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How effective is your champi?

Tatiana Dias
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Hair Care
How effective is your champi?

The concept of hair oiling isn’t new to us—this Indian beauty ritual dates back centuries. Apart from being beneficial to our hair and scalp health, there’s something about these champis that is so comforting. They’re almost like a warm hug from a grandmother. However, the process of hair oiling has evolved over the years. Dr Sravya C Tipirneni, dermatologist, cosmetologist and trichologist at Manipal Hospitals, offers the ultimate guide to overnight hair oiling.

What are the benefits of overnight hair oiling?

#1: Deep Moisturisation: Hair oil acts as a natural conditioner, deeply hydrating dry strands and scalp, leaving hair softer and more manageable.

#2: Scalp Health: Massaging with oil improves blood circulation, potentially promoting hair growth and strengthening roots.

#3: Damage Prevention: Oil forms a protective layer, shielding hair from environmental stressors like heat styling and UV rays.

#4: Improved Texture and Shine: Regular oiling can add shine and improve hair texture, making it smoother and less frizzy.

#5: Stress Relief: The scalp massage involved in oiling can be a relaxing experience.

Are there any rules of hair oiling?

“Apply oil to unwashed, dry hair for maximum absorption. Wet hair already has some moisture content, which in turn reduces the oil’s effectiveness,” says  Dr. Tipirneni. In terms of quantity and duration, the expert recommends using a little amount of oil, which is enough to coat the hair strands while focusing on the ends, which are usually drier. You need to leave the oil on for eight to 10 hours.

A step-by-step overnight hair oiling guide

Step 1: Prep: Choose your oil, a shower cap or t-shirt and a clarifying shampoo for next day's wash.

Step 2: Warm the oil: Gently warm a small amount of oil (one to two tablespoons) using the double boiler method. Place the oil in a heat-inducing container like glass or metal, and place the container in another vessel with boiling water.

Step 3: Apply and massage: Apply the warm oil to your dry scalp, gently massaging it in for a few minutes. Make sure to coat the strands. Distribute the remaining oil through your hair strands, focusing on the ends.

Step 4: Cover and sleep: Cover your hair with a shower cap or old t-shirt and leave it on overnight.

Step 5: Wash and condition: In the morning, wash your hair thoroughly with a clarifying shampoo, followed by your regular conditioner.

How to maximise the benefits of your overnight hair oiling session

- Warm the oil, as this improves absorption.

- Spend a few minutes massaging the oil into your scalp to stimulate blood flow.

- Use a shower cap or old t-shirt to prevent oil stains on bedding.

- Use a clarifying shampoo to remove all the oil during your next wash.

- Consistency is key—aim for overnight oiling one to two times a week for optimal results.

The most common hair oiling mistakes

  1. Choosing the wrong oil: Always pick an oil suited to your hair type. For instance, use coconut oil for dry hair, jojoba oil for oily hair and so on.
  2. Over-applying oil: Too much oil can clog scalp pores and weigh your hair down. So, remember, less is more.
  3. Skipping the scalp massage: The massage is crucial for blood flow and nutrient delivery.
  4. Not washing out the oil properly: Residue can build up and lead to scalp issues.
  5. Not covering your hair: A silk cap or tshirt is important—you don’t want your oily strands collecting dust through the night. If this is not possible, it is best to rinse the oil out before sleeping.

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