Keralite hair or Malayalee hair is world famous. People from God’s own country are blessed with dark shiny long hair.
One of the reasons is that they seal the moisture in their hair with oil. Oil sealing is a method where oil is used as a sealant over wet moisturized hair.
The western world has discovered this just now whereas Keralites and Tamilians have been doing it for ages. Oil sealing is the best treatment for fly away hair that is frizzy, dry, brittle.
Hair is washed, conditioned with moisturizer. After the moisturizer is washed away, a thin film of oil is applied to hair and rinsed away immediately with lukewarm or room temperature water. This leaves a thin coat of oil on the layer that will lock in the moisture.
Hair is preconditioned with coconut oil or herbal oil for a few minutes (or even overnight), hair is washed with shikakai or Areetha nuts or mild shampoo and then 2 to 3 drops of oil is applied immediately over wet hair. Hair is then allowed to air dry. Their hair is never allowed to go bone dry during washing or drying.
Tamil Nadu method
Hair is preconditioned with coconut oil or herbal oil, hair is washed with shikakai or Reetha nuts or mild shampoo. You may also precondition it with homemade hair conditioners using okra.
The next day, hair is oiled by placing half handful of oil on top of the head and then after a few minutes, the oil is rinsed away with water. Shampoo is not used. The moisture that was lost during washing is restored.
Too much oil will attract dirt and cause dandruff. Experiment with different oils and also different qualities of oil before you know how much oil is needed to moisturize your hair without making it look greasy and weighed down.
There are many people who destroy the eco-system of their scalp by applying various chemicals to tame wild hair. It takes months to get over the side effects of these harsh products. Our scalp has been designed to self regulate and provide an optimal environment for hair to grow without an overload of chemicals.
Please share this important information with your friends and family. Balding is becoming so common these days and it is time we go back to traditional methods of caring for our hair.