Does Washing Hair With Oil Really Work?

Oil and water certainly can’t mix. Can your hair and oil mix?

Recent studies behind using oil as a hair care product or even as shampoo have gained popular attraction. While many of us would steer clear of using oil, many believe in the natural and holistic healing qualities of oil.  While it may seem like a big step to switch from traditional shampoo to oils, keep in mind that oils are more natural with less chemical and by-product. Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are also found in shampoos. It’s a chemical that can be irritating to skin. There’s no necessarily evidence claiming sulfates cause cancer, but less is more. Less ingredients pave the groundwork for less harmful chemical contamination on the skin.

Over-washing and over-conditioning can lead to greasy hair and greasy hair is one reason people are less inclined to use oils as a replacement for shampoo. Before switching to an oil-based hair, consider going without conditioner for 2-3 weeks. Let your hair fully decompress from over-washing and over-conditioning. The properties of oil decrease the splitting that can occur with regular shampoos. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is an ingredients in traditional shampoos, which is said to spread to other areas in the body such as the kidneys.

Jojoba oil: jojoba oil is the grand king of oils. Typically used to help hydrate hair follicles, which helps decrease hair loss. Jojoba oil does not tamper with the scalps natural oils. Jojoba oil has similar molecules that help balance  Jojoba oil can give the appearance of greasy hair if used in large quantities. To start, mix a few drops of jojoba oil to your regular shampoo and experiment with the look and feel once applied to your hair.Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E are all active benefits of jojoba oil. Try and buy an odorless and colorless bottle as that will be the simplest and purest form.

Avocado oil: Avocado oil stimulates blood flow when massaged into the scalp. It’s a nice change in that it uses the natural fats found in avocados to assist with natural flow in the scalp. Avocado oil is a natural dandruff remover – good for treating dandruff over a period of time. Use sparingly as avocado oil can be heavy.

Argan oil: Argan oil is most notable for its sleek factor. Argan oil can be massaged into the scalp after a warm shower. For styling purposes, it’s best to add a thin layer of oil in the morning before your day. Pure Argan oil comes from the trees of Africa so buying the purest and simplest form of argan oil is best.

Agave oil hair treatment: Agave does the gamut of all things hair. It volumizes, straightens curls and decreases the overall greasy appearance over time when used properly. Distribute the agave throughout the hair from the scalp to the tip of the hair follicle. A little goes a long way as it is a powerful oil.

Pomegranate seed oil: Now this is one that’s less common but has powerful healing capabilities. This oil is a little thicker and more expensive, but worth a try if you’re looking for premium quality oil. Try adding a few drops of pomegranate oil to water at first to help your scalp adjust.

Using oil as a shampoo replacement can be a viable option if you start slow and ease your way into a regular hair care and oil treatment. It is by no means something to glob into your hair. Instead, start slow by adding oil to water and creating a mixture before completing committing to go shampoo-less.

Winter Care Routine

Winter is here in its full and bold colors. It’s a time to replenish and relax as the darker months cloud the skies. A winter care routine moisturizes from the inside out to create a routine that flows to the rhythm of your body. Try these four winter care routine tips as we near the middle of winter.

Give yourself a massage

Yes, it’s possible! Treat yourself to a massage this winter. Lymphatic massages are designed to target the natural draining of the lymphs. The lymph nodes are small nodes found throughout the body. They provide drainage of waste throughout the body. Keeping lymph nodes properly drained and free of toxins supports are healthy immune system and drainage in your system. There are a variety of oils that would increase lymphatic flow. Dr. Doulliard’s lymphatic massage oil is an affordable option that also tailors to rejuvenation of the lymph nodes. It can be applied directly, using a circular motion to increase flow. Or, during a bath, massage the oil into the lymphatic areas while soaking. Ensure a moderate pressure is placed above the pelvic area or under the armpits.

Care for your feet

You walk on them everyday and can neglect them at night. Moisturize for the entire night with a combination of shea butter lotion and socks. For a warm foot bath, combine epsom salt and 5-10 drops of tea tree oil into a pedicure bath or tub. Soak for 20-25 minutes. Repeat every few days to ensure proper cleansing and release of toxins. Throughout the duration of the soak, massage between the big toe and second toe in small, regular circles to increase blood flow and drainage. Remember, your feet work hard during the day. Reward their hard work!

Mix together a face mask

The wonderful part of all natural is there are few items that cannot be mixed to create a cleansing face mask. Using garbanzo bean flour as a base, combine yogurt and aloe vera together in a bowl. Using garbanzo bean flour, mix together with water, a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of salt. Mix together to create a paste. Apply to the skin for 10-15 minutes and wash thoroughly with warm water. Use the same garbanzo bean flour mixture 3-4 times a week for 2 weeks.

Practice a new breathing technique

Pranayama is a method of breathing that lends itself to 4 questions:

  • What does your breathing feel like?
  • What does your breathing sound like?
  • Does your chest compress as you breathe in?
  • How does it feel when you release a breath?

When the seasons change, it’s important to pay attention to your body. It will change with the seasons and reflect the drier air outdoors. Take care. Learning a breathing technique increases oxygen flow to the brain and cleanses the body from the brain and throughout.

Kapalabhati consists of alternating short and explosive exhales. To practice, breathe and inhale for 3 seconds. As you exhale, release the contracted inner core with a heavy and explosive exhale. Repeat these steps and breaths several times. Practice breathing throughout the work day, taking frequent 15 minute breaks.

Establish a winter care routine that lasts until the start of spring. Care, rejuvenate and warm.