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

As promised, here is the second haircare guide in the series. If you missed the first one, where we gave you some fabulous dandruff, dry scalp and split end treatments, you can check it out here.  {Becky, Add hyperlink here}

If you’re only using your essential oils for aromatherapy, you’re missing out on some crazy good benefits you may not even know about. In our haircare series, we are covering…you guessed it…haircare benefits!

Essential oils can help you obtain a head of hair that everyone envies, and for a fraction of the cost of salon products.

Want to know how?

Great! Let’s jump right in!

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.

Grapefruit essential oil – grapefruit acts as an astringent to clean and strip hair of product 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 – coconut oil and a liquid oil, such as almond, fractionated coconut or grapeseed.

Jojoba oil - optional

Small glass jar

Glass spray bottles

Small glass bottles

White vinegar

The containers are available on Amazon and reasonably priced.

Some recipes are mixed as needed, but you can always prepare your recipes in larger amounts and store in glass containers for continued use. Be sure to use coloured glass to keep the oils from breaking down.

Ready for beautiful hair?

Let’s get started!

Sleek and Shiny Hair Mask

  • 10-20 drops rosemary
  • 10-20 drops lavender
  • 50 ml Coconut oil

Whip coconut oil with a high-speed mixer until creamy, then mix in your essential oils. Store in a glass jar and apply liberally to hair and scalp. For best results, leave in overnight, then shampoo as usual.

Clarifying Hair Treatment

  • 10 drops grapefruit
  • 2 drops tea tree
  • 50 ml white vinegar

Mix all ingredients in a container and pour entire amount over hair after shampooing, massaging into scalp. Leave on 3-5 minutes and rinse lightly. For thicker or longer hair, the ingredients may need to be increased. Use this weekly to remove product buildup and leave your hair squeaky clean.

All Natural Herbal Shampoo

  • 100 ml unscented castile soap
  • 10 drops lavender
  • 10 drops rosemary
  • 2 drops peppermint
  • For dry hair: 5-10 ml jojoba oil (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a large bottle and add approximately 150 ml water. Shake well until all ingredients are combined and use in place of your regular shampoo. Use the recommended oils or try combinations of your own.

Dandruff shampoo: 10 drops tea tree, 10 drops rosemary and 2 drops peppermint.

Clarifying shampoo: 20 drops grapefruit, 2 drops lavender.

Hair growth shampoo: 20 drops lavender, 15 drops rosemary, 5 drops cedarwood.

Oily Hair Treatment

  • 10 drops lemon or grapefruit
  • 10 drops rosemary

This can be used a couple of ways. The first is to simply add the essential oils to your favourite shampoo. The second is to combine half the amount of essential oils with about 100 ml of water and use as a rinse after shampooing. Lemon will lighten the hair when exposed to sunlight, so if you wish to avoid this, use grapefruit.

Hair Growth Treatment

  • 10 drops peppermint
  • 10 drops cedarwood
  • 10 drops lavender
  • 10 drops rosemary
  • 50 ml carrier oil

Combine all ingredients and store in a glass jar. Massage approximately 1.25 – 2.25 ml onto scalp daily after shampooing. If your hair becomes too oily, substitute Witch Hazel for your carrier oil, or apply before you shampoo and wash out.

Hair Detangler

  • 5 ml jojoba or vitamin E oil
  • 10 drops rosemary
  • 5 drops peppermint

Drop the essential oils into a spray bottle and finish feeling with water. Shake well before each use and spray onto tangled hair before combing out. For very curly, dry or hard-to-manage hair, try adding 5 ml of fractionated coconut oil or doubling the amount of jojoba or vitamin E.

Bonus: Lash Growth Formula

  • 1 drop lavender
  • 1 drop cedarwood

For naturally longer and thicker lashes, add these essential oils to your mascara and use as normal.

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 first article:

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

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