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Myths about Oiling

If you’ve grown up in a typical Indian household, you probably already know how
important it is to oil your hair. After all, who can forget mummy’s
famous champis that were always super effective at melting away all your
stress and troubles!
However, as you grow older, oiling your hair is perhaps the last thing on your
mind. Nobody really has the time to oil their hair anymore; even a 15-minute
shower seems like a luxury these days. The various myths that have popped up
around oiling are not helping, either. Some people claim that hair oil can clog
your pores and attract dirt, while others say that there’s no point in oiling your
hair if you’re not leaving it on overnight.
On behalf of all the mummies who have spent so much of their time lovingly
oiling their children’s hair, we’re here to bust these hair oiling myths! In fact,
we’re going to take a step further and take you through the nitty-gritties of hair
oiling: from how to oil your hair, to some handy hair oiling tips, read on to find
Let us start at the very beginning: what even is hair oiling?

What is Hair Oiling?

Hair oiling is an age-old practice of applying and massaging hair oil into the
scalp to help nourish and improve hair health. 
It has been recommended in ancient Ayurvedic medicine as a tool for
rejuvenation and hair growth. In addition, it also has the benefits of
strengthening and protecting the hair, improving blood circulation to the scalp,
and relieving stress.
This ancient wisdom has been passed down through centuries, which is why
oiling the hair is a major hair care practice, especially in India. Backed by
science, hair oiling is also recommended by professionals and experts as an
important hair care step.

Is Hair Oiling Good? 

Without a doubt!

Oiling the hair helps to protect it from damage, and prevents it from drying. The
added nourishment is also extremely beneficial to the scalp. The fatty acids in
the oils help replenish the lipids in the hair that are responsible for maintaining
the shine of the hair which are damaged due to chemical and heat treatments,
and oiling can help reverse some of the damage. Furthermore, by increasing the
blood circulation to the scalp, a hair oil massage can also help in reducing hair fall and stimulating hair growth. Thus, incorporating a hair oil massage into your
hair care routine will be highly beneficial for your hair!

Some Common Hair Oiling Myths

#1 Oiled hair clogs pores and attracts dirt

Pores can clog and dirt can accumulate even on hair that has not been oiled. In
fact, natural oils that are present in the scalp can also cause dirt to build-up on
the hair. There is, of course, one method to prevent this: washing your hair. It
goes without saying that washing your hair regularly is important to prevent oil
and impurities from building up on your scalp. Regardless of whether you’ve
oiled your hair or not, wash your hair regularly to clean it, and rest assured.

#2 Oiling hair increases dandruff

Not at all!

Oiling your hair can actually help treat the dryness and inflammation that
causes the dandruff.  However, if your dandruff is caused by a fungal infection,
then you might have to be careful about what oils you’re using for your hair.
Tea-tree, rosemary and coconut oils have proven to be effective as antifungals
and can help combat dandruff-causing Malassezia. Coconut oil in particular has
powerful antimicrobial properties, and can be particularly helpful as it
permeates the top layer of the skin and acts as a barrier to prevent further
dryness and inflammation.

#3 Overnight or nothing

You don’t have to oil your hair overnight for it to be effective- in fact, oiling your
hair for as little as 1-2 hours can do the job just as well! In fact, leaving oil
overnight can cause additional skin problems for those with sensitive skin, as
the oil can seep into the pillow and then come in contact with the face, leading
to acne. Leaving oil overnight can also clog the pores.

#4 Drenching your hair in oil is beneficial

This is a big no-no!

Smaller quantities of oil work just fine for nourishing the hair. Drenching your
hair in oil will ultimately have no extra benefits for your hair, and what’s worse,
it’ll be extremely difficult to remove. Using more shampoo will strip the natural
oils and only cause the hair to get drier, defeating the purpose of oiling it in the
first place.

Zemé’s Natural Hair Oil – Your Way to Chemical-Free Hair Oiling

For healthier, happier hair, natural oils are the way to go! 

Zemé’s natural hair oil combines the power of coconut oil with pure herbs such
as reetha, methi, curry leaves, hibiscus, aloe vera and onion seeds to create a
product that naturally helps hair growth and gives you great scalp health. 
Coconut oil is rich in vitamin E and helps fight dryness and roughness while
making your hair stronger; onion seeds help promote hair growth and
strengthen the hair follicles; curry leaves and hibiscus flower help prevent
premature greying and hair thinning, while simultaneously fighting frizz and
dandruff; aloe vera helps maintain scalp health, adds shine and promotes hair
growth; methi contains proteins and amino acids that help repair damaged hair
and promote stronger hair growth.
Our Natural Oil’s lightweight formula makes it easy to absorb and non-messy.
With absolutely no chemicals or added preservatives, you can be assured of a
product that is made purely with natural ingredients, and a whole lot of love.
What’s more, it can be easily washed off with our chemical-free
 post oiling hair cleanser.


We’d like to summarise in three words- Oiling is important! 
Following practices such as getting adequate sleep, exercising, drinking enough
water and hair oiling for hair growth and health will certainly help you see the
Listen to your mothers- sometimes a good ol’ oil champi is ‘oil’ you need for the
healthy hair you’ve always dreamt of!

Frequently Asked Questions

How to oil your hair?

It is recommended to warm your oil before applying it to your scalp, as the heat
can help improve the blood flow to the follicles by dilating the blood vessels,
which then allows the oil to reach the roots and nourish them.

Apply the warm oil on your scalp and hair, and massage gently. Make sure to
use a wide-tooth comb for even distribution and to prevent tangles.

How to steam hair at home after oiling?

Steaming your hair as part of your hair oil routine can help it to better absorb
minerals and add moisture to it. This can be done at home with the help of a
hair steamer. However, if you do not have a hair steamer, you can always use a
hot towel: soak a towel in hot water, squeeze out the excess water, and then
wrap it around your head for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Is oiling hair overnight good?

While there are no issues as such in oiling your hair overnight, people with
sensitive skin need to be more careful about it as the oil from the hair can
spread to your face, causing skin problems. Overnight oiling does not offer any
added advantage compared to oiling for an hour or so. If at all, it can cause cold
in some people, if they oil their hair and sleep under a fan or air conditioner.

Which time is best for oiling hair?

Whenever you want! As per your convenience, you can practice hair oiling at
home, in the morning, evening, or afternoon!

How long should I keep my hair oiled?

You can oil your hair for 1-2 hours, or you can leave it overnight. However, it is
recommended that you don’t leave it in for too long, and wash your hair after a
maximum of 6-8 hours of oiling.

Is oiling hair every day good?

No, oiling hair everyday can cause a prolonged buildup of dirt and clog pores,
which then becomes difficult to remove without using chemical shampoos. If you
want to oil your hair everyday, you must also wash them everyday. As we are all
aware, chemical shampoos can strip the hair of natural oils as well, making the
oiling go in vain. Oiling your hair 1-2 times a week is sufficient for healthy hair.

Does oiling hair cause dandruff?

No, oiling does not cause dandruff. However, some hair oils can worsen dandruff
caused by fungal infections, if they are left on the scalp for longer period. While
not all oils may help in treating dandruff, some such as coconut oil can help
reduce dryness and inflammation and treat the fungus with their antimicrobial

What are some benefits of hair oiling before shampoo?

Oiling hair before shampoo can help reduce hair fall, promote hair growth,
reduce hydra-fatigue (damage caused to hair by excessive moisture), reduce
dryness and provide essential nutrients to the scalp.

What are the effects of hair oiling after keratin treatment?

No oil should be applied to the hair in the post-treatment period as it can
interfere with the keratin. However, after the period is over, try to use only light
oils for your hair, and in moderate quantities to avoid interfering with the

Does oiling hair make it thicker?

Yes- we cannot stress the importance of hair oiling for hair growth enough!
Since oiling hair also helps strengthen it, over a period of time, you can
definitely notice your hair getting thicker and more voluminous.

Does oiling damage hair?

If oil is applied properly, in the right quantities and for the right amount of time,
oiling will not damage your hair at all. On the contrary, it will help make your
hair healthier and more beautiful.


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