March 5, 2007

Oil massage for your hair

scalp massageOil massages, before washing the hair and regular brushing are indispensable if hair is to be kept healthy. Most women postpone or overlook this part of hair-care, with the excuse of being too busy for such schedules. Oil-massage should be followed meticulously, however busy one may be.

Take a few minutes off for a thorough oil massage, the night before you intend washing the hair, or at least two hours before it. Don’t harbor prejudices like – “It is wasteful to apply oil just to wash it off!” Oil application actually helps dry, damaged hair and controls dandruff flakes.

Warm oil is the best for this purpose as it is easily absorbed into the scalp. Part the hair in several places, apply oil with your finger tips in a circular motion, taking care to cover every inch of the scalp area.

The choice of oil is a personal matter. Some of the oils commonly used are coconut, amla (gooseberry) oil, gingelly (til) and mustard (rai) oils. Castor oil, being heavy-base oil, is excellent for use in summer.

Steaming is vital to rejuvenate the scalp and stimulate circulation. Take a towel (big enough for the head), dip it in hot water, wring it and wind it around the head like a turban. Repeat the process for half an hour, removing the towel, whenever it is cool, and replacing it after dipping it in hot water. This helps to open the pores and allows the oil to penetrate inside the scalp thereby promoting hair-growth.

Pounded hibiscus (jaswand) leaves, mixed with water, is very good for washing hair. Similarly, fenugreek (methi) seeds soaked in water overnight, ground to a paste and applied to the scalp before washing ensures thick hair.

See also: Drying hair after your bath – some tips


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  1. Medha3:36 PM

    For thick and boorish hair, try to choose a shampoo which contains pomades. These pomades will not only make your hair shiny but at the same time it can moisturize your hair well

  2. You Can be controlled by:- Paying more attention to health hygiene. Consuming more fresh fruits in your diet. Drinking plenty of water. Rinsing the hair carefully after shampoo. Brushing gently to rid the hair of trapped cells. Lightly massaging the scalp to dislodge the dandruff flakes.

  3. Massage as a practice is definitely in demand now. People have started looking for ways to distress and massage tops the ways to do that!

  4. Dwaraka10:33 AM

    HEAD MASSAGE is a beautiful relaxing treatment practiced for thousands of years. Performed seated it is excellent for stress, headache and eye strain, it also stimulates the scalp and increases blood circulation, increases supply of fresh oxygen and glucose to the brain, expels toxins and waste material from the upper body, reduces muscle tension in the neck and shoulders, restores joint movement in the neck and shoulders, encouragesd lymph drainage from the face, rejuvenates mind and body & sooths the nervous system

  5. Anonymous5:52 PM

    Massage should start from the neck upwards and end at the forehead or temples. Because all veins and tissues get blood circulation by this process. The skin around eyes is delicate. So it is advisable to apply cream on this part with out pressing it. Cream takes fifteen to twenty minutes to get absorbed, so massage for that long. Wipe off extra cream with a cotton wool swab soaked in water.

  6. Shubhangi9:09 AM

    The application of coconut milk all over the scalp and massaging it into the hair roots is also beneficial in the treatment of hair loss. It nourishes the hair and promotes hair growth.

  7. Anonymous12:36 PM

    The Jojoba Bean, (also known as liquid gold) is one of nature's most useful products. It can be used to moisturize and condition skin, scalp, hair, nails and cuticles. Jojoba Oil is a deeply penetrating moisturizer that will leave skin soft and help reverse the signs of aging without feeling greasy or clogging pores. Jojoba also exhibits properties that control oil production of the scalp, therefore alleviating some common hair-care problems such as oily/dry/split ends/hair loss and brittle hair.

  8. a massage would be great!

  9. Bhagirathi9:13 AM

    The massage and Oils nourishes the Hair to make it healthier and stimulates growth.

  10. Shivani8:25 AM

    massage relieve stress, tension, anxiety, headaches, neck pain, back pain and several other physical or mental problems.massage not only has positive effects on the body but on the mind and spirit as well.


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