ESSENTIAL OILS: A NATURAL SOLUTION FOR HEALTHY HAIR
THE BENEFITS OF USING ESSENTIAL OILS FOR HAIR CARE
In recent times, essential oils have been the solution to (nearly) all problems. These oils, from lifting mood and concentration to soothing insect bites, contain many beneficial properties if used correctly. They are used to improve health, and in addition to being used in skin and face care, they can also be used in hair care.
Concentrated essential oils will give almost new life to your hair and can help with hair growth. This is because essential oils are full of vitamins and nutritious ingredients that can nourish hair and the scalp. In terms of hair care, essential oils can, among other things, stimulate hair growth, calm an inflamed scalp, and help remove accumulated products.
Before using any essential oil, mix it with a hair product because, due to its strength, oils should not be applied directly to the skin. Also, leave it on your scalp briefly to not clog hair follicles. Massage the oil for several minutes and then rinse it out with shampoo.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING ESSENTIAL OILS IN HAIR CARE
Essential oils can significantly help hair care because they positively affect the sebaceous glands and can normalize their function. They deeply penetrate the hair shaft and follicle and help create healthy, shiny hair and promote its growth.
When we talk about the benefits of essential oils, they are strengthening hair, helping control dandruff-prone scalps, improving the structure and resilience of hair, and soothing irritations on a dry scalp and dandruff. Some essential oils can even help with restructuring, recovery, or strengthening hair. In contrast, others can significantly affect and improve scalp health.
WHICH ESSENTIAL OILS TO USE IN HAIR CARE?
Although dozens of essential oils are available, some can only be used in some situations. Regarding hair care, the following essential oils are usually highlighted: lavender, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree, eucalyptus and frankincense.
It is well known that lavender has properties that can stimulate cell growth and reduce stress, which is why lavender essential oil is often used for accelerated hair growth. It has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that can improve scalp health.
When applied to a particular area of the hair, peppermint essential oil can cause a sensation of coldness and mild tingling that enhances circulation in the place where the oil was applied, thus helping to stimulate hair growth during the anagen phase.
One of the favorite oils in hair care is rosemary essential oil. This oil can improve hair's thickness and growth because rosemary has high cell formation-improving abilities.
Tea tree essential oil has strong antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. When used locally or directly on the skin (in this case, the hair), it can help unclog hair follicles and increase hair growth. Since tea tree essential oils often come in different concentrations, following the manufacturer's instructions is crucial so as not to overdose and cause problems.
Almost everyone knows that nearly all essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin and should be combined with carrier oil or shampoo for hair. So, as good carrier oils in hair care, try jojoba, almond, coconut, avocado, and olive oil which have proven to be excellent base oils for scalp massage.
HOW TO CHOOSE AN ESSENTIAL OIL FOR HAIR CARE DEPENDING ON HAIR TYPE?
To make it easier for you, we have decided also to separate which essential oils to choose based on hair type and joint problems:
Normal scalp: eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary
Oily scalp: lavender, lemon
Dry scalp: frankincense, lavender, rosemary
Damaged hair: lavender, frankincense
Dandruff problems: rosemary, tea tree, lavender
HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR HAIR CARE?
You can use essential oils for hair care in several ways, for example, in masks, rinses or simply as an addition to your existing products. These are also the best ways to use all the benefits of essential oils while caring for your hair health.
#1 ENRICH YOUR SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER WITH ESSENTIAL OILS
Add a drop or two of essential oil to your favorite shampoo and conditioner for hydration and a beautifully refreshing scent. This is a great and simple solution when experimenting with essential oils.
#2 MAKE AN EXCELLENT AND NOURISHING HAIR OIL
Mix two-three drops of essential oil of your choice with two tablespoons of chosen carrier oil and mix well. Then gently massage into the scalp, wrap your head with a towel or put on a shower cap, and after 10 minutes, wash your hair with shampoo for a deep treatment. Apply the obtained oil twice a week for healthy and glamorous-looking hair.
#3 HOW TO MAKE AN EXCELLENT SCALP SCRUB
For this recipe, you will need two drops of tea tree essential oil, two tablespoons of carrier oil, two tablespoons of sea salt and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
Mix the ingredients in a small container and gently massage the resulting scrub (scrub) into the scalp with circular motions. Rinse your hair after 10 minutes and follow your routine after each wash.
To summarize, If you have chosen to try essential oils for hair care, you can do it in several ways and using different methods. Before you try any, we suggest you read several sources to find what works best for you. Add essential oils to your shampoos and conditioners. Make masks, scrubs, serums, or sprays that nourish your hair and enjoy all the benefits essential oils offer.