A hair oil massage is a ritual passed down through generations for most of us, making it nearly as basic as washing your strands. Even if you’ve been doing it for years, it’s a good idea to brush up on the best practises.
Should you massage the hair oil in?
A scalp massage increases blood circulation, which promotes hair development and also helps you relax. A strong champi, on the other hand, might break a lot of hair during and after the oil massage. Massage oil into the roots and scalp with the tips of your fingers.
A scalp massage, especially in a circular motion, is excellent for increasing circulation. It is recommended to exert pressure with your hands in an L-shape. However, it is equally vital not to tangle hair throughout the procedure, since this can cause breakage and even rip hairs from their follicle.
Should you apply oil on wet or dry hair?
You can oil your hair when it is damp or dry, but your hair and scalp must be clean or the oil will not be absorbed.
Applying heavier oils, such as coconut oil, on dry hair is preferable since the larger molecules may not permeate the shaft of wet hair as well as dry hair. Another method for increasing penetration? Warm oil allows the liquid mixture to seep in better.
How much oil should you be using?
The amount of oil required is determined by the oil, the function (a few drops as a serum or more as a mask), and the length of your hair. Dermatologists recommend applying a few pumps or one to three palmfuls of oil to your scalp and one to two pumps to your strands depending on density and hair structure. Start at the scalp, and then gently use your hands to apply oil to your mid-lengths and ends to provide them much-needed hydration, especially if you colour or chemically treat your hair.
What’s the best way to apply hair oil?
- Before you start, scoop out oil if solid, and microwave/heat gently until melted and warmed through.
- Then, section off pieces of hair and massage the oil from the root to tip, combing after with a wide-tooth comb to ensure even distribution (and to prevent tangles). Massage with your fingertips.
- Repeat until everything is coated, and then twist hair into a topknot. Trichologists suggest against tying hair too tight, as massaging can loosen the hair from the roots, making them more susceptible to breakage when they’re weighed down.
- Standing in a warm shower can help, as the steam can improve absorption. Try soaking a towel in hot water, and then covering your head with it.
- When you suds up after, removing all trace of the oil is important, so you may have to lather up twice or thrice to be sure.