How To Use Essential Oils for Hair Care

Using Essential Oils for Hair Care

Commercial hair care products contain hundreds of chemicals, some known to be hazardous, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). By using essential oils for hair and making your own hair care products, you can avoid these toxic chemicals.

Although some companies now make products claimed to be natural or organic, the EPA points out that the word 'natural' doesn't mean the product is natural or safe. In Techniques to Achieve Naturally Healthy Hair, the EPA lists the following safe, natural ingredients for hair care:

  • Aloe vera
  • Avocado oil
  • Chamomile
  • Honey 
  • Olive oil
  • Shea butter
  • Sunflower oil
  • Witch hazel
  • Essential oils

Healthy hair starts with what you put in your body. It's important to eat a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables, fruits, good-quality proteins, and omega-3 fats and to drink enough water.

Best Essential Oils for Hair

The best essential oils for your hair depend on the type of hair you have and its condition. However, all types of hair can likely benefit from carrot seed, lavender, Roman chamomile, or rosemary essential oil. 

Important: It's generally recommended that pregnant women and people with epilepsy avoid rosemary.

One of the easiest things you can do is add 8 to 10 drops of an essential oil to an 8-ounce bottle of shampoo. Make sure it's a nondetergent, unscented, preferably organic shampoo, and shake well before each use.

Or make your own shampoo:

  • 1/2 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1/2 cup distilled or filtered water
  • 1/2 teaspoon light olive oil or sunflower oil (leave out if you have oily hair)
  • 16 to 20 drops essential oil(s) of your choice
  1. Very gently (to avoid creating foam) stir the ingredients together.
  2. Pour mixture into a clean squeeze bottle and use as you would normally use shampoo.

The rest of this article gives you aromatherapy recipes for normal hair care. Also see:

Essential Oils for Dry Hair

Essential Oils for Oily Hair

Essential Oils for Dandruff

Essential Oils for Hair Growth

Normal Hair Aromatherapy Shampoo & Rinse

For the following shampoo recipe, add oils to the bottle of shampoo. Shake the bottle well before each use.

  • 8-ounce bottle of shampoo
  • 6 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops rosemary or lemon essential oil

Herbal Hair Rinse

  • 3 drops essential oil of your choice
  • 1 pint herbal tea
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice
  1. Mix ingredients. Shake well.
  2. After shampooing, shake well and pour over scalp and hair. 
  3. Leave the rinse on for several minutes, and then wash it off. 
  4. Store leftover rinse in refrigerator and use within three days.

Source: Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art

Essential Oils for Normal Hair Treatment 

Use the following hair treatment by rubbing one teaspoon of the mixture into your hair and scalp. Leave the treatment on your hair for several hours. You can also leave the treatment on overnight by wrapping your head in a towel before you go to bed.

  • 8 drops thyme
  • 6 drops sage
  • 6 drops chamomile
  • 5 drops lavender
  • 2 tablespoons jojoba oil

Source: 500 Formulas For Aromatherapy

Intensive Hair Treatment

Blend the following oils:

  • 6 drops lavender essential oil
  • 6 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) jojoba oil
  1. Massage the blend into your hair and scalp: 
  2. Wrap your hair in plastic, and then wrap the plastic with a towel. 
  3. Leave this treatment in your hair for 20 to 30 minutes, and then shampoo.

Source: Healing With Aromatherapy

Simple Hair Treatment

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil  
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil 
  • 1 drop bay essential oil 

Leave the treatment on your hair for 10 to 20 minutes, and then shampoo.

Source: EcoBeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, and Bath Bombs

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