If you’re on your healthy hair journey, essential oils are oils you may want to consider adding to your regimen. Unlike carrier oils (castor, jojoba, grape seed, etc), essential oils are extremely concentrated and have to be diluted before you use them. Another distinct characteristic is their strong scent.
Diluting and Using Essential Oils
1. Pick a carrier oil
2. Have an applicator bottle handy for measurements
3. For every fl oz (fluid ounce) of carrier oil, add 12 drops of essential oil (this is known as 2 percent dilution)
Using a carrier oil is the most effective way to dilute your essential oil because it will “carry” the essential oil to your hair/skin and allow it to be absorbed better. However, it is not out of the norm for people to use the 2 percent dilution method in their shampoos and conditioners (being able to rinse it out helps when the scent is overwhelming).
Here are some essential oils you may want to try and their benefits to you…
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree oil works by purifying the scalp. It is used for dandruff, moisturizing, fixing thinning hair and helping with lice. While it moisturizes your hair strands, it also manages to minimize scalp oil. So if you find that an overly oily scalp is causing your dandruff, this should work for you.
Peppermint oil contains menthol, which stimulates the blood flow to your scalp and speeds up hair growth. It may be uncomfortable on your scalp at first because it tingles (no it’s not perm, don’t worry). Try using it during one of your hot oil treatments and then shampoo it out.
Rosemary oil has been used for centuries and is credited for helping with hair growth by stimulating blood vessels and aiding in cell division. It also said to be helpful in making your hair thicker and for darkening it over time. Have some gray hairs you weren’t expecting and don’t want others to see? Rosemary oil can aid you in keeping those incognito.
Aside from calming you with its relaxing aroma and helping relieve you of headaches, lavender oil aids in hair growth and stopping breakage—studies have shown that lavender oil helps patients suffering from alopecia. It’s also an antiseptic that helps with itchy scalp and dandruff.
Chamomile oil helps protect your hair from the harsh elements, accelerates hair growth and regenerates scalp tissue. Chamomile can also help add a little bit of volume to a dull head of hair, plus, its soothing aroma will help you sleep like a baby at night!
Lemon oil is used to treat dandruff and is effective for shiny hair. It can make your hair stronger, and like some of the other oils on the list, aid in relieving you of your dandruff woes. A little goes a long way, so don’t overdo it with this oil because it has the potential to dry your hair out!
What essential oils do you use and how have they helped you achieve healthier hair?
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