Dry, Oily, Damaged…? The BEST Hair Oils For Your Hair Type!
Sanya JainBeauty Writer & Copy Editor
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Oiling your hair should be an integral part of your hair care routine. Who wouldn’t want shiny, strong, lush locks? And just like you use shampoos and conditioners formulated especially for your hair type, so should your hair oil be one that suits YOUR strands. Find out what oil you should be using!
1. For Dry Hair: Argan Oil
In Morocco, argan oil is hailed as liquid gold, and with good reason too! This oil for dry hair works like a charm to repair frizzy and dull locks. It is full of fatty acids and vitamin E, which help make your hair smoother and glossier and also deal with split ends. If you have been struggling with dry locks, we suggest you take a bit of pure argan oil and rub it through your hair. You should also massage your scalp with it to promote healthier growth.
2. For Oily Scalp: Rosemary Oil Mixed With Jojoba Oil
Not all oils work on oily scalp and hair. A lot of them can end up making your hair look greasy and limp. A few drops of rosemary essential oil, however, when mixed with a carrier oil like jojoba or coconut, can be extremely beneficial for your oily scalp. Mix 4 to 5 drops of rosemary essential oil with two teaspoons of your base oil and use it to massage your scalp for 15 to 20 minutes. This will improve the health of your hair follicles and promote healthier hair growth.
Nut oils provide intensive treatments and macadamia oil is especially rich, making it perfect for damaged hair. If your hair has suffered due to heat styling and chemical treatments, replenish it with macadamia oil massages. Take some oil and heat it till it’s lukewarm and then apply it through the length of your hair. Wash it off with a moisturizing shampoo.
As Indians, we have all grown up with the blue Parachute bottle of coconut oil that our grandmothers gave us champi with. Coconut oil is practically liquid magic bottled up. You can use it for all hair types (even oily hair!), on your skin, on your body, for cooking, for removing makeup...the list is pretty long. Full as it is of vitamins and minerals, it makes your hair stronger, shinier and better.
If you have fine and thin hair, you need an oil that won’t weigh it down and make it appear limp. For such hair, avocado oil is perfect as it is so lightweight and hydrating. It will promote hair growth so that over time, your mane can grow thick and lush!
Curly hair is thicker and more voluminous, which means it needs a more heavy-duty oil too. Babassu oil, although it can be a little difficult to find, can actually make your curly hair more moisturized and manageable.
You can eat almonds for brain health and apply almond oil on your hair for a dandruff-free scalp! To reduce scalp irritation and dandruff, massage almond oil on it a few hours before you shampoo. The goodness of this light nut oil really helps deal with flakiness and itchiness.
Want Rapunzel tresses but your hair won’t grow beyond a certain point? Try Africa’s beauty secret - baobab oil! It’s chock-a-block full of fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that promote hair growth and cell regeneration. This oil for hair growth will actually increase the length of your tresses!
Whether your hair is excessively dry or excessively oily, tea tree oil can help correct the imbalance. Mix 2 to 3 drops of tea tree essential oil in a carrier oil like coconut and massage your scalp thoroughly. Do this two times a week to see a healthier scalp and hair.
Marula oil is fast-absorbing and rich in Vitamin C and E, making it perfect for colour-treated hair that has been subjected to various chemicals. It locks moisture in and gives your coloured locks the lush treatment they need!