If your scalp is metabolically active and produces too much oil, then you should not oil your hair. However, if your hair is naturally dry, or if frequent use of shampoo has washed away the natural oils from your hair, then you can use this method of hair care. Moisturizing with oil is a key step in maintaining healthy hair and scalp. Oiling your hair will also make it stronger, softer and shinier.
Choose the type of oil to use
Determine how many oils to use. You can use only one oil for your hair or two or three oils. It depends on your budget and how often you want to use oil treatments.
There are two basic types of oils - primers and oils.
The base oil is used to mix with a more concentrated essential oil.
Many people choose to only use the base oil for their hair. So, it is also possible to skip the essential oils.
Essential oils are more concentrated. Dilute them with the base oil and apply them to your head, but only to your scalp and roots.
Choose a base oil. Whether you want to dilute your oils or use them directly, a primer is essential. There are many different types of base oils to choose from, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
Almond Oil: Almond oil is rich in vitamin E and healthy fats that are very good for your hair. It is outstandingly effective in treating dry scalp and dandruff.
Argan Oil: Argan oil is produced in Morocco and is rich in antioxidants. Although it is recognized by users to significantly improve hair and skin texture, it is more expensive. The cheap argan oil on the market is likely to be fake and not worth the money spent for it.
Avocado Oil: Avocado hair oil is most popular among African-Americans who wear their hair natural. Because it's super moisturizing, and it's not expensive!
Castor Oil: Castor oil is believed to stimulate hair growth, relieve hair loss, treat dry scalp, prevent split ends, and add shine. However, castor oil is very sticky and many people don't like the feel of it. If you use castor oil, you have to dilute it with a clearer oil such as grapeseed oil.
Coconut oil: In addition to moisturizing the hair and scalp, coconut oil is also rich in protein. It can repair damaged hair because hair is mainly composed of proteins. However, coconut oil also has a disadvantage in that it has a relatively low setting temperature. To melt coconut oil, you can warm it with your hands before using it or turn it for 2 to 3 seconds before putting it in the microwave.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Extra virgin olive oil is believed to prevent hair loss, treat dry scalp, and improve wetness and shine. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can protect the scalp from problems such as dandruff. However, it is a bit too thick for thin hair.
Grapeseed Oil: Grapeseed oil is thinner and may be most practical for those whose hair does not require intensive moisturization. If your hair is relatively healthy, you can use it as a balancing moisturizer.
Choose an essential oil. You may think that essential oils are just a little bit fragrant, but that's far from the truth. In addition to improving the health of your hair, different essential oils have different benefits. Using the right essential oil can give you soft, fragrant hair.
Rosemary essential oil: Rosemary oil has multiple uses, but the most widely known is its ability to stimulate blood flow. Rubbing it into the scalp can improve hair follicle and root health. Rosemary is also known as the "minoxidil" of plants, which can treat and prevent hair loss. When applying rosemary oil, the scalp can feel tingly. Rosemary oil is also one of the few natural oils that can provide real moisturizing effects to the hair.
Grapefruit essential oil: This aromatic oil stimulates hair growth and neutralizes the oiliness of the hair.
Rose essential oil: Rose essential oil strengthens hair roots and prevents hair loss. Plus, it smells great!
Carrot seed oil: Carrot seed oil is rich in vitamins that promote new cell turnover and can really stimulate hair growth.
Lavender oil: Lavender soothes the scalp, relieves dryness, itching and reduces dandruff. In addition, its aroma can be soothing.
Lavender oil mixed with tea tree oil: The mixture of these two oils helps to break down residual products on the hair and gives it a lighter look. In addition, this formula has a soothing effect that reduces inflammatory reactions while keeping hair moisturized.
Chamomile Oil: Chamomile soothes and nourishes the hair and has a calming scent.
Eucalyptus oil: Eucalyptus oil promotes hair growth and also cleanses hair. It is best used to rinse your hair occasionally, especially if you have an oily scalp or dandruff. Among other benefits, it enhances the shine of your hair.
Cypress Oil: Cypress oil is great for moisturizing dry hair and it promotes hair growth.
Apply only the base oil
Get your hair ready for oiling. There is only one general rule for oiling hair, and that is to smooth it out to avoid tangles or messes. There is also some debate as to whether or not you should clean your hair when oiling. Some people believe that oiling works better if the hair is a little oily and dirty, such as two to three days after washing, while others insist that oiling works best when the hair is clean and free of dirt after washing. You can try both methods and see which one you prefer.
Do a good job of protecting your hair from oil splashes everywhere. If you are just starting to oil your hair, you are likely to make a mess of your home.
Lay out old towels or paper towels over the work area, including the table and floor within that area.
Have an extra rag on hand to clean any oil that drips from the spot.
If you sleep with oil in your hair, you can protect your pillow with a plastic pillowcase.
Treat your hair roots and scalp. Pour a teaspoon of oil onto the palm of your hand. Rub your palm to spread the oil. Use your fingertips mainly to apply the oil, so concentrate the oil on that area.
Apply the oil to the scalp with your fingertips.
Use massaging movements to smooth the oil onto the scalp and stimulate it. It feels great!
Make sure that the entire scalp, including the back of the head, the head-neck joint and behind the ears, is covered.
Divide the hair into two parts. Starting from the middle of your scalp, place one part of your hair on your left shoulder and the other on your right shoulder. This will make it easier to apply the primer to the hair shaft.
You may need to braid one part of your hair to avoid interference when applying oil to the other part.
If your hair is thick and curly, it is best to divide it into four parts so that the oil can be applied more evenly. Part it once in the middle and again with the line between your ears as the dividing line.
Take care of your hair from head to toe. If your hair is long, you may have to pour more oil on your hands. However, this will definitely cause the oil to drip everywhere. Regardless of how much hair you have to work with, pour only a teaspoon of oil onto your palm at a time, and add more if you don't have enough.
Run your hands through your hair, from the scalp to the ends. If you feel your hair is dry, add more oil until it is shiny and bright.
Don't forget the hair at the back of your head.
Apply oil and base oil
Prepare the hair and work area. As with direct priming, comb through dry hair to untangle any tangles. Hair can be freshly washed or washed with shampoo for two to three days. Spread an old towel or paper towel around to prevent oil droplets from splashing.
Mix the base oil and essential oil. Essential oils are too concentrated to be applied directly to the scalp in large quantities. Even if you dilute it and then apply it, your scalp will have a strange tingling sensation. Don't worry, this is normal. It's just a sign that the oil is taking effect!
Pour a teaspoon of your base oil of choice into the palm of your hand.
Add 2-3 drops of your chosen essential oil.
Rub your hands together to mix the two oils and rub them into your palms and fingertips.
If you want to mix a little more at a time, use 15 ml (one tablespoon) of essential oil mixed with 59 ml (a quarter cup) of carrier oil.
Rub the mixture into the roots of the hair and onto the scalp. Essential oils do not work on the hair shaft and ends. You should rub the oil into the scalp, hair follicles and roots.
Use your fingertips to massage your scalp to allow the essential oils to penetrate.
Remember to massage the entire scalp, not just the top of the head.
Comb your hair again, separating it into two halves. Use a wide-tooth comb through your hair to untangle tangled strands. Doing so will smear the oil into the hair that your fingers didn't touch before. Separate your hands down the middle so you can divide your hair into two parts instead of working on all of your hair at once.
Apply the primer to the hair, from head to tail. Pour a teaspoon of primer onto the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together again, rubbing the oil into your palms and fingertips.
If you are using castor oil, mix ½ teaspoon of castor oil with ½ teaspoon of a thinner, lighter oil, such as grapeseed oil. Castor oil itself is more viscous.
Run your fingers and palms through your hair to work the oil on.
Start at the end of the oil and base oil treatment, closer to the scalp.
Smooth your hands all the way to the ends of your hair.
Work through all the hair on one side, remembering to pay attention to the back of the head.
Use the same technique for the other side of the hair.
Oiling your hair for different purposes
Use a small amount of oil for daily care. If your hair is particularly dry, you may need to oil it daily. For example, many African-Americans who wear their hair natural believe that daily oiling is good for hair health. It adds moisture and shine to the hair.
Don't oil your scalp every day. The scalp itself produces oil, so the hair near the scalp is usually very healthy. Oiling every day will make your roots too greasy and do more harm than good.
Apply a thin layer of oil to the hair shaft, focusing on the ends. The oil produced by the scalp spreads from the roots to the ends of the hair. However, for people with very long hair, this process can take longer, leaving the hair usually looking dry and prone to breakage. The ends of curly hair are also usually drier because the curls and kinks prevent the oil from working its way down the hair.
If you apply oil daily, be careful not to overdo it. Do not thoroughly saturate your hair with oil. This can make hair look flat and greasy, which is definitely not the way you want it to look.
Spray oil on your hair for a daily leave-in treatment. Get a small spray bottle that sprays oil generously into your hair. The oil is often uneven on your hair when you apply it with your fingers, and using a spray bottle will help you with that. Use water to dilute the oil and avoid clogging the nozzle.
Spray the oil and water mixture onto your hair immediately after your daily shower. At this point, the hair should still be wet. When spraying, spray only the ends of your hair, not the roots.
Comb through your hair to untangle any tangles and allow the oil to moisturize each strand.
Dry your hair and get on with the day's business.
Use the oil as a leave-in conditioner. You should use the oil as a deep hair mask treatment once a week or every two weeks.
Saturate your hair with oil. It's best to apply only a thin layer of oil each day, but apply a thicker layer when doing a leave-in treatment.
Put your hair up in a bun. This will prevent the shoulders and back from getting stained with oil.
If needed, you can cover your hair with a shower cap. This is a practical practice, especially if you don't have a plastic pillowcase.
If you don't use a shower cap, you can cover your pillow with a vinyl cover or two layers of old towels to keep it from getting oiled.
Let the oil stay on your hair for at least eight hours, or until you shower the next day.
If your hair is particularly prone to breakage, apply the oil while it is wet. Many people find that dry, brittle hair works best when oiled when wet. Instead of a regular conditioner, use a base oil and apply it to your hair twice a week immediately after rinsing out the shampoo. Shampoo will wash away the natural oils from your hair and leave it dry. This is a good time to intensify moisturization.
Wash and oil your hair immediately after starting a shower. During the rest of the shower, let the oil soak into your hair while you continue to shower.
Try to leave the oil on your hair for 5 to 10 minutes.
Wear a shower cap to protect your hair from water to prevent the oil from washing out before you are ready.
Be careful when applying oil in the shower. The tub can become slippery when you rinse the oil out of your hair.
Massaging your scalp with oil can promote hair growth.
Try not to let the oil touch your face, as it can easily cause skin conditions.