If you haven’t already watched all of Bridgerton Season 2, what were you doing with your weekend? If so, you probably spotted a bonding moment in episode three between Kate Sharma and her younger sister Edwina Sharma.
The duo (played by actresses Simone Ashley and Charithra Chandran) discuss Edwina’s love life woes while Kate can be seen brushing oil into her sister’s hair, using a technique known as name of oiling. The scene gives a respectful nod to the South Asian hair tradition, which is typically done weekly to promote a healthy scalp and strong, shiny hair.
If you’ve never heard of hair oil and want to learn a little more, ByErim hair oil brand founder Erim Kaur explains the process…
“Hair oil has a long history in South Asian culture and is often used as an intergenerational bonding beauty treatment between female family members,” she explains. “It’s a weekly beauty ritual that myself and many other families participate in, and to see it on screen in a massive Netflix drama is great.
“The series presented hair oil in the right way: an indulgent hair treatment, but also a way for family members to bond as an act of self-care. In recent years, we’ve really seen the Hair oil’s popularity is growing outside of the South Asian community, with many people seeing the benefits hair oil can bring to the health, growth and condition of their hair.
How is hair oiling done?
Quite simply, the oil is poured over the hair and massaged into the scalp. The treatment is then left overnight, pillow protected with a towel or bonnet, and washed out with shampoo and conditioner the next morning.
Are there other benefits to the practice?
Some beauty experts claim that oiling the hair can help prevent hair loss, but at the very least the process of massaging the scalp with the oil can help exfoliate and increase blood circulation, which has been shown to promote healthy hair growth.
The oil itself can also help strengthen and strengthen the hair shaft, making the lengths look straighter and healthier.
What oils to use?
Erim recommends his ByErim hair oil, £25 here for 50mllike the perfect product.
“My Hair Oil is the perfect blend of six essential oils that strengthen hair, boost shine and hydrate the scalp. The formula blends nutrient-rich Argan Oil and Coconut Oil. , known for its antibacterial and antifungal action as well as its high protein content,” explains Erim.
Other commonly used oils are coconut, sesame, almond, argan, and moringa, which can be purchased in concentrated form at many health food stores.
However, it is recommended to do a patch test before using an oil on the hair and scalp, to avoid any risk of allergic reaction.
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