Hair oils: what are they and how do they work?

There’s way more to hair oils than just making dry strands less noticeable. Read on to find out exactly what they do, how they work, and how to find the one that will suit you best.

There are so many benefits to hair oil that we end up using them without knowing why or even if one oil is the one we need.

Founders of Fable & Mane, Akash and Nikita Mehta, say that “Simply put, oil makes the hair stronger from the root, so it’s great for anyone struggling with loss or breakage. They also gradually protect your hair follicles, while also conditioning the scalp to promote better growth. If you look for oils with Ayurvedic herbs (like amla, ashwagandha and brahmi), you can bring dry, thirsty strands back to life, as these ingredients are incredibly nourishing. Always try applying oils as a pre-wash treatment – this allows it to soak into the shaft, making hair less vulnerable to breakage when it does eventually get wet.” 

Oil makes the hair stronger from the root

The importance of application

According to experts, this is usually where everyone goes wrong. “First, it’s essential to include a massage when you apply your oil. Just as a facial promotes blood circulation, a pre-shampoo massage will stimulate and bring nutrients to the scalp. Secondly, avoid using too much. You don’t want to block your follicles and you only need enough to hydrate your scalp and strands – that’s roughly a 5p size amount,” Akash and Nikita add.

An oil for each texture

You can apply hair oil even on greasy hair!

We are always under the impression that if you have greasy hair, you should absolutely avoid hair oil. However, Akash and Nikita seem to disagree with that preconception:

“We’re always asked whether you should avoid oils depending on your individual texture. The answer is no. Oil is good for everyone and every hair type as its sole job is to moisturize – which we can all benefit from. They’re one of only a few formulas that can truly penetrate the hair shaft for speedy results. If your hair is particularly thick, look for castor oil, which is known for its hydrating properties, and if strengthening strands is your main priority, look for ashwagandha on the ingredients list. This builds resilience to harsh environmental factors while keeping your scalp in peak condition.”

Tina Reese

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