Hair and oil simply don’t mix
Sorry naani, you got it wrong. You always complained about hair colouring, straightening and crimping; and you always insisted on applying oil on the hair and scalp. With fashionistas in a fix over this, t2 went mythbusting to find what really works. So, does overnight oiling help? No, ma’am. t2 beauty columnist Priscilla Corner and Reshma Sambtani Daing, creative director of Juice, help us separate the, er, oil from the water.
● Oil forms a sticky layer on the scalp, attracting dirt. This can lead to infections.
● If we leave oil overnight, dead cells on the scalp get trapped. This leads to dandruff.
● We can’t leave cosmetics on the face overnight; it’s the same with hair. Allow your scalp to breathe.
● If you want quick conditioning, leave oil on the hair ends only.
● A quick oil massage does have some benefits. It improves blood circulation, boosts hair growth and helps get a better hair texture. But leave it on only for an hour and then wash your hair.
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■ When I am not shooting, I oil my hair on weekends… simple coconut oil.
■ Bengalis apply oil on their hair and leave it on. They go out thinking that their hair will grow long. It doesn’t. It attracts dust.
■ shampoo every alternate day. People who have short hair should shampoo every day.
■ eat a lot of leafy vegetable and drink milk and take milk products. I take care of my Vitamin A and D intake, as it is good for the skin.
■ Castor oil can also sometimes be applied, specially to the parts of the head with scanty covering.