Traditionally, hair oiling has always been a part of hair care in south-east Asian countries. Oil massaging has been associated with hair growth and rejuvenation of hair follicle. Of late, modern day hair care experts have also begun to believe that hair oiling constitutes an integral part of hair care. Oil massaging is important for black hair also as with other hair types. It is not necessary to buy expensive hair oil treatments available in the market for providing nourishment to your hair. You can make some very good hair oils at home which will be budget friendly as well as hair nourishing. Here we present you a list of such oils which can be easily brewed at home and stored for a long time.
Hair Oils For Black Hair
1. Indian Gooseberry Oil
Amla or Indian gooseberry is an excellent herb for hair. Amla is said to stimulate growth of hair follicle and lend it proper nourishment. Amla is very rich in vitamin C and other minerals and when hair oil is concocted with pure amla juice as prime ingredient, it makes a perfect conditioner for black hair. Amla is also known to blacken the grey hair so amla hair is particularly useful for maintaining black color of hair. You can make best amla oil during winters when fresh amla fruit is abundantly available in market. Take one kilogram of amla fruit and grate it. Now squeeze juice out of grated amla.
The amount of juice will be around 400 – 450 gms. Keep the juice aside. Now, in an iron made wok, take a liter of sesame oil. (Sesame oil and amla makes a good combination for hair oil as sesame oil is hot in nature where as amla is supposed to be cold in nature. This combination balances off hot- cold element of the ingredients and makes a perfect hair oil to use all through the year). Iron made wok will help in darkening the oil which in return will deepen the black hair. Mix the amla juice in the oil and let it simmer on low heat. Gradually the water will evaporate and pure amla oil will be left. Cool it and store in a glass bottle.
2. Hibiscus Oil
Hibiscus flowers and leaves are also a great herb for hair growth. Traditionally hibiscus flowers have been used in Ayurveda for promoting growth and conditioning hair. Take 500 ml of extra virgin coconut oil and add a dozen roughly chopped flowers and 5 leaves into it. Heat this mix in a wok on low heat for 10 minutes. Let it cool. Sieve the oil and store in a glass bottle. You can also add fenugreek seeds in this oil.
3. False Daisy Hair Oil
False Daisy or Bhringraj or Eclipta Alba is a herb widely used for making hair oils in India and China. The name ‘Bhringraj’ in Hindi language, itself means king of hair. Bhringraj is rich in protein and other minerals and provides necessary food for hair. Bhringraj is also known as hair stimulating herb.
Ayurveda practitioners also believe that this herb lends black color to greying hair. So, for making Bhringraj oil, take a wok and mix 500 ml of sesame or coconut oil (Sesame oil is good in winters and coconut is good in summers) with 250 mg of Bhringraj powder. The powder is easily available at grocery or ayurvedic shops. Boil the oil on low heat for 10 minutes. Let it cool off in the wok and then sieve and store in a glass bottle.
4. Brahmi Oil
Brahmi is known as Indian pennywort or water hyssop. It is known to cool the nervous system and stop premature hair loss. Brahmi helps in keeping hair black and provides them a lustrous look. The herb Brahmi can be brought from the store either in dried whole form or in powdered form. Take 500 ml of sesame or coconut oil in a wok and then add the Brahmi powder into the oil. Heat up this mix on low heat for about 10 minutes. Allow it to cool and strain. Store this oil in a glass bottle. If you have used powder for making hair oil then use a fine muslin cloth for- straining oil.
5. Neem And Fenugreek Seeds Oil
Take half a cup of fenugreek seeds and one cup of fresh Neem tree leaves. Boil them in a carrier oil of your choice like mustard oil, sesame oil or coconut oil. You can take two cups of oil for this amount of leaves and seeds. Let the oil cool down. Strain and sieve in a glass bottle.
6. Mixed Oil
A mixture of various oils like olive, castor, almond and coconut oil can be quite rejuvenating for black hair. All these oils have different properties for hair and a combination of these four oils help in rejuvenating dull hair, preventing damage to hair and brings luster back to black hair. Take one cup each of almond, coconut and olive oil and take half cup of castor oil. Since castor oil is very thick hence this should be taken in less quantity. Mix all the four oils and store in a glass bottle. Shake the bottle well before use and warm the oil before applying to your scalp.
As a general rule, always use an iron wok while concocting oils. This helps in adding iron content of the wok into the oils, making them richer in nutrients. Always apply lukewarm oil in your scalp. Warm oil penetrates hair shaft better than cold oil Wrap a hot towel after applying oil for 10 minutes and then wash off your hair with a mild shampoo for best results. For getting frizz free and healthy hair, you should make oil massage a weekly ritual.
If your hair are quite dry or damaged then try to oil massage at least twice a week. You can also apply oil to damp hair. This will help in conditioning hair better and will reduce dryness to a great extent.