It is a traditional Indian custom to use oil to condition your hair. We reveal how it works and how to get healthy, shiny, and stronger hair.
We'll tell you the hair oil trick from India that will help you get healthy hair.
Spread a special hair oil from roots to ends and let it work overnight - when we women in the West hear this, we immediately think of oily, weighted hair and roots. But that's wrong. Let's just ask Indian women who have long, full, and healthy hair - thanks to their weekly oil care routine.
Dimple Amarnani, who, together with her sister Hema, is the owner of Sitara, a beauty center with a carefully selected range of treatments inspired by Hindu tradition, explains. "In India, women have applied oil to their hair for thousands of years to protect it from the sun and pollution. This is why their hair is long, strong, hydrated, shiny, and nourished. The hair is strengthened and it prevents hair loss," says Dimple, who also reminds us that Indian women used this tradition every day and today the oil treatment is only carried out once a week (and at night).
We know that oiling our hair daily is a difficult habit to adopt in our lifestyle today, but it is more than advisable to try it at least once a week. Not only do they thoroughly hydrate and make the hair shinier, but you also prevent hair loss, detoxifying it by removing chemical residues like parabens and sulfates from some of the washing and styling products we use, and avoiding irritation and flaking of the hair Scalp. The oil treatment is based on the Ayurvedic philosophy and brings many advantages if you practice it consistently.
It is best to carry out the treatment at night, distribute the oil from roots to ends (yes, don't worry), and then tie your hair in a bun or ponytail. Then of course you have to wash your hair the next day. The secret, so that the hair is not weighed down and no oil remains at the roots, is, as the Sitara expert explains, to apply the shampoo twice and leave the product on for a few minutes in the second application. Also, rinsing it off with lukewarm (almost cold) water will give your hair an extra dose of shine.
If you can't (or don't want to) leave the oil on overnight, you can shorten the process. However, for visible results, you need to leave it in your hair for at least two hours. There are also two other ways that you can "treat" your hair with oil. You can do it when you hit the gym by applying the oil to dry hair and tying your hair in a ponytail and then washing it. This way, the heat opens up the cuticle and helps the oil penetrate the hair fibers better. You can also use the oil when you are on the beach or by the pool, as it not only nourishes your hair but also protects it from the sun, salt and wind. In fact, stylist Maria Baras says she recommends all of her clients doing Bikram yoga because just as the steam and heat open the pores of the skin, it also opens the cuticles of the hair.
Although there are a variety of oils with different properties for hair, the easiest to find are the following:
"L'Huile de Leonor Greyl"
The hair oil "L'Huile de Leonor Greyl" protects against sun, salt, and chlorinated water and regenerates the hair.
"Moroccanoil Light" from Moroccanoil
Cares with argan oil and gives shine, strength, and combats frizz: "Moroccanoil Light" - is also perfect for very fine hair.
"Essence Absolue Oil" by Shu Uemura
The "Essence Absolue Oil" protects and nourishes the hair fibers with camellia oil.