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 care 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 the booklet Techniques to Achieve Naturally Healthy Hair, the EPA lists the following safe, natural ingredients:
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.
The best essential oils for hair depend on your type of hair and its condition. Feeding Your Skin suggests you can use geranium, lavender, rosemary, and ylang-ylang for all hair types.
The rest of this article focuses on essential oils and blends for normal hair care. Also see:
The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness suggests these good essential oils for normal hair care:
To that list, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy adds cedarwood, sweet orange, and eucalyptus lemon. The book offers the following two essential oil blends for hair:
Stimulating Shampoo Blend
Mix essential oils and then add to the shampoo.
Moisturizing Shampoo Blend
Mix essential oils with borage oil. Add the blend to the shampoo.
Adding essential oils to a bottle of shampoo is the easiest way to use essential oils for the hair. 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. The book suggests clary sage, geranium, or lavender for normal hair.
Note: This shampoo is thin and doesn't lather.
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 it on overnight by wrapping your head in a towel before you go to bed.
Source: 500 Formulas For Aromatherapy
Source: Healing With Aromatherapy
Massage the blend into scalp and hair. Leave the treatment on your hair for 10 to 20 minutes, and then shampoo.
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