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Everyone Has Been 'Hair Oiling'—Here's How To Do It Right

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What Is Hair Oiling, And What Are Its Benefits?
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IDK if it's just my TikTok and Instagram algorithm, or I'm seeing every girl with BEAUTIFUL hair trying hair oiling. This observation has turned me into a curious cat as I researched hair oiling's origins and beauty benefits and tried it myself for a month. Is it effective or is it just aesthetic? Below, read to see a quick lesson on what hair oiling can do for you:

What is hair oiling anyway?

Hair oiling has been around for looong time. (3,000 years if you want an idea) It is a popular practice in Ayurvedic medicine and Indian culture. Hair oiling is when you apply natural oils to the scalp and hair. Sometimes, you can use a scalp massager to boost blood circulation and distribute the oil all over the scalp. Regardless of hair type, this practice would benefit you.

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What are the benefits of hair oiling?

  • Moisturizes dry and damaged hair. Since the hair oil can penetrate the hair shaft, it can provide deep hydration and nourishment. 
  • Strengthens the strands and helps reduce breakage. Hair oils are rich in ingredients that can help to strengthen each follicle, preventing the strands from breaking easily. 
  • Tames frizz and flyaways. Hair oils seal the hair cuticle, making the locks look smoother and more polished.
  • Adds shine. Hair oils naturally reflect light, so the tresses appear shinier and more lustrous.
  • Encourages hair growth. Hair oils like coconut oil and rosemary oil, are believed to have properties that can help grow hair. They stimulate blood circulation to the scalp and provide essential nutrients to the hair follicles.

READ: FYI, Scalp Care Routines Are Now A Thing

How to do hair oiling

Warm the oil on the palms of your hands. Slowly massage the oil into your scalp. You may also apply a small amount of hair oil and use your fingers or a comb to distribute the oil evenly. Alternatively, you can use a scalp massager like this for a more relaxing and ~*satisfying*~ experience.

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Massage the oil into your scalp for a few minutes to stimulate blood circulation. Leave the oil in your hair for a few hours or overnight, depending on your hair type and needs.

It's recommended to do hair oiling once a week to see results.

Content Creator Olivia Yang's hair oiling routine

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Here's a CGM-approved hair oiling routine from content creator Ashley Reuben

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What if I have oily hair? Can I still do hair oiling?

From experience, my scalp and hair got in better shape after having a weekly hair oiling routine. Post-hair oiling, I find that my scalp feels less greasy after washing it. I'd like to think that its effect is similar to double-cleansing on the face. Oil attracts oil so the hair oil helps lift the layers of gunk on the scalp. Plus, the scalp massager helps break up the layers of buildup. I used a silicone-free shampoo to wash off the hair oil, in case you're curious.

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What are the best hair oils to use for hair oiling?

There are many different types of hair oils available, so it is important to choose one that is right for your hair type and needs. 

Coconut oil - This oil has long been a favorite of Filipinos! It can help soften and smooth out frizzy hair. Tame flyaways and keep the hair moisturized. It is also believed to promote hair growth.

Human Nature Pure Virgin Coconut Oil
Human Nature
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Human Nature Pure Virgin Coconut Oil, P329

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Rosemary oil - This wonder oil helps promote hair growth, strengthens the strands, reduces dandruff, and nourishes the scalp and hair. When using this essential oil, mix it with a carrier oil like jojoba, coconut, or sweet almond oil.

Human Nature Rosemary Essential Oil
Human Nature

Human Nature Rosemary Essential Oil, P283

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Hair treatment oil - Pick a treatment oil that is a mix of different beauty oils to keep hair and scalp healthy.

Ichikami Treatment Oil
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This bottle from the Japanese brand Ichikami has evening primrose oil (moisture), rice germ oil and rice bran oil (damaged hair repair), olive oil (smoothing frizz), apricot and safflower oil (more moisture!), and camellia + walnut oil (shine boost).

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Ichikami Treatment Oil, P845

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CANTU Tea Tree & Jojoba Hair & Scalp Oil
Cantu



This hair treatment oil helps protect curly hair against breakage, defines curls, and promotes hair growth. The packaging makes it easy to apply to the roots and scalp without creating a drippy mess.

CANTU Tea Tree & Jojoba Hair & Scalp Oil, P499

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TL:DR: Hair oiling is an age-old practice that can help improve the health and appearance of your hair. With the right hair oil formula, you'll notice huge improvements in your hair's health.

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