Similarly to any other body part, hair also needs proper care. It consists in delivering ingredients which moisturise, nourish and regenerate. What happens to hair which lacks suitable amount of vitamins, minerals and good fatty acids?
Imagine your hands without a lotion for a few days. You washed them with a soap, exposed them to the effects of low temperature (frost), made them dry because of staying in warm, dry rooms. Without proper care your hands get dry and rough whereas the epidermis may even break. Hair behaves similar but there is one difference: hair is much weaker and more delicate. Therefore, it is much easier to harm it. We must be aware that hair damage occurs on its surface as well as inside. It affects: hair bulbs, the scalp (gets extremely dry or oily), and middle and external part of hair. As a result, a shampoo or conditioner won’t provide full repair.
Effect? Hair loses its condition, becomes dull and brittle, hair ends start splitting. Falling out, stopped hair growth and smaller volume often affect weak hair. The scalp is also ill: dandruff, excessive sebum production, extreme dryness, strong irritation of the epidermis – the effect of bad or poor care.
Natural oils may turn out to be the rescue for hair. They are natural and safe substances extracted through cold-pressing of the seeds and fruits of plants. Oils are extraordinary substances which are the rich source of beneficial vitamins, minerals, good fatty acids and phytosterols. They are able to penetrate deep inside the hair. They strengthen the bulbs and control the processes on the scalp.
They are used for oiling hair treatment which requires regularity and a little patience. You apply a natural oil to the scalp, gently massage and spread on the entire length of hair. The oil is greasy and dense, therefore you need a small amount to cover the hair and the scalp – 5 ml is enough. You leave it on for an hour, a few hours or overnight – depending on how much time we have. It is a good idea to “spend the night” with the oil at least once a week. The longer it stays on hair, the better results you will get. You should perform oiling treatment regularly (2-3 times a week); especially if your hair is in a really bad condition. Wash the oil away with a delicate shampoo – preferably free from detergents which could weaken the results of the treatment.
As the first oil you can choose a neutral oil which matches all hair types e.g. jojoba or castor oil. However, you should identify your hair porosity (the condition of the cuticle layer). This criterion decides about the hair condition and degree of damage as well as about the choice of a suitable hair oil.