Essential Oils for Beautiful Hair
Did you know that essential oils can be used to promote healthy hair growth? Beautiful, nourished hair can come naturally, and we're sharing the recipes here.
Is your hair dull and lifeless? Does it need some shine, some pizzazz, some love? Do you wish there was a safe and natural way to nourish your hair so that it looks beautiful, healthy, and salon treated?
Whether you have brittle hair, oily hair, too many flakes or you just want a little something extra, essential oils are the safest, easiest and most affordable way to heal and strengthen your hair. While promoting healthy hair growth, essential oils nourish hair to create a natural, healthy shine.
And after all we put it through, our hair just may need it.
The damage our hair takes on a daily basis can be catastrophic. The sun bakes it, perms, coloring and treatments damage it, blow-drying and over brushing snap it, and then we go home and use product after product.
The Evils of Conventional Hair Products
Go ahead and take a look at the label of your shampoos, conditioners, and other hair care products in your bathroom. Do you know what they are? Can you even pronounce them? Chances are some of these strange chemicals are stripping your hair of its natural beauty.
Take Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) for instance. Hair transplant surgeon Dr. Robert Dorin has said that this product breaks down hair proteins and disrupts healthy hair growth. Polyethylene Glycol, or sometimes called Polyethelyne or Polyoxyethylene, can strip skin and hair of moisture, while parabens, he says, is a common ingredient used to prolong the shelf life of products. This not only affects your skin but can disrupt your hormones.
After all the chemicals we put in our hair, and after all the damage from our environment, it's no wonder flat, listless, dry and damaged hair is a reality for so many of us.
Why Essential Oil Recipes Can Heal Your Hair
Essential oils can be used to uplift a mood, soothe a headache, or even boost the immune system. Their natural constituents easily work within our bodies to affect a healthy and real change, free of any side effects. It isn't magic, its science.
In plants, essential oils help to distribute the nutrition that plants need, while carrying waste away. Dr. David Stewart, Ph.D., D.N.M., an aromatherapy practitioner, says that in the human body, essential oils do the same thing. They bring in oxygen where it's needed while getting rid of heavy metals, petrochemicals, and other toxins. They can help regulate our body functions and assist absorption of nutrients. Essential oils are complex lipid compounds from plants that can aid in healing and help your body get back to homeostasis.
When used on hair, essential oils soothe damaged cells and nourish not only the strand itself but the hair follicle and scalp too.
Choosing Oils for Your Essential Oil Recipes
Once you have chosen to use essential oils, and you've found a reputable company that sells pure essential oils, and not fragrance or perfume oils, you have some choices to make. While some oils can battle many hair issues, there are some that are condition specific.
Use the list below to help you choose what's right for your hair.
Our recommended essential oil blend for beautiful hair: Hair Support (view here)
Essential Oils for Normal Hair:
Essential Oils for Dry Hair:
- Tea Tree
- Ylang Ylang
Essential Oils for Oily Hair:
- Ylang Ylang
Essential Oils for Damaged Hair:
- Clary Sage
Essential Oils to Help Hair Shine:
- Tea Tree
Essential Oils to Promote Hair Growth
- Clary Sage
- Carrot seed
Essential Oils to Prevent Premature Graying
How to Use Essential Oils on Hair
1) Oil Treatment
The easiest way to use essential oils on your hair is to make an oil treatment. Apply it hot or cool directly to your hair, and leave it in for at least 20 minutes. Once ready, you can wash it out with shampoo.
Do this once a week for best results. After one application, you should see a difference. After three, your friends will be asking which salon you went to.
For this easy to make recipe, you need to first choose a carrier oil. You can find a great selection here on Amazon. There are many on the market that will greatly benefit your hair on their own. Olive, almond, avocado, jojoba and safflower oils are all wonderful to use, and will mix well with your essential oils.
Use this mix:
- 1 ounce of carrier oil
- 3-5 drops of each essential oil, using 2-3 different oils.
This is for short hair. Double this mix for hair longer than shoulder length.
Essential Oil Recipes For Dry Hair:
- 1 ounce Almond Oil
- 3-5 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
- 3-5 drop of Lavender Essential Oil
- 3-5 drops of Sandalwood Essential Oil
Essential Oil Recipes For Normal Hair Needing Some Shine:
- 1 ounce Jojoba Oil
- 3-5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
- 3-5 drops of Geranium Essential Oil
- 3-5 drops of Chamomile Essential Oil
Essential Oil Recipes For Hair Growth and to Prevent Graying:
- 1 ounce Olive Oil
- 3-5 drops of Vetiver Essential Oil
- 3-5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- 3-5 drops of Clary Sage Essential Oil
Another great way to get those essential oils in your hair is to shampoo it in. You can add the oils directly into the shampoo you normally use, using the same amount of shampoo in place of the carrier oil in the mix. Or, you can make your own natural and safe shampoo.
DIY Shampoo Recipe:
- 1/4 cup Liquid Castile Soap
- 1/4 cup water or Coconut milk
- 1/2 tsp. carrier oil, such as Olive Oil or Almond Oil
- 15-20 drops total of your chosen essential oils
Adding essential oils to your conditioner is another great way to use essential oils. Using your own conditioner is fine, but if you are adventurous, you can make your own too.
4) Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoos are actually dry powder combinations that are massaged into hair, avoiding the scalp as much as possible. The idea is that the hair will absorb the nutrients it needs, and the rest will fall out with a good brushing.
Basic Dry Shampoo Recipe:
- 1/2 cup Arrowroot Powder, Baking Soda or Cornstarch
- 1/4 Cocoa Powder
- 10 drops total of your chosen essential oils
Using these simple and quick techniques with essential oils will get your hair back to a shiny, healthy and beautifully nourished state, and have you smelling wonderful too!