Is your hair oil helping you target your specific hair concern?

Is your hair oil helping you target your specific hair concern
Is your hair oil helping you target your specific hair concern

Oiling hair is a ritual that's core to the Indian beauty culture. While some traditionally used oils (like coconut oil) might be good for all hair types, there are many others that are created for specific concerns like dryness, dandruff and even colour protection. We spoke to Delhi-based celebrity dermatologist Dr Kiran Sethi for a complete guide on picking the right hair oil for your hair type.

Coconut oil for dry, frizzy hair

“Coconut oil is the best for a dry scalp and mane—it’s the only oil shown to improve the quality of hair strands,” believes Dr Sethi. Coconut oil has been used for its hydrating and soothing properties for centuries now and is a great option if your scalp has been feeling slightly itchy or your hair needs that extra boost of nourishment. The lauric acid in coconut oil is able to deeply penetrate the hair shaft, nourishing the hair with vitamins, minerals and the medium-chain fatty acids. For best results, massage warm oil into the scalp and let it sit. The Forest Essentials Organic Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil works well without leaving a strong scent.

Bhringraj oil for hair fall

“This Ayurvedic herb can help to reduce hair fall,” says Dr Sethi. Another oil with roots (pun intended) in the Indian tradition of massaging, it’s known to activate your hair follicles to boost growth, and also aids in tackling scalp concerns like dandruff and sensitivity. Use it as an overnight treatment for best results. Dr Sethi likes Kama Ayurveda Bringadi Intensive Hair Treatment Oil, which has a strong earthy scent that offers a calming, meditative effect.

Almond oil for thick, coarse hair

While everyone desires a thick, luscious mane, nobody enjoys it when it is coarse and frizzy. Dr Sethi is a fan of using almond oil to tame and control your hair while providing it with much-needed moisture. Almond oil is high in good fats like Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as Vitamin E and magnesium, which lend it its moisturising properties. You can use the almond oil from your kitchen too, but the Khadi Natural Ayurvedic Sweet Almond Oil is a crowd-favourite.

Sesame oil or jojoba oil for thinning hair

When it comes to thin, limp hair, sesame and jojoba oil are both good options, since they are lighter in consistency than almond or coconut and won’t weigh your hair down. Jojoba oil is rich in minerals and vitamins like copper, zinc and Vitamins C, B and E, which make it ideal for those who have thinning hair, along with dandruff and hair fall issues. The high concentration of Omega-6 fatty acids in cold sesame oil gives it moisturising properties too.

Moringa oil for coloured hair

For colour-treated hair, it’s a good idea to use an oil which is rich in antioxidants, to help protect your hair from sun damage and maintain the vibrancy of your hair colour. According to Dr Sethi, moringa oil is great for those who colour their hair often. It protects your hair from heat and the environment and neutralises negative effects due to its high amount of proteins. It’s a colourless oil, so it does not deposit on coloured hair either. Make sure you choose a cold-pressed version when shopping for oils as they retain the maximum amount of nutrients—try Verb’s Ghost Oil if you’re unsure.

Hibiscus oil for hair growth

The hibiscus flower is often found in hair treatments and has been used across the country to improve hair growth and overall quality. If you’re not a fan of leaving the oil in your hair overnight, use this as a pre-shampoo treatment. Apply and leave it on for 20 minutes, with your hair wrapped in a warm towel, to get maximum benefits. Sova’s Brahmi and Hibiscus Hair Massage Oil makes for a good option.

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