Essential Oils for Natural Hair Care

JoAnne Gaudioso

Care for your hair—without chemicals. All-natural essential oils are just as effective in adding thickness and beauty to your hair. Whether you’re losing hair, have bald spots, or have a receding hairline, try one of these top essential oils for hair growth: rosemary, ylang ylang, and frankincense.

All three of these essential oils offer many other benefits when you use them.

Powerful and fresh rosemary nourishes your scalp, promoting hair growth and thicker hair. It’s loaded with antioxidants that can help keep your hair from thinning. Rosemary helps with blood circulation and increases cellular metabolism, so it’s wonderful for stimulating hair follicles, resulting in longer and stronger hair growth. It’s also thought to slow down hair loss and graying. Rosemary also aids in eliminating dandruff and dry, itchy scalps.

Like rosemary, ylang ylang works as a hair conditioner, stimulating hair follicles and promoting hair growth. Ylang ylang stimulates the sebaceous glands, which secrete a lubricating oil matter called sebum into the hair follicles. This lubricates skin and hair, giving another benefit to your tresses: prevention of split ends and damage. On another note, ylang ylang mixed with coconut oil and apple cider vinegar can aid in getting rid of lice.

Frankincense is another great essential oil that promotes a healthy scalp. It moisturizes existing hair follicles, which helps prevent and treat hair loss. Frankincense cleanses the scalp and increases blood circulation to the scalp. Frankincense has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that help get rid of scalp infections along with other skin conditions.

How To Use

Take 3 to 5 drops of essential oil and mix it with several drops of a carrier oil such as jojoba oil or olive oil. Massage into the scalp and leave it for a few hours before washing your hair.

Mix essential oils into your shampoo or conditioner. For every 10 ml of shampoo, add 10 drops of oil. Do a small patch first to make sure you don’t have any allergic reaction.

Healthy Scalp Spray

In a 4oz. spray bottle, mix:

* 10-15 drops rosemary, 10-15 drops lavender, 10-15 drops tea tree, 10-15 drops peppermint, and 10-15 drops frankincense.

* Top with distilled water.

Shake and spray your roots after you wash your hair while it is still wet. Dry and style as usual.

For more information about using essential oils for hair care, please contact JoAnne Gaudioso by text or phone at 480-225-5224 or email at [email protected].