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Hair Oiling 101

Hair Oiling 101

This article provides you with the basic information about hair oiling and covers everything from its many possible benefits, where and how to apply it, to which oils to use for what kind of malady.

Where to apply it:

You can apply oil to the hair length, the hair ends and to the scalp.


Hair Oiling has so many benefits. It’s no surprise that cultures in which this regimen is still practiced are known for their lustrous lengths.

Hair Oiling…

  • nourishes the scalp
  • increases blood flow
  • heals eczema
  • decreases dandruff
  • moisturizes the scalp and hair
  • protects from outer influences
  • prevents breakage
  • prevents split ends
  • increases hair growth
  • prevents bacterial and fungal infections
  • strengthens the hair shaft
  • relaxes the mind
  • adds shine & lustre
  • increases hair thickness
  • prevents premature graying
  • adds color
  • prevents hair loss
  • cools your head
  • relieves headaches
  • serves as natural UV protectant
  • prevents hydral fatigue


Depending on which results you seek, the method of application varies.

On the scalp:

  • Use oil at room temperature or warm it by placing it into a double boiler for a short amount of time (don’t use the microwave). It should not be too hot, as this can harm your scalp.
  • Anything from a few tablespoons to a generous amount of a few hundred ml can be applied.
  • Gently massage your scalp in circular motions with the oil (avoid having to sharp and/or long nails).
  • Massage for 5 to 20 minutes.
  • Leave oil on the scalp for at least 1 more hour, best over night. Oils that have cooling properties should be washed out after 1 to 3 hours, if they make you feel uncomfortable.

On the lengths:

  • Use oil at room temperature.
  • Apply a generous amount of oil for deep conditioning. You hair should look “wet”, but not necessarily drip oil yet. Leave it on the hair for at least 6 hours (best overnight) and wash the next morning.

On the hair ends:

  • Use oil at room temperature.
  • After washing your hair, apply a few drops of oil to your ends. Repeat several times a day or until you wash your hair next according to how much your hair “sucks up” the oil. Very dry hair will need oil repetitively, some hair may only need it once after washing.

Which Oils to use:

Depending on which results you seek, the choice of oils varies:

I want to increase my hair growth, stop hair fall, and/or increase thickness:

  • All these aspects are determined by how well your scalp is nourished
  • Use oils such as castor oil, brahmi oil, amla oil, bhringraj oil, sesame seed oil
  • Aid with long scalp massages to increase the blood flow
  • You can add essential oils to increase blood flow as well; rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint

I want to prevent dandruff and/or heal infections/eczema:

  • You want to use oils that are naturally antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory.
  • Neem oil, coconut oil, argan oil

I want to spend time outside and/or protect my scalp/hair against the sun rays:

  • Jojoba oil, argan oil

I want to prevent premature graying and/or add color:

  • Oils that are known to prevent graying and aid in coloring the hair (darker!) include shikakai oil, amla oil, castor oil, and brahmi oil.

I want to relax, keep a calm mind, cool head and/or relieve headaches:

  • Navratna Hair Oil

I want to add shine:

  • Oils that do not enter the hair shaft, but rather lay on top of the hair add a lot of shine; jojoba oil

I want to prevent split ends, breakage, and/or hydral fatigue:

  • Coconut oil! This is the only oil whose molecules are small enough to actually penetrate the hair shaft and protect the hair from inside out.
  • Hydral fatigue is the stress that your hair has to endure with each time you wash it. Coconut oil, if applied at least 6 hours before washing, can prevent this stress on your hair, moisturize it and prevent breakage and split ends.


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