Dive Right In
I’ve been using hair oil for about a year now and I have to say, they do indeed help! You might ask, which oil is the best? My advice- use and experiment with all kinds of hair oil. Everybody has a different hair type and yours is definitely not like mine. The sooner you get your hands on them, the closer you’ll get to finding what works best for you.
For a great start, go with good ol’ Coconut Oil. It’s considered to be one of best secrets to having long beautiful hair. You can’t go wrong starting from there!
A Good Tip: Some hair oil will have a distinct smell either to you, or to your significant other. That’s why you should experiment and see what works best.
Develop A Hair Routine
A routine that works for you! To be honest, I have oily hair, and just the thought of putting more oil on it scares me. I don’t leave oil in my hair for daily wear, or styling. Thin hair and oil is a pair destined for disaster, therefor I will only oil my hair at the end of the day and leave it into the night.
I oil my hair on the third day after my first shampoo.
First Day Hair-
Second Day Hair-
Wash day without shampoo
Wash day without shampoo and at the end of the day I oil my hair and leave it in overnight. Next day I repeat the routine.
Heads Up! Hair Fall
Hair sheds- period. Their’s no way around it. You will always experience hair fall when you oil your hair. My advice? Pay attention to the amount of hair that falls out. When I first oiled my hair, I noticed “A LOT” of hair shed.
Some people will innocently blame it on hair oil when really, it’s actually the way the oil is applied onto the scalp. Avoid pulling out too much hair by gently massaging your head.
Tip: Pay attention to the consistency of hair oil. Certain oils, like Castor Oil, are thick and sticky. If you use it alone, you’ll be bound to pull out more hair than usual.
Find the Right Hair Oil Tools
Experiment with different ways of applying oil onto your scalp. Below you’ll find the pros and cons with different techniques I’ve tried.
Pros- soft on the scalp, less massaging | Cons- cotton balls soak up too much oil which leads to un-used hair oil.
Pros- less massaging | Cons- I found it to be very time consuming.
Only Cons- too messy, and less controllable.
Pros- a clean and easy way to apply oil directly to scalp | Cons- will require scalp massaging.
What Works For Me
I am currently using the a dropper to apply oil to my scalp, but this is how I do it:
To avoid using a hair oil that is thick in consistency, I recommend mixing a variety of hair oils into one dropper container.
What I mix into my drop container:
50% Castor Oil– This, in my opinion, is the best oil for hair re-growth. It’s a must have on my list and it prevents skin infections, great if you’re like me who does not shampoo my hair everyday.
20% Bhringraj Oil– is great in preventing hair loss and breakage. It also works well as a deep conditioner for split ends.
10% Amla Oil– Just like Castor oil, this oil is great for hair re-growth and it helps prevent graying hair. In my opinion it has a distinct smell, so I tend to use less of it.
10% Avocado Oil– I just can’t get enough of avocados. Not only do they taste great but it’s also a great source of vitamin E for your skin and hair.
10% Pure Vitamin E Oil– Why not a little more Vitamin E! Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps repair and build tissue. Uhh- yes please!
First I apply the combined oils directly onto my scalp using the dropper. With my finger tips, I gently massage the mixed oils into my scalp.
Don’t Forget to Oil Your Hair
After my scalp is treated, I’ll apply oil to my hair strands. Choose an oil soft and smooth enough to run your fingers through your entire hair length. I chose “the one and only” Coconut Oil. Like castor oil, I consider coconut oil to be a staple hair product.
Tip: coconut oil will become solid in cooler temperatures. Simply let the oil melt in your palm, or warm it up.
After applying the coconut oil, I will thoroughly comb my hair using a brush with 100% boar bristles. These brushes are known to distribute natural hair oil evenly- from the scalp to the end-tips of your hair. This brush is “a must have” if you are going to oil your hair regularly. I have one specifically designated to oiling my hair.
Brush Tip/ Experiment: After showering the next day, try using the same brush on your dry hair. I like to do this to get the most use out of the oil left on the brush. Trust me, there shouldn’t be too much oil left. This is a good way to moisturize your hair after showering, especially if you don’t use conditioner after shampooing. I’ll explain that in another blog post about washing thin hair.
After oiling my hair, I’ll put it into pigtail braids. This prevents the oil from getting onto everything. Also, placing a soft micro fiber towel over your pillow will prevent oil stains.
After all this, you deserve a good night of sleep!
The results of using hair oil will be subtle. It’s hard to see change especially if you see yourself everyday. According to the time of this blog post, i’ll be on my 10th month of using hair oil and I’ve only just begun to see results. I’ve experience less hair fall and more hair growth. This might be the result of having a better diet and exercising routine, but I am sure that hair oil has contributed to my hair being healthier. I’m trying to grow out my hair, so I’ve skipped out on the regular trims. Though i’ve seen split ends here and there, the amount I’ve found is less than usual. I’ve had problems with oily hair and dandruff in the past, but after treating my hair with oil the issue has disappeared.
When I started using hair oil, I dove right in by using only castor oil on my scalp. A few months in I saw results. My head was sprouting with new baby hair! I loved it so much that I started using it on my eye lashes brow and received the same results. Caution though- castor oil is very thick and sticky and I did end up pulling out more hair than usual, so be careful and massage your scalp gently.
My experience with hair oils have been a positive one thus far and I recommend everyone to try it! The key is in finding what works best for you.
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