Indian women use oil to condition their hair, seal in the moisture, keep it whining and reflect the sun´s rays.
However, in the west oily hair = dirty hair, so we need to adjust the technique a bit.
Hair oil can be used as a conditioner before washing the hair, or as a moisture & shine mask on washed hair.
Which oil (or mixture of oils) you use depends on personal preferences, hair type, and which kind of treatment you choose. You can try out jojoba, wheatgerm, coconut, amla, olive, mustard... I´ve written the Hair oil review
about the most popular oils.
Apply oil liberally to your hair, especially the ends. Keep on for half-an-hour, then shampoo it out. Or you can also keep it on overnight and shampoo in the morning. To make the oil penetrate deeper into the hair, warm it up slightly; and after applying use a hair cap, or a towel to keep your head warm.
You can use heavier oils for this treatment if you wish, for example olive oil. Mustard oil is a fantastic conditioner, but it doesn´t smell to beautifully, so you might want to be alone when it´s on your head.
Everyday use: Shine, anti-frizz & sealing in moisture
Apply a bit of oil on damp hair
after washing it. This way it will seal in the moisture, and will not look greasy. Putting oil on dried hair can look a bit greasy, but wet hair seems to soak up the oil. Use only a drop or two
, rub your palms together and apply to the length and the ends (avoid the crown, apply ears downwards).
You can use lighter oils like jojoba, wheatgerm, coconut... For a nice smell, you can add a drop of pure
essential oil into your oil. I said pure essential oil, a cheap perfume + oil + chemicals mixture will damage your hair.