It’s like our hair doesn’t get a break in Hong Kong.
We let it dry out in air-conditioning, sweat through summer, and then in winter fry out in front of heaters. No wonder it seems distressed. With Autumn here and winter on the horizon, it’s time to bring out our best weapon against Hong Kong’s climate and it’s war on good hair: hair oil.
Long known to be the keeper of the keys to glorious locks, it’s time for to take the plunge into the magical world that is hair oil. Oil is fantastic at hydrating, softening, and conditioning your hair from root to tip, and can also be used in cooking, shaving, and all other oily beauty needs.
How to use hair oil
These are 4 ways you can use hair oil:
1) Before a shower: Before jumping in the shower, massage a small dollop of oil through your hair and into your scalp. Using hair oils before shampoo is ideal for those looking to protect their scalp as it helps your skin to retain moisture.
2) After you shower: On towel dried hair (little damp but not dripping), add a small glob to the ends of your hair and then use a wide toothed comb to work it through. Blow or air dry afterwards.
3) On dry hair: perfect for maintaining frizz and bringing back shine, add a small amount of product to the ends of your hair and then using the remaining product on your hands gently stroke down any flyaways. Avoid the roots of your hair lest you want to be chasing that slightly greasy look.
4) Overnight: for truly unruly hair, an overnight hair oil mask can do wonders. Apply a generous amount of oil all through the hair massaging the scalp and working down to the ends. Secure your hair in a braid or in a hair cap to avoid getting a greasy pillow and then shower in the morning.
Which oil should I use?
While all of these oils help your hair in one way or another, some are better than others at targeting your problem areas.
Argan Oil comes from the Argan tree native to Morocco, and is often used in cooking delicious food and dunking bread in to. But this wonder oil is not only tasty but also brilliant for cosmetic use as un-roasted Argan oil is the hottest product on the market for hair. The number of cosmetic products on the market with Argan oil as an ingredient rocketed from just 2 in 2007 to over 100 in 2011 and keeps on climbing. As Argan oil is a great moisturiser for your hair, this product is great for taming wild manes and flyaways.
The Mediterraneans have fantastic hair for a reason: they know the power of the olive and its oil. This handy oil is great for those with super duper dry hair as it is an intense treatment for lack of elasticity and shine. Using a little bit of olive oil in your hair (and cooking) will leave you breathless and wanting more. Just remember that this is a more intense treatment and those with thin or fine hairs may find themselves with a grease-ball rather than an explosion of fabulousness.
Coconuts are a favourite at BloomMe, not just because they taste delicious and remind us of being on holiday, but because their oil is just so useful. From cooking to shaving to removing makeup, this wonderful creation has another great use: fixing a bad hair day. Coconut oil is fantastic at penetrating deep into the hair follicle and helping to strengthen weak points. The vitamins and essential fatty acids help to nourish your scalp and keep it strong during even the most stressful of times like peak hour at Admiralty.
Is there anything that avocado can’t do to make us feel good? They can’t really give you a foot massage unfortunately- unlike these places, but they can start your day off right in a breakfast dish and they absolutely can fight breakage on your scalp. Packed with vitamins A, B-5, and E, and antioxidants, avocado oil is great for fighting damage from heat and fighting against your hair snapping off.
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