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For generations, hair oils have been used to stimulate hair growth and address a host of other hair concerns. Your grandmother never got tired while raving about the benefits of hair oils, isn't it?

But, have you been oiling your hair the right way?

Applying hair oil at a superficial level will just leave you with a greasy scalp and do nothing for your hair. Knowing the right way of oiling is important for your hair to be able to reap all its benefits. So, keep scrolling.

What Expert Says

“Hair oiling protects your hair follicles from damaging surfactants by lining the gaps of your cuticle cells. Oiling prevents hydral fatigue of your hair strands and reduces the hair damage caused by chemical products.”

Abhisikta Hati, Senior Product Development Executive, SkinKraft

Is It Important To Oil Your Hair?

Nourishing your hair with oil is like keeping your body healthy and nourished with food. You should feed your hair with oil every now and then to make sure it stays healthy, thick and lustrous.

Senior product development executive of SkinKraft, Abhisikta Hati says, “ Hair oiling protects your hair follicles from damaging surfactants by lining the gaps of your cuticle cells. Oiling prevents hydral fatigue of your hair strands and reduces the hair damage caused by chemical products.”

Here are some of the benefits of hair oiling:

1. Adds nutrients and vitamins to the scalp and hair follicles.

2. Strengthens hair follicles to promote hair growth and lustrous hair.

3. Reduces frizz in the hair.

4. Nourishes hair roots and keeps hair soft and hydrated.

5. Essential oils like tea tree oil and rose oil target specific scalp and skin issues.

6. Prevents dandruff.

7. Prevents premature greying of hair.

8. Offer stress relief.

9. Reduces the risk of lice.

10. Fights hair fall.

How To Oil Your Hair - 6 Steps

Massaging your scalp and hair helps to increase blood circulation, thus, promoting hair growth. Follow the below-mentioned steps to oil your hair the right way.

What You Need

1. Carrier Oil

2. Essential Oil

The entire process of applying hair oil the right way might take up to 35-40 minutes approximately.

Step 1: Choose The Right Carrier Oil

coconut oil and coconut water

Carrier oils can be used alone or in combination with essential oils. Coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed, olive, almond and avocado oil are some popularly used carrier oils. You may choose light oils like grapeseed or almond in case you have a greasy scalp.

Step 2: Choose Your Essential Oil

Group of small bottles with essential hair oil leaves

You can choose an essential oil based on its properties and your hair type and needs. Essential oils like peppermint, lavender or sandalwood must be diluted in carrier oils since they can be too strong and cause allergic reactions. You may use 15 drops of any essential oil per 6 teaspoons of any carrier oil for 2.5% dilution.

Step 3: Heat The Oil

Essential oil, massage stones and orchid flowers

Heat your oils for a few seconds till they are warm. Using warm oil will allow for deeper penetration through your hair cuticles and seal them to keep your scalp moisturized.

Step 4: Massage Your Scalp

Girl massinging her scalp

Gently massage the oil into your scalp for a few minutes using circular motions. Work your way across the entire scalp for 10-15 minutes. After you are done with the scalp, gently work your way to the ends of your hair.

Step 5: Wrap A Warm Cloth Around Your Hair

Woman with wrap cloth around your hair

Tie your hair into a bun and wrap a warm cloth around your forehead. This causes your pores and cuticles to open up, allowing for deeper penetration of the oils into your scalp and hair follicles.


Don’t wrap your hair too tightly as it may cause breakage.

Step 6: Rinse It Off Well

Woman washing hair with shampoo

After applying your oil, you can leave it on overnight and wash it off thoroughly with shampoo the next day. Try using normal or cold water to rinse your hair.


In case you have used concentrated essential oils in large amounts, it may not be a good idea to leave them on for more than an hour or two. It is also recommended that you don’t leave any oil on for more than one day as it can attract dirt and pollution to your scalp.

Mistakes To Avoid While Oiling Your Hair

1. Don’t Comb Your Hair Right After Oiling It

Your hair is vulnerable to breakage at this point as your scalp is relaxed. Oil can weigh your hair down and combing your hair right after oiling it will only cause it to break.

2. Don’t Wash Too Soon

Getting rid of all the excess oil is important, but not too soon! Allow the oil to sit on your scalp for at least one hour. This lets the oil penetrate through the follicles and nourish your scalp.

3. Don’t Overuse The Oil

Applying too much oil to your hair means you’d have to use extra shampoo to wash it off. This will strip away your hair’s natural oils along with the excess oil you’re attempting to get off.

4. Don’t Tie Your Hair Up

Tying your hair up can make your hair prone to breakage. Your hair is in a vulnerable state and is already weighed down by the oil. Tying up your hair will only result in breakage.

5. Don’t Wrap With A Towel

Towels are rough and can break your hair when it is soaked in oil. Use a warm plain cotton cloth or shirt instead.

6. Don’t Massage Too Vigorously

Massaging your scalp too fast or vigorously can break your hair. Massaging your scalp gently in circular motions is the right way to go about it.

7. Don’t Overuse Your Shampoo

Washing off all the excess oil is important. A lot of us tend to overuse our shampoo in an attempt to get rid of the excess oil. Using too much shampoo on your hair can remove its natural oils and cause more harm than good.

Why Does Your Hair Fall After Oiling It?

Oil causes your hair to weigh down, sometimes stripping away the already broken strands. However, massaging your hair too hard can also cause it to break. You must make it a point to gently massage your scalp while you oil it.

Oiling your hair too often and not rinsing it off properly can attract dirt, dandruff and bacteria to accumulate on your scalp. This can also result in hair loss. You want to oil your hair only to the point where it protects and nourishes your scalp and hair.

Should You Apply Oil To Dry Hair Or Wet Hair?

Oil repels water. If you apply oil to wet hair, water will repel it and won’t allow for deep penetration. This will make it ineffective.

Water forms a layer on your hair and scalp that does not allow the oil to pass through it. Hence, you must ideally apply oil to dry hair for it to be able to nourish the deeper layers of your scalp and hair.

Should You Oil Your Hair Everyday?

Leaving oil on your hair everyday for too long can cause product build-up on your scalp. It may also clog your pores, attract dirt and accumulate dandruff.

Oiling your hair everyday also means that you have to wash it with shampoo everyday. This is not ideal to achieve healthy, lustrous and soft hair. Oiling your hair one or two times a week is recommended.

Can You Leave Oil On For 2 Days?

There is a constant debate on how long we should leave the oil on scalp. Different hair types and oils require to be left on for different amounts of time.

Leaving your oil on your hair for more than one day is a bad idea. Even one day is not recommended since it can cause the oil to form a layer on your scalp, clogging your pores, accumulating dandruff and attracting dirt. Apart from that, it will make your scalp constantly feel greasy and dirty.

Is It Okay To Apply Oil To Dirty Hair?

If your hair is sweaty and too dirty, it is recommended that you don’t apply oil to it. You want to reap the benefits of your hair oil, without having to deal with dirt trapped inside your pores.

Wrapping Up

Oiling your hair 1-2 times a week is enough. Doing it everyday can attract dirt and also strip away essential oils from your hair. Combing, rubbing and vigorously massaging your hair with oil can also cause breakage. So, follow the steps we mentioned and healthy, beautiful hair will follow.

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