The hair product aisle can be overwhelming with the amount of marketing that’s displayed on the plethora of bottles, tubes, jars, and, sprays. We seem to want so much from our hair products, from shiner to thicker, we’re on the look out for how to improve our locks.

But, it can get pricey!¬†Plus, do you really know what’s in the products (i.e. chemicals) you’re rubbing into your scalp?

There are many essential oils that are excellent for improving and maintaining healthy hair, and – bonus! – they’re natural and cheaper when solutions when you can make your own. Here are 6 essential oils you’ll want on hand, and in your hair!

Cedarwood

Cedarwood has a woodsy scent – different from the others on this list – and is often used to treat dandruff. Aside from it’s clarifying properties like reducing skin irritation, this oil helps balance the secretion of the sebaceous glands making it applicable for both dry and oily scalps.

Cedarwood has been used to treat thinning hair and in one study was shown to improve symptoms of alopecia by stimulating hair follicles and boosting circulation to the scalp.

Use it at home:
Mix with carrier oil and apply directly to scalp to reduce dandruff or oily hair.

Chamomile 

Chamomile’s sweet and fruity scent smells wonderful and the anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, and anti-itching qualities can work wonders on dry, dandruffy scalps. It also conditions the hair to protect it from environmental pollutants making for a shiner and softer texture. If you use chamomile as a conditioning rinse, it can also lighten your hair naturally!

Use it at home:
Add a few drops to 1-2 tablespoons of coconut or jojoba oil and rub into scalp to give your hair a protective coating. This does not have to be rinsed out and will leave your hair smelling fresh!

Clary Sage

Clary sage’s woody yet herbaceous scent is likely best known for it’s ability to help balance hormones and encourage restful sleep. However, it’s also a useful oil to promote healthy hair and scalp. Especially great for combating dry scalp and hair as it helps regulate oil production. It’s very nourishing and has moisturizing qualities making your hair glossy and soft.

Use it at home:
Boost hair growth by combining equal parts clary sage and jojoba or coconut oil and massage into the scalp. Wash out with your regular shampoo after 30 minutes.

Lavender

One of the most popular oils, one study has shown to increase the number of follicles which also grow deeper for a fuller head of hair. The calming effects of lavender help from a stress level to combat thinning hair, while also helping balance oil production on your scalp.

Use it at home:
For an at-home spa treatment, mix 2TB warmed olive or coconut oil with 10 drops lavender and massage into your scalp.Cover your head with a towel and leave in overnight, washing out in the morning.

Peppermint

Peppermint has cooling and stimulating properties that improves blood flow to the scalp and is rejuvenating for the hair follicles. peppermint has been shown to promote hair growth and thickness.

Use it at home:
Add 2-3 drops of peppermint to your shampoo for a rejuvenating wake me up!

Rosemary

Rosemary may be a great cooking oil, but it should also be part of your healthy hair arsenal. Rosemary works well for those with dandruff as it minimizes itchiness of the scalp, and helps prevent split ends. A property of rosemary is boosting cellular metabolism which promotes healing while stimulating hair growth.

Use it at home:
Try a hot oil treatment! Warm 3 Tbsp olive oil and add 10 drops of rosemary oil once it’s cooled down. Apply to your scalp and cover it with a towel dipped in hot water. Wash off with shampoo after 30 minutes. Do this once a week for a month to reduce greasiness, control dandruff, and promote thick hair growth.

 

Published by Samantha Kellgren

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