Essential oils significantly improve the health of your hair. Essential oils have been proven to be as effective as traditional hair care products. They are safer and have fewer side effects than traditional hair care products. Normally, traditional hair care products contain a variety of nasty chemicals. They may be effective if used properly on the hair, but many of them can also cause problems such as skin irritation, causing dermatitis, seborrheic dandruff and more.
- Lavender Essential Oil – Helps to increase the number and strength of hair follicles
- Rosemary Essential Oil – Promotes volume and growth
- Chamomile Essential Oil – Helps to add shine and softness to the hair
- Cedarwood essential oil – increases circulation around the scalp
- Sage Oil – Helps with stress-related hair loss
- Lemongrass essential oil – soothes irritated scalp
- Peppermint essential oil – to refresh the scalp and treat dandruff
Lavender essential oil
Lavender can promote healthy hair growth, which is supported by numerous scientific studies. A study conducted in 2016 showed that lavender essential oil significantly increased the number of hair follicles and helped them to become stronger. Lavender is antibacterial, it well fights bacteria and fungi. In addition, it helps improve sensitive scalps and dry hair.
Follow the recipe below to try a homemade lavender skin oil:
Ingredients: 8 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil + 4 teaspoons of carrier oil (olive oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, etc)
Instructions: Mix the lavender oil into the carrier oil of choice, massage into the scalp and leave on overnight, and rinse off in the morning.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary is one of the best essential oils for hair care. It helps hair growth and helps damaged hair to heal. Studies have shown that rosemary oil, when used together with minoxidil (a hair loss treatment), can be an effective treatment for hair loss. When used regularly, it slows down the greying process, so it’s beneficial for all ages as an excellent natural remedy for dandruff and dry scalp.
Here is a quick and easy recipe for rosemary application:
Ingredients: 3 to 5 drops of rosemary essential oil + 5ml coconut oil
Instructions: Mix coconut oil and rosemary essential oil, massage into the scalp for two minutes, leave on it for about 4 hours and wash hair thoroughly.
Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile is a great essential oil to use on many parts of the body, including the hair. It helps to make hair shiny and soft. Some people’s dry, hard hair may be due to poor scalp hygiene or genetic predisposition. But whatever the cause, chamomile can help soften the hair without using harmful chemicals.
Ingredients: 5 drops of chamomile essential oil + 1 tablespoon of sea salt + 1/3 cup of baking soda + 1 cup of warm water
Instructions: Mix all ingredients until a paste is created, massage the paste into the scalp, leave for half an hour and rinse well.
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedar helps hair growth by increasing circulation and metabolism in the scalp area, which can help hair growth and slow hair loss. People suffering from hair loss will have positive results when using cedarwood oil. Simply mix 5 drops of cedarwood oil into a single serving of shampoo and wash the hair normally.
Clary Sage Oil
Many people may have heard of cedarwood essential oil or rosemary essential oil, but few have heard of sage essential oil. Sage contains a component called linalyl acetate, which is known to reduce inflammation and moderate the oils in the skin. Sage is an excellent natural remedy for hives and rashes as an effective antibacterial agent.
However, the most relevant to hair is the fact that sage helps to balance the function of hormones. Some hair loss problems may be caused by hormones and high-stress levels, including baldness, plucking and resting hair loss. Sage is an excellent natural remedy for stress-related hair loss.
For those with related symptoms, try the following recipe:
Ingredients: 10 drops of sage essential oil + 1 to 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
Instructions: Mix sage essential oil with coconut oil and massage it into the scalp, applying evenly to all hair. When used regularly, this recipe will leave hair shiny and soft, treat hair loss and promote healthy hair growth.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass essential oil is beneficial in many sides too. It is an excellent cleanser and deodorizer. When applied to the hair, it strengthens the hair follicles and soothes irritated scalps. Studies have shown that lemongrass can also significantly reduce dandruff, by simply massaging a few drops into the scalp.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint oil helps refresh the scalp, it even treats dandruff and lice, as it’s a powerful antiseptic. Studies have shown that peppermint oil also promotes hair growth.
Like the above essential oils, peppermint is beneficial too. Firstly, it has a pleasant cooling sensation when applied to the skin, and, more importantly, it helps reduce skin inflammation. Simply use it in a shampoo or conditioner like cedarwood oil in drops.
How about you? Which essential oil would you like to try first?