My Favorite Hair Oils + DIY Scalp Massage

Hello there! I hope you're having a great day! I get a lot of questions from my friends and strangers about how I keep my hair long and healthy. My #1 tip to them is to oil their hair. This conversation is always followed up with lots of questions about different oils, so I promised I'd write about them.


Ever since I was a little girl my mom used to massage oil on to my scalp and hair. She would tell me that it makes your hair strong and healthy. Indian women have been doing this for thousands
of years, therefore it's no wonder that they are known for having such beautiful hair. It's also an ancient practice for many other cultures as well. Having to manage my curly hair, I've experimented with so many different products and treatments throughout the years. In the end, I've found that only the most natural treatments seem to give the best results. My hair gets wild if I don't take proper care of it (not that I mind my hair being wild, as long as its a healthy wild). :) It's important to keep your hair hydrated to prevent it from becoming dry and frizzy, especially if you have curly hair. If you're having hair/scalp problems, remember that what you put into your body shows up on the outside, so it's important that you're getting all the proper nutrients. Some people lose hair because it's hereditary, but if you're not sure why you're having hair/scalp problems, make sure there isn't an underlying health issue. You can also have hair problems simply because of the products you're applying on your hair, not only when styling but also from the shampoos and conditioners we use. Currently, I'm experimenting with some "healthier" products and my hair has been frizzier as a side effect (not to mention that this summer in LA hasn't been so kind to my hair either). Applying oil on my hair at least once a week has been useful to tame the frizz and keep it healthy. There are so many different oils out there, but here are the ones that I like to use the most and some of their benefits.



My Top Five:


Extra virgin coconut oil:

No matter how many different types of oils I have tried out, this one is definitely a staple. This can either be used alone or mixed with a few other oils. There are many benefits to using coconut oil, such as hair growth or even as a deep conditioning treatment. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid and essential proteins, which helps with moisturizing and nourishing the strands and scalp while also repairing damaged hair. It's also rich in vitamin E, vitamin K, and in iron, providing plenty of the much needed nutrients to your hair and scalp. Giving yourself scalp a massage while applying will also help with blood circulation which will contribute to hair growth. In addition, it's natural antibacterial/anti-fungal properties can help with various scalp problems such as dandruff. I also use coconut oil in the morning for oil pulling, which I learned when I stayed at an Ashram in India. If you haven't heard of oil pulling, definitely check it out for its health benefits. Coconut oil can be used  as a skin moisturizer, for chapped lips, for cooking and in many other ways. However, my favorite use of coconut oil will always be on my hair.


Extra virgin olive oil:

Olive oil contains vitamins A, E,  anti-oxidants, and minerals. It will not only moisturize dry, damaged, and frizzy hair, but will soften your hair, thus making it more manageable. It has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties which help to fight different scalp ailments.  For people who ae losing their hair, having fallout, or trying to grow their hair, olive oil is definitely worth trying. There are many different causes for hair loss, such as genetics, an underlying health issues, stress, and so on. Olive oil can prevent hair loss. The hormone, DHT (dihydrotestosterone) narrows the hair follicle shaft causing the thinning of hair and hair loss. Regular olive oil massages to the scalp will not only add nutrients to your hair and scalp, but it will help with the blood circulation in which stimulating the follicles can help to reduce the DHT. I also use this during the winter as my moisturizer when my dry and thirsty skin would drink it up, leaving it hydrated and healthier.


Cold Pressed Castor oil:

Oh castor oil, how I love thee! So, this is the oil that I use to help me grow my eyebrows back in after years of overplucking, I use this for longer lashes  as well. It can help to promote hair growth in areas where the hair has stopped growing or has become sparse. Not only is castor oil really great for your hair, but for your scalp and skin. This is due to its high amount of minerals, proteins, and fatty acids. It is also high in vitamin E and ricinoleic acid, a potent fatty acid, which makes it unique. Castor oil acts as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial, which is why its been used since ancient times. This oil is thick, so if you're applying it to your hair and scalp, I suggest mixing it with another oil in order for easier application. When using this oil on a small area, like my lashes and brows, I don't need to mix it with anything. The same thing goes for applying it to your hairline. When I do mix it, I like to use either coconut oil or sweet almond oil.


Sweet Almond Oil:

I love to use sweet almond oil on my skin, it's so moisturizing and gives my skin a healthy glow.  It contains so many beneficial nutrients that are also great for your hair and scalp, such as vitamin A, B, D, and E. It also has magnesium and essential fatty acids. These will not only help to nourish and strengthen your hair, but it helps with hair growth while leaving your hair shiny. Sweet almond oil is great to use as a sealant on your hair to lock in moisture and also great for the LOC method. Sometimes I apply a little bit of the Sweet Almond Oil on the ends of my hair after I shower while it's still damp. Since this oil feels so light, it works well to mix with other oils.

Mustard oil:

Mustard oil stimulates hair growth, prevents hair loss, strengthens and hydrates. It contains nutrients such as selenium, zinc, vitamins D, E, and K. It's also high in beta-carotene which converts into vitamin A, this is what helps with hair growth. Other nutrients include calcium, magnesium, iron, and fatty acids. The scalp and hair will feel nourished from using mustard oil, especially after a scalp massage to get the blood circulating. It's has a scent that may not be to every persons liking, but it doesn't bother me enough to not use it. I've noticed some of my curls that had initially loosened up start becoming tighter again.


How to apply oil and give yourself a scalp massage:

First, you don't need to use a lot of oil, a little goes a long way. The amount you use does depend on your hair length though. I kind of just "eyeball" it since I've been doing it for most of my life.
Here is a guideline to follow if you've never done this before. Don't worry too much about following it exactly how it is, do what feels comfortable for you:

-Pour a small amount of oil into a bowl. I use a bowl since I usually mix oils and because its more sanitary. If your hair is straight, you can brush out your tangles beforehand. Since my hair is curly, I detangle my hair with my fingers after applying the oil, a wide-tooth comb is another option.

Mixing Coconut Oil and Almond Oil

-Take a little bit of oil and rub your hands together so that it's all over your fingers and palms.

-Starting from the top of your head, use your fingertips to massage your scalp in a circular motion, using light pressure. Having the oil on the palms helps apply the oil onto your hair while massaging. Do this all over your scalp.

-After massaging all over your scalp, switch directions. You can do a different type of massage altogether if you like. As I mentioned earlier, do what feels most comfortable. Massage for about 10-15 minutes.

-After the top part of hair and scalp is done, run your fingers through the rest of your hair. For curly hair, this is when you can detangle all your knots, the oil makes it so much easier.

"Just like oil on my hands"
Finger combing/detangling my hair



-Lastly, tie your hair back. Usually I braid my hair if I'm about to go to bed. I prefer to do the treatment at night, then wash it out the next morning. I just make sure to put an old t-shirt or towel over my pillow so the oil doesn't get all over it. You can also leave it for half an hour or so if you don't want to have it in for long. When I apply the oil during the day, I pull my hair back into a nice slick braid or bun and go about my daily task. When I wash the oil out, I shampoo and condition my hair like I normally would do.
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Add this into your weekly routine, and you're sure to see positive changes. Let me know if you try this or if you have a favorite oil that you've been using. Comment below or you can connect with me on my social networks. I love hearing back from you guys!

XOs

Products I like to use:
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil here
Extra Virgin Olive Oil here
Sweet Almond Oil here
Cold Pressed Castor Oil here                                                                              
Mustard Oil here                                                                                      


2 comments

  1. I put a mixed blend of oils into my hair once a week, and massage it deeply into my scalp. But sometimes it dries my scalp out. What do you suggest? Also I put coconut oil or Moroccan oil on the tips but it still feels crunchy and dry. What do you suggest?

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    1. Hey there! Thanks for checking out my blog. I'm thinking that maybe your hair needs more moisture, it's also possible that it may be getting too much protein which can be a reason for the crunchy ends. Not all oils work the same for everyone, it really depends on your hair. Also, are you using shampoos that have sulfates? That can be really drying as well since it strips the natural oils. Speaking of shampoos, there can also be build up so I would say look into a clarifying shampoo or a homemade apple cider vinegar rinse. The ACV rinse is kind of stinky, but it's natural and it works. :) If there is buildup, it can act as a block so your hair isn't getting the moisture and nutrients you're feeding it. I'm not sure what oils you are using besides coconut oil which is high in protein, but try using almond oil on your hair (or just the tips) while it is still wet. By applying it this way, you will actually seal in the moisture. Another suggestion, do a prosity test on your hair. There are tons of articles on how to do this simple test, it may help you get a better understanding of what may be happening with your hair. I Hope that helps! <3

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