How to Use Oils for Hair Protection and Repair

An adequate diet and hair protection are both vital for strong, healthy and glossy hair. Haircare takes much more than just regular use of a suitable shampoo and conditioner. It is essential that you make masks and give your hair necessary nutrients. Another thing that your hair will appreciate is oil. Vegetable oils are effective hair growth stimulants. They are rich in vitamins, nutrients, proteins and fats which provide your hair with all the essential components, prevent it from dehydration, remove dandruff and promote hair growth. Let’s look at the most popular oils which cosmetology regards as the most effective remedies for hair care and hair growth in particular.

different oils for better hair growth

  1. How to Use Oil?
  2. Castor Oil
  3. Coconut Oil
  4. Olive Oil
  5. Amla Oil
  6. Jojoba Oil
  7. Argan Oil
  8. Black cumin Oil
  9. Rosemary Oil

How to Use Oil

Useful advice! – Whatever remedy you choose, the most important thing is to have a regular practice. Normally, a course of treatment involves 10 to 15 procedures applied every other day. If you do so, it will take you as little as a fortnight to enjoy the result.

There are a number of methods to oil your hair. You should start by putting a little oil on your palms to make it warm before applying it to your hair.

The most common way is to put some oil on wet hair after washing. By doing so you will protect your hair from heat. It will also help you to untangle matted hair.

If applied after blow-drying and styling, oil will hydrate your hair and make it look glossy.

If you use oil before going to the beach or swimming pool, you will protect it from a harmful exposure to the sun and chlorinated or salted water.

You can add some oil to hair color products, shampoos or conditioners to intensify the effects of such remedies.

You can oil your hair before going to bed to repair damaged hair.

You can use oil to untangle matted hair before washing it.

All the oils that we are going to describe are among Ayurveda approved remedies. You can use any oil on the list.

Castor Oil

Castor oil is obtained by pressing the seeds of Castor oil plant. It has a range of useful properties. There are references to its use in cosmetology in the chronicles of Ancient Egypt. One of the valuable properties of castor oil, when it is used as an ingredient of home-made masks is its ability to stimulate blood circulation.

castor oil is obtained by pressing the seeds of the Ricinus

Castor oil has a powerful healing effect. When used as a hair growth remedy, it gives your hair additional benefit by making it healthy, thick, silky and supple.

If you use castor on a regular basis it will not be long before you see the result.

Sour Milk & Castor Oil Mask

Pour 100 mg of sour milk in a bowl and put it in hot water to warm it up. Add a little castor oil. Rub this mask into the scalp, cover with a shower cap or a piece of plastic film and towel wrap. Shampoo your hair thoroughly after about an half hour.

Onion Juice & Castor Oil Mask

A mask prepared from two tablespoonful of castor oil mixed with an equal amount of onion juice will revive “dormant” hair follicles and make your hair thicker. Apply the mask to the scalp and cover with a shower cap or a piece of plastic film. Then towel wrap and leave the mask on for as long as you can bear. Shampoo your hair.

Lemon, Alcohol & Castor Oil Mask

Mix up equal amounts of lemon juice, spirit and castor oil in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to the scalp and leave it on for as long as possible. Leave it overnight if you can. At the end of the treatment, shampoo your hair thoroughly with warm water. If you do this treatment regularly, your hair will start growing considerably faster.

Important tip! To make the effect of castor oil more obvious, castor based remedies should be applied at least twice weekly. After two months your hair will start growing really fast, become strong and healthy. Even those who have thin or receding hair will be amazed by the dramatic increase of its volume if they apply castor oil regularly and persistently.

Incidentally, you can apply pure castor oil to your brows and eyelashes to make them thicker. Do it at least three times weekly to get beautiful long and fluffy eyelashes and glossy brows. This remedy will make mascara unnecessary, let alone false lashes.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil has been known for its healthy properties since the times of Cleopatra. It has been used not only for skin care but also for hair treatment. Coconut oil makes hair look healthy, strong and glossy. It is a powerful remedy to feed and hydrate impoverished and lifeless hair. It is coconut oil that lots of Ayurveda hair care remedies are based on.

Coconut oil is extracted from coconuts

The use of coconut oil will help you to:

  • boost hair growth;
  • prevent splitting hair ends;
  • restore hair structure;
  • prevent dry and brittle hair;
  • protect your hair from damaging effects of exposure to the sun, cold, wind, salt water, blow-drying, flat ironing, heat rolling, thermal styling, chemical hair dyeing etc.
  • make your hair glossy, strong, supple and flexible.

There are a number of methods how to use thisoil. We suggest a few of the most common:

  • Add a little coconut oil to the water that you use for washing your hair. Optionally, you can add it to shampoo or hair conditioner. It is important not to overdo it to avoid oily hair effect.
  • Apply pure coconut oil to the full length of your hair.
  • Use coconut oil as a component of hair care masks along with other ingredients.

The first method is pretty obvious. Add as little as a teaspoonful of coconut oil to your hair wash remedy. Coconut oil will create a protective layer on your scalp and hair preventing proteins from washing out, which usually happens when you shampoo your hair. Besides, oil will prevent the risk of damage to your hair when you towel, comb and blow-dry it after washing.

To restore your hair structure, you should use organic coconut oil and apply it to the scalp. You will enhance the effect significantly if you warm it up over hot water before use. Put a few drops of oil on your comb and use it to spread the oil through your hair. Put on a shower cap or cover your hair with a piece of plastic film and towel wrap. Leave the mask on for at least two hours. You can even keep it overnight if you like. Wash the mask off with shampoo. This treatment will make your hair strong, healthy and glossy.

Coconut oil can be used as an ingredient in a number of hair care masks. We suggest some recipes which are sure to make your hair grow really fast.

Useful tip! Cover your shoulders with a towel or wear an old T-shirt before applying oil-based masks, to avoid spoiling your clothes. When washing your hair after a mask, you may have to shampoo it two or three times to wash off excessive oil.

Yogurt & Coconut Oil Mask

Mash up half a ripe banana. Add two tablespoonful of coconut oil and 200 mg of high-fat yogurt. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly to make a smooth substance. Warm it up over boiling water. Apply the mixture to your hair all over, cover it with a shower cap or a piece of plastic film and towel wrap. Wash off the mask after half an hour or 40 minutes.

Garlic & Coconut Oil Mask

Crush a clove of garlic, add a quarter of a teaspoonful of chili pepper and 4 tablespoons of coconut oil. Mix all the ingredients up and rub the substance into your scalp. Make the mask every other day. After a fortnight reduce the number of treatments to twice weekly. After a month one mask weekly will be enough.

Yolk & Coconut Oil Mask

Combine 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and 2 egg yolks. Mix them up thoroughly and add the juice of half a lemon. Apply the mask all over your hair and leave for half an hour. Shampoo your hair. Add one tablespoon of vinegar to one liter of hair rinse to rinse your hair.

Olive Oil

Olive oil was a common ingredient of homemade hair care remedies used by women in Ancient Greece. Olive oil is still widely used in the recipes of beauty products.

Olive oil is extracted from olives

Olive oil is a component that is both healthy and rich in essential nutrients. It contains vitamin E, antioxidants, it makes your skin soft and it has healing properties. In addition, an important feature of this product is the fact that olive oil based masks are suitable for any type of skin and hair.

Olive oil contains:

  • Vitamins A and E, tocopherols which stimulate hair growth, restore hair structure, revitalize hair follicles and nourish the skin.
  • Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9. These acids are well known for their antioxidant properties as well as for their ability to protect and restore damaged hair.
  • Iron, which strengthens hair and prevents premature grays.
  • Palmitic acid, palmitoleic acid, stearic acid and phenolic acid.

The simplest and fastest olive oil hair mask is made without any additional ingredients. All you need to do is to warm up a little olive oil and apply it to the scalp and all over your hair. However, olive oil in combination with other healthy ingredients is even more effective.

Lemon & Olive Oil Mask

Combine two tablespoons of olive oil and a two teaspoons of lemon juice. Warm the mixture up slightly and apply it onto your hair. Cover your hair with a piece of plastic film or a shower cap and towel wrap. Leave it on your hair for at least half an hour, but preferably longer. Wash the mask off with shampoo.

Yolk & Olive Oil Mask

Beat two yolks and mix them with five spoons of olive oil. Apply the mask to your hair and leave it for about a half hour. Shampoo. Even though this mask is quite simple, it is very effective for strengthening hair and boosting hair growth.

Onion, Honey & Olive Oil Mask

Onion juice and olive oil is a perfect combination of ingredients to enhance your hair growth. Take the juice of one medium sized onion and mix it with a tablespoonful of warm olive oil. Add a teaspoonful of honey and the same amount of mayonnaise. Apply the mask to your hair, cover it with a piece of plastic film and towel wrap. Leave it on for at least an hour.

Amla Oil

Amla oil is a miracle working ayurvedic oil (the ancient Hindu art of medicine and of prolonging life). It has a lot of components which hydrate and nourish your hair while stimulating its growth. This remedy is rich in vitamin C that strengthens hair follicles, prevents hair loss and boosts blood circulation in the scalp. In addition, amla oil is rich in B-complex vitamins, which prevent brittle and splitting hair and balance skin oil.

Amla oil is extracted from amla fruits

Amla oil helps to heal the following hair disorders:

  • dandruff, pimples on the scalp, irritation
  • splitting hair ends
  • dry and itchy scalp
  • hair loss
  • premature gray hairs

You can use amla oil as a component of homemade hair care masks. It can also be used on its own. You are bound to appreciate the effect whichever method you choose.

Oiling your hair with amla oil is simple: warm it up a little and start applying it to your hair from the roots all the way to the ends of your hair. Take some time to massage it gently into the scalp. Leave it on for at least an hour and a half. For the best results, leave it overnight. You may want to cover your hair with plastic film and towel wrap, but it is not necessary.

Amla oil is difficult to wash out. You will need to shampoo your hair at least twice. Amla oil may have a drying effect on your hair, so it is more suitable for oily hair. If you use it to improve dry hair, use a suitable hair rinse or balsam.

Sour Milk & Amla Oil Mask

To stimulate your hair growth, mix up two tablespoonfuls of sour milk and an equal amount of amla oil and put the mask on your hair. Leave it on overnight. Shampoo your hair in the morning and dry it naturally, i.e. without blow-drying or thermal styling.

Multi-component Hair Mask with Amla Oil

  • Amla Oil — 1 teaspoon
  • Honey — 1 teaspoon
  • Alcohol of any kind (for blood flow to the scalp) — 1 teaspoon
  • Aloe Vera juice — 1 teaspoon
  • Essential salvia oil — 4 drops

Mix up all the ingredients and apply to the scalp. Leave the mask on for at least 20 minutes. Shampoo your hair thoroughly.

Avocado, Yolk & Amla Oil Mask

  • Amla Oil — 1 teaspoon
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ avocado

Beat the yolk to a consistent lather, mash half an avocado and mix them up thoroughly. Add amla oil and mix up again. Warm up the mixture to 30o — 40o. Leave the mask on for half an hour, then shampoo your hair. Use this mask at least twice weekly for the best result.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is obtained by pressing the seeds of jojoba plant. It is a bush that is grown in North, Central and South America. The Europeans became acquainted with its health-giving powers as far back as the XVIII century.

Jojoba has a wholesome effect both on the scalp and hair. It is mostly suitable for dry hair, stimulating its growth and making it look good. Jojoba oil creates a fine layer of each hair, which protects it from all kinds of damaging exposure.

Jojoba oil is extracted from jojoba seeds

Health experts claim that jojoba oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, including vitamins A, E, and D. These components will remove all irritations and pimples from your scalp. Besides, jojoba oil is an ideal remedy for hair growth.

There are several methods of oiling your hair with jojoba oil.

  • Warm up a little jojoba oil. Apply it to your hair roots and spread the rest all over your hair. Cover with a shower cap or a piece of plastic film. Towel wrap. Shampoo your hair after about 20 minutes.
  • If you have brittle hair, apply a little jojoba oil to your hair ends after shampooing. Do not wash it off.
  • Another common method is this. Add a few drops of jojoba oil to your shampoo or hair conditioner or balsam. Make sure you rinse your hair thoroughly after that.

You can use jojoba oil as an ingredient of a number of homemade hair masks. To make your hair grow fast and have a gorgeous gloss, try some of these recipes.

Sugar, Mustard & Jojoba Oil Mask

For this mask, you need 1.5 tablespoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons of mustard and the same amount of jojoba oil. Mix up the sugar and mustard thoroughly, then add jojoba oil. Apply most of the mixture to the roots and spread the rest all over your hair. Cover with a shower cap and towel wrap. Do not leave it on for more than 20 minutes. If you cannot bear the burning, shampoo it off when you have to.

Yolk, Honey & Jojoba Oil Mask

Combine two spoonfuls of honey, one egg yolk and three tablespoons of jojoba oil. Mix thoroughly to achieve a smooth substance. Optionally, you can add one teaspoonful of alcohol. Apply the mask, cover your hair with a piece of plastic film and wrap in a towel. Shampoo after 30 or 40 minutes. We recommend applying this mask two or three times a week for as long as a month. It is a perfect remedy for weakened and damaged hair. It also prevents hair loss.

Avocado, Lemon & Jojoba Oil Mask

Mash one avocado and mix it with the juice of half a lemon. Add 50 mg of jojoba oil and the same amount of Aloe Vera juice. Apply the mask to wet hair, towel wrap and leave it on for an hour and a half. After that, shampoo and rinse with lukewarm water. For a better effect, add a little vinegar to hair rinse.

Argan Oil

This cosmetic remedy contains a number of healing components which prevent hair loss. Ayurvedic argan oil has some non-saturated acids, palmitic acid, and oleic acid being the most valuable. It includes components which have a stimulating and regenerating effect. It’s recommended for women of all ages.

Argan oil is extracted from argan fruits

It is important to know that argan oil is rich in components which improve your hair in different ways:

  • Tocopherol is in charge of tissue repair and regeneration. Argan based remedies will help you forget about fine, lifeless and brittle hair.
  • Polyphenols will make your hair supple, silky and smooth.
  • Organic acids produce an anti-inflammatory effect and remove dandruff.
  • Fatty acids protect your hair from all kinds of adverse outer effects.
  • Sterols rejuvenate your hair and prevent premature grays.

To make the best use of argan oil, learn how to use it correctly. The simplest way is to rub it into the scalp. You only need half a teaspoonful of argan oil to rub it to your hair roots and spread it all over. Cover your hair with a piece of plastic film or a shower cap and towel wrap. Wash off the mask after about an hour.

You can use argan oil as a balsam. If you want to try this method, apply some argan oil on your hair avoiding the scalp, otherwise your hair will look oily.

By using argan oil regularly you will be able to grow out long and healthy hair. This is why you should pay special attention to homemade masks which contain argan oil.

Burdock Root Oil Extract & Argan Oil Mask

Put together one teaspoon of burdock root oil and the same amount of argan oil. Apply the mask and make sure you wrap it in a piece of plastic film and a towel to keep it warm. You will be amazed at the result after five treatments.

Multi-Component Argan Oil Mask

Mix up one teaspoon of argan oil and the same amount of castor oil. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice, 5 vials of vitamin E, 10 drops of vitamin A and one teaspoon of honey. Apply the mask on well-combed hair. Wrap in a towel and use your blow-dryer to warm it up. Wash off the mask after an hour and a half. You can repeat this treatment a few times per week to boost your hair growth and make your hair strong and healthy.

Yolk & Argan Oil Mask

You need two tablespoonful of burdock root oil, the same amount of argan oil and a yolk. Mix up all the ingredients and rub the mixture into the scalp. Massage your hair roots and spread the mask all over your hair. Wrap it in a piece of plastic film and a towel. Wash off the mask after a half hour. This remedy will give your hair a beautiful gloss and boost your hair growth.

Black Cumin Oil

This is another Ayurvedic oil that can improve the condition of your scalp and hair dramatically. It is rich in vitamin B complex and a number of minerals and nutrients. They can help you remove dandruff, heal brittle hair and prevent hair loss and graying. This remedy is literally a miracle worker. It contains a range of components which are essential for your beauty. It has over 100 photogenic actives, some of which we know very little about.

black cumin oil is made out of black cumin seeds

These are some of the most important components of black cumin oil:

  • Non-saturated fatty acids Omega-6 and Omega 9. They produce a powerful disinfecting and invigorating effect on your hair.
  • Vitamins A, E, D and B complex prevent hair loss and brittle hair.
  • A number of minerals, including zinc, phosphorus, and manganese, which shrink the pores and balance the secretion of oil glands.
  • Phytosterols have an anti-inflammatory effect. They also contribute to the production of hormones and are effective for preventing hair loss.
  • Tannins produce a disinfecting effect.

It is fair to say that the properties of black cumin oil are next to incomparable when we speak about hair health. It prevents hair loss, revitalizes hair follicles, heals dry and brittle hair, prevents splitting of hair ends. It also cures fungus infections and all kinds of skin irritations. And last but not least, it prevents early grays due to high bioactivity.

As a hair care remedy, black cumin oil is normally used topically. Genuine black cumin oil has to be dark but clear. There must be no sediment. Its taste is bitter. This oil is quite thick and sticky, therefore, it should preferably be mixed with other oils to achieve the best possible texture. Besides, the concentration of pure black cumin oil is too high for direct application. This is another reason why it should be mixed with other base oils.

You will make the best use of black cumin oil by adding it to masks. Optionally, you can apply a small amount of this oil to your hair and spread it all over with a wooden comb.

Black Pepper, Coconut & Black Cumin Oil Mask

This mask gives a powerful boost to your hair growth because it stimulates blood circulation in the scalp, opens up the pores and enables nutrients to reach your hair follicles.

Put a couple of drops of black pepper essential oil and rub it into your scalp. Massage thoroughly. After 15 minutes, blood circulation will increase and your skin will be ready to absorb the nutrients. Apply the mixture of coconut oil and black cumin oil and leave the mask on for two hours. This is enough for the nutrients to get to your hair follicles. Shampoo your hair thoroughly.

Black Cumin Oil & Olive Oil Mask

If you have weak, lifeless and receding hair try this mask. Mix up equal amounts of olive oil and black cumin oil. Massage the mixture thoroughly into your hair roots and leave it on for 10 minutes. Shampoo and rinse your hair. Apply this revitalizing mask three times a week.

Garlic and Black Cumin Oil Mask

Squeeze out the juice of one clove of garlic and rub it into your scalp to stimulate blood circulation through your hair roots. After 10 minutes wash off garlic juice and apply a mixture of equal amounts of black cumin oil and coconut oil. Leave the mask overnight if you can. If not, two or three hours will be good enough. This treatment will make your hair supple, silky and glossy. It will also make it grow faster.

Rosemary Oil

The healing effect of rosemary oil is due to an enhanced supply of nutrients to the cells of undernourished hair follicles. It helps to revitalize your hair and stimulate its growth. Therefore, ayurvedic rosemary oil is recommended for treating damaged and weakened hair. It is also effective for removing and preventing dandruff.

rosemary herb and oil

Blow drying and flat ironing often result in splitting hair ends. Hair becomes dull and lifeless. Rosemary oil is the remedy that is able to deal with this hair condition. It will help you repair your hair, remove dryness and make it soft and glossy. Some people believe that rosemary oil slows down gray hairs.

There are a number of ways how rosemary oil can be used. All these methods rely on powerful antiseptic properties of this remedy and also on its ability to stimulate, cleanse and soothe the skin. The simplest and most effective method is simply rubbing rosemary oil into the scalp.

If you are satisfied with the condition of your hair, put a little oil on your fingertips and massage your scalp for 5-10 minutes before bed. This practice will help you prevent any hair problems in the future. Shampoo your hair in the morning, if necessary.

However, if you want to accelerate your hair growth, you should use masks with rosemary oil as an essential ingredient.

Coconut, Yolk & Rosemary Oil Mask

Melt 1 teaspoon of coconut over boiling water. Mix it with 1 yolk and a teaspoonful of lemon juice. Add some four or five drops of rosemary oil. Spread the mixture all over your hair, cover with a piece of plastic film and wrap in a towel. Shampoo the mask off after three-quarters of an hour.

Honey & Rosemary Oil Mask

Warm up 100 mg of olive oil in boiling water and mix it up with an equal amount of honey. Add 4 drops of rosemary oil. Mix up thoroughly. Apply the mixture to your hair and cover with a shower cap or a piece of plastic film. Wrap in a towel. After 30 minutes wash the mask off and shampoo. It is advisable to use a shampoo for damaged or dry hair to enhance the effect of the mask.

It is worth reminding you, that hair should be left to dry naturally, i.e. without blow-drying or thermal styling.

Multi-Component Mask

You will need castor oil as the basis for this mask. Add 3 drops of rosemary essential oil, 3 drops of lavender oil, 2 drops of cedar oil and 2 drops of ylang-ylang oil to the base oil. Massage this mask into your hair roots, cover with a piece of plastic film and wash off after 15-20 minutes.

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