Using essential oils for dry hair care offers a natural option to improve the condition of your hair. You also need to look at the underlying cause of the dryness. Are you using a harsh shampoo or exposing your hair to too much heat or other harsh conditions? Do you have a health condition affecting your hair? Addressing all the factors will give you the best results.
Aromatherapy For Dummies recommends the following essential oils for dry hair care:
The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness states the best essential oils for dry hair are geranium, lavender, palmarosa, rosemary, rosewood, and sandalwood.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy lists the following essential oils:
The book suggests the following two shampoo blends. Add the oil blend to 3.5 ounces (100 ml) of natural, unscented shampoo. (For an 8-ounce bottle of shampoo, double the blend.)
Simple Dry Hair Aromatherapy Shampoo
Healing With Aromatherapy suggests adding the following to an 8-ounce bottle of unscented shampoo:
You can also experiment with this dry hair aromatherapy shampoo by using any of the listed essential oils to see which ones work best for you.
Aromatherapy, A Holistic Guide to Natural Healing With Essential Oils says you can use up to 80 drops of essential oil (depending on the oils and your sensitivity to them) in an 8-ounce bottle of shampoo. For dry hair care, the book suggests cedarwood, lavender, or sandalwood.
Hot Oil Treatment
That book also suggests this hot oil treatment before shampooing:
For dry, damaged hair, use this rescue mask:
For a dry hair treatment, massage 1 teaspoon of the following blend into your hair and scalp and leave it on for at least several hours. To leave the blend on overnight, wrap your head in a towel before going to bed.
Source: 500 Formulas For Aromatherapy
Another hair treatment option is to spend two to three minutes massaging the following blend into your hair and scalp. Let the treatment stay on for 60 to 90 minutes, and then wash your hair:
Source: Essential Oils Desk Reference
A third treatment option:
Leave the blend on your hair for at least 30 minutes. Source: Feeding Your Skin
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