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Essential Oils for Hair

by Tiffany in Essential Oils

Essential Oils For Hair

The typical woman does so much to damage her hair these days. Think hair dryers, curling irons, flat irons, and a myriad of products all laced with unsavory chemicals…shampoo, conditioner, mousse, and hairspray. We all want shiny, voluminous hair that makes us look our best right? Well, all of these products we are using are counterproductive to that. We can actually change the way our hair looks, grows, and feels by making a few changes in our hair care routine, changing some of our activities, and by changing the way we eat and drink.

Healthy Body – Healthy Hair

Our first bit of hair care best practices is to make sure our body is healthy. If we eat (and drink) healthy foods, rich in nutrients, fats, and good bacteria than we are providing the best building materials for new hair growth. We also need to address imbalances such as hormonal issues and thyroid problems, both of which can drastically affect your hair. Do your best to keep stress levels low and get plenty of sleep. Supplement with magnesium and Vitamin D.

Healthier Routines – Healthier Hair

Try to limit using devices that heat your hair. Too much much styling and heating damages your hair. Try different haircuts and hairstyles that allow you to go without these devices. Use a shower filter to remove or reduce fluoride, chlorine, iron oxides, harmful VOCs and other yucky contaminants that damage your locks. This one by Aquasana has great reviews on Amazon and it isn’t too pricey. Ditch chemical laden shampoos and hair products and go with more natural options.

Essential Oils – Healthy Hair

Carrot Seed Oil – Carrots are rich in carotene and antioxidants. Its aid in skin renewal and healthy hair growth.

Clary Sage – If you go for No Poo hair care than Clary Sage can help you get the right PH for your hair and scalp. No Poo is awesome but some complain about pH issues caused by the excessive use of baking soda and vinegar. It can also be used to darken grey hair.

Tea Tree – Great for getting rid of dandruff naturally.

Lavender – This soothing oil is great for soothing your hair and scalp, especially if your scalp is itchy or your hair dry. You can also use lavender for oily hair, so it is really versatile.

Rosemary – Smells divine and stimulates the sebaceous glands in the scalp to produce more oil. This oil also has a centuries old reputation for stimulating hair growth. It can you help you keep what hair you have and also aid in new growth.

Bergamot – If you want shiny locks than try this oil for instant shine and protection.

Lemongrass – Perfect for oily hair. This oil actually helps slow down scalp oil production.

Peppermint -You know how invigorating peppermint is right? Well it invigorates your scalp too and promotes growth by stimulating circulation.

Thyme – Can help with hair growth and preventing hair loss.

Myrhh – Another great one for dry hair.

How to Use the Oils

Many of these oils can be applied to your hair by adding them to a carrier oil such as coconut, avocado, or almond oil. This dilutes if need be and also “carries” the essential oils to all areas of your hair and scalp. Massage them in well. You can also add a few drops of the oils to your favorite all natural shampoo and you can make a hair rinse by mixing vinegar, a tiny bit of borax, and your preferred essential oils. A hair rinse or a hair spritz is my favorite way to incorporate the oils because I smell heavenly afterward and the oils have more time to “work” on my hair and scalp. Try the easy recipes below:

Essential Oil Hair Spritz

  • Distilled water (fill half of spray bottle)
  • 2 T rose water (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon Aloe Vera juice
  • 1 tsp. or more vegetable glycerine
  • 5-10 drops essential oil

Essential Oil Rosemary Hair Spritz

  • Distilled water (heated)
  • Rosemary Tea, 1-2 bags (steep in the water)
  • 5 drops essential oil
  • Pour into a bottle and refrigerate

Wishing you happier hair days!

Best Essential Oils for Hair

Monday, November 10th, 2014

25 Comments on Essential Oils for Hair

  • Robin Rue

    I get keratin treatments, so I can’t use these in my hair :(

  • yonawilliams

    I will have to tell my Mom about the thyme. She’d like her hair to grow back faster. I will keep the thyme, rosemary, and peppermint in mind . Pinning this for later!

  • Megan Elford

    So many great, natural ways to care for your hair! I’ve never heard of most of these before either, thank you!

  • Lori Popkewitz Alper

    I’m so excited to try some of these out in my hair. How difficult is it to rinse out the oils after using them Tiffany?

    • The carrier oils require some shampoo depending on what and how much you use. I prefer the rinses because the essential oils are absorbed and/or they evaporate. Easy peasy.

      • Dan

        hey, I usually use egg yolk to wash my hair when I put way too much oils, thanks!!

  • Love the rinse idea! All 3 of my kids still get cradle cap-like dandruff. I bet using one of the rinses would be good for their little scalps!

  • Kung Phoo

    I do not use this for hair, but i do believe in what essential oils stand for.. i like what they do.

  • Love the idea of adding them to shampoo or doing a spray/ rinse. So easy! I’ve been meaning to have my husband try tea tree oil on his dandruff.

  • Danielle

    I love how versatile oils are! We use them mostly for cleaning and beauty. I haven’t made a hair spritz though!

  • Crystal

    I’ve never tried essential oils in my hair. I would love to undo some of the damage I do to my hair.

  • I bet it leaves your hair smelling amazing. -Jillian Fisher

  • debbie jean mcmullen

    Ive never heard about some of those oils! I love lavender though, it always smells so nice and soothing – I never thought of using it in my hair :)

  • kathleen kennedy leon

    I had no idea that tea tree oil is a natural remedy for flaky scalp–I will have to check that out-especially now- change of weather-can’t stand the dry flakes this time of year

  • Dawn Kropp

    There’s been so much buzz about essential oils lately.. I need to start my essential oil journey!

  • Maria Sinclair

    My Aunt started using oils and she loves it. she has been trying to get my into it as well. Great tips!

  • Jennifer

    I love learning the different uses for oils. They all smell great too.

  • I love all the herbs you have mentioned and agree with you that using oils from herbs are the best way to approach a healthier life style and having healthier hair.

  • Kylie Worthington

    I love rosemary for my scalp!

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    I love the idea of using peppermint in hair products. That would perk me up in the morning.

  • Debi@The Spring Mount 6 Pack

    I didn’t know tea tree oil would help dandruff.

  • Motivating Mommy

    I use tea tree for my hair but it is a very strong smell.

  • Carly Anderson

    I never thought to use essential oils in my hair! Thanks for these great suggestions!

  • Adin Blankenship

    I love Essential oils and I started using them when I had my second baby. This reminds me, I need to get some more. I am out of the ones that we really use a lot in the home. We like to put a few drops of Essential Oils in the register, so when the heat is on, it makes the house smells so good. :) It sure has a lot of uses. Thanks for sharing!

  • TweenselMom

    I love to try some of these essential oils. I love lavander and peppermint and other herb scents. Just by smelling them makes me feel comfort.