By Alexa Santory
Now that we’ve broken down all the best essential oils for every skin type, let’s get into how well they can work for hair! Today’s Beauty School lesson is all about incorporating essential oils into our hair routines to give us growth, bounce, shine, and everything in between that’s going to make us live our best hair lives possible.
What are some of the best essential oils for hair?
Wanna know the secret to the best hair you could imagine for yourself? Scalp health. Maintaining a balance of good oils on the scalp is going to help your hair grow rapidly and beautifully. Happy scalp=happy hair. I don’t make the rules, it’s *~*science*~*. If you’re concerned about hair growth, length retention, damage, scalp problems, or any combination of these things, you’ve come to the right place. Our hair products focus on these common hair issues the most since we understand the risk of using essential oils on the skin, instead, we rely on certain hair friendly herbs and botanicals to give our products a similar potency. In terms of some of the oils we swear by, three of our favorites are peppermint oil, rosemary oil, and tea tree oil. These three oils pack a serious punch in terms of growing and nourishing the hair. The best part is? They work on all hair types!
it’s almost like you can feel this stuff working. I’m a fan of beauty products that make my skin feel all tingly, and when you massage peppermint oil into your scalp, you instantly feel that cool rush. Peppermint oil is great for deep cleaning the scalp and getting rid of product buildup, as well as dandruff and even lice. It’s antibacterial and antimicrobial, which means it’s going to cool the scalp down while fighting the drying factors that cause issues like dandruff. It’s also an amazing oil for hair growth because it stimulates blood circulation to the scalp. Always massage the oils into your scalp to get the blood flowing.
Blend 5 drops of peppermint oil, 5 drops of lavender oil, 2 tablespoons of warm coconut oil (so it's melted), rub it into the scalp and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. Wash it out. This will stimulate hair growth while soothing and relaxing an overworked scalp.
If you experience dry hair, this oil could be the answer you’ve been looking for. Rosemary oil is going to bring your scalp back to a healthy state while also fighting dandruff and stimulating hair growth. It’s antifungal and powerful enough to relieve annoying scalp itch, as well as delivering a lot of moisture to the hair. When it’s massaged into the scalp, it increases blood flow which stimulates hair growth. It’s also strong enough to fight scalp infections that may cause hair loss. While using rosemary oil, you will see a difference in the thickness and softness of the hair, as well as overall scalp health.
You can make a direct scalp treatment with this using 3 or 4 drops of rosemary oil to a tablespoon of jojoba oil. Rub it into your scalp and wash it out after 30 minutes. You can also add 10 to 12 drops to your shampoo for daily use!
Tea Tree Oil
We’ve talked about how this is nature’s most effective spot treatment. But did you know it’s also a really effective hair treatment? Healthy hair starts at the root, and tea tree oil does an amazing job of unclogging the root to produce the healthiest hair possible. It’s another great antibacterial, so it gets rid of buildup that may be causing the hair to fall flat. It’s also bomb for hair growth, and another great oil that tingles when you apply it to the scalp.
This makes for a great hot oil treatment. Combine 3 or 4 drops to a carrier oil like jojoba or coconut over low heat. Stir and heat until it's warm enough to be applied to the scalp without burning. Rub it into the scalp and put in a plastic cap to retain the heat, then rinse it out after 20 minutes. This opens up the follicles and the pores on the scalp to unclog and stimulate growth.
If you have dry or damaged hair, try…
It is deeply moisturizing, nourishing, and balancing for the scalp and the hair. It also smells lovely.
To nourish dry hair, blend a few drops of rose oil to coconut oil and work it though the hair, scalp, shaft, everything. You can leave it in or wash it out after 30 minutes. The mixture is going to revive lifeless hair and give it an amazing shine.
Ylang Ylang Oil:
Sebum is produced on our scalps too and this oil helps regulate that. It’s going to stimulate oil production without letting it produce too much, striking a healthy balance and resulting in moisturized, healthy hair.
Try a hot oil treatment to reverse damage. Heat up 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 5 drops of ylang ylang oil. Apply it to the scalp and hair and wrap it in a plastic cap to retain the heat. Rinse it out after 30 minutes. Try this treatment at least once a week, and there will be a noticeable difference in hair fall out, a common symptom of damaged hair!
This oil works great on the skin, but it’s even better on dry, damaged hair. It’s super moisturizing and brings dead hair back to life.
This is a great oil for de-stressing, which makes it a great option for fixing damaged, stressed hair. Combine 6 drops of vetiver oil to 2 tablespoons of warm almond oil and massage it into the scalp. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse. You’ll notice a less irritated scalp and softer, more manageable hair.
If you want to retain length, try…
This has regenerative properties and unblocks the hair follicle, creating awesome length. It’s also a great hair strengthener and can keep breakage at bay. This stuff is great for repairing the hair cuticle. If length retention is your goal, it's important to focus on preventing breakage. Mix a few drops of neem oil with a carrier oil of your choice and work it through the hair and scalp. You can leave it on anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight. Rinse and repeat at least once a week! Keep in mind that Neem oil does not smell great!
It’s a natural heat protectant, so you can use this if you use hot tools. Grapeseed oil promotes healthy hair by blocking a hormone that causes hair loss. If you use this regularly, you won’t have to worry about thinning and fallout anymore.
This oil makes for a great pre-poo treatment. It's gentle enough to use on its own, or you can mix it with a few drops of rosemary or lavender oil, depending on what kind of treatment you’re looking for. Massage it into the scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes before washing it out.
Remember, it’s best to dilute and mix these oils with a carrier oil like coconut, jojoba, or argan oil, which have their own benefits as well. Make sure to take time to massage the mixtures into your scalp. You can either wash them out, or leave them in overnight for a more intense treatment.
When do oils come into the picture?
We briefly discussed the LOC method when we talked about hair porosity, so let’s get into what that means. If you have natural hair, I’m sure you’ve heard this acronym being thrown around. LOC stands for Liquid, Oil, Cream, and it’s a moisture retention method that helps seal in products to give us the best results possible. You can apply you essential oil mixture (always dilute them!!) after you’ve applied your water based leave-in. Follow the oil mixture with a cream to seal everything in.
The secret to strong, healthy hair starts at the scalp. Try adopting one or two or even all three of our favorite scalp stimulating essential oils into your haircare. You’ll start to see a difference in the quality of your hair almost immediately. Always remember to dilute your oils, and always, always do a spot test of oil on an inconspicuous part of your body before you apply them to your scalp (or your face, for that matter) to ensure you won’t have a bad reaction!
Tomorrow we check out how to incorporate essential oils into your space for a healthier environment.
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This tea included lavender flowers, which, as Annette mentioned, increase and deepen hair follicles. Great for growth and strengthening hair!
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