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Essential Oils for Split Ends…and All Your Other Hair Woes (1 of 2)

Do you use essential oils just for aromatherapy? If so, you’re missing out on a tonne of crazy benefits you may not even know about.

One of our favourite ways to use essential oils is for luxurious, healthy hair. Haircare products have gotten outrageously expensive, and the more “natural” their ingredients, the more you pay. But making your own products with essential oils is a great way to save money and use all-natural products that are actually good for your hair.

If you’d like to get started with your own all-natural haircare regime, this is a great place to begin!

What You Will Need

Lavender essential oil – lavender is a wonderful hydrator. It will deeply condition and repair split ends, dry hair and scalp and prevent breakage.

Cedarwood essential oil – cedarwood encourages hair growth by stimulating the follicles. It will strengthen your hair, repair split ends and prevent frizz.

Rosemary essential oil – rosemary also stimulates hair growth. It’s actually the most popular essential oil for this purpose. It promotes healthy, shiny, frizz-free hair, hydrates, and prevents breakage.

Peppermint essential oil – peppermint stimulates the scalp for healthy hair growth. It also acts as a balancer for oily hair.

Lemon essential oil – lemon acts as an astringent to clean and remove oily buildup.

Clary sage essential oil – clary sage is another stimulant to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss. As an added benefit, clary sage is a natural antidepressant and absorbs especially well through the hair follicles on the scalp.

Tea tree essential oil – tea tree oil is a natural anti-fungal and stimulant. It promotes hair growth, prevents hair loss, effectively treats cradle cap and dandruff, and kills and repels head lice.

Carrier oils – such as almond, grapeseed, or fractionated coconut oil.

Glass spray bottles

Small glass bottles

Witch Hazel

If you can’t find your containers locally, you can easily find them on Amazon.

You can always mix the essential oils as needed for your hair treatments, but it’s great to have all your blends made ahead of time for quick access. You’ll need to use coloured glass containers to store your blends in to keep the oils from breaking down.

Are you ready to make your hair gorgeous?

Great! Let’s get to it!

Split End Leave-in Hair Treatment

  • 10-20 drops rosemary
  • 10-20 drops lavender
  • 10-20 drops cedarwood
  • Spray bottle

Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and shake well before each use. Spray all over hair after shampooing and while it’s still wet, applying more especially liberally to the ends.

This treatment also works especially well as a heat protectant and frizz-tamer. It will leave your hair feeling luxurious and soft.

Split End Pre-Wash Treatment

  • 2 drops clary sage
  • 2 drops lavender
  • Carrier oil

Mix these oils with about 1.25 ml of a carrier oil, and apply liberally to the hair especially at the ends. Leave on at least 20 minutes, or overnight. Wash as usual.

Use this treatment once a month to repair and prevent split ends and breakage.

Dandruff Treatment #1

  • 5 drops lemon
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 1 drop rosemary
  • Carrier oil

Mix with about 1.25 ml of carrier oil in your hand and massage vigorously into scalp for 2-3 minutes. You may shampoo immediately, or for maximum benefits, leave on overnight. Use once a week or as needed. This mixture can also be made ahead of time by tripling the ingredients and storing in a glass bottle. 

Dandruff Treatment #2

  • 10 drops lavender
  • 10 drops tea tree
  • Your favourite shampoo

Simply drop the essential oils into your bottle of shampoo and use as normal to keep scalp healthy and flake-free.

Dry Scalp and Dandruff Mist #1 (for extremely dry and itchy scalp)

  • 10 drops lemon
  • 10 drops lavender
  • 5 drops rosemary

Combine the essential oils in a spray bottle and fill with purified water. Shake well and spray directly onto scalp up to twice per day as needed for itching and scalp irritation.

Dry Scalp and Dandruff Mist #2

  • 10 drops lavender
  • 10 drops lemon
  • 6 drops tea tree
  • Witch Hazel

Drop the essential oils into a spray bottle and finish feeling with equal parts Witch Hazel and water. Shake well before each use and spray onto scalp as needed for itching and irritation.

Hair-Loss Prevention Treatment #1

  • 10 drops lavender
  • 10 drops rosemary
  • 5 drops cedarwood
  • 5 drops tea tree
  • Carrier oil

Drop the essential oils into a bottle and add about 2.5 ml of carrier oil. Massage about 1.25 ml vigorously into scalp and leave on for 20 minutes or overnight, then shampoo as usual.

Hair-Loss Prevention Treatment #2

  • 5 drops lavender
  • 3 drops rosemary
  • 3 drops peppermint
  • 3 drops clary sage

Combine the essential oils with 10-20 ml (depending on length and thickness of hair) carrier oil and massage vigorously into scalp for 2-3 minutes. Leave on for at least 15 minutes before shampooing, or for best results, overnight. For thinning hair, this mixture should be used at least twice per week for maximum results. It can be made ahead of time and stored in a bottle by tripling the amount of ingredients.

Wrapping it Up

Making your own haircare ingredients is both less expensive and safer than most products you can purchase over the counter or from a salon. The results also tend to be much more effective since you’re not adding unnecessary chemicals to your hair when you use them.

Always take into consideration any allergies you or your family members may have and use smaller amounts of essential on children than on adults, especially when using peppermint.

For more fabulous haircare treatments and recipes, be sure to catch the follow up article:

Essential Oils for Split Ends…and All Your Other Hair Woes (Hair Care Series 2 of 2)

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