Many of us are looking for a magic potion that will transform our hair into silky, abundant and luxurious tresses. So is there any such magic potion? A long while back one of my cousin revealed, after much coaxing, her formula for lush hair growth. It was basically a blend of 4 different oils – almond oil, coconut oil, sesame oil and castor oil. I must say, my cousin who gave this formula did have and still has abundant, thick, curly hair. So perhaps this works!
I have used all the above mentioned oils individually or in different combinations, but, I have never tried them together. So let’s get a bit technical and dissect each oil to see what it has to offer.
Extra virgin coconut oil has a wonderful aroma of fresh coconut cream. This low molecular size oil penetrates easily onto the hair shaft and offers deep moisturising to both damaged and undamaged hair. Lauric acid in the coconut oil has antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, making it effective in scaly or itchy scalp conditions.
Almond oil is a light feeling and odorless oil. Due to its high oelic acid content, almond oil is extremely moisturising and regenerating to scalp skin. It also contains phytosterol which is anti-inflammatory and helps with dry scalp. Almond oil closely resembles our natural sebum – the oil produced by skin, therefore it mixes with our natural oils and allows the scalp skin to breathe without being occlusive.
Sesame oil is one of the most widely used oils in India and is also highly recommended by ayurveda. This oil is balance of oleic acid and linoleic acid. It aids in regulating sebum production and can help with oily scalp and hair. Sesame oil contains vital ingredients for hair health. It is rich in fatty acids, vitamin E and Bs, and minerals such as magnesium, copper, iron, calcium and zinc. The phytosterol in the sesame oil helps to reduce redness and itching of scalp.
Castor oil is considered to be one of the most effective oils in treatment of hair thinning and hair loss. It is highly viscous and sticky feeling oil. The stickiness and viscosity of castor oil is due to high amounts of ricinoleic acid – an unsaturated omega 9 fatty acid. The ricinoleic acid is a humectant – meaning it absorbs water from the atmosphere. Humectants are especially useful for dry and damaged hair, as they help to retain its natural moisture and/or draws moisture from the outside in. Omega 9 fatty acid provides nourishment to your hair from the roots. Castor oil also has antibacterial and anti-fungal effect, making it useful for scalp health.
Now this looks pretty impressive blend. You can use the ratio of 2: 2: 2: 1 of coconut oil, almond oil, sesame oil, and castor oil respectively. If you are blending large quantities, add about 1% of vitamin E. This will retard rancidity and increase the shelf life of your oil potion.
It’s absolutely fine if you give a couple of oils a miss and tweak your blend according to your hair needs. You can apply this oil mix an hour before washing your hair or leave it overnight for better result.
Note: Always store your oils away from direct sunlight to prevent oxidation. With so much goodness together, this combination seems to offers real treat to your scalp and hair.
Do you have any such formula to share?