What can you gain by using hair oils? A lot, actually! These will not only help speed up hair growth, but also regenerate and beautify it. Meet the most precious ingredients hidden in natural oils, so that you can enjoy the best effects possible. Discover the secret of hair oil treatment, today.
Hair oiling is a secret method for hair care, which travelled to us from Asia. Women living in the warmer, Equatorial areas of the world are perfectly aware of how to nurture their hair, what ingredients it lacks and what it needs. We can learn a lot from them. You just have to delve into the subject a bit deeper.
HAIR OIL TREATMENT is focused on effective and fully natural action. It improves hair condition thanks to perfectly chosen oils, which are applied on hair and scalp. Only hair oiling provides such complex properties, because:
- it works on hair bulbs in follicles,
- strengthens hair shaft from its root,
- covers hair with protective layer.
Should you perform hair oiling?
Unquestionably, yes! This is the only natural and safe way to improve your appearance. You must be aware that hair – just like skin – requires gentle and thoughtful care. Even the best conditioner and hair mask will not be able to provide such care as vegetable oils. These substances perfectly match hair structure, even of sensitive and weak hair. Its action is complex and frequently indicates healing properties, such as anti-inflammations or anti-dandruff. What’s more important is that hair oils cannot be harmful! These are safe substances, which at the very most will not provide any result, when chosen badly. This is why it is so important to choose oils wisely. How to do that?
Oil types and hair porosity
Oils can be divided into several groups in terms of fatty acids content. While at the subject, absorption should be taken into consideration as well, which can also significantly vary. Based on these two information, matching oil with hair porosity should be no problem. What is more, then hair oiling will ensure your looked-for effect. Take a look and the oil types.
- Drying oils (butters) with advantage of saturated fatty acids.
- Semi-drying oils with advantage of monounsaturated fatty acids (omega-7, omega-9).
- Non-drying oils with advantage of polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-3, omega-6).
What does this distinction give you? Most of all the possibility to match oil with the porosity of your hair. However, before you get on with the choice of oil for your hair types, take a moment to find out, what hair porosity is?
HAIR POROSITY is the level of hair damage. It is determined by observing how much hair cuticle is raised towards the shaft. The more its raised the weaker protection and greater damage. We differentiate three basic hair types:
- low porosity hair with cuticles closely adhering to the shaft, smooth, heavy and straight,
- high porosity hair with the most raised cuticles, dry, rough and curly,
- medium porosity hair, which are in between the two, usually wavy.
The choice of perfect hair oil must be based on the porosity. Only by holding on to this and taking care of hair on regular basis, you can expect hair oil treatment to improve the condition of your hair.
Which oil should you choose?
The best oils for low porosity hair are in fact thick vegetable butters with great absorption. Its particles are small, so it is easier for them to get through sealed hair cuticles. In case of drastically damaged and weak hair, better are oils for high porosity hair. Try non-drying oils with large particles. These are able to better seal hair cuticles and restore its damaged structure. For hair, that is somewhere between the two hair types, ideal choice are oils for medium porosity hair, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids. These oils are semi-drying, which means that are absorbed better than hair butters, yet they do not have large particles as oils for high porosity hair.
- oils for low porosity hair: babassu butter, shea butter, coconut oil, palm oil, cocoa butter, cupuacu butter, mafura butter, monoi oil, tucuma butter, kukui oil, mango butter
- oils for medium porosity hair: camellia oil, moringa oil, apricot kernel oil, olive oil, avocado oil, sea buckthorn oil, peach kernel oil, almond oil, rice bran oil, sesame oil
- oils for high porosity hair: safflower oil, grape seed oil, primrose oil, black seed oil, soy oil, maize oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, pumpkin seed oil
What can go wrong?
Practically nothing. If you choose oil correctly to the hair type, the success is guaranteed. The key is to determine hair porosity. How can you do that? Best is to take closer look at the hair. Dry, matte, rough, with split ends and very brittle hair can be indication for high porosity. Smooth, straight, heavy, devoid of volume and difficult in stylisation can be described as low porosity hair. Medium porosity hair is placed in between. You can make a water glass test, which will provide you with more answers.
Test. How to determine hair porosity?
- Prepare see-through glass with clear water.
- Pull out one long hair.
- Divide it into three parts: upper, middle and end.
- One at the time, through hair into glass of water and observe.
The faster hair sunk, the higher its porosity, because it absorbs water more. Hair to float on the water surface has low porosity. High porosity hair sunk pretty quickly. Remember that hair can have various porosities on different lengths. This is a reason for use of different oils for scalp and different for hair ends. What is more, pay attention to the hair oiling technique.
HAIR OILING METHODS
Depending on the looked-for result, hair oiling can be performed several ways. To begin with less complex, which are easy to introduce and implement in everyday habits, like rubbing small amount in hair ends after washing hair. To end on methods, which in intense way regenerate hair, like hair oiling in the bowl. There are four basic hair oil treatment techniques that can be enumerated.
1. Dry hair oiling, which can be executed prior to hair wash (even overnight if you wash your hair in the morning), or throughout the day. Light-weight oil apply on dry hair to avoid frizzing or on ends to protect them against split impacted by the heat. Dry hair oiling is convenient, especially when you use oils with great absorption (e.g. macadamia oil, marula oil), that do not require rinse.
2. Wet hair oiling is a method focused on deeper impact on hair, because water aids oil absorption into the hair bulbs. Oil can be applied on wet hair, right before the hair wash, but usually it is done right after. The time required for the treatment depends on the expected effect. Light-weight oils do not have to be rinsed, you can proceed with drying and stylisation straight away.
3. Hair oiling in the bowl requires preparation. To the bowl filled in half with warm water add few drops of chosen oils (these can be different kinds of oils). Dip your hair in the bowl for several- several dozen minutes. This hair oil treatment can be performed prior or after hair wash. If oils were absorbed by hair, you do not need to rinse them and can move to drying and stylisation.
4. Hair oiling with mist is best for very light oils with great absorption. To the bottle with water or hydrolate, e.g. floral water, add one or few oils matching your needs. The amounts depend on you. What matters is that mist must be light and do not leave greasy layer. With such product you can spray hair on their entire length, any time you need it.