What is the one feature that you notice in a person the first time you meet? Most agree that eyes and nose are the first things you notice. However, there is a consensus that all of us notice the hair on the person’s head, albeit unconsciously. Hair makes your entire persona appealing. Like nails, hair is an ectodermal derivation of the skin.

Falling under the dermatological disorder category, hair loss or alopecia has been plaguing humans for thousands of years. Analogous with baldness, it involves absence or loss of hair, especially from the head region, and is known to affect anywhere from approx 0.2% to 2% of the world’s population. Stress, infections, endocrine malfunctions, genetics, and neuro-circulation instability are known to cause alopecia. Also, hair loss can be the result of using anticancer drugs, immunosuppressants, and other drug treatments.

Though there are treatments available in the market of the synthetic variety, an effective treatment for alopecia is right at your fingertips. Yes, the ever-dependable oil massage to the scalp. All you millennials and Gen Z who scoffed at your grandma’s insistence of oil massage, apologize, and start with this efficient treatment to indulge your locks.

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A hot (warm) oil massage once or twice a week can do wonders for your hair. Massaging the scalp with warm oil increases the blood flow to the hair follicles leading to healthy hair growth. When warm oil seeps into the follicles and tissues of the scalp, it vitalizes the sebaceous glands enhancing the production of natural oils. Natural oils in the scalp prevent the hair from drying, thus keeping dandruff away. An oiled hair not only reduces frizz but also protects the hair from harmful UV rays preventing it from drying. A regular hot oil massage reduces the occurrence of split ends leading to shiny and thick hair- the kinds you see in the various shampoo and Hair Oil Ads.

Some of the best oils for hair massage are the ones with an abundance of fatty acids. Coconut oil and castor oil are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Massaging the scalp with either of the oil is known to keep away split ends and dandruff. Besides, they also act as great conditioners and keep scalp infections at bay.

If you are into aromatic hot oil massages, then almond oil is the best option. The magnesium found in almond oil prevents hair fall and treats scalp inflammation.

In case you are suffering from dry and damaged hair, then a hot olive oil massage leaves your hair soft and silky by moisturizing the hair. The antioxidant and vitamin E present in the oil also protects the hair from thinning and premature greying.

Hair fall is a universal problem affecting both genders. Before solving hair fall problems through the use of medications, do give the natural remedy of hot oil massage a chance. Choose an oil depending on the need and see the magic unfold.

Medically reviewed by Rishabh Verma, RP