5 Best Essential Oils for Hair
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If you want healthy, long hair, essential oils should be your go-to ingredients for success. These potent oils do everything from combating hair loss to zapping away dandruff.
The oils can be used for hair masks, hot oil treatments, and added to every product you put in your hair.
Sometimes we hear about certain beneficial ingredients, but we don’t know why they’re so beneficial, or how to adopt them into our daily hair care routines. In this article, we’ll look at five excellent oils for the hair and how to use them. If you want to know how to get gorgeous, healthy locks within weeks, keep reading.
Here are five of the best essential oils for hair:
Eucalyptus oil is known to make hair thicker, shinier, and healthier. Massage 1-2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to your scalp to stimulate the hair follicles and speed growth.
It is a natural pesticide, so it works to kill head lice and scalp fungus. It helps cleanse the follicles so that your cells can do their job of growing hair.
Mix the essential oil into your shampoos and conditioners to ward off dandruff and an itchy scalp.
You should never take eucalyptus by mouth because it can damage your organs.
Peppermint is an excellent choice for hair growth because it thickens, softens, and moisturizes the hair from the follicle. If you’re suffering from shedding or breakage, peppermint oil will help.
It is anti-inflammatory, and 7-10 drops can soothe and heal your scalp from dryness, itchiness, and dandruff.
You’ll also experience hair growth because it rejuvenates and stimulates the hair follicles by increasing blood flow and oxygen on the cellular level.
Rosemary is one of the only essential oils that is proven to help Alopecia, or hair loss. There are several types of alopecia, but rosemary helps with male and female pattern baldness by reducing dihydrotestosterone, or DHT levels. DHT is a hormone responsible for hair loss.
In a 2015 Iranian study of 100 bald men, researchers found that rosemary essential oil was as effective as the 2% Minoxidil drug found in Rogaine. Plus, when you use rosemary, you avoid unwanted side effects.
It works by increasing cellular metabolism and promoting blood flow to the scalp. It stimulates hair growth and helps reduce graying too.
Rosemary oil should never be consumed internally because it can cause epileptic convulsions, kidney damage, digestive problems, and death.
Lavender is one of the most useful essential oils to have in your stash because it has a multitude of uses for the hair, skin, and body. The oil has been the focal point of many studies, and researchers have found that it controls hair loss and stimulates growth.
Scientists in Scotland have found the oil effective in treating alopecia areata, hair loss triggered by an autoimmune reaction.
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To mix lavender into your hair products, add ten drops into an 8-oz. bottle. You can also apply 1-2 drops directly to your scalp to massage. The aroma of lavender is known to have a calming effect and can be used as a pleasant fragrance.
It should never be consumed, and its use may affect blood pressure and the central nervous system, so you should consult with a doctor first before using.
5. Tea Tree
Tea Tree is known for its cleansing properties and its ability to unclog the hair follicles. Tea tree and jojoba make the perfect combination to massage into your scalp. They will nourish your hair at the root and increase shine on the strand.
It has a tingling effect which many people find soothing. It can be used to treat dandruff and dry skin by applying it onto the scalp as a hot oil treatment with a carrier oil like jojoba, almond, castor, or olive. Or you can use it as a hair mask, mixed in a blender with coconut, avocado and honey.
Tea tree should never be taken orally and should be avoided during pregnancy because it can put both mother and baby at risk. And while it is helpful for most, it could irritate the skin, so always test a small amount first.
Using essential oils is an excellent natural way to get healthier, shinier, and longer hair. Each oil has antifungal and antimicrobial properties, making them the ideal choice for scalp issues like dandruff, and alopecia.
Essential oils are potent, so it’s important to dilute them with a carrier oil like almond, olive, coconut, avocado, or pumpkin seed oil. Also, be sure to test a diluted drop on a small patch of skin before use.
About the Author
Patrina is the founder of Naturalhairqueen.net; a blog to educate and inspire women with natural hair. Patrina just celebrated her 10-year natural hair anniversary, and achieved her goal of waist length hair. With the knowledge she has learned over the years she is dedicated to share her knowledge, and experience to educate women who wish to have moisturized, healthy natural long hair.