Many of us are looking for a magic potion that will transform our hair into silky, bountiful and luxurious locks. So is there any magic potion? A long time ago, one of my cousins revealed, after much persuasion, 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 that my cousin who gave this formula had and still has abundant, thick, curly hair. So maybe this works!
I’ve used all the oils mentioned above individually or in different combinations, but I’ve never tried them together. So let’s get a little technical and dissect each oil to see what it has to offer.
Extra virgin coconut oil It has a wonderful aroma of fresh coconut cream. This low-molecular-sized oil easily penetrates the hair shaft and provides deep hydration for damaged and undamaged hair. The lauric acid in coconut oil has antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, making it effective for scaly or itchy scalp conditions.
2. Sweet almond oil
the almond oil It is a light, odorless oil. Due to its high oelic acid content, almond oil is extremely hydrating and regenerating for the scalp skin. It also contains phytosterol which is anti-inflammatory and helps with dry scalp. Almond oil is very similar to our natural sebum, the oil produced by the skin, therefore, it mixes with our natural oils and allows the scalp skin to breathe without being occlusive.
3. Sesame oil
the sesame oil It is one of the most used oils in India and is also highly recommended by ayurveda. This oil is balance of oleic acid and linoleic acid. It helps regulate 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 like magnesium, copper, iron, calcium and zinc. The phytosterol in sesame oil helps reduce redness and itchiness of the scalp.
4. Castor oil
the castor oil It is considered one of the most effective oils in the treatment of hair loss and hair loss. It is a highly viscous and sticky oil. The viscosity and viscosity of castor oil is due to the high amounts of ricinoleic acid an unsaturated omega 9 fatty acid. Ricinoleic acid is a humectant which means it absorbs water from the atmosphere. Humectants are especially useful for dry and damaged hair as they help retain its natural moisture and/or absorb moisture from the outside in. Omega 9 fatty acid provides nourishment to the hair from the root. Castor oil also has an antibacterial and antifungal effect, making it useful for scalp health.
Now this looks like a pretty impressive mix. You can use 2:2:2:1 ratio of coconut oil, almond oil, sesame oil and castor oil respectively. If you are mixing large amounts, add about 1% vitamin E. This will slow down rancidity and extend the shelf life of your oil potion.
It’s okay if you miss some oils and adjust your blend according to your hair’s needs. You can apply this oil mixture an hour before washing your hair or leave it overnight for a better result.
Note: Always store your oils out of direct sunlight to avoid oxidation. With so much goodness together, this combination seems to offer a real treat to your scalp and hair.