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These are the best and worst oils for a scalp massage if hair growth is on your mind

Published on:26 January 2021, 14:11pm IST
If you are looking to nourish your hair, then there’s nothing better than a scalp massage. But it’s also important to pay attention to the kind of oil you use.
Geetika Sachdev
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Nourish your hair with a methi and rosemary cleanser Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Whether you’ve had a long day at work or want to put an end to hair fall, a scalp massage is going to be your best friend. It doesn’t just relax and soothe your senses, but also strengthens your hair follicles, thereby boosting hair growth.

For as long as we can remember, our nanis and dadis have always recommended the champi to relieve tension and get healthy hair. And we are so thankful to them for all their wisdom. How many of you remember your grandmas lovingly doing a champi with coconut oil? Well, you might think that was more of a coincidence, but no, it isn’t. There are a few oils that can do wonders for your hair, but there are others that are a big no-no!

That’s why we are here to tell you what’s good for your hair, and what’s not! So, are you ready to find out? Let’s tell you all about the best and worst oils for a scalp massage.

These are the best hair oils for a scalp massage

1. Coconut oil: As we mentioned above, coconut oil is the ultimate favourite for a scalp massage. It has a pleasant aroma and works well, especially for those who have dry and damaged hair. It provides lubrication to hair shafts and adds lustre to your hair. If you’re someone who has been struggling with hair loss, then this is the oil for you! Use this oil regularly (preferably hot), and you will see a difference in the health of your hair.

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Undoubtedly coconut oil is great for your hair. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Almond oil: The humble almond or badam is not just great to boost your memory, but also works wonderfully in the form of a potent hair potion. It is more intense than coconut oil, and can really penetrate deep into the hair shaft. That means your hair growth will also be way better! What’s more, it is also an ideal oil to relieve tension and aches. You can also mix almond oil with the Ayurvedic herb brahmi, and see the magic.

3. Mustard oil: You might just say ‘ewww’ at the very thought of using mustard oil. After all, its aroma is oh-so-unpleasant! But guess what? Your hair is going to love it and how! It is particularly helpful in the winter season because it generates heat and is useful when it comes to stimulating circulation. It also helps to treat several hair issues and makes your tresses healthy and strong.

4. Sesame oil: This oil nourishes the scalp in the best way possible. You could use it if you suffer from thin and dry hair that is riddled with split ends. Sesame oil moisturises the hair, and also helps with aches and pains. Add some brahmi or hibiscus to sesame oil to maximise its benefits.

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Choose sesame or til oil for great hair. Image courtesy: Image courtesy: Shutterstock
These are the worst hair oils for a scalp massage

1. Lemon oil: Many people might advocate this oil for its lightening and brightening properties, but we recommend you to stay away from it. That’s because it causes the hair shaft to shrink. Plus if your hair is already crying out loud for help, then have mercy on it. Because lemon oil is only going to increase hair fall, and make your tresses look even more lifeless.

2. Olive oil: You might be surprised to hear this, but it’s true. We aren’t saying that olive oil doesn’t have any beneficial properties. It’s great for the hair shaft, but it weighs down your locks, and also makes them greasy. Moreover, it is comedogenic in nature, which means your hair might feel scratchy all the time. So, it’s actually going to do more damage than good!

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Olive oil might be heart-friendly, but it’s not very hair friendly. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Castor oil: Don’t raise your eyebrows, because this is absolutely true. Castor oil has been considered a miracle cure for anything and everything related to the hair! But guess what? It causes severe hair felting that ends up in more frizzy hair and tangles. So, it’s best to avoid it at all costs!

Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.