Choose the right oil to nourish your hair

Staying indoors has an advantage. We have all decided to take out those hair and face packs which we have bought over time and decided that one day we will definitely use them. So by now you atleast 2 - 3 varieties of oil but the dilemma is which one to use and most importantly which will suit your hair type. Dr. Pallavi Sule, Mumbai based Dermatologist and Aesthetic Physician helps us understand the importance of different kinds of oil and why oiling is important saying, "Oils play an important in protecting hair from damage. Oils penetrate the hair and reduce the water absorbed in the hair . It fills the gap between the cuticle cells and prevents the aggressive substances to enter the follicle. There are multiple mineral oils and vegetable oils with different properties, which have been used for preventing hair damage and hair regrowth. The saturated and monosaturated oils diffuse easily into the hair as compared to polysaturated oils."


This oil is proved to reduce protein loss from the hair shaft. The fatty acid present in coconut oil –Lauric acid, penetrates the hair shaft forming a protective film. Thus, coconut oil can be used for all hair conditions like dry hair , frizzy hair , to condition and protect normal hair . It has heat protecting property and also prevents UV damage.

Coconut oil is rich in antibacterial and antifungal properties.


Argan oil has become very famous as a main ingredient in hair cosmetics. This oil is rich in tocopherols, polyphenols and is rich in anti-oxidants. Argan oil is rich in Vit A,C and E, also linolenic acid and antioxidants. This makes the oil an excellent hair nourishing agent and conditioner. Since argan oil is a great anti-oxidant it helps to reduce inflammation on the scalp , helps in the treatment of dandruff, itchy scalp , also condition like psoriasis.

It is also been used as an excellent nourishing hair mask. Application of hair mask over wet hair for about 15-20 minutes helps in formation of protective film over the hair shafts. It seals the split ends of the hair , reducing the chance of hair breakage.

Argan oil is a great anti frizz agent, hence used in hair sprays as a great styling product giving the hair a good shine and even look.


Tea tree oil is a popular oil, a native of Australia. It is a natural oil and is put to use as a cosmetic for its anti-inflammatory properties. The active ingredient is well known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties hence used in hair oils. Tea tree oil can actively used for treating dandruff, seboherric dermatitis, follicular infections. It is also helps kill the hair lice.


Castor oil as we all know is an age-old remedy to hair fall and hair thinning. How does it exactly help?? Castor oil is extracted from seeds of Ricinus Communicus plant. The active toxin is Ricin which is destroyed once the oil is heated.

Castor oil is rich in monosaturated acids, which are great humectants. This property of castor oil helps lock and seal the moisture in the hair , preventing dryness.

Application on castor oil on the scalp , its key ingredient Ricinoleic acid , stimulates the microcirculation of blood on the scalp hence providing more oxygen and nutrients to the hair bulb. This helps in faster hair growth.

Apart from this, it is also an excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.


· Hair oil to be applied at least twice a week.

· During the night or 20-30 minutes before the head bath

· Warm the oil and apply on scalp with finger tips. Gentle massage for 5-10 mins helps increase blood flow to hair bulbs. Always use a wide toothed comb to detangle hair . After oiling tie hair into a loose bun.

· Steam or a hot towel wrap given to the hair helps increasing the seepage of oil deep in.

Things to keep in mind:

While choosing your hair oil, one must assess the scalp, hair textures, active infection, weather, climatic conditions etc. For example, for dry frizzy hair one must opt for a moisturising and hydrating oil like coconut oil.


Essential oils are used according to the hair condition and also to maintain healthy hair . Sometimes oils can cause allergic reactions, so before applying on scalp and hair , one must do a patch test over skin behind the ear. Incase