People need to go back to natural oils to get thick and healthy hair as oiling the hair is a blanket solution for most hair woes, including lifeless tresses, split ends, and even headaches.
But why does your hair fall while oiling your hair?
Why Do You Lose Hair While Oiling?
You lose hair while oiling it for different reasons, such as the stage of the hair growth cycle, clogged pores, dandruff, and oily scalp. (1)
Oiling your hair gives life to limp strands, and as long as the hair fall is within the numbers of 80–100, you don’t need to worry. (2) However, if the hair fall is beyond 100, then it is a cause for concern, and you need to check with a physician regarding it.
Here are the reasons why you are losing hair while oiling:
1. Over oiling
Oiling your hair with too much oil can clog your pores and trap the dirt within it, thus forestalling hair growth.
You should oil your hair twice a week only and then wash it off after 3–4 hours with a good-quality shampoo and conditioner. (3)
2. Not using cotton balls to apply oil
When applying oil to the scalp, part your hair and then dip a cotton ball in the oil and gently apply it to the scalp. Cotton balls have a high absorption capacity so they prevent oil spills. (4)
Avoid using your fingers as your nails can damage the soft skin of the scalp.
3. Rubbing the hair too hard
Some people rub their scalp and hair too hard while oiling. This causes great damage to the scalp and hair follicles and eventually hair fall.
When oiling your scalp and hair, apply the oil gently and massage it well with your fingers for a few minutes in circular motions. (5)
4. Keeping the oil for too long in the hair
Keeping the oil on your head for a long time can lead to hair fall as the excess oil blocks the scalp pores, leading to scalp pimples, rashes, and hair fall. (6)
5. Using hot oil
Heating the oil before applying it to the tresses can be helpful as it encourages hair growth, reduces split ends, moisturizes the hair, and helps maintain a healthy scalp.
However, heating the oil to a high temperature and applying it to the scalp and hair can cause blisters and bumps on your scalp and can damage the hair follicles.
In one case study, using hot castor oil can cause hair felting/matting, and the hair can appear as a compact hair mass like a bird’s nest. (7)
Instead, use warm oil for the scalp and hair to reap its benefits.
6. Massaging in the wrong way
Massaging the oil in the scalp and hair should be done in circular motions for 5–10 minutes. Doing so allows the oil to penetrate the scalp well and also improves blood supply to hair follicles, resulting in healthy hair growth. (8)
7. Using a poor-quality shampoo
But using shampoos with natural ingredients such as coconut oil, onion juice, aloe vera, and tea tree oil provides several benefits including moisturizing the hair, stimulating hair growth, strengthening the hair follicles, and preventing hair thinning. (9)
8. Tying the hair after oiling
Tying the hair tightly in a bun or braids after oiling may seem like a good idea, but it can cause undue pressure and friction on the roots of the hair and thus leads to hair fall.
To control hair fall after oiling your hair, don’t tie the hair after oiling, but leave it loose, so that hair fall will not occur. (6)
9. Combing the hair after oiling
It’s a common practice for people to comb their hair after oiling, but doing so puts pressure on the hair follicles and scalp and causes hair fall.
The scalp becomes soft after oiling and massaging it, and so it is prone to hair fall if you start combing the hair immediately after oiling. (9)
10. Not using conditioner
After washing their hair with shampoo, many people skip the all-important step of conditioning it. They think that because they have oiled their hair before washing it, there is no need to condition it again.
However, this practice has to be corrected. Conditioning the hair after oiling and shampooing adds moisture and nourishment to the hair; thus, it should not be skipped. (10)
It’s best to avoid putting oil in your hair if you have dandruff, scalp pimples, or other scalp disorders.
General Queries on Hair Fall While Oiling
Which hair oil is good for hair growth?
Is hair oil a boon for curly hair?
Hair oil is a boon for dry and frizzy hair, as it smoothens, hydrates, and nourishes the hair to achieve healthy and smooth tresses.
Will mixing onion juice with coconut oil help my hair grow?
Onion juice is a very potent ingredient and may not suit everybody’s skin, so first, conduct a patch test on your skin to find out if it causes rashes.
If you are not allergic to it, then go ahead and use it on your hair. Simply add 2 teaspoons of onion juice to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, and massage it in your scalp and hair to experience improved hair growth and other benefits. (12)
Hair fall doesn’t happen due to oiling your hair, but if you are oiling it incorrectly, it can cause hair fall.
So when oiling your hair, keep in mind the reasons mentioned above that can cause hair fall and avoid them. Properly oiling your hair can give your hair the nourishment it deserves and can lead to good hair growth.
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