Dealing with dry scalp and hair is such a hassle, and you have probably tried out all of the popular products to relieve this, but they still don’t work! So now, I know you are looking for great alternatives to hair products that are full of chemicals.
If you’re looking for a natural way to moisturize your hair aside from using chemical based conditioners and hair serums, you can try using some vegetable oils to hydrate your dry hair and scalp.
This article will help you learn more about the properties of vegetable oils that can be beneficial to your hair and scalp – so let’s get started!
Can Vegetable Oils Help My Dry Hair?
Yes. Vegetable oils are great conditioners for hair. For softer, smoother hair, they can sooth the elevated cuticles, penetrate the hair shaft, and feed the hair from the inside out. Additionally helpful for conditioning and hydrating processed and colored hair is vegetable oil.
Benefits of Using Vegetable Oil on Hair
Here are some of the very well known benefits of using vegetable oil on your dry hair and scalp. These benefits are not limited to dry scalp and hair, because you can do so much more than moisturizing your hair!
Before we dig in deeper to the benefits of vegetable oil on your hair and scalp, one important point to remember is that vegetable oil does not equate to cooking oil. What we meant by vegetable oils are the ones that you can use topically.
You would find a lot of vegetable oil brands that are unprocessed (which means that they are considered virgin), and cold pressed. Vegetable cooking oils are not considered as a part of the hair and scalp remedy so it’s a no-no to use them.
Worrying about your thinning hair? Worry no more because vegetable oils can help promote hair growth. The most recommended types of vegetable oils that you can use for growing your hair are coconut oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, olive oil, castor oil, grape seed, and sesame oil.
For best results, you can use these vegetable oils above as a hair mask. Most people would mix egg yolks with vegetable oil to create a hair mask. Here’s how you can do it at home:
- Prepare one egg yolk and mix it with 1 tablespoon of your preferred vegetable oil.
- Mix and beat the yolk and the oil thoroughly.
- Grab a brush or massage the mixture on your hair.
- Wait for 15 to 20 minutes for the mixture to soak on your hair.
- Rinse the mixture off with warm water.
- Continue with your shampooing and conditioning routine.
- Do the same procedure twice a week.
If you don’t have much time to do all of these, you can also apply your preferred vegetable oil directly on your scalp and hair.
Coconut oil is proven to be effective in lessening the occurrence of dandruff. This type of oil prevents the growth of yeast-like fungus, Malassezia, which is the main cause of dandruff. You can apply some coconut oil on your scalp two to three times a week for best results.
Prevents Scalp Inflammation
Dry scalp can turn into inflammation especially when you’re always scratching due to constant itching. The best oil for itching is almond oil because it has a very soothing effect on the scalp and it can also lessen the itching due to dry scalp.
Can I Use Cooking Oil On My Scalp?
There are additives and other chemicals added on cooking oils which makes it not recommended to be used for the scalp and hair. Additionally, using cooking oil can clog the scalp. You also have to take note that you should never use any oil that is intended for cooking foods.
Will Oil Worsen My Dandruff?
Using vegetable oil too much on your will definitely worsen your dandruff problem. The reason behind this is because excessive oils are the cause of dandruff. Yes, you can use vegetable oil to moisturize your scalp and hair, but not too much!
We also don’t recommend applying oil to scabbed or infected scalp because it can lead to your hair falling off (and we don’t want that to happen!).
How Much Vegetable Oil Should I Put On My Hair?
The answer to this depends on what type of oil you will be using and the length of your hair. Usually, you can have a few pups or just three palmfuls of your preferred vegetable on your hair and scalp.
If you can add one to two more pumps if you have very coarse hair and until it covers your ends. You can start applying the oil on your scalp and massage it all over your hair.
How Long Should I Leave the Oil on My Hair?
Some people leave oil in their hair overnight, but in most cases one to two hours should be sufficient. According to a hair expert, you will require the same quantity of shampoo to remove excess oil if you apply more than is necessary, thinking you need to coat every strand of hair with oil.
More importantly, you should limit applying vegetable oil for twice to thrice a week only, because we don’t want to deal with excessive oil use in the future.
Should I Apply Oil On Wet or Dry Hair?
If you’re going to use heavy oils like coconut oil, it is always best to apply it on dry hair. For lighter oils, you can apply them on damp or dry hair. Just make sure that your scalp and hair are all cleaned up first.
There you have it! All the benefits and how to use vegetable oils on your dry scalp and hair. I hope that reading this article has helped you figure out that using vegetable oils on your scalp and hair would be a great idea!
After all, there is no harm in trying new methods of moisturizing and keeping your hair and scalp healthy.