Friday, October 8, 2010

The Essentials

Essential oils* can play a very important role in taking care of our hair naturally.  You can mix them into shampoo, conditioners, or use them for hair conditioning benefits by themselves. 

*Due to the high potency of essential oils, they must be used in combination with a carrier oil. 

Olive Oil
Benefits: Extra virgin olive oil is rich in high levels of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which is good for hair growth. Antioxidants are beneficial as they slow the ageing process. Both mono-unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E are good for moisturizing, protecting and nourishing hair. Olive oil makes hair grow stronger. Olive oil has emollient properties, due to which olive oil for hair loss, is often recommended. Olive oil for hair care is great, for another reason. It helps in battling dandruff, which can be one of the reasons for hair loss. Olive oil is a carrier oil and my favorite of far.

Coconut Oil
Benefits: For deep conditioning, coconut oil is best applied directly to your hair. You can do this either with liquid or solidified coconut oil. Apply this to your hair right after shampooing.  Coconut oil is also great for managing dandruff caused by fungi.  The components lauric acid, vitamin E, and capric acid in it keep the hair strong, nourished and protected from effects of ageing.. A regular application can help you get rid of dandruffs for ever. Coconut oil is light and smells wonderful.  It can also be used to style the hair as well.  Coconut oil is a carrier oil.

Benefits: If you have a dull and frizzy hair, you can get rid of them using jojoba oil. It serves both the purposes of hair oil as well as hair conditioners. After shampooing your hair, pour a few drops jojoba oil into the conditioner and apply it to your hair. Then, rinse your hair thoroughly and you will get a thick shiny hair. It also provides protection against dandruff and give strength to the roots of the hair. Thus, it can control hair fall to a great extent.  Jojoba oil is a carrier oil.

Avocado Oil
Benefits: Avocado Oil is rich in nutrients, amino acids, and essential fatty acids, this nutritional oil is excellent for enhancing hair health. It supplies vitamins A, B, D, and E to nourish both hair follicles and the scalp.  It has natural humectant properties, adding and locking in moisture. This oil will give hair a glossy shine and silky texture. The amino acids will promote the growth of new hair cells.  This is also a great oil if you need to tame frizz.  Avocado oil is a carrier oil.
Sweet Almond Oil
Benefits: Sweet Almond Oil is one of the most useful, practical, and commonly used oils.   Regular use causes the hair to have a natural shine. When used in combination with egg yolk, jojoba oil, and  lavender essential oil, it helps fight against hair loss. In Ancient Egypt, SAO was often used in combination with castor oil to improve the hairs texture and smell and also to cure baldness and increase growth.  Sweet Almond Oil is a carrier oil.

Evening Primrose Oil
Benefits: Evening primrose has essential fatty acids that not only prevent nails from cracking but also help to keep them strong and healthy.  To prevent hair fall  apply EPO daily on the scalp and if possible before going to bed at night so that the hair follicles get a lot of time to seep in the nourishment provided by the oil.  Evening Primrose is a carrier oil.

Benefits: Rosemary oil and rosemary teas are used extensively for hair care in shampoos and lotions. Regular use of rosemary oil helps in stimulating follicles, as a result of which, hair grow longer and stronger. It is also believed that rosemary oil slows down premature hair loss and graying of hair. Hence it is an excellent tonic for bald people. Rosemary essential oil is also beneficial for dry and flaky scalps. Regular message of scalp with rosemary oil nourishes the scalp and removes dandruff. Further, it is often mixed with tea tree oil and basi oil to treat scalp problems.

Benefits: Lavender essential oil is used to treat a variety of conditions including alopecia (hair loss). It has been shown to promote the growth of hair and increase the rate of wound healing. In a study it was found that people suffering from alopecia who massaged their scalps with lavender and other essential oils daily for 7 months experienced significant hair re-growth. Thus lavender or a combination of lavender and other essential oils were responsible for the beneficial effects.

Tea Tree
Benefits: Tea tree oil is one of the most versatile essential oils for hair growth when it comes to hair treatments. This oil moisturizes the hair and minimizes oil production of the scalp, preventing greasy looking hair and leaving the scalp clean and dandruff-free. A few drops of tea tree oil can be added to olive oil for a mild but effective weekly treatment to deal with dandruff problems.


Benefits: Ylang-Lang stimulates the hair growth largely, stops early hair loss and also controls the sebum production and stimulates its effect.   It also helps retain moisture in hair roots and hair follicles. It prevents the dry skin and prevents over oily skin. It is often used to treat acne, Seborrhoea or Seborrhoeic Eczema.

Benefits:  Sage carries similar propeties found in Rosemary essential oil therefore it's commonly used for hair growth.  For those who do not wish to color their gray, it is a natural gray reducer, too.  It can be used in combination with others to balance scalp oils, and is found in blends for scar reduction and skin regeneration.  Warning: Do Not Use on Children or if Pregnant. 

Ingredients for gray eliminator spritz:
 1 teaspoon sage leaf 
1 teaspoon rosemary leaves
Add to 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, then strain.
 Put the cooled liquid in a spray bottle and apply every day directly on the scalp and hair where the gray appears. Leave on for up to 10 minutes, then shampoo and style as normal. It will take a few weeks to restore the hairs to their normal color, but only takes one or two applications per week to maintain the results.

Benefits: Clove increases circulation, and is noted to be one of the best EO's for growth.  By mixing three parts eucalyptus oil with one part clove oil and rubbing into the scalp it's often used to prevent hair loss.  Clove oil is often combined with citronella oil to form one of the most effective natural mosquito repellents available.

*When making your own oil conditioning treatment use 4 tablespoons of carrier oil (olive oil, almond oil, and castor oil, avacado oil and grapeseed oil are all carrier oils suitable for hair care), per drop of essential oil.

To make a hot oil treatment, mix your oils and place them in a plastic container or bag. Place in hot tap water for one minute (finger test before you apply to your scalp).

After normal shampooing, coat your hair with the oil and let it set for 5 – 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then cool water. Repeat if your hair is severely damaged.


  1. Can I apply the mix of olive oil and tea trea to my scalp everyday without rinsing out?

  2. Yes you can Jocelyne...sorry for the delayed response Sis...didnt notice your comment until just now. ~Kynxx

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