The first thing you notice about people when you look at them…their hair. Do you want shiny, thick healthy hair? Be the envy of friends, family and even strangers? Here is how to let others admire not only your personality but also your hair. Naturally!!!
In our modern times, there is really no need to use all kinds of dangerous and damaging chemicals on our hair. Essential oils have been used in hair recipes for a long time. Some shampoos do contain essential oils like tea tree, lavender, chamomile and rosemary and many other essential oils but also contains damaging chemicals.
When it comes to using essential oils for hair, there are plenty of beneficial choices. Whether you are looking to thicken your hair, treat dandruff and dry scalp, give your hair strength and shine or lighten your hair naturally, essential oils are much safer than and just as effective as conventional hair care products.
You may think it’s unnecessary since our scalp has glands producing sebum. This oily secretion keeps the skin hydrated and forms a protective layer on each strand of hair to waterproof it. Frequent washing and exposure to wind and dust strip the skin and the hair of their natural coat of oil, making the hair frizzy and the scalp dry, itchy, and flaky. Unless you have overly sensitive skin or some other specific contraindication, regular oil massage can pamper your scalp and keep your hair lustrous. Since every essential oil is different you can pick one that best suits your needs. You can also use them in combination for an enhanced effect.
Benefits of Essential oil for Hair and Scalp:
- Nourishes and moisturizes hair
- Reduces hair loss
- Promotes healthy hair growth
- Improves shine and softness of hair
- Soothes irritated scalp and gets rid of dandruff
- Balances skin hormones
Here are 4 of the most popular and the most effective essential oils for gorgeous and healthy looking hair and scalp:
Rosemary oil is one of the top essential oils for hair thickness and growth. It is used to increase cellular metabolism, which stimulates hair growth and promotes healing. When it comes to boosting your hair health, the benefits of rosemary essential oil also include preventing baldness, slowing the graying process and treating dandruff and dry scalp.
It’s common for hair loss sufferers to turn to hair replacement surgery and topical hair loss products in hopes of regaining their full heads of hair, but your first line of defense when combatting hair loss should be to address the root cause, whether that’s by boosting circulation, fighting inflammation or adding moisture.
If you want to avoid using conventional hair sprays to style your hair because many conventional products on the market today include toxins that you don’t want anywhere near your head and face. To help set your hair and prevent fly away, use a homemade hairspray that’s made with rosemary, plus vodka and cane sugar, which will give you the hold you’re looking for.
Scent: It has a strong, minty-herbaceous scent and a woody undertone
Chamomile is a flower in the daisy family and is recognized as a healing skin treatment with its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-itching and anti-allergenic qualities. It helps treat dry, irritated scalp and dandruff. Chamomile oil is a great essential oil for hair because it adds shine and softness to your hair while soothing your scalp. Chamomile oil also conditions the hair and greatly improves its softness and luster.
Lighten your hair: Add 2–3 drops of chamomile oil to your hair before going out in the sun.
Scent: It has a sweet, fruity-herbaceous scent.
3. Lemongrass Oil
Lemongrass essential oil is known for its antiseptic, bactericidal, fungicidal, analgesic, anti-depressant and astringent properties. It is one of the top essential oils that can work wonders for inflammation. If you have been suffering from hair problems, give lemongrass oil a try and see how fast the quality of your hair and condition of your scalp improves. It can strengthen your hair follicles and soothe an itchy and irritated scalp. Lemongrass is a rich source of iron, the deficiency of which causes hair loss.
You can add 10 drops of lemongrass oil to your bottle of shampoo or conditioner, or you can message 2–3 drops into your scalp along with your conditioner daily.
Scent: Strong citrus
3. Tea Tree
Because of Tea Tree essential oil’s potent anti-microbial compounds, you’ll often see it listed in the ingredients of many body products, including skin lotions and shampoos. In fact, the oil is becoming increasingly popular for natural hair care and can be used alone, or paired with other products. While tea tree oil doesn’t necessarily speed up hair growth directly, it can actually encourage hair growth by helping to unclog hair follicles and nourish the roots. If you suffer from dandruff as well as hair loss, there’s a very good chance it will help, as dandruff can clog pores as well as incessant itching and inflammation that can cause hair to fall out.
Fill up a glass spray bottle with water, and add about 5 drops of tea tree oil per ml. Spray it on in the morning and leave it on throughout the day to fight dandruff and encourage hair growth.
How to Use Essential Oils for Hair and scalp
It is very important that you only purchase essential oils that are 100 percent pure grade, especially when you are ingesting the oil or applying it topically. It’s also a good idea to do a patch test with any essential oil that you’re using for the first time. Because essential oils are so potent, they should be diluted with a carrier oil before topical application.
Since all essential oils are highly concentrated and very potent, you should not use them directly on the scalp. Mix just a few drops in a suitable carrier oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil.
Instead of using conventional hair care products that contain dangerous and even carcinogenic chemicals, essential oils for hair are all-natural and just as effective. Why buy all the expensive hair treatments that, a lot of the times, do more damage than good? Take care of your head, like you take care of your brain. Let’s slang it up a bit… Go Essential Oil or go home!