Your mom or grandma repeatedly told you that a good champi goes a long way. They also told you that there are numerous advantages of oiling your hair. Well, the fact is applying oil into your hair provides a protein called keratin. It strengthens your hair and makes them shinier.
Wondering how to do it at home? Well, here’s a step-by-step guide.
Step 1: Choose the oil
Everyone’s hair and scalp are different. So you should choose the oil accordingly.
A. OILY HAIR: Jojoba oil is best for oily hair. Its composition is more like natural skin oils, which will leave your hair soft and light.
B. OILY OR DRY, FLAKY HAIR: Coconut oil is good for all types of hair. So if you’re confused about what kind of hair you have, go with coconut oil. It’ll give you a good bounce and oodles of shine.
C. THIN, BRITTLE HAIR: Castor oil gives a boost to your hair and helps make it stronger and longer. It also has drying properties, so massaging your hair with this oil is great.
D. DRY, FRIZZY HAIR: Avocado oil is your answer. It locks in the right amount of moisture.
E. HAIR LOSS: If you’re crying due to hair loss, use sesame oil as a hot oil treatment. It’ll slow down the thinning process.
Step 2: Wash your hair on the same days as of the treatment
You must wash your hair on the same day of the treatment, and avoid applying any additional products (such as hairspray, leave-in conditioner, or mousse). If your hair isn’t cleaned properly or there is any product on your scalp, it will prevent the hot oil from seeping into your scalp. So, wash your hair properly.
Step 3: Heat the oil
Pour the required amount of oil into a bowl, and place it in a container of warm water. Then you can make sure the oil remains warm throughout the massage.
Step 4: Prep your hair
Make sure your hair is damp. When your hair is wet, pores open up that’ll allow your scalp to soak up the oil and its benefits.
Step 5: Apply the oil the right way
Comb your hair to get rid of any tangles. Then part your hair. Using a cotton ball, start applying the oil one section at a time (from roots to tips).
Step 6: Massage time
After you’ve applied the oil, use your fingers to slowly massage your scalp in a circular motion. Don’t apply too much pressure, and don’t be too rough. That way you might break the hair follicles, which could cause further hair loss. Massage the hair for about 15-20 minutes.
Step 7: Steaming
Place a cotton towel in boiling water, and wring it well. Next, wrap it around your hair, and keep it on for 5-7 minutes. The steam will open up your pores, which makes it easier to absorb the oil.
Step 8: Wash it well
Once the oil has been in your hair for about an hour, rinse it off with lukewarm water. Then mix the shampoo with water, so that the harsh chemicals won’t reverse the effects of the massage. In fact, you can use a sulphate-free shampoo for better results.
A good hot oil massage is not just great for your hair, It’s also incredibly relaxing. After all, everyone should pamper themselves once in a while, right?