Confused About Which Hair Oil To Use? We Demystify The 6 Varieties For You
As an Indian girl, we’re sure you’re used to the oiled hair concept that your mother has ingrained in you. In fact, your grandmother probably made a concoction of different oils for making your hair longer and stronger. Well, ladies, the oil culture is back. Hair experts across the globe are recommending different oils for strengthening the hair.
But with so many to pick from, each with their own unique benefits, things can get confusing. Hence, we bring to you a list of six hair oils and tell you about their advantages and disadvantages.
1. Coconut Oil
This is the most commonly used oil when it comes to hair care. We’ve spoken about the multiple uses of this oil earlier, and now we tell you its exact contributions to your gorgeous tresses.
Pros: Coconut oil treats the hair from sun damage, dust and pollution.
Cons: It only works to maintain the hair quality and does not fix existing hair problems.
Ideal for: Regular use to soften hair and tame frizz.
2. Castor Oil
When you think of castor oil, the first thing that comes to mind is acne-free skin. But castor oil works wonders for the hair, too.
Pros: It is the best solution for a dry scalp, especially during winters. It acts like a deep moisturiser for the skin on your scalp and helps accelerate growth. In fact, it is often recommended for thickening fine eyebrow hair.
Cons: This oil is extremely sticky and thicker compared to others, so use it carefully and sparingly.
Ideal for: Dry and limp hair, but only to be used once a month or once in two months.
3. Aragan/Moroccan Oil
This one has been extremely popular with all hair stylists—and those who have used it swear by its goodness.
Pros: This oil helps you get soft, shiny, supple-looking hair within minutes. Besides, it is light enough to wear as a leave-in conditioner.
Cons: It is quite expensive compared to the other oils. You will also need expert opinion on the quantity to be used for your hair length and type.
Ideal for: Creating a light, healthy bounce in the hair after wash and taming frizzy hair.
4. Olive Oil
Yes, you’re thinking of delectable food when it comes to olive oil. But the truth is, you can use it for your hair as well.
Pros: If your hair is damaged due to overexposure to the sun or while swimming in chlorinated water, this is your best remedy. It helps slowly repair the hair and regain lost nutrition.
Cons: Since it is mainly used for cooking, olive oil can be really thick and oily for beauty uses. Use it in small quantities, else washing it off can be a nightmare.
Ideal for: Damaged hair—use it just half an hour before washing.
5. Almond Oil
The next most commonly used oil after coconut would be almond oil. Here’s how it enhances your locks.
Pros: Almond oil is known to have Omega 6 fat and vital fatty acids that provide strength and a smooth texture to your hair.
Cons: There are no disadvantages for almond oil as such, but it might not be as effective for all hair types. It may not smoothen extremely frizzy hair.
Ideal for: Regular use. Using it once or twice a week will give you soft and smooth hair.
6. Amla Oil
You must have heard your grandmothers talking about the goodness of amla for skin and hair. Here’s how it helps.
Pros: Amla oil is unlike the other oils in that it offers protection and acts as a sealant of moisture. This oil also offers other benefits like fighting dandruff and preventing grey hair.
Cons: Regular use of amla oil can make your hair slightly dry and limp. In fact, if it is not good quality oil, it can even lead to hairfall.
Ideal for: Cleaning out your scalp or getting rid of dandruff once in a month. It has a strong smell that is not very pleasant, so you will need to wash it off after overnight application.
Now that you know the pros and cons of each type of hair oil you can pick the one that suits your hair the best.
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