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Tame your winter-damaged mane with hair oils
Getting out of bed on these cold January mornings is bad enough, but when you’re suffering with dry, tangled hair, the last thing you want to do is face the public.
But a dry hair treatment can help you soothe your frazzled locks and get your mane looking hydrated and full of life again, as celebrity hairdresser Mark Hill explains.
"Make sure you moisturise your hair and scalp by using conditioner every time you shampoo," he advised. "If you find your hair really needs a boost, pop a conditioning treatment on and lay back in the bath for about 20 minutes. The steam from the bath will help open up the hairs cuticles and allow the deeper penetration of the treatment."
If the straw-like condition of your hair feels like it warrants more of a number one haircut than time and energy spent hydrating it, don’t despair: use a hair oil to nourish your tresses and stimulate growth.
Jojoba oil in particular is excellent at moisturising the scalp and can minimise greasiness. This is thought to be because it is similar to human sebum, so it can trick the skin into thinking it has produced enough oil.
Coconut oil, too, is a fantastic natural hair care treatment and can aid in healthy growth while giving your ’do a gorgeous shine - plus it smells good enough to eat. It can even act as a hair loss treatment by retaining moisture, meaning weak and dry strands of hair are less likely to break off or develop split ends.
Argan oil is having a fashion moment right now, and quite rightly so, as it’s the perfect remedy for dry, frizzy, dragged-through-a-hedge-backwards manes. It improves hair elasticity, smoothes the hair shaft and brings your tresses under control.
Use just a few drops of your chosen oil on damp hair and warm it up before applying. Divide your tresses into sections and rub the oil into each segment, from the scalp all the way down to the ends. Use your fingertips to gently massage the oil into the roots of your hair for ten to 15 minutes to improve blood circulation and promote better growth.
You can wrap your oiled hair in a warm towel and leave it on overnight to sink in properly before washing it thoroughly with shampoo the next day. Repeat the process at least once a week to turn your frizz into a beautifully full, glossy head of hair.
Posted by Laura Andrews
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks