Monday, August 9, 2010
Coconut Oil for hair (Hair oiling)
Hope you are having an amazing day! The summer is really setting in, which means humidity is on the rise in the northeast. I've been wearing my hair in various Up-do's and buns for chic breezy summer looks. Loose buns, smooth sleek buns, wild up-do's, smooth up-do's... you name it and I'm doing it! Lots of creative fun!
Last night I did one of my amazing weekly rituals of hair oiling and thought I would share. This is not a new process and its origins date back to ancient Indian Ayurvedic hair treatment practices. Hair oiling provides nourishment from the roots to ends of your hair. The oil should be applied systematically (and not too much) to sections of the hair from roots to tip. The best way to oil your hair is to start at the crown of your head with an oiling massage and then work/massage the oil through the hair. Once hair is oiled, you should sleep with the oil overnight for best absorption. In the alternative, you can wrap a steamed towel around your hair to aid in the penetration of the oil for 30-60 minutes.
TIP: You can do this 2-3 times a week if you wish, which I am doing now! I've been wearing my hair in curly styles and like to rinse/co-wash my hair every 3 days to avoid product build-up. I only shampoo once a week, as shampoo can strip the hair of its natural oils.
My current summer hair oiling routine is:
Day 1 (evening): Oil hair, head message
Day 2 (morning): Rinse oil and co-wash
Day 3: Rest and maintain style
Day 4: Rest and maintain style
Day 5 (evening):Oil hair, head message
Day 6 (morning): Rinse oil, shampoo and condition
Day 7: Rest and maintain style
BONUS TIP: You may do this on wet or dry hair, but works best on DRY hair because oil and water don't mix, so dry hair will have better absorption of the oil.
I've oiled my hair with Vatika Enriched Coconut Oil by Dabur. You can use Vatika, or you can also oil your hair with plain old good old fashion coconut oil! When I oil with coconut oil, I usually precede my oiling with a Brahmi oil head massage to increase blood circulation, prevent hair fall and stimulate hair growth.
I plan to post a video shortly on hair oiling and my technique!
check back soon and on youtube!