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What Makes Essential Oils Essential?

Did you know that adding essential oils to your hair care routine can not only strengthen and lengthen your hair, but might even improve sleep and reduce stress? Using natural hair care products is a great start — most conventional products use synthetic ingredients or even detergents that can leave your hair and scalp completely imbalanced. Going one step further and adding essential oils to your natural hair care routine will leave you with noticeably healthier, happier hair.

Choosing which essential oils to use can seem daunting. That’s why we curated this guide to help you take control over your hair health. Everyone deserves to feel good in their skin and hair, so let’s help you find the perfect, personalized solution for your locks.

The Many Benefits Of Essential Oils

Our relationship to our hair is just as unique as we are. Lifestyle, genetics, environment, and more play a huge role in the health, durability, and thickness of each strand. Everyone’s hair weathers over time and that process speeds up with overuse of hair dryers, straighteners, curlers, repeated coloring, and more.

That’s where essential oils come in. Adding essential oils to your scalp and hair will include a host of benefits. They seal in moisture, balance your head’s natural oils, soothe the scalp, reduce inflammation and itchiness, fight dandruff, condition your hair, make it look more vibrant, and add a natural perfume scent. Pretty great, right? 

In a nutshell, essential oils are highly concentrated liquid plant extracts. They are made by distilling concentrated oils from real herbs, flowers, and plants. Every essential oil has its own unique healing properties. Some nourish hair roots and stimulate growth, while others fight itchy scalp conditions or infections.

You may feel adverse to putting oil on your hair at first. You may have never tried it because you thought it would make your hair too oily. Believe it or not, the right amount and type of essential oils will actually make your hair healthier and happier. Essential oils are a must try if you have dry hair or greasy hair, and especially if you have an itchy skin condition on your scalp. The bottom line? Essential oils are sure to give anyone’s hair health a boost, while nourishing hair roots.

How To Use Essential Oils In Your Hair

One of the easiest ways to incorporate essential oils into your natural hair care routine is to add some to your shampoo and conditioner. For an 8oz bottle, you should add about 20 drops of essential oil. Try choosing oils that enhance the natural hair care products you are already using. For example, if you are using our Olive Leaf Protective Shampoo, try adding an essential oil that has an aromatic smell and addresses any issues you might be having. The olive oil helps cleanse and condition, promoting shiny hair and healthy growth. If you struggle with scalp itchiness or acne, try adding lavender and/or lemon essential oil to your shampoo.

Essential oils are all natural and quite powerful. It's important to use them safely and follow instructions when using natural hair care products. Some oils can provoke skin irritation and it’s always a good bet to dilute them in a carrier oil (they do not dilute in water). But first, perform a patch test before using essential oils for the first time. Apply a drop of oil onto a small patch of skin. If no irritation occurs then the oil is safe to use topically, after you’ve diluted it.

Regular, weekly use of a face mask can do wonders to deeply hydrate and cleanse your face. Why not try one for your hair? Another amazing way to use essential oils is to make a hair mask before you shower. There are many all-natural recipes you can find online, but the magic formula is to dilute your chosen essential oil with a carrier cream or oil. Coconut oil is a popular carrier to mix with essential oils because it has vitamin E, lauric acid, and capric acid -— all of which help strengthen hair and protect it from damage caused by environmental factors.

Try mixing 1-2 ripe avocados, 1 tbsp of coconut oil, and 10 drops of essential oil. If the avocados are too much for you, try mixing 1-2 tbsp of coconut or olive oil with 5 drops of essential oil. Add this mixture to your scalp and hair, massage it gently with your fingers, put on a shower cap for 30 minutes, and then wash it out in the shower with your normal shampoo. You’ll likely be able to get away with skipping the conditioner but it depends on your hair.

Trying using essential oils in your hair consistently for at least six months and consider giving yourself a scalp massage each time you use them. Part your hair and apply the mixture in sections. Press your fingers firmly into your scalp, rotating slowly and moving the skin across your skull. Feel the moisture sink in, focus on being mindful, and breathe in the aromas for a fully invigorating mind and body experience. Essential oils are known for calming the mind, too!


The Nine Best Essential Oils For Natural Hair Care

Everyone deserves a healthy head of hair that helps them shine inside and out. We put together this all-natural hair care product guide to help you find the perfect fit. Any one of these essential oils can be blended with other natural hair care products or carrier oils. Use an all natural shampoo that helps nourish your hair and roots. Our Aloe & Protein Moisturizing Shampoo is sulfate-free that feeds your hair with a “protein shake” full of gentle botanicals and hair-strengthening ingredients and moisturizers.

Here is a list of the best essential oils for natural hair care. Enjoy!


Rosemary

Rosemary is a stimulating, herbaceous essential oil known for promoting thick hair growth, while alleviating itchiness and inflammation. It is good for all hair types, offering a cool sensation while unclogging pores and stimulating hair roots. Rosemary essential oil helps combat bacteria and fungi, improves circulation of blood in the scalp, and keeps sebaceous glands from producing too much oil. It has also been used to help people with thinning hair and to prevent premature graying, baldness, and alopecia.


Peppermint

Peppermint is an invigorating essential oil with a distinct hot and cold feeling. You can feel its healing properties cleansing your pores while simultaneously soothing the scalp. It can be used by people with both dry or greasy hair because it helps naturally balance oils on the scalp. Peppermint essential oil is known for stimulating the whole scalp and relieving inflammation. It seeps deep into your follicles to strengthen hair growth, thickness, and length. Rosemary and peppermint are a good combination!


Lavender

Lavender is a deeply relaxing essential oil that helps stimulate hair growth, fights scalp infections, and will leave your hair smelling divine. It can be used for hair of all types: oily, dry, or flaky. Lavender is good for helping both scalp acne and dandruff, while conditioning hair and leaving it shiny. Lavender essential oil is a great antiseptic and antifungal natural hair care product that improves scalp circulation, reduces itching, and balances oils in your hair with a restorative effect. If you’re looking for hair regrowth, try mixing lavender with lemon and peppermint essential oils. You can also try leaving lavender in your hair overnight for an aromatherapeutic effect and peaceful night's sleep.


Clary Sage

Sage has historically been used to relieve anxiety, insomnia, and cramping. It has a refreshing minty smell that penetrates hair roots and stimulates growth. Like lavender, clary sage essential oil contains linalyl acetate, which helps improve hair strength -- making it less likely to break and more likely to grow longer. It is particularly useful in preventing or reversing premature hair thinning and balding. Try adding other floral essential oils such as lavender and geranium to help condition hair, improve shine, and smell amazing.


Ylang Ylang

Ylang ylang is a floral and fruity essential oil known for improving growth, conditioning hair, and balancing scalp oils, while exuding a heavenly scent. It has antiseptic properties and is ideal for people with dry scalps and hair. Ylang ylang essential oil helps remove dirt, dead skin and old sebum on the scalp, while alleviating acne and eczema. It can also be used as aromatherapy to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress. Ylang ylang can be combines nicely with lavender and rose essential oils.


Vetiver

Vetiver essential oil is a woody and smokey smelling extract from aromatic grass roots. Vetiver essential oil cools the body and mind, which may help reduce stress - and hair loss! The oil’s antioxidants may help prevent premature aging of hair follicles. This relaxing essential oil is good for scalp massages or for overnight use in men and women.


Lemon

Lemon is known for its clean, citrus scent and antiseptic properties. If you have oily hair or an acne prone scalp, lemon essential oil is good for balancing oils and preventing infections. It helps cleanse the scalp, removing dead skin, dirt, and dandruff.


Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has been proven to heal cuts, as well as combat bacteria, viruses, and fungus. It is a stimulating, antifungal essential oil best known for amazing effects on scalp (and skin) health. It soothes damaged skin and unclogs hair follicles with a cool feel. Tea tree essential oil treats dandruff, scalp itch, acne, infections, and inflammation. It can also help prevent hair loss and protect hair from damage. To treat dandruff, add a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo and massage into your hair. For regrowth, mix with coconut or almond oil. Always make sure to avoid your eyes and wash out this oil after about 20 minutes.


Cedar

Many people like cedar for its antifungal, antibacterial properties and woody yet fruity scent. Cedar essential oil stimulates hair follicles, increases circulation, combats hair thinning, and helps fight dandruff. It balances oil secretion from the sebaceous glands, which makes this natural hair care product perfect for dry or oily scalps. Woodsy scents appeal to those who shy away from florals. Sandalwood, tea tree oil, rosemary, peppermint, and lemon are also good essential oil choices for men’s hair care.


Where To Find The Best Natural Hair Care Products In San Francisco

Now that you’ve learned all about the best essential oils to use for your hair, it’s time to find the ones that are best for you. Heliotrope is an all natural skin care products boutique in the Bay Area that also offers natural hair care for men and women. If you’re in the San Francisco area, we’d love to have you in for a consult at Heliotrope SF for custom, individualized aromatherapy blends we make using our all-natural, pure essential oils. We hope to see you soon!

Written by Heliotrope San Francisco — September 11, 2018

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