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4 natural oils that can prevent hair loss and dandruff

Beauty - By Renee Wesonga | October 11th 2015 at 11:24:00 GMT +0300
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Any woman whose hair starts to fall is a depressed being. Unfortunately, many women will only address this problem when it becomes severe. Genes, lifestyle, illness and our hair care routine can lead to hair loss. As much some causes cannot be controlled, you can make some modifications to prevent the problem.

The quality of one’s hair is a direct outcome of how one nourishes it. Growing back lost hair is not very easy but certain oils help in stemming further loss and give your hair volume and a healthy sheen. Below are the five:

Coconut oil
People with hair care routines that involve coconut oil have healthy, thick hair. Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft, sealing it and preventing it from losing moisture. This ensures the hair stays dense and strong. The oil contains lauric acid, which acts against infections of the scalp by fighting bacteria, fungi and viruses.

To prevent dandruff and scalp infection, massage a little warm coconut oil on your scalp every day to moisturise it. At the same time, massage a larger quantity of the same on your hair once a week. Once you apply it, leave it on for an hour then shampoo it while ensuring you do not wash out the oil so that it is retained to moisturise the hair.

Almond oil
Many women love almond oil for its health benefits. It is rich in Vitamin E, D, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc among other minerals, which explains why it is good for the heart, skin and hair. Almond oil is best known for its softening action on hair. The calcium and magnesium in the oil moisturises the hair, preventing it from drying and reducing hair loss.

With this nutrition, your hair will surely stay thick, strong and healthy. Simply warm a little of the oil then rub it gently on your scalp, allowing it to penetrate. Let it stay on for a while, overnight if possible, then shampoo it mildly.

Olive oil
Olive oil is good for cooking and for skin and hair care. It contains several properties that are very beneficial for the hair. When applied on the hair, it penetrates the hair shaft even better than other oils do. Apart from moisturising the hair, it is also a great hair conditioner.

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The extra virgin variety has vitamin E and mono unsaturated fatty acids that promote hair growth. Massage some warm olive oil into your scalp and hair and leave it on for about an hour. Wash it with a mild shampoo to ensure you don’t strip it of the oil.

Castor oil
Castor oil is obtained from castor seeds and has historically been used as a home-made laxative. The oil can also to stop hair from falling. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that protect hair against dandruff and scalp infections. It also contains ricinoleic acid which enhances the circulation of blood to the scalp thus improving improve hair growth.

When applied on the hair, its hair-growth-promoting properties ensure the hair does not thin. Simply massage the oil on your scalp ensuring it spreads evenly on the hair strands. Allow it to stay on the hair for an hour then shampoo. Castor oil can be quite thick so feel free to mix it with a little coconut or olive oil to lighten it.

Lavender oil
Lavender oil has regenerative properties that help treat hair conditions like dry scalp, psoriasis and dandruff, among others. The oil also treats anxiety, stress and insomnia, which are all side effects of hair loss. It helps in regulation of blood circulation in the body, which includes the scalp, essentially meaning that it helps in promotion of hair growth.

It has an anti-bacterial effect that protects the scalp from infections, thus improving the health of your hair. Mix a little lavender oil with olive or coconut oil then apply and massage into your scalp every day. You can leave it overnight for best effect then use a mild shampoo to rinse the hair.

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