Indian women are known not just for their attractive looks but also for their beautiful hair. The Indian tradition of applying hair oil to achieve a healthy mane hails back to ancient times.
It is believed that the secret to long, black, healthy, shiny tresses is regular application of oil to the hair.
Many Indian women love to keep their hair long and flowing. The general notion being that hair is a woman’s crowning glory and a sign of real beauty, Indian men too prefer their women to possess long, black hair cascading down to the waist.
To acquire and retain thick luscious healthy hair, Indians, especially women oil their hair regularly.
Here are some Indian oils that are used for hair growth and maintenance:
Coconut oil is the most commonly used hair oil in India, which besides having multiple purposes from cooking to skincare, is a storehouse of goodness for the hair.
For thousands of years, the goodness of coconut has been tapped in India.
Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-fungal, a dandruff and infection fighter; it seals and retains moisture in the hair shafts, thus acting as a natural deep conditioning treatment for the hair; it replenishes dry and damaged hair, nourishes the scalp and hair with essential nutrients, stimulates blood circulation in the scalp area and thus aids hair growth.
It is believed that mustard seed oil when massaged regularly into the scalp stimulates hair growth; it nourishes and conditions the hair and helps to fortify the muscles in the head.
Mustard seed oil is high on minerals like zinc and selenium. When the body undergoes a lack of these, hair loss can begin. It also contains beta carotene, fatty acids, calcium and iron - Beta carotene converts into Vitamin A and works great towards protecting the hair and stimulating new hair growth.
This is an Ayurvedic hair oil (traditionally prepared from pure herbs) that is widely used in India as an effective means to prevent hair loss and induce new hair growth. It strengthens and deeply nourishes the hair by seeping into the roots, nourishes the scalp, fights dandruff and prevents premature graying of hair.
This oil, coming from the fruit of the Indian gooseberry (Emblica officinalis, a tree native to India) is very beneficial for promoting hair growth and has been used for thousands of years in India for its hair conditioning and strengthening properties.
As a result of containing essential fatty acids, very high amounts of Vitamin C and antioxidants, it replenishes moisture to the hair shafts, prevents hair loss and premature graying, treats dry and itchy scalps, helps in the maintenance of natural hair color, enhances the health and vitality of hair and encourages hair growth naturally.