When I decided to begin a healthy hair regimen, I researched countless products to see which were most beneficial. The two mentioned most often were essential oils and carrier oils. An essential oil is a concentrated liquid derived from various sections of plants, while a carrier oil is used to dilute essential oils and carry them onto your hair. When used together, they play a significant role in achieving and maintaining healthy hair. Although there are dozens of essential oils and carrier oils — each offering great benefits — here are the ones I’ve found most useful for hair issues like hair loss, dry scalp, split ends, dandruff and oily hair.
Tea Tree Essential Oil is widely used to treat head lice and dandruff, but it’s also great for people who have oily scalp and hair. Tea tree oil has a very strong smell, but it’s unmatched when it comes to cleansing and purifying the scalp.
Rosemary Essential Oil is used to promote hair growth and treat alopecia because it stimulates blood flow to the scalp and aids in cell division. It’s also said to prevent hair loss and graying.
Lavender Essential Oil is used to promote hair growth and stop hair breakage. It’s also used to treat dry scalp, dandruff, itchy scalp and alopecia.
Peppermint Essential Oil stimulates blood vessels which promote hair growth. It’s also used to soothe the scalp and minimize scalp oil.
Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil is believed to promote thicker and fuller hair. It’s also used to balance scalp oil production, and treat split ends and hair breakage.
Now that you know which essential oils are best for healthy hair, it’s time to choose carrier oils to use with them.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is one of the most popular carrier oils because you can use it for everything. It’s great for treating dandruff and moisturizing dry hair and scalp.
Unrefined Coconut Oil is believed to prevent hair breakage and promote hair growth. It also reduces protein loss in hair, and is great for moisturizing dull, dry hair.
Castor Oil is used to reduce split ends, prevent scalp infections, and moisturize and hydrate dry hair. It’s great for thick, kinky and curly hair, but can weigh-down fine hair if used daily.
Sweet Almond Oil softens hair and soothes the scalp. It also reduces inflammation of hair follicles, locks in moisture, and may prevent hair loss and breakage.
Jojoba Oil is used most frequently in shampoos and conditioners because it’s the closest oil to sebum, and it coats, protects and strengthens hair. It also promotes hair growth and prevents hair from becoming too oily.
Avocado Oil is loaded with the vitamins and nutrients that your hair need. It’s great for boosting shine and moisturizing and strengthening your hair.
Experiment with different essential and carrier oils to determine which are best for you. Essential oils have a very strong smell, so you’re likely to love some and hate others. No matter which ones you choose, always dilute them with carrier oils before applying them to your hair. Here’s how: add 12 to 15 drops of essential oil to 1 fluid ounce of carrier oil. My favorite hair oil recipe consists of 2 oz. extra virgin olive oil, 1 oz. coconut oil, 1 oz. jojoba oil, 24 drops of lavender essential oil, 12 drops of rosemary essential oil and 12 drops of tea tree essential oil. Just combine the ingredients in a plastic container and you’re ready to go. Apply the oil to your hair and scalp once or twice daily for maximum benefits. You can also pour the oils into your shampoo and conditioner, if desired.