Applying oil to hair is one of the ways to improve hair strength and hair quality as per Ayurvedic principles. Apart from improving hair qualities, applying hair oil also has other benefits such as – sleep improvement, calmness of mind, remedy for headache etc. Based on the desired effects, the time and method of application of hair oil changes.
Method of hair oil application
How and when to apply hair oil to improve quality of hair?
If you wish to improve the quality of hair, to promote hair growth, to prevent early grey hairs, and split hairs, etc, it is better to apply hair oil at night and take warm water head bath on the next day morning.
Suppose you are taking head bath twice in a week, according to this rule, you may apply hair oil, twice a week, on the nights before the head bath day.
Applying hair oil on the day, after bath is not desirable because, the oil may attract dust over the hairs, when you go out in Sun.
But if you are at home only and love applying hair oil during day, only a minimum quantity of one teaspoon is sufficient. Apply directly to hair roots.
For the purpose of hair growth, the oil can be applied to the hair root, scalp and to the length of hair.
Some people heat the oil in water bath, before application, which is perfectly fine, provided it is only mild heat.
People with headache, red colored rashes on the scalp, people with pitta imbalance should not opt for hot oil hair treatment.
If you are accustomed to apply hair oil daily, then a little quantity of hair oil can be applied daily in the morning. As a general rule, it is better not to expose hair to direct sunlight or dust, especially after applying hair oil.
How and when to apply hair oil for dandruff –
If you are using hair oil particularly for dandruff or for scalp conditions, if the oil is processed with neem and other herbs having bitter odor, then it can be applied half to one hour before head bath. Hot water head bath is helpful.
The oil can directly be applied to hair roots and the whole of scalp.
Oil to relieve headache –
If your Ayurvedic doctor has advised an oil for headache, then it makes sense to apply the hair oil in the evening time, around 5 – 6 pm. Because, usually the headache is associated with Vata. If we divide a day into three parts, last part is dominated with Vata. Hence, when the Vata is just getting the dominance, it makes sense to apply the oil for headache.
Hair oil for a good night sleep –
Hair oil for a good night sleep is better to apply after food at night. It will be better to do a gentle massage over head after hair oil application.
Sesame oil head massage:
Though coconut oil has become very famous, thanks to Kerala practice, sesame oil massage is what the traditional Ayurveda recommends.
Benefits of sesame oil head massage:
One who applies sesame oil on his head regularly does not suffer from headache, baldness, graying of hair, nor do this hair fall. Strength of his head forehead is specially enhanced; his hair become black, long and deep-rooted; his sense organs work properly; the skin of his face becomes brightened; applying sesame oil on the head produces sound sleep and happiness. (reference)
Coconut oil for people with cold and sinusitis –
Hair oils with coconut oil base may worsen sinusitis and cold in a few. If still you wish to enjoy benefits of coconut oil, take 100 ml of the oil, add 5 grams of pepper powder to it and heat it in mild heat for five minutes and filter the oil when it is still hot. Use this oil for applying to hair.
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