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 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 your hair depend on the type of hair you have and its condition.
For general hair care, The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness suggests these essential oils:
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. Shake gently before each use.
Or make your own shampoo:
Note: This shampoo is thin and doesn't lather.
The rest of this article gives you aromatherapy recipes for normal hair care. Also see:
For the following shampoo recipe, add oils to the bottle of shampoo. Shake the bottle well before each use.
Herbal Hair Rinse
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
Blend the following oils:
Source: Healing With Aromatherapy
Leave the treatment on your hair for 10 to 20 minutes, and then shampoo.
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