The best way to oil your hair

For most of us, a hair oil massage for the hair is a tradition passed down through generations, making it almost as routine as washing your strands. But even if you've been doing it for years, it's helpful to hit refresh on the best practices.

Should you massage the hair oil in?

A scalp massage helps boost blood circulation, which can lead to hair growth and also help you relax. However, making sure not to tangle hair in the process is just as important, as it can cause breakage, and can even pull hairs from their follicle.

Should you apply oil on wet or dry hair?
“You can oil when your hair is damp or dry, but your hair and scalp have to be clean, or the oil won't have a chance to be absorbed.

How much oil should you be using?
The amount of oil you need depends on the oil you are using, the purpose (a few drops as a serum or more as a mask), and the length of your hair.

How long should you leave it on for?
While some leave the oil in their hair overnight, but usually one or two hours should be enough. “If you apply more oil than you need, thinking you need to coat every strand of your hair with oil, you will need the same amount of shampoo to get it off.

Not everyone should oil their hair though. Those with dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis should stay away from oiling as it may increase flaking, causing dandruff to stick to the scalp. In other cases, it can also lead to red patches, itching, inflammation and more.