How to Use Essential Oils for Healthy Hair

How to Use Essential Oils for Healthy Hair

We all want to have a gorgeous healthy hair that can define our style and image. Hair can reflect our health – when we have emotional or physical problems, it can be soon seen on our hair which lacks bounce or shine. Caring for your hair both inside and outside with a well balanced diet will keep your hair in peak condition.

The role of essential oils for healthy hair is important. Using essential oils with their remarkable properties, can work wonders on your hair and scalp. They can be used to cleanse the scalp, strengthen hair, control irritation and dandruff, stimulate hair follicles, improve circulation and even promote hair growth. This article will focus on scalp massage oils for dry hair, greasy hair and normal hair, as well as for some of the common hair problems.

How to mix the essential oils

Essential oils for healthy hair need base oils such as sweet almond, apricot kernel, avocado, jojoba or olive oil. For one scalp treatment choose up to three essential oils and use five drops of each for two tablespoons of base oil. For very long hair you will probably need more oil. Warm the blended oils by placing the container in a bowl of boiling water, and then massage into the scalp. Wrap with a hot towel, leave for at least 15 minutes and then shampoo.

Scalp massage

Scalp massage works from front to back, from the forehead, frontal hairline, temples and sides, over the crown of the head to the base of the neck. Keep dipping your fingertips in the treatment oil to spread through the hair while massaging. Pull any extra oil through the hair, starting from the roots to the tips. Make sure all the hair is oiled and then wrap with a towel for at least 15 minutes and then shampoo.

Dry hair

Essential oils for dry hair: rose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, lavender and geranium.

Dry hair is thick in texture and rough to touch. Avoid chemical colorants and perms and choose instead shampoos and conditioners with jojoba and almond oils. Hot oil treatments allow the essential oils to absorb easily and treat the hair. After massaging warm oil into your scalp, wrap the head in a warm towel and leave on for half an hour.

Greasy hair

Essential oils for greasy hair: Basil, eucalyptus, cedarwood, chamomile, lemongrass, cypress, sage and rosemary.

Greasy hair tends to look dull and lifeless. This can be due to environmental elements or hormonal imbalance. Check your diet and avoid harsh degreasing shampoos. Choose light conditioners and try a scalp massage to regulate the oil producing sebaceous glands.

Normal hair

Essential oils for normal hair: geranium, lavender, lemongrass and rosemary.

Normal hair is shiny with good body and bounce. An essential oil scalp treatment will keep it looking good and healthy.


There are several essential oils that are known to help treat dandruff, but probably the best known among them is tea tree oil which is a natural antiseptic. Shampoos with at least 5% tea tree oil have been shown to effectively treat dandruff. Another option is to buy tea tree essential oil on its own and add it to your regular shampoo. To add the oil to your existing shampoo, add 10 drops for every eight ounces of shampoo in the bottle. Then shake the shampoo bottle to distribute the tea tree oil thoroughly. Rub the tea tree oil shampoo into your scalp and let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse with water, repeating once per day. It goes beyond the standard dandruff solution to give you soothing itch relief and reduce flakes in only a matter of days. Click here to find top 5 medicinal uses for tea tree oil.

Grey hair

Grey hair is more porous and needs extra conditioning, especially if it’s chemically treated or colored. Use a scalp formula for dry hair while adding essential oil enhancers like chamomile to lighten or sage to darken any discolouration.

Hair loss

Hair loss can result due to hormonal imbalance, stress or anxiety. Therefore the first step is to learn to relax. If you have unusual thinning patch, get a medical advice, but as a general remedy use a scalp message with rosemary essential oil. See more information in my article How to Use Rosemary for Treating Hair loss.

If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This e-book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them:

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23 Responses to How to Use Essential Oils for Healthy Hair

  1. asad says:

    where we found a that kind of oil that you mentioned in above .please advise me

    • Jenny says:

      Essential oils and carrier oils can be bought at certain health food stores and herbal stores, or online, such as in Amazon (

  2. Elizabeth Deuson says:

    What about “mature grey” hair? I need to keep the yellow out.

  3. Sally says:

    I want to try the one for Dry hair. How much of each oil do I use???

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Sally, it depends on the length of your hair. For shorter hair start from 2-3 tablespoons of base oil and then add the essential oil. For longer hair you will need to increase the amounts accordingly. After you experiment once, you will know the right amount.

  4. marilyn mckay says:

    I’m a black female who is transitioning from relaxed hair to natural what oils would I use?

  5. Ming says:

    Hello Ms.Jenny. Could I blend coconut oil, castor oil and rosemary essential oil together first and then apply it to my scalp & hair? Thank you.

  6. Hannah says:

    The pro naturals argan oil is the only oil that really restored my hair and has been keeping it healthy at the same time. I love it!

  7. joia says:

    diluted tea tree oil works great on my sabhoric dermatitis (I hope I spelled that right), and when the ends are dry and fly-away, a tiny bit of coconut oil fixes it!! :-)

  8. Azmina noorani says:

    i have an itchyscalp and hair loss because of that.i have tried all types of medicines from dermatologists and medicated shampoos.plz advise

    • Jenny says:

      I’m not sure what exactly causes you the itchy scalp and hair loss. You may want to try to add rosemary essential oil which is good for hair loss as well as tea tree oil which has antiseptic properties.

  9. Sandra says:

    Hi Jenny , i have read many posts about how oils can help , and there are so many of them , and all of them can be helpful in one way or another . I was wondering if mixing all of them together would be a good idea ? Lets say 1 table spoon (15ml) of each “carrier” oils : Argan , Castor , Coconut , Almond , Jojoba , Olive , Amla , Flaxseed & Neem Seed , and then adding 1 drop of each essential oils like : Lavender , Tea-tree , Rosemary , Thyme , Cedar Wood , Peppermint , Rose , Chamomile & Eucalyptus . Do you think it would be ok to do that , or would any of them “disagree” with one another ?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Sandra, I personally don’t like to mix too many carrier oils together as the chemistry of every oil is different, for example coconut oil is solid in a cooler temperature whereas olive oil and other oils are not, castor oil has a thicker consistency so mixing it with lighter oils, such as olive and jojoba, makes it easier to evenly apply it – so as you can see sometimes mixing oils is OK, depending on their viscosity and properties, but I wouldn’t go to the extent of blending too many of them. Probably mixing up to 2-3 is enough. As for the essential oils themselves, each EO has its own unique properties and some of them are more suitable for oily hair whereas some of them are suitable more for dry hair, and the same for skin types, so again I would not go and blindly mix all the EO that I have in the cupboard. Usually up to 5 EO in a mix is fine, although in many books I’ve seen they mix more than that.

  10. Kara says:

    Is it safe to use lavender oil on color treated hair?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Kara, I’m not sure as I personally don’t have colored hair, and I couldn’t find information about it in the web. Lavender EO considers to be mild and I don’t believe it causes damage if diluted with a carrier oil, however it’s probably a good idea to do a test on a small patch of hair and see if you notice any change.

      • Selvi says:

        Hi jenny,
        I am living in cold country. Is there special oils to use based on climate like winter. My hair is becoming thin and dry followed by hair fall. I just tried onion olive mask once today but hair fall was more during wash.Am doing apt for my hairs. Can you help me telling right choice for treating my hair to grow healthy blach and to stop hairfall. Thanks.

        • Jenny says:

          As for your first question – there are no special oils to use based on climate. Most of the oils are in liquid form, except of coconut oil which is solid under 25 degrees Celsius. As for your hair fall issues – I believe you’ve lost hair during massaging the scalp. I don’t believe you’ve lost the hair because of applying the onion mask. Too much massaging, unlike gentle massage, may cause hair loss. Massaging the scalp should boost up the blood circulation and aid hair growth. I can only believe that the hair you lost was about to fall out anyway soon. We also lose normally about 100 strands everyday, sometimes less, sometimes more. Follow the application with a gentle massage for a few weeks to see if you notice any improvement. If you don’t see any improvement, discontinue with the treatment. As for choosing the right treatment for hair loss – I believe the first step is to identify the reason for the hair loss so you treat the problem from the root. Is it due to nutritional deficiencies, stress or something else (see my article about reasons for hair loss). The second step is to treat the symptom itself (the hair loss). Here you have several choices – rosemary, castor oil and onion juice. I don’t know what gives the best results as results vary between different people and there is not a single solution that fits all, so I guess it’s a matter of experimenting and seeing what works best for you or which method you prefer. Also it takes quite a while before noticing results, so it’s not a quick fix. You may also want to have a look at my article about The Best Foods And Nutrients for Healthy, Strong and Shiny Hair.

  11. vaibhab says:

    hello jenny.i have a itchy and dry scalp and dandruff problem too n maybe because of that i have hair loss and also hairs are getting thinner. Is their any way to regrow lost hair and stop hair falling.

    • Jenny says:

      As for the dandruff issue – you can refer to my article about 6 Effective Ways to Treat Dandruff Naturally. After getting rid of the dandruff problem you can maintain healthy scalp and pH by doing ACV rinse (detailed information here). ACV has also antibacterial and antifungal properties that help treat itchy, dry scalp.
      Paralel to tackling the root of the problem (dandruff, itchy scalp), you can work on the symptom itself (the hair loss). Here you have several options to try – rosemary, castor oil, onion juice and garlic. It’s hard to know which of the methods will work best for you as results vary between different people, and also patience is required as it is not a quick fix and it takes time to see results.

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