Essential oils can be your hairs best friend any time of the year. Their benefits are endless! They moisturize, sooth dry scalps, and help you’re blood circulation. I can on and on.
They are even more “essential” during the winter months. I have been wearing my hair natural for almost 20 years. From dreadlocs to my current afro, and have been using essential oils along this natural hair journey.
Working with essential oils is very easy. The most important thing to remember, is to use a carrier oil. You will blend your essential oil with a carrier oil. This is absolutely neccessary. Because essential oils are very concentrated, they will cause skin irritation if applied directly to your scalp. But first, let’s choose an essential oil. Here is a list of my top 5. I’m going to keep this simple. Every essential oil has a different benefit. I suggest trying different oils and see what your hair responds to best.
- Lavender Essential Oil– Improves blood circulation. Promotes hair growth. Prevents hair loss.
- Rosemary Essential Oil– Encourages blood circulation. Stimulates hair follicles. Fights premature graying and thinning hair.
- Clary Sage Essential Oil– Helps prevent and reverse premature balding. Extremely useful for dry scalp and hair. Makes curly and frizzy hair more manageable.
- Tea Tree Oil– Best rememdy for dandruff. Moisturizes the scalp, relieves dryness and itching. Uncloggs hair follicles, helping with the flow of skin oils.
- Peppermint Essential Oil– Improves blood flow. Rejuvenates hair follicles and promotes hair growth. Opens clogged pores and encourages normal flow of skins oils. Idea for people with dry scalp.
Once you have selected your essential oil of choice, you will now need to choose a carrier oil. As I mentioned earlier, it is absolutely positively neccessary that you blend your essential oil with a carrier oil to avoid skin irritations. A carrier oil is a vegetable oil used to dilute essential oils. Like essential oils, there are different carrier oils that have different benefits. Again, I’ll keep my list simple. Try different carrier oils to see what your hair responds to best.
- Jojoba Oil– Medium consistency. Moisturizes, feeds, and protects hair. Slows overproduction of oil, when used on oily scalps.
- Grapeseed Oil– Light and thin consistency. Great for oily hair Non allergenic. Easily immersed into hair.
- Sweet Almond Oil– Medium consistency. Promotes hair growth. Great for dry hair and scalp. Fast asorbing.
- Virgin Olive Oil– Thicker consistency. Helps prevent dry scalp and dandruff.
- Virgin Coconut Oil– Thicker consistency, will have to be heated on stove to liquify. Softens hair. Great for scalp. Promotes hair growth.
Here comes the fun part! Blending your essential oil with your carrier oil. First your going to need a container to store your blend in. Dark glass bottles are best if your going to make a large batch and keep it stored away. You can use a plastic bowl if your making just enough for a one time use. I personally like to use a hair color applicator. The point lets me penetrate my afro to fully reach my scalp.
You have your essential oil, you have your carrier oil, and you have your container. Let’s blend! I use this guide for how much essential oil to add to 1 oz of carrier oil. This 1 oz dilution can easily be mulitiplied or divided.
1 oz = 30 ml = 600 drops of oil
1% of 600 drops is 6
add 6 drops of essential oil for 1 oz of carrier oil
1 oz = 30 ml= 600 drops of oil
2% of 600 drops is 12
add 12 drops of essential oil for 1 oz of carrier oil
First pour your carrier oil into your container of choice. Next, add your essential oil. Then blend! Shake it in your bottle or stir it in your bowl. Then massage it into your hair and scalp. That’s it! These are also great to use as hot oil treatments.
I personally blend 2oz at a time, using the 2% dilution method. My oils of choice right now are rosemary essential oil and sweet almond oil as my carrier. I massage this into my hair and scalp every single night before going to bed.
Feel free to get crazy with it! You can mix essential oils, you can mix carrier oils, whatever your heart and hair desires. It’s all about what your hair responds to. What’s important is that you are keeping your hair and scalp healthy, especially during these colder months.