Oiling the hair is the single best way to keep it healthy. I find that oiling my head relaxes my mind while strengthening the roots of my hair.
According to Ayurveda, the head is composed of multiple stress-relieving energy points called marmas, and oiling also helps pull any excess accumulated heat in the head due to too much thinking and intensity in life. I recommend doing a hair oiling ritual about once a week. Make sure to stay warm while oiling your head, as this process is cooling for the body. Do not oil your scalp when you are cold or sick.
How to Do a Simple Coconut Hair Oiling
--Warm 1/4 cup of pure organic coconut oil and gently massage it into the scalp for at least five minutes. If you have very thin or short hair, you may need less oil. Longer and thicker hair may require more.
--Comb the oil through the hair to the ends.
--Apply a towel that does not mind a little oil, or a plastic shower cap.
--Leave the towel on for at least 20 minutes (or overnight) before washing hair.
--To wash the hair and remove the oil, first (before rinsing the hair with water) apply a large amount of shampoo to the hair. Lather your hair with the shampoo as much as possible, then add water to get an even thicker lather. You may need to do a double shampooing to remove all the oil.
Katie Silcox is the author of the upcoming book, "Healthy, Happy, Sexy - Ayurveda Wisdom for Modern Women." She's a vinyasa yoga teacher, Ayurvedic practitioner, contributor to Yoga Journal, and a senior teacher within the Sri-Vidya ParaYoga lineage under Yogarupa Rod Stryker.