What Are The Benefits Of Using Hair Oil?

Shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, gel, mousse, serum — the list goes on and on. There are so many products needed to maintain healthy and voluminous hair. Should oil be on that list?

Adding hair oil to your routine promotes healthy hair (via Healthline). Using hair oil is a common practice in India, often recommended in Ayurvedic medicine. It's simply a matter of applying your oil of choice and massaging it into your scalp. You can cover your hair (to hold in heat) and/or leave the oil in overnight for a conditioning treatment.

Applying oil to your hair has a multitude of benefits, per Forbes. Since many commercial hair products strip your hair of its natural oils, hair oil seeks to replenish them, the outlet notes. "The benefit in most of the oils is all the fatty acids, which replace the lipids in your hair when it starts to get really fine," Mark Townsend, a celebrity stylist, told Forbes. Other benefits of this practice include strengthening your ends and reducing the swelling and drying common in hydral fatigue (via Healthline).

Other benefits of hair oil

What oil should you use on your hair? Per Healthline, there are multiple types of oils, each serving a specific purpose: coconut, sesame, almond, amla, and jaborandi, to name a few. Select an oil based on your particular needs so that your hair receives the necessary nutrients and vitamins.

According to Vogue India, oiling the hair stimulates growth and protects against heat damage. Massaging oil into your scalp naturally stimulates blood circulation, and regularly applying oil adds a protective coating which is helpful if you use curling irons or flat irons. And if your hair is looking a little worse for wear, due to too much processing or other harsh treatments, Elle reports that a bit of "oil makes dry, brittle hair look like a healthier version of itself," per Diane Minar, a senior scientist for Nexxus New York Salon Care. 

If you have some vitamin E capsules sitting around, why not break one open and put the oil on your hair? Per Byrdie, this oil is great for boosting shine and scalp health. In short, with all the benefits that using hair oil offers, it's worth adding the right oil for your tresses to your hair care routine.