Essential Oils and Your Hair
Essential oils have been prized by humanity for thousands of years; the wise men even gifted baby Jesus with frankincense and myrrh. You may already love essential oils, and use them in various ways in your daily life, but have your tried them to support your healthy hair?
Essential Oil Basics for Your Hair
Healthy living, following a good hair care routine, and having a fabulous hair stylist, all are key to great hair. But, what else could add to maintaining that beautiful head of hair? Chances are, you have already purchased a hair care product that has been scented or infused with essential oils, since the benefits of oils are widely recognized. By finding or making your own products, you can pinpoint your hair’s needs, from shampoos, conditioners, styling products and even hair perfumes!
One simple way essential oils can be incorporated and it’s totally DIY, is by simply adding a few drops to a gentle scalp massage. If you are concerned with the strength of the oil, adding a few drops to a your carrier oil of choice, like coconut, jojoba, avocado or almond oil. These carrier oils can be found at local health or grocery stores. A third way is to add few drops of your choice essential oil may also be added as you shampoo; simply place a few drops in your hand along with your shampoo. Many of the oils can be used, with little time involved, by incorporating them into your daily beauty regime. Oils can be chosen based on aromatic preference, the beneficial qualities they offer your hair, or even better, both!
The Oils and their Beneficial Properties
Does your fragile hair need strengthening? Maybe you have oily or dry hair seeking balance? Or possibly you’d enjoy using oils to nourish your hair? Essential oils are used to optimize hair health.
Fragile hair : Receive support from clary sage, lavender, thyme, sandalwood, wintergreen and roman chamomile.
Oily hair: Some essential oils for balancing oily hair are basil, cypress, thyme, lemon, bergamot, tea tree, and rosemary.
Hair Growth: Essential oils for hair growth are thyme, lavender,
rosemary, ylang ylang, cedarwood, clary sage,
wintergreen, ginger, lemon and grapefruit essential oils.
According to the article by Dr. Axe, entitled, Rosemary Oil Uses and Benefits,
one of the top 4 benefits of Rosemary oil is it’s ability to support hair health.
The article goes on to say, “When applied over the scalp, rosemary essential
oil helps stimulate hair growth. Many people also claim that it can prevent
baldness, slows graying, and can be used to treat dandruff and dry scalp.”
Want to thicken your hair, try putting 5 drops of rosemary oil on scalp
and massage in after showers, as a part of your hair care routine.
Dry Hair/Dandruff: Geranium, lavender and sandalwood essential oils help with dry hair or dandruff.
All hair types: Rosemary or clary sage essential oils benefit all hair types.
DIY Recipes or Ready Made Products, Take Your Pick!
Recipes for DIY hair products are all over the Internet, and for those looking for something already made, those too can be found for purchase. I use both DIY and doTERRA CPTG hair care. For DIY creations, glass bottles and supplies for holding your recipes can be found at AROMATOOLS, or your local health food stores.
Essential oil hair recipes can be found in the following link, DIY Recipes for:
- natural hair detangler
- hair perfume
- essential oil herbal hairspray
- essential oil deep conditioner
- beach wave salt spray
- heat protectant spray
Not a DIY Guy or Gal?
Click the link to read more, If you prefer hair care products that are already made, containing essential oils. I love using doTERRA Salon Essentials Shampoo, Conditioner, Root to Tip Serum, and Glaze. These are other lines on the market too, so browse around and give them a try!
So, You Want to Research?
An educated decision, based on what works for you, is what will benefit you most in the long run, so grab a nice drink, relax, grab a note pad and look around on the web to learn more of what essential have to offer you and those you love. Here is one of the sites that I use: doTERRA . What are essential oils?
Support your Vitality!
Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Oils (CPTG) oils are great ways to support your goals for gorgeous, healthy hair and a healthy lifestyle, and are worth a try! You may even find that the oils can serve you in many facets of your healthy lifestyle choices! If you have experiences, recipes, other tips regarding essential oils and beautiful hair, please share!
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Written by April Wilson, Yoga Instructor
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