Hair oiling, a concept that originated in India, has made a big splash in the modern haircare space, especially since the last season of Bridgerton shows Kate Sharma – played by actress Simone Ashley – applying hair oil to her sister’s scalp at bedtime. If you are unfamiliar, the history of hair oil comes from Ayurveda, a system of natural medicine that originated in India over 3000 years ago according to John Hopkins Medicine, and there are many recent research to support his ideas.
The head is the home of all sensory organs and the nervous system, which is why head massage is a central part of the daily Ayurvedic routine. The place of hair oil in the Ayurvedic tradition spans centuries. The practice is known for harnessing the restorative powers of natural oils and giving your scalp and hair much-needed hydration and nutrition, says Michelle Ranavat, founder of Ayurvedic skincare brand Ranavat. and hair. “It’s a ritual that not only helps nourish and strengthen hair, but also cultivate family time and bonding,” she says.
The practice has been passed down through generations of South Asian families for hundreds of years. “Almost every Saturday morning, my mom, my grandmother, my great-grandmother Aai, my sister and I concoct our own hair care and skin care creations and they would teach us about the benefits of each ingredient and hair oil in general,” says Nikita Ramsinghani Charuza, founder of Squigs Beauty, who launched her own hair oil earlier this year, Squigs’ Gooseberry Delight Hair Oil. “There was something so magical about sitting together, blasting music and talking about our day while doing our weekly self-care routines – it was like a fun sleepover!” she says. It became a relaxing activity that Charuza shared even with her friends who were unfamiliar with the concept of hair oil. “We were coming home from school, putting on an episode of OG Gossip Girl or CO with our homemade hair oil and DIY face masks and just hang out.
Curious to know more? Keep reading to find out how hair oiling could be the perfect addition to your hair and scalp care routine.
Benefits of hair oiling
Hair oil has many physical and mental benefits, such as increasing blood circulation (which can help with hair strength and growth) and reducing stress. According to the ancient Ayurvedic text Charak Samitha, the act of oiling the hair combined with a head massage is believed to relieve headaches and relax the mind, says Nikita Mehta, creative director of Fable & Mane, a brand modern powerful herbal hair wellness treatment. products inspired by ancient Indian beauty rituals.
“Many oils, like coconut oil, have a cooling effect on the scalp and hydrate the hair follicle from the root,” she says. “It not only helps strengthen the hair, but also keeps it healthy and promotes growth. The oil penetrates all the way to the root, unlike the silicones found in [many] hair care products – such as hair spray, serums and conditioners – that coat it. By massaging the oil into the scalp and hair, you can speed up the rate of absorption and increase the benefits of the ingredients (as opposed to just applying the oil alone).
However, there are also many misconceptions about hair oils such that they can make your hair greasy even after washing it. This is only true if you have an oily scalp, as people who don’t have dry scalps also suffer from hair loss issues, and again, a little is enough, says Nikita Mehta. “How much you use depends on your hair type, where you use the oil on your hair strands, and whether you’re using it to massage your scalp, seal the strand, or lubricate the ends,” says -she. People with dry scalps can also use a few drops for end strands as a leave-in treatment. For someone with medium length hair, apply a few pumps or one to two palms to scalp and use one to two pumps on strands depending on hair density and texture, before rinsing.
Another misconception regarding the tradition of oiling the hair is that oils are too heavy on the hair, especially for people with oily scalps. Some believe that hair oil should only be used on dry scalp hair. However, the heaviness of hair oil depends on the ingredients. Some oils can sit on the hair while others absorb into the strands and follicles to hydrate and condition the hair, says Akash Mehta. Olive oil or avocado oil absorbs into the strands while jojoba oil or grapeseed oils form a film and are good for leave-in treatments or for people with looking for a lighter option and afraid of greasing their hair. “Also make sure you don’t overuse the oil on your hair,” he says, which means using too much or too often.
When it comes to dryness, your hair can still lack moisture even if you don’t have a dry scalp, and your scalp can still lack moisture even if you don’t have dry locks. he. The key is to evaluate the ingredients in your hair products and stay away from sulfates or silicones and use hair oil once a week or every two weeks, and keep re-evaluating the condition of your hair and scalp. For someone who doesn’t think they have dry hair or a dry scalp, a lightweight leave-in oil helps maintain healthy hair and lock in shine. Keeping the oil is also part of the tradition and you can also put a lighter oil after rinsing. Hair oiling can also benefit someone who hasn’t had a dry scalp for oit increases the elasticity of the hair, which means it is less prone to breakage and is a good maintenance practice to keep hair healthy.
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Hair oiling is best done once a week, with a head massage and leaving the oil on your scalp overnight – even better if you have a loved one or friend massaging it for you, because it can be a time of bonding and sharing stories.
Akash Mehta, CEO of Fable & Mane and brother of Nikita Mehta, suggests starting by heating the oil in your hand and placing it on your crown chakra, an energetic point on the top of your head in the middle of your leather. scalp which, when touched, helps release stress. “Massage the scalp and use the remaining oil to brush the ends with your fingers. Tie the strands in a loose bun or braid and leave it overnight if you can, or at least five minutes)”, he says. Then, once the roots are nourished, you’re ready to wash. Whether leaving it on for five minutes or overnight, hair oil will ideally encourage hair to be washed more carefully and gently. intention.
Hair oiling and modern beauty rituals
Now that the Ayurvedic tradition has become popular outside the Indian community, more and more brands are recognizing the benefits and creating hair oils to meet the growing interest in the practice. [Priyanka Chopra Jonas launched the haircare brand Anomaly and recently launched the hair and scalp oil which has almond oil.] This interest is only set to grow with hair loss at an all time high and (surprise) we are all collectively more stressed and anxious.
Prevention and maintenance are the key to strong, healthy hair, Ranavat says, adding, “Weekly hair oiling is the perfect ritual. With continued use, beauty consumers will see increased strength and shine in their locks. Ranavat says they have had a lot of positive feedback in the community with various hair issues (resulting from chemotherapy or postpartum hair loss) who have seen their hair grow stronger and healthier as a result of a weekly hair oil. She thinks hair oiling is incredibly relevant to today’s beauty consumer. “My goal with Ranavat has been to combine the rich culture with targeted skin and hair treatments.”
Ultimately, there are no hard and fast rules with the hair oil regimen, but the goal is to maintain a regular routine that works for you and to keep it consistent.
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