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Importance Of Oiling Your Hair Before Shampooing

Hair oils have been an important part of the haircare arsenal for centuries. Those few minutes of 'champi' is therapeutic. But in today's fast-paced world, many might question the need for this seemingly extra step. Let me tell you a better way to reap the benefits of oiling without keeping it overnight.

Sarbani Bhattacharjee
Hair Oiling is Important for Strong and Healthy Hair                                                                                               Source: Freepik
Hair Oiling is Important for Strong and Healthy Hair Source: Freepik

Maintaining scalp and hair health is an absolute necessity and hair oiling is an important step. Apply your hair oil for 30 minutes before shampooing and get amazing results.

One of the primary benefits of pre-wash oiling is its ability to combat dryness and frizz. Shampoos can often strip away our hair's natural oils, leaving it dry and frizzy.  Hair oiling acts as a protective barrier, locking in moisture and preventing this harsh effect.

Certain oils, like coconut oil, are particularly effective due to their low molecular weight and straight chain structure. This allows them to penetrate the hair shaft more deeply, providing long-lasting hydration from within. This improved moisture content gives smoother, shinier, and more manageable hair.


The Benefits of Oiling before Shampoo:

Soothes Itchiness and Helps Remove Those Pesky Flakes:

A healthy scalp is the foundation for healthy hair. Pre-wash oiling can be incredibly beneficial for scalp health.  Many oils possess anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. This can help soothe irritation, reduce itchiness, and combat dandruff.

For example, tea tree oil is known for its antifungal properties, making it a great choice for those prone to dandruff. Similarly,  jojoba oil closely mimics the scalp's natural sebum, promoting a balanced and healthy scalp.

Reduces Breakage and Tackles Split Ends:

Hair is constantly exposed to environmental stressors like sunlight, pollution, and heat styling. These factors can damage hair, leading to breakage and split ends.  Oiling your hair before shampooing creates a protective layer that shields your hair from these damaging elements.

Oils such as castor oil are rich in fatty acids that nourish the hair follicles and promote hair growth.  This combined effect of protection and nourishment leads to stronger, more resilient hair making it less prone to breakage and split ends.

The Art of Oiling: Choosing the Right Oil and Technique

To get the full benefits of pre-wash oiling, it is important to choose the correct oil depending on your hair type and concerns. Coconut oil is great for most hair types, while jojoba oil is ideal for oily scalps. Those suffering from dry or damaged hair must choose argan or almond oil.

The technique is also crucial. Warm the oil slightly to improve absorption. Gently massage the oil into your scalp and hair, focusing on the ends. Leave it on for 30 minutes to an hour before shampooing thoroughly.

Pre-wash hair oiling is a simple yet powerful way to elevate your hair care routine. Just 20 minutes of hair oiling can do wonders for your hair. 

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