What are the benefits of hot oil for hair?

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Is your hair frizzy, dry or brittle and breaks when you comb? If even oiling is not helpful, you might need to try a hot oil massage to nourish your hair deeply. 

Hot oil massage treatments are perfect for moisturizing hair that is damaged, curly, dried. They can intensely nourish your hair while making it tensile and strong. You can also apply different oils to find one that does best for you. Read on to learn more.

What causes damage to our hair and stops its growth?

1. Continuous Stress

Stress can be very degrading for your health as it affects your body severely. It can occur due to an emotional shock or due to any other problem. This can cause hair loss which could last for several months.

2. Immune system problems

If you have a weak immune system then chances are you may suffer from alopecia areata. This is an autoimmune disease that can cause hair to fall all over the body. The body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles which cause small patches.

3. Hereditary problems

If you have inherited genes from your parents or grandparents then you may also suffer from hair loss problems. Hair loss or any other hair problems can be transferred from genetics, but these problems are permanent as they are in your blood and cannot be cured but they can be controlled.

4. Improper and Unbalanced diet

Eating junk and other stuff which are not good for your health can be harmful to your overall health. This can cause hair and skin problems too. Eating dirty junk food can cause hair loss and other hair problems.

5. Increasing Age

With increasing age, you can experience hair fall issues and other hair problems. When people reach a certain age like 40s or 50s their hair growth stops or slows down. At a point, hair follicles stop growing. Hair also starts to lose its color.

6. Not taking proper hair care

If you don’t take proper care of your hair then you may damage them. Using inappropriate hair care products which are not beneficial for your hair can cause hair fall. Some chemicals-based gels and creams may also not suit your hair type.

7. Thyroid disease

The thyroid can cause hair loss. Severed and prolonged hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can cause hair loss. The loss is diffuse and involves the entire scalp rather than discrete areas.

8. Scalp infections

Our scalp is infected by bacteria and fungus which can cause hair loss and damage to hair follicles. You can feel redness and itchiness which can also cause dandruff. It can cause bald patches and flaky scalp too.

9. Prolonged Medications

If you are taking certain medicine for treating an underlying disease then you may suffer some hair loss. Medication was taken for treating cancer, high blood pressure or depression can cause some hair fall and other scalp problems.

10. Androgenetic alopecia

This is a very common form of hair loss that happens with both men and women. In men, this condition is also known as male pattern baldness. Hair is lost beginning above both temples. Over time the hairline recedes to form a characteristic ‘M’ shape.

What is hot oil treatment for hair?

Typically done once a week or once every two weeks, hot oil treatment for hair is a treatment where you place hot oil throughout your hair. You can use a variety of different oils for this such as avocado oil, coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, or even one of our hair oil products.

When applied, the hot oil seals the hair cuticle, thereby moisturizing it, and making it stronger, so there is less breakage.

When applied on the scalp, hot oil treatments can provide nourishment to the hair follicles by boosting blood circulation in the scalp.

What Are The Benefits Of Hot Oil Treatment For Your Hair?

1. Delays Follicle Miniaturization

As you get old, Individual hormones constrict your hair follicles, thin, and shrink them. Frequent hair massage with hot oil unclogs your roots, delaying the process of blocking and regenerating your hair. It thickens your hair roots and increases the density of your hair.

2. Minimizes The Loss Of Protein & Calcium

Every hair strand is made up of a byproduct of bone tissue with an important protein known as keratin. As you age, your body develops a decrease of protein & calcium, affecting the growth of your hair. Natural oils deeply moisturize your scalp's bone & muscle tissues, and help absorb protein & calcium to strengthen follicles & curb hair loss.

3. Regulates Sebaceous Glands

The skin on your scalp contains densely spreaded sebaceous glands. These glands make an oily substance called 'sebum' to keep your hair lubricated. Hot oil massage balances the production of these glands to maintain the natural lubricant of your hair.

4. Prevents Hair Breakage

The hot oil deeply repairs your cuticles and hair shafts to prevent breakage and increase elasticity from a strand's root to tip, preventing damage and split ends. It nicely conditions your tresses and brings out a glittery texture and shine to your mane.

5. Stimulates Hair Growth

The impact of Hot oil treatment penetrates deeply into your scalps, increasing blood circulation in the nerves under your scalp skin. This helps regain dormant follicles into hair follicles, increasing hair growth. It supports your hair growth cycle and increases the volume of your hair.

6. Delays Hair Greying

Sufficient nourishment and blood flow to the hair follicles can activate melanin production again in your hair root and stem cells to decrease grey hair and regain the natural color of your hair.

7. Balances Doshas & Relieves Stress

Hot oil treatment lets you pacify Pitta and Vata Doshas, whose work in your hair follicles is the root cause of all your hair problems. It helps relieve your physical and mental stress, which is a most common factor causing hair problems.

How to Apply Hot Oil Treatments?

By now, you might wonder how you can apply your hot oil and also how often you should do them. Even though it is a personal choice on how often to practice hot oil treatments, many people do them weekly, especially in the season of winter. We recommend you protect your clothes with towels or plastic so that you do not damage your clothes.

You are supposed to heat your oil before applying it to your hair and scalp. 

To do so, you can place your choice of oil in an applicator bottle or in a bowl that is safe for heating in the microwave. Then, you need to put your oil in hot water if you are using an applicator bottle or the microwave for around 10 seconds if you are using a bowl.

You must ensure to let the oil cool off before applying it to your hair and scalp to prevent burning yourself. Once it is a safe temperature, you can apply it and place a shower cap over your head for about 15 to 20 minutes, and then rinse. 

You can also choose to sit under a hooded dryer or steamer. The heat or steam from these devices will allow your hair cuticles to open up and help the oil penetrate your hair shaft, which helps in moisturizing. After washing off your hair, you can apply your leave-in conditioner.

Can You Apply Hot Oil To Wet Hair?

One question that always comes up in people's minds is, should hot oil treatment be done on wet hair? Well, it is recommended to apply your hot oil treatment after you have washed your hair. You do not want to apply it to dirty hair because your hair will not benefit as much. You would want the oil to fully penetrate into your scalp and clean your hair. In a case where your hair is dirty, the oil is just going to sit on top of your hair.

The best time to apply the hot oil is right after you shampoo and before your deep condition is the best time to apply. You can also use hot oil treatment if you feel that your hair is really dry and you need maximum moisture.

How Often Should You Do A Hot Oil Treatment On Your Hair?

A hot oil treatment should be done at least once a week no matter what kind of hair you have. If you are the one who has severely damaged hair, color-treated, or very dry, you might want to repeat this process every four days.

How Long Do You Leave Hot Oil In Your Hair?

After you have soothingly massage your scalp with hot oil for five minutes, the oil is no hotter. You should wrap your hair and leave the oil on your scalp for about 20 minutes while you close your eyes and relax. The average time that you should leave oil on your scalp after hot oil treatment is around 20 to 40 minutes.

Is Applying Hot Oil Safe?

Even though hot oil treatments use plant-based ingredients, that does not mean they are safe for everyone. It is still possible to have an adverse reaction or allergy to the oil, especially if you have a sensitive skin.

For reducing the risk of a reaction, you must look for oils that are not combined with synthetic ingredients and are 100 percent natural.

If you are not sure whether a hot oil is safe for you, you must try a patch test a few days before using the product. If you want to do a patch test, you can simply apply a small amount of the oil (unheated) to the inside of your elbow.

If you do not develop any rash, itchiness and allergy within 24 hours, then it is safe to use.

However, on the contrary, if you see a reaction, you might need to test different oils until you find one that is best for you.

If you decide to do a hot oil treatment at home, use precautions and if using a store-bought product, follow the safety instructions mentioned on the label.

You should also pay careful attention to the temperature of the oil. Since the oil is usually required to be heated in the microwave, you will risk burning yourself if you do not let the oil cool down enough before applying it to your hair and scalp. If you want to test the temperature, you can apply a small amount of the oil to your wrist before using it.

Other Treatment For Hair Regrowth

Anti-hair fall shampoo

It nourishes your hair and scalp with no harmful chemicals (Parabens and Sulphate free). The shampoo helps to strengthen your hair, improves the texture of your hair, and reduces hair fall. 

Biotin tablets 

The Biotin tablets are enriched with multivitamins which help in hair growth and improve metabolism. Biotin tablets include a total of 10 vitamins. The tablets reduce hair fall, improve scalp health, promote hair growth, and make your hair stronger & healthier than before.

Minoxidil Regrowth Solution

Minoxidil, also known as rogaine, is a drug that scientists eventually developed to treat high blood pressure. During its clinical trials, subjects also noticed that it seemed to promote hair growth. Over some time, scientists developed a topical application of minoxidil which is now known as rogaine by the manufacturers.

Take Away 

Hot oil treatment, since ancient times, has proved to be beneficial for hair regrowth. You can apply them at any time as guided above and you will see the desired results.

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