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Thursday, 09 February 2012 15:16

Natural Oils For Hair Care

Hair care oils are often used to moisturize scalp, reverse dry scalp and dry hair conditions, provides essential nutrients for the proper functioning of sebaceous gland and promote hair growth. Since olden times, variety of hair oils are used alone or in combination with other products, to treat various hair problems like hair fall, dandruff, irritated scalp, reduce effect of aging on hair, combat seborrhea and alopecia and of course to promote excellent growth of healthy, glossy hair. The causes of various hair problems are numerous.

Overwashing, blow drying, chemicals such as sprays, perms and gels could break open the cuticles of hair and cause split ends or dry and brittle hair which breaks easily. Lack of nutrition is another contributing factor for various hair problems. Stress reduces reproduction of cells. Sebum, bacteria and dirt wrap hair roots and do not allow it to breathe properly resulting in thinning and hair loss. True healthy hair begins in the follicles where the blood supplies nutrients to the hair through the artries connected to it. There are various commercial hair oils to promote hair growth or to combat various hair problems or both. Here are some excellent natural products for hair care.


Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has a unique chemical nature that enables it to harmlessly, clean, nourish, protect and beautify hair. Coconut oil has the ability to replace natural oils that are lost from the hair. It has medium chain fatty acids, that nourishes cells quickly. Coconut oil is therefore the best natural hair growth supplement. Coconut oil helps to minimize protien loss during washing to keep each hair strand strong. It does this by its close association with hair protiens. It has medium chain triglycerides that enables it to penetrate cell membranes easily.

Coconut oil has anti microbial action that helps to prevent hair loss. It has vitamin E that keeps scalp healthy and hair rejuvenated. Coconut oil has excellent moisture retaining capacity keeping the hair smooth and preventing its breakage. The best way to apply coconut oil is after a bath, when the hair is damp but not wet. Coconut oil is an excellent conditioner. Take a small amount of oil and rub it lightly and evenly on your hair. Start at the ends, work your way till the roots. Apply very little at the roots to avoid a greasy look. Coconut oil is also an excellent treatment for dandruff. Overnight application of coconut oil gives best results. Coconut oil is anti fungal. Coconut oil can be used for styling as well. It melts due to heat of the scalp and spreads evenly on the hair and condenses on contact with air. This helps in styling.

Olive Oil

Olive oil has numerous benefits when taken with food. But it is a good bet in hair care as well. Olive oil is used to treat hair loss, greying of hair and to get rid of dandruff and head lice. Olive oil cleans and nourishes your hair. It gives it a healthy shine. Olive oil is an excellent conditioner. After applying olive oil cover your head with a towel, gives you beneficial results. For conditioning your hair heat a little olive oil and apply it on your hair starting from roots to the tip. Cover with a warm towel and leave for 30minutes. Wash with a shampoo. The extreme heat locks in the moisture of your hair. A scalp massage with olive oil is good to remove dandruff. It gets the blood flowing and aids in hair growth.


Almond Oil

Almond oil is another excellent hair care oil. Almond oil helps in hair growth, prevents hair loss and keeps your hair healthy. Almond oil smoothes hair cuticles. Almond oil gives a shine to your hair. Massage a few drops of almond oil to your scalp. It soothes you as well, improves your thinking, cleanses your forehead. Almond oil is a good source of vitamin E and contains fats, all needed for a healthy hair. Almond oil is a good cleanser for your hair. Apply almond oil a few hours before bath. The fat in it collects all the dirt and when you bath, it gets removed.

Amla Oil

Amla or indian gooseberry is another excellent product for hair care. Amla has anti inflammatory, anti oxidant, exfoliative and anti microbial properties. It therefore protects your hair and helps it to grow naturally. It helps in maintaining a healthy scalp as well. Amla oil is one of the worlds oldest natural hair conditioners. Amla oil aids in pigmentation. This property helps it to prevent graying of hair.Amla oil increases the strength of hair, its exfoliative properties helps in getting rid of dandruff. Amla oil has a cooling effect on the scalp. Apply a few drops of amla oil after washing your hair. It gives a shine to your hair and prevents split ends as well.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is unique in its composition, its similar to the sebum secreted by the scalp. Jojoba oil can regulate the sebum secretion on the scalp. Jojoba oil is another hair cleanser. It helps get rid of excess sebum and sebum crusts and keeps your scalp clean and helps your hair to grow. It has anti bacterial and fungicidal properties and keeps your scalp clean. It stimulates hair follicles to grow. Jojoba oil is an excellent conditioner for your hair. It locks in the moisture and gives a shine to your hair. For this you can add jojoba oil to your hair conditioner or apply the oil to wet hair. Jojoba oil, for a healthy hair is used in hot oil treatments.

There are various other hair care oils like avocado oil, sunflower oil, castor oil etc to improve your hair growth. Besides hair oils, there are other products used to condition or treat your hair. However the role of a proper diet cannot be excluded for proper hair care. A wholesome diet rich in iron, silica and calcium is essential for hair growth. A protein rich diet is necessary to nourish your hair. Include plenty of wholesome grains, green leafy vegetables, poultry, sea food, dates, eggs etc in your diet. Reduce stress for a happy healthy living.


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