The Champi is an age old practice passed on through generations in India. And, a very many of us still swear by the weekly oiling ritual. Oiling, or the Indian champi, has more than one benefits.
- It strengthens the hair
- Prevents pre-mature greying.
- Massaging the pressure points also relives stress.
But, in order to gain the maximum benefits of champi, you need to know how its done. You will be surprised how different it is from what you know it as. 🙂
a. Oil should be kept a little lukewarm, by heating it just a little.
b. Dip fingers in the oil. Make a partition of your hair with your hand and apply the oil to the scalp.
c. Do not just pour oil on the head. Use oil in adequate quantity only. Using too much oil will mean you’ll need to use more shampoo. Gently massage the scalp with your fingertips.
d. Never rub your hair with your palms as it can break. Massaging is essential as it improves blood circulation in your scalp area. You should massage your hair for 10 to 15 minutes.
e. Leave the oil in your hair overnight. You can wash it off the next morning. However, it is always better to leave the oil on the scalp for a longer period but not more than 24 hours as then it’ll start attracting dirt, in turn it’ll make the hair weak.
f. Steaming your hair with a hot towel after oiling is excellent as it helps hair to absorb the oil. Just wrap a warm towel around it for 10 minutes. Make sure that the towel is not too hot as too much heat can harm the hair shaft.
g. Oil at least once a week, but you can go ahead and do it more frequently.
Different oils for different hair types
Dry Hair: This type of hair is very dull, tangles easily and is prone to split-ends. The oil required for this purpose is the one that stimulates the sebaceous glands in the scalp to produce more oil. Use coconut, sesame, mustard, shea butter (shea oil, coming soon) oils for the dry hair type.
Oily Hair: This type of hair looks greasy which is generally because of over production of sebum by the sebaceous glands. So the kind of oil that is required should be able to restore the sebaceous glands to normal. Apply olive and jojoba oils if your hair is of this type.
Dandruff Hair: Essential oils can be very effective in minimizing or halting this problem. The best essential oil for treating dandruff is tea-tree oil. Add 5-6 drops of tea-tree oil in 50ml Jojoba oil and store in a glass bottle.
You should avoid oiling of hair if the climate is humid. Also avoid oiling when your skin texture is oily as the scalp would produce oil naturally. If you work outdoors for long hours, then do not keep the hair oily as it will attract dust and cause hair fall.
So oiling of hair and scalp is an essential activity that involves the selection of right hair oil and correct way of application. Other than taking care of hair, oiling hair serves certain ancillary purposes too. It additionally contributes to relaxation, curing headache and migraine by giving relaxation.
Bonus Tip 1: After oiling your hair, wrap a hot, wet towel around it for 2 to 3 minutes to get it absorbed in the scalp. But always check the temperature of the towel. Too much heat is harmful to your hair.
Bonus Tip 2: Mix Vitamin E in any oil and massage. It’s superb for hair.