You’ve had a long day at work and by the time you get home you’re completely stressed. Your head feels ready to explode with all the tension and you just want to relax at home. So what do you then? Get a hot oil scalp massage, of course.
For centuries, we Indians have grown up with the knowledge that a good scalp massage can rid you of tensions and aches, all the while providing your scalp and hair strength. Since ancient times, we believe that a daily head massage will increase blood circulation in the scalp which in turn will condition our hair and make it grow strong, smooth and lustrous.
But did you know that there are as many oils as hair types that can be used for a head massage?
So which are the best ones and what hair types are they suitable for? We decode them down for you.
1. Coconut Oil
Perhaps the most commonly known (and used) oil in India, coconut oil is marketed and sold by various brands. Coconut oil has a sweet but strong odour that does not sit well with many people. But this type of oil is great for those who have dry or damaged hair. Coconut oil provides lubrication to the hair shafts and is believed to induce lustre in the hair. It is also useful in the treatment of psoriasis. For those who have fine hair particularly susceptible to greying and thinning, coconut oil works very well as it has natural cooling properties. For a satisfying head massage, heat some coconut oil and mix it with amalaki or bhringraj herbs. Do this on a regular basis and your hair will never feel the same again.
2. Almond Oil
The next commonly available, after coconut oil, almond oil is also very useful for dry hair. It is more intense than coconut oil and so can treat even the driest piece of hair. Besides, it is also useful to soothe aches and pains as well as calming nerves. Thin, dry and frizzy hair with plenty of split ends is what almond oil works best on. It is very nourishing, especially when mixed with Ayurvedic herbs like brahmi.
3. Mustard Oil
We know what you’re thinking – ewww. Mustard oil is so strong, people will smell you from a kilometre away. Yet we say that you should give it a shot – if not very often, then maybe once a month. Mainly used in the northwest parts of the country, mustard oil is particularly suitable for the cold winter months. This is because mustard oil generates heat and is responsible for stimulating circulation and soothing sore and tense muscles as well as relaxing the scalp and increasing pliability. Being so strong in itself, mustard oil does not need any added herbs.
4. Sesame Oil
A scalp nourisher, sesame oil also reduces stiffness and tightness in the scalp. It is also widely used in India, especially by people with thin, dry and split ends-heavy hair. Sesame oil moisturises the hair and also relieves the scalp of aches and pains. Mix it with some brahmi or hibiscus herbs for added benefits.
5. Olive Oil
Traditionally not part of Indian culture, olive oil has recently come to the fore due to it being mild and relieving sore and tense muscles. It is now being commonly used for kids and is particularly useful for those with very thick and oily hair. Olive oil also has purifying properties that keep pores open and can be mixed with neem, which is a good cleanser, before being applied to the hair.
6. Jasmine Oil
The number one oil for dealing with stress and tension, jasmine oil is also an anti-depressant and antiseptic. It can make your hair thicker and healthier. However, jasmine oil in its concentrated form can be very harmful and hence needs to be mixed with another light oil like almond or olive before applying to the scalp.
So now you know which oil is suitable for you, go ahead and get satisfied.