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 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 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 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 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 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 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: