* Essential oils can treat a number of hair maladies
* Add essential oils to shampoos, conditioners or carrier oils for a DIY treatment
* Hair conditions that can be treated include hair loss, dandruff and dull hair
Essential oils aren’t just useful for their scents alone. While using an essential oil in a diffuser is a great way to de-stress, some of these natural potions should be considered as candidates for your hair care routine. Whether you’re seeing a few too many grays, suffer from dandruff or would like to stimulate hair growth, essential oils can be a great help.
Keep in mind that essential oils need to be added to a shampoo, conditioner or a carrier oil (like olive or grapeseed oil). In this way, they can be massaged into your scalp or hair shaft to work their magic.
Depending on what your hair needs, consider one of these seven essential oils and its recommended carrier oil as a remedy.
1. Slow The Signs of Graying Hair
Whether you’re 30, 40 or 50, when your gray hair starts to come in, you’d likely prefer that it waited just a little bit longer. Luckily, rosemary has been shown to slow the signs of graying hair. In fact, many expensive shampoos and conditioners that claim to stop your hair’s aging process include rosemary on the ingredients list. Instead of handing over all your money for those pricey bottles, get the Healing Solution Rosemary Essential Oil and add it to this avocado oil for an inexpensive hair treatment.
2. For Itchy Scalp
Eucalyptus essential oil is ideal for soothing your itchy scalp, especially if you suffer from dandruff. While it won’t heal the flaky, white stuff, it will prevent you from constantly touching your head and spreading the natural snow everywhere. Pair eucalyptus oil with NOW grapeseed oil for a luxurious, natural hair care application.
3. For Dry Hair
If you have dry hair, it’s likely that your body isn’t producing enough sebum, an oily secretion that keeps hair from drying out. Luckily, ylang-ylang essential oil is known to stimulate the sebaceous glands in order to keep your hair conditioned. It can also prevent split ends and other damage that occurs when enough oil isn’t present in the hair. Mix Plant Therapy Ylang Ylang Complete Essential Oil with NOW Jojoba Oil for a complete dry hair remedy.
4. For Hair Loss
For those people dealing with hair loss, cedarwood oil might be the answer you’re looking for. This essential oil works to increase circulation to the scalp when applied to the hair, thereby stimulating the hair follicles. This can create renewed hair growth and slow hair loss at the same time. Before you head to a hair loss clinic, try mixing Sun Organic Cedarwood Essential Oil with Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil and applying to your hair regularly.
5. For Dandruff
Tea tree oil is the natural remedy of your dreams. It has a range of uses, including healing acne, smothering head lice and even repelling insects. But for the purpose of hair care, tea tree oil is especially effective at treating dandruff. This essential oil contains antifungal and moisturizing properties that alleviate some causes of the white stuff. Pair tea tree oil with Viva Naturals Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil for a soothing experience for your scalp.
6. To Stimulate Hair Growth
The main ingredient in peppermint essential oil is menthol. And if you’ve read our article on why you should add menthol to your beauty and wellness routine, you already know that menthol is great at increasing blood circulation. Therefore, applying peppermint essential oil to your scalp will get your blood flowing, and deliver key nutrients to your hair follicles. This, in turn, stimulates hair growth. Combine this peppermint oil with Home Health Castor Oil to start thickening your hair right away.
7. For Dull Hair
Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular on the market. That’s because it has so many uses — from stress relief to sleep. But did you know that lavender essential oil can help your hair too? When combined with olive oil, this essential oil can deep condition your hair and keep it shiny for days on end. Simply put the oil in your hair overnight and wash it out in the shower in the morning.