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Is it possible to use essential oils for your hair since they help with so many other health issues? Many people suffer from various hair problems and are looking for something that will help.
To some people their hair is the most important part about them. It makes them who they are. It gives them an identity. A few that come to mind are Albert Einstein, Princess Di, Elvis Presley, Farah Fawcett, Donald Trump. I’m sure some of these used various products to keep their hair looking good (maybe not so much Einstein!). Let’s take a look at some hair problems and how essential oils may help with them.
PREVENT HAIR LOSS/STIMULATE HAIR GROWTH
ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OIL – This oil is rich in antioxidants and promotes blood circulation. It stimulates the hair roots and increases circulation in the scalp. Rosemary is good for normal, dry and oily hair. It opens up the pores of the scalp and the oils of the head are balanced. When it is used on the scalp, it improves hair growth and thickness.
Rosemary essential oil has the ability to improve cellular generation. A study in 2015, with patients suffering from alopecia (a condition that attacks hair follicles), showed that after 6 months of use, rosemary oil performed as well as minoxidil (Rogaine) for hair growth, without any side effects, unlike minoxidil.
How to use: Warm 4 tbs olive oil or coconut oil and add 12 drops of rosemary oil. Rub into scalp and cover with a hot towel. After 30 minutes, shampoo hair and rinse. For the best results, do this twice a week.
LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL – Lavender is probably best known for its help with anxiety and stress. But lavender oil has also been shown to promote hair growth and improve scalp circulation. It is also good for all types of hair.
A research study done on mice in 2016, found that when lavender oil was used on the mice their hair grew thicker and faster. When lavender is mixed with other scalp circulating oils, such as; rosemary and peppermint, it was more effective. See this study.
How to use: See usage for rosemary oil, but use lavender oil instead.
PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL – Peppermint oil is a good, invigorating oil because it can cool and heat at the same time. When it is used on the scalp, it provides a cooling, tingling effect. This in turn stimulates the blood flow and increases circulation. This is a good oil to use on dry or greasy hair.
It can increase the follicle depth and amount of follicles, thus causing better hair growth, as shown in a study in 2014 on mice. Peppermint essential oil was shown to induce “very thick and long hair after 4-week topical application”.
How to use: Add 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil to your favorite carrier oil and massage into your scalp. Wait 30 minutes then wash out. Use it daily for a month to get the best benefits.
TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL – Tea tree comes from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree in Australia. It is a very powerful healing oil, with the ability to help heal skin conditions. It has great antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Tea tree is found in quite a few dandruff fighting products. The scalp is moisturized, giving relief from the drying and itching caused by dandruff. A study was done in 2002 with 26 patients to see if tea tree oil could help improve dandruff. It was concluded that tea tree oil appears to be effective in treatment for dandruff.
How to use: Add a few drops of tea tree oil to shampoo and massage scalp.
LEMONGRASS ESSENTIAL OIL – Lemongrass is an antimicrobial because of the citral compound that is found in it. It also has antifungal properties. This oil could be the best natural solution to fighting dandruff, because dandruff stems from yeast overgrowth.
This oil is a very soothing oil and it’s anti-inflammatory, which helps relieve itchy scalp caused by dandruff. Check out this study from 2015 that shows that after one week lemongrass significantly reduced dandruff after a week and after 2 weeks the effect was even greater.
Another study showed that lemongrass worked against Malassezia furfur, a yeast that’s associated with dandruff.
How to use: Just like tea tree, add a few drops to shampoo or conditioner and massage into scalp. Use this daily to fight dandruff.
TREAT DRY HAIR
CHAMOMILE ESSENTIAL OIL – Just like lemongrass essential oil, chamomile is anti-inflammatory and can sooth the scalp from itchiness and dryness. It brings a softness to hair and makes it shine. One interesting thing about chamomile oil, it can lighten your hair. It’s a great natural alternative to conventional products for lightening hair.
How to use: Add a couple drops of chamomile to 2 tbs Jojoba oil and massage into the scalp to help the dryness. To make a hair rinse to lighten hair, add 10 drops chamomile to 1 qt. water and after washing hair, use as a final rinse.
SANDALWOOD ESSENTIAL OIL – Here is another good oil to deal with that dry, damaged hair. Sandalwood oil is an astringent and antiseptic emollient. Because it’s an emollient, it helps to retain moisture and brings a shine to hair. It helps fight itchy, dry scalp.
How to use: Add a few drops of sandalwood oil to daily shampoo or conditioner and massage into scalp and into hair, especially at the ends. You can also just massage 3-7 drops of oil onto hair after a shower, making sure to treat any dry ends.
FOR OILY HAIR
LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL – Greasy hair is no fun to have. Your hair looks limp, flat, and stringy no matter what you do. All because of overzealous sebaceous glands. Lemon oil is a drying and clarifying oil that works great for an oily scalp. It is antiseptic and antimicrobial. It can reduce the amount of sebum on the scalp like it does for oily skin.
How to use: For an excess amount of oil on hair, add some lemon oil to warm water and rinse hair after washing, then rinse again with just warm water. To fight an oily scalp, mix 5 to 6 drops of lemon oil with 2 tbs jojoba oil and rub it into the scalp. After about an hour or two, wash it off with an herbal shampoo.
CLARY SAGE ESSENTIAL OIL – Clary sage is known for it’s calm and relaxing effects, which is because of a chemical called linalyl acetate. This causes a calming and soothing effect on the skin, which means it does the same to the scalp. This property decreases inflammation, moderates oils on the skin, and balances oily hair. It strengthens hair and makes it shiny. Here’s an oil that can help manage that frizzy hair. (Maybe Einstein should have tried some clary sage on his hair.)
How To Use: Mix 10 drops of clary sage oil with 2 tbs carrier oil and massage into scalp and on hair. Leave it on for 20 minutes then rinse out and finish with a shampoo and conditioner. Mix equal amounts of clary sage and jojoba oil and rub oil on hair all the way to the ends. Let it set for 30 minutes and then shampoo hair.
Words Of Caution
There are no real side effects to using essential oils, other than a person could be allergic or sensitive to them. If that is the case, don’t use oils unless they are diluted with a carrier oil first. There may also be side effects if an excessive amount is used.
Signs of allergic reaction or sensitivity would be blistering rashes, redness on the affected area, burning or painful tingling, or difficulty breathing. If you think you might experience sensitivity or allergic reaction, test a small area first.
My Final Thoughts
When it comes down to it, all these oils may help to boost hair growth, if that is what you are looking for. Essential oils for your hair are a great alternative if you are looking for natural ways to make your hair strong and healthy. Have you ever used essential oils to improve your hair? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
If you have any other comments or questions, I would be glad to hear what you have to say.
As always, thanks for reading!