Essential Oils: Undeniably Amazing

April 16, 2014 in HAIR CARE, PRODUCTS, UNCONDITIONED ROOTS by mkabba

Essential Oils

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Essential Oils also referred to as EOs. These oils are considered “essential” as they carry a distinctive scent, or essence, of the plant from which the oil is extracted. Essential oils are volatile, and are usually derived from the non-seed parts of the plants. Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation.

Essential oils are very useful in homemade hair care products and many of them are great for treating scalp conditions such as tea tree oil for dandruff, rosemary for dry hair and faster hair growth, lavender for dry scalp, and peppermint for itchy scalp and to stimulate hair growth.

Generally speaking essential oils for hair aid in faster hair growth, reduce dandruff and hair loss, and minimise symptoms of alopecia areta.

If you are anything like me,  a ‘do it yourselfer’, you can create some amazingly beneficial hair care products for your hair for example making your own Oil Mix concoction infused with the BEST 100% natural hair care carrier and essential oils to promote healthier and faster growing hair.  Or alternatively you can enhance your shop bought products by adding a few drops to them for added benefits. Usually essential oils are used very sparingly because they are so concentrated.

There are several essential oils that can be used for various hair and scalp conditions, BUT no this does not mean you need all of them. The beauty about essential oils is once you find one that is perfect for your hair you can make it a staple hair oil and you will continually see results.

Below, are listed a number of popular essential oils used for hair, they can either be sparingly used on their own or mixed and infused with carrier oils or other natural hair products to achieve a desired Hair product. You can mix essential oils with carrier oils and massage the mixture into the scalp to stimulate blood flow to the scalp and encourage hair growth. I do this DAILY! 

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Popular Essential Oils:

Lavender Oil:

for dry hair & dandruff.  Not only known for its gorgeous scent, it has proven hair benefits and is good for all hair types.  Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. It is a good treatment for dandruff and itching, helpful in controlling hair breakage and improving hair growth. Most widely known to treat alopecia areata, a condition where you lose excessive hair, especially in patches. Daily massage with lavender oil has proven to help significant re-growth and gives you the results in a few months. Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including jojoba, rosemary and tea tree oils.

Chamomile Oil:  

chamomile is known to  soothe the nerves  and it does the same for your hair and scalp, in fact it is the most soothing of the essential oils for the hair and scalp. Chamomile helps to retract skin cells that have been inflamed from chemical procedures, and harsh weather conditions and helps with itching scaly scalp and dandruff.

Peppermint Oil:

helps to stimulate blood flow to the root of the hair. This is very important for hair as it helps the hair to receive proper nourishment. This in turn will lead to hair growth. That tingly feeling when peppermint oil is felt on the scalp is actually the stimulation of  blood flow to hair.

Rosemary Oil – for dry hair & dandruff.  Is another oil which doubles as a fragrant oil and an essential oil. The oil is derived from the rosemary plant and is very useful for dandruff problems and flaky itchy scalp. Rosemary oil stimulates the hair follicles; as a result hair, can grow longer and stronger.

Tea Tree Oil:

is a great moisturizer for the hair, it helps to keep the scalp free of bacteria and fungal problems. Tea tree oil unblocks the sebaceous glands and encourage the flow of the scalp’s own moisturizing oils while clearing away dead skin cells. Tea tree oil mixed with other essential oils is especially good as a scalp treatment for relieving dandruff.

Lemon Oil:

for oily hair & dandruff.  is especially beneficial for oily hair, it is recommended that persons with dry hair not use lemon oil, it is a good treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and under-active sebaceous glands

Myrrh Oil:

On the other hand myrrh is very good for dry hair. It helps with the treatment for dry scalp, dandruff problems and under-active sebaceous glands. Use instead of lemon oil if your hair is not oily.

Sandalwood Essential Oil (for dry hair)

Peppermint Essential Oil (oily hair)

Geranium Essential Oil (for dry hair)

Cedarwood Essential Oil (dandruff)

Thyme Essential Oil (dandruff)

Cypress Essential Oil (oily hair)

 

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What I love especially about essential oils is their therapeutic and beautiful smells. Each essential oil will have its own distinct fragrance and some you may LOVE, and some you may NOT.

The best fragrances to use are the natural ones  as synthetic fragrances can damage hair. Pure Essential oils are PERFECT, when diluted in carrier oils, for those of us who like to add a subtly nice aroma/scent to our hair (EVERYONE loves sweet smelling hair). Simply put a few drops on either your comb, in your final hair rinse water or in your favourite Oil Mix and your hair is guaranteed to smell undeniably amazing while being conditioned.

My Personally Favoured Fragrant Essential Oils: Rosemary, Lavender, Sandalwood, Tea Tree & Lemon grass!

 

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Scalp Massage:

When using these oils it is very vital that you also incorporate a light scalp massage into your daily hair regimen, to help infuse the oils into the scalp and penetrate through to the hair shaft. REMEMBER TO BE GENTLE!

Use 3-6 drops of 100% pure essential oil/s on your fingertips and lightly massage into scalp. This stimulates and promotes healthy, lengthy hair growth and revitalises sleeping hair follicles.

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