Which essential oils are good for hair?

Now only women, but men also want to look great and for everyone to have a great outlook, having beautiful strong and healthy hair is very important. But, a big issue faced by both the genders is hair loss which must be treated.

While in the womb, the hair follicles starts growing on fetus as soon as the 22nd week.  The hair grows out of these follicles. It is but natural that the hair density reduces with as we grow up. This occurs because of the expansion of hair scalp with age.

Causes of Hair Loss

  • Allergy
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Pregnancy
  • Stress (Physical/ Mental/ Emotional)
  • Toxicity
  • Hereditary/ Genetic issues
  • Vitamin and Mineral deficiencies
  • Thyroid problem
  • Exposure to Toxic environment

A lot of people seek natural ways to treat this problem through various food items, hair products and essential oils etc.

Best Hair Oils Qualities:

  1. Fast hair growth
  2. Hair fall solution
  3. Nourishment of hair follicles and hair strands
  4. Stimulation of hair re-growth
  5. Hair conditioning
  6. Solution to dryness and frizz
  7. Prevention of split ends

Treating Hair with Natural Essential Oils

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar (EO Infused)
    It is one of the best natural oils used as a hair tonic.
    Procedure:

    • Take three drops of Rosemary Oil and Lavender oil each
    • Mix in one tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar
    • Add this mixture to the final rinsing water after washing your hair, normally as you do, with shampoo
    • This solution acts as a neutralizer, and helps in balancing your scalp’s pH levels

  2. Carrot Seed Oil
    Found in the Northern Europe areas, this oil is not only used as an excellent tonic for skin but is highly nutritional for your hair. Wild carrots are used to gather this oil. It is known for its detoxification, hair growth and hormones regulation properties. Although the carrots are odorless but the head of seeds are pungent.
    Procedure:

    • Blend 4 drops of carrot seed oil with 2 drops of rose-otto and 4 drops of frankincense oil
    • Add in 4 tablespoons of coconut oil in the above mixture
    • Massage this oil blend on you hair scalp
    • Let it stay on your head for an hour or two
    • Rinse off with shampoo

  3. Cedarwood OilThis oil, with a woodsy warm scent, stimulates the hair growth from hair follicles by increasing the flow of blood towards the scalp, reducing the hair loss, treating thinning of hair and alopecia (autoimmune skin disease). It is also used for treating dandruff and hair health. It works by balancing the oil production from scalp glands and acting as a anti-fungal and antibacterial.
    Procedure:

    • Take 2 to 3 drops of cedarwood essential oil and blend it with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
    • Massage this oil mixture on your scalp and through the strands of your hair
    • Wash your hair with shampoo

  4.  Chamomile OilThe word ‘chamomile’ has a Greek origin, meaning Chamai: ‘on the ground’ and Melon:’apple’, thus, giving this oil an apple scent and a non-greasy texture to the hair. A blue-green colored oil that has calming and relaxing properties that soothes and act as an anti-inflammatory agent. It protects the hair against the pollutants and prevents damage. It is used for treating dandruff, dermatitis and psoriasis as well as for relieving itchy and dry scalp.
    Procedure:

    • Take 3 drops of chamomile  oil and add 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil
    • Massage this oil mixture on your scalp and through the strands of hair
    • Wash your hair with shampoo

  5. Clary SageThis oil has hormonal balancing properties along with its calming and relaxing qualities. The musty nutty scented Clary Sage oil promotes the hair growth and prevents dandruff by limiting the production of sebum. It is known to contain Phytoestrogen agent that is very good for women’s reproductive health which increases the metabolic activity and regeneration of the cells, leading to reversal of premature balding.
    Procedure:

    • Take 10 drops of clary sage oil and add 2 tablespoons of carrier coconut oil
    • Massage this oil mixture on your scalp and through the strands of your hair
    • Wash your hair with shampoo

    Caution: Avoid the usage of this oil if you are pregnant as it causes uterus contractions.


  6. Cypress Essential Oil Cypress is one of the oldest trees that are almost seventeen years old. Oil is extracted from the twigs of this tree. The oil extracted has a smoky earthy scent. It is a constituent of various hair growth formulas as it increases the blood circulation and strengthens the capillaries. metabolic activity and regeneration of the cells, leading to reversal of premature balding.
    Procedure:

    • Take 4 drops of orange essential oil and cypress oil and add in them 2 drops of manuka oil
    • Add the mixture in 4 tablespoons of carrier jojoba oil
    • Massage this oil mixture on your scalp and through the strands of your hair
    • Wash your hair with shampoo

     


  7. Helichrysum OilIt is a member of Asteraveae family of plants that is found in the Mediterranean region. The oil extracted from this plant has regenerative properties that promotes hair growth by improving the circulation of blood to the scalp. It also has anti-inflammatory characteristics that supports the nutrients supply to the hair.
    Procedure:

    • Take almost 4 drops of helichrysum oil and rosemary oil
    • Add this mixture in 5 drops of lavender oil
    • Massage this oil mixture on your scalp and through the strands of your hair
    • Let it stay for an hour or two
    • Wash your hair with shampoo

  8. Lavender OilWith a heavenly scent, Lavender has calming, soothing and relaxing qualities along with anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic and regenerative characteristics that supports fast hair growth. It reduces the stress levels, promotes gentle behavior towards other people and moisturizes the scalp by balancing the production of sebum.
    Procedure:

    • Take 8-10 drops of Lavender oil and add it in 4 table spoons of carrier oil
    • Massage this oil mixture on your scalp and through the strands of your hair
    • Let it stay overnight
    • Wash your hair with shampoo in the morning

  9. Lemon Seed OilThe lemon peel has a citric traits, with  anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-infection qualities that resolve the acne and dandruff problems. It also eliminates the oil from the scalp.
    Procedure:

    • Take 5-6 drops of lemon seed essential and add 2 tablespoons of carrier jojoba oil
    • Massage this oil mixture on your scalp
    • Leave for an hour or two
    • Wash your hair with shampoo and use conditioner

    Caution: Lemon is photo toxic therefore you should abstain from exposure to sun after application of Lemon seed oil.


  10. Patchouli Essential Oil 
    With an exotic scent, this essential oil has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that come from the fields of Philippines, India and Indonesia. It has a sensual earthy characteristics that it cures skin and scalp problems like dandruff, eczema, dermatitis and hair fall etc and promotes the hair growth.
    Procedure:

    • Take 2 drops of patchouli oil
    • Add this in 2 tablespoons of argan oil
    • Massage this oil mixture on your scalp
    • Leave for an hour or two
    • Wash your hair with shampoo and use conditioner

  11. Peppermint OilA spearmint-water mint hybrid, the peppermint oil has a pungent menthol scent that has a cooling effect that is known to rejuvenate and revive the lost energy and stimulate positive nature from within the person. It increases the flow of blood towards the scalp, inducing hair growth by unclogging the pores on scalp.
    Procedure:

    • Take 2 drops of peppermint oil and 4 drops of Lavender oil
    • Warm up 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and add the above mentioned oils
    • Massage this oil mixture on your scalp for about half an hour.
    • Wash your hair with shampoo

    Caution:
    Peppermint oil may cause irritation on skin therefore a patch test must be done before its application to prevent any adverse effects.


  12. Rosemary OilOne of the best oils used for promoting hair growth and enhancing the strength of hair strands. With a powerful woody minty smell, it increases the metabolism of cells and acts as a tonic for refreshing and clearing the scalp off of the dandruff, excess oil. It stimulates the blood flow towards the hair follicles along with the nutrients. It cures itching of scalp.
    Procedure:

    • Take 10 drops of rosemary oil and add it in 2 tablespoons of olive oil
    • Massage this oil mixture on your scalp and through the strands of hair
    • Wrap up your hair in a hot water dipped  towel
    • Let it stay for half an hour
    • Wash your hair with shampoo
    • Apply this oil once a month

    Caution: Do not apply rosemary oil if pregnant.


  13. Tea Tree Oil
    This oil has been used since ages for its potent anti-fungal and antimicrobial characteristics. It has a fresh woody aroma, that evaporates as applied. It clears out dandruff from the scalp and moisturizes it, thus relieving dryness and itching.
    Procedure:

    • Take 2 drops of tree oil and add it in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and almond oil.
    • Massage this oil mixture on your scalp
    • Let it stay for thirty minutes
    • Wash your hair with shampoo
    • Apply this oil once a month

  14. Thyme Essential OilThyme increases the flow of blood towards the scalp region thus promoting the hair growth. It is a potent oil therefore should be used with special care. One of the available thyme oil contains an active agent known as ‘thymol’ which can irritate the skin therefore special care should be taken while it purchase. Make sure that you buy Thyme linalool as it serves as the best skin softener.
    Procedure:

    • Take 2 drops of thyme oil
    • Add it in 3 drops of Lavender oil and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
    • Massage this oil mixture on your scalp
    • Let it stay for about twenty minutes
    • Wash your hair with shampoo

  15. Vetiver Oil
    Vetiver oil, coming from Nepal and India, has a thick brown consistency and an earthy woody aroma. It aids best in reduction of hair loss through the enhancement of hair growth. It prevents early graying of hair strands as well as baldness caused due to stress. It has calming and soothing properties, relieves tension and stops the hair follicles from aging prematurely.
    Procedure:

    • Take 5 drops of vetiver essential oil
    • Add it in 2 tablespoons of almond oil
    • Massage this oil mixture on your scalp thoroughly
    • Let it stay for almost 2 hours.
    • Wash your hair with shampoo

  16. Ylang YlangWith a beautiful scent and a long lasting musty aroma, Ylang oil is known to be one of a best quality oils available naturally that possesses soothing and relaxing qualities. It promotes the volume of hair, and gets rid of split-ends. By reducing the production of sebum, Ylang oil not only improves the strength of hair but also balances the pH levels of the sclap, making it suitable for itchy dry scalp. It also gets rid of head lice.
    Procedure:

    • Take 5 drops of ylang ylang oil
    • Add it in 2 tablespoons of olive or coconut carrier oil
    • Massage this oil mixture on your scalp thoroughly
    • Let it stay for almost an hours.
    • Wash your hair with shampoo

Essential Carrier Oils:


Essential Oil Blends:

  1. Rosemary, Coconut Oil
  2. Rosemary, Cedarwood and Sage Hair Oil