Your grandmother was on the right track when she convinced you to douse your hair in oil every Sunday. Apart from making your hair stronger from the root, applying oils on your strands makes them silkier to touch, and even boosts movement and bounce. This is particularly beneficial if your hair is dry or frizzy, or if you regularly use hot tools like blow-dryers or curling irons. “Hair needs to be moisturised because it needs to be protected against the environment,” says Colin Gary Hall, resident aromatherapist, Paro’s Botanica range. “The scalp produces oil to protect the shaft, but if you’re constantly washing your hair, you’re creating an imbalance that causes the scalp to produce more oil to compensate.” He explains that this can further lead to problems such as dandruff, hair fall and excessive oiliness.

Considering 60 per cent of what we apply on the skin gets absorbed into the body, oil application serves as an effective way to get nourishing herbs and nutrients right to the hair roots, where they can make your mane stronger. But just any old oil doesn’t work the miracle—for that, you need the right mix of hair oils and essential oils. In fact, many traditional Ayurvedic oils contain blends that are soothing for the mind—bhringraj and brahmi, for instance, are known to enhance cognitive powers. In an attempt to ensure that you can get the best solution possible for your specific hair concerns, we got Hall, aromatherapy expert Dr Blossom Kochhar and Delhi-based herbalist Suparna Trikha to give us recipes for every type of hair issue, from greying to hair fall and more.

For dandruff

“If you have dandruff, you can apply either almond or jojoba oils, however, moringa has a chemical that kills the bacteria which causes dandruff,” explains Hall, further adding that moringa and marula oils actually have natural UV protecting abilities to shield your hair from sun-related damage. To create your oil blend, take 100ml moringa oil and add 15 drops of cedarwood essential oil (to unclog follicles and boost circulation), 15 drops of lavender essential oil (which has antibacterial and antifungal properties) and 10 drops of lemon essential oil (to restore natural pH). Apply a small amount on the scalp, keep it on overnight or for 20 minutes at the very least, and wash with a mild shampoo.

Dr Kochhar recommends olive or mustard oil for hair that’s prone to dandruff, but never coconut, as that can increase flakiness. For her recipe, you take a couple of tablespoons of olive or mustard oil and add two drops of patchouli (antibacterial and anti-inflammatory) and one drop of cedarwood essential oil. “After shampoo, use apple cider vinegar diluted in water as the last rinse,” she says.

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