products. These natural oils are all you need to tackle any of your hair problems.
The only thing better than using these natural oils is using a combination of them. These oils, in a specific combination, along with many other rare herbs can provide you with an elixir brimming with nutrients for long, lustrous hair. Tru Hair Oil is the perfect choice for anyone looking for hair care products that use no harmful ingredients but have the benefit of rare Ayurvedic herbs and oils.
Heating oils like coconut, olive, castor and more can be highly beneficial to the hair. However, the process can be a hassle. With Tru Hair’s heater, you can get the benefit of a hot oil treatment sitting at home! Buy the Tru Hair Oil with a heater and get the benefit of all the best oils for healthy hair.
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.