As desi kids, we’ve all grown up getting oil massages from our moms and let’s just accept it — our hair definitely looked healthier back then. Now, we’ve resorted to just shampoo and conditioner to keep our mane clean and healthy. But TBH, that’s not enough. Environmental pollution, frequent hair styling and use of chemicals can make your hair dry and brittle, leading to breakage and hair fall. Your tresses need an extra dose of nourishment in the form of hot oil and deep conditioning treatments to stay healthy and bouncy.
Both treatments work well in controlling frizz and retaining moisture in the hair. But which one works best when you’re trying to achieve healthy hair and ultimate nourishment? In this article, we will take a detailed look at both these treatments and find out which one proves to be a winner. Let’s begin…
Hot oil treatment
We’re all aware of what a hot oil massage is. You warm a few tablespoons of oil (coconut, jojoba, almond, etc.) in a bowl and apply it on the scalp and hair. This boosts blood circulation in the scalp and also provides essential nutrients to the roots, which prevents dryness, breakage and split ends.
This treatment is particularly beneficial for those with very dry hair types. The heat helps expand the hair shaft, making it easier for the oil to penetrates deeper, thus offering better results and complete nourishment. It also makes your hair thicker and softer, leaving you with healthy-looking hair overall. You can use any carrier oil or get your hands on a potent hair oil like the Dove Elixir Nourished Shine Hibiscus and Argan Hair Oil. Enriched with hibiscus and argan oil, it helps retain moisture in the tresses and lends luminous shine to dry, dull tresses.
Hair masks such as the Tresemme Keratin Smooth Deep Smoothing Mask are infused with keratin and nourishing oils to fight frizz, soften hair and add shine. They repair hair strands from root to tip and also promote hair growth. The mask also helps lock in moisture for a long time, making the hair appear bouncy and lustrous. While hair masks are suitable for all hair types, you need to use them regularly for best results. Also, the ingredients do not penetrate deeply, like a hot oil treatment, due to the lack of heat.
Our verdict: While both treatments work at controlling frizz and making hair healthy, you can’t use one in place of the other. The results differ from person to person. We recommend alternating between the two and deciding which one gives you the desired results.