These days, it seems as though there are hair-care products that can do just about anything—from transforming dry, brittle hair into strong locks or even helping girls with curly or wavy hair achieve a bone-straight style. Still, if you’re looking for a natural way to add shine, health, and beauty to your hair (and that can supplement your regular hair-care routine), you really can’t go wrong with the use of essential oils. These highly concentrated oils are derived from plants and herbs in nature, and they can work wonders for your hair, skin, and overall health.
So, what essential oils are good for hair? We’ve outlined a few of the best ones below, along with an explanation for which hair types they’re best for.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is probably the most versatile option out there; it’s great not just for your hair, but your skin as well. Plus, it has an intoxicating smell. Specifically, lavender oil is known to help moisturize the scalp, making it a great choice for those with dandruff or inflammatory scalp conditions. It’s also excellent for nourishing the hair, making it shinier and silkier to the touch.
Chamomile Essential Oil
Another excellent essential oil for those with a dry, flaky scalp is that of chamomile oil; this oil has a sweet, slightly floral scent and is even known to add slight highlights of blonde to lighter hair and a luscious sheen to darker hair. You can actually combine this oil with lavender essential oils to enjoy the benefits of each, if you’d like.
Khus Essential Oil
For women dealing with hair loss (or for those who want to avoid hair loss in the future), khus oil is a great option. This oil is derived from khus grass and has a very strong, fresh scent. In addition to helping slow down or stop hair loss, this essential oil is also great for soothing and calming the mind.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Last but not least, rosemary essential oil is an excellent choice for those who are looking to promote faster and stronger hair growth. It’s also thought to help stimulate blood flow to the scalp, which can promote thicker and healthier hair.
How to Use Essential Oils on Hair
Essential oils can be used in addition to your regular shampooing, conditioning, and styling routine to achieve healthier hair. Because these oils are quite potent, however, it’s best to dilute just a few drop into a less-potent base, such as floral water or other base oil. From there, you can apply the oils to your scalp and hair. For best results, we recommend leaving the oils in for about 30 minutes before rinsing out and shampooing/conditioning as usual.
After using your essential oils, be sure to firmly close the lid; they tend to come in very small bottles and will evaporate away quickly if they’re left uncovered!
If you’re pregnant, recently gave birth, or even suffer from high blood pressure, be sure to consult your doctor before you begin using essential oils on your hair or elsewhere on the body.
As you can see, there are all kinds of ways in which different essential oils can help you achieve the beautiful hair you’ve always wanted. Now that you know which ones are best for your hair type, all that’s left to do is pick up a bottle or two to try for yourself