Many women (including me) would love to have thicker, naturally healthy hair. So I was glad to hear recent research has revealed natural essential oils (along with other natural treatments) can help achieve thicker, flowing hair. Essential oils are cost effective – one bottle of your favorite essential oil can nourish your hair, and help to reduce hair stress. Some new formulations have also been released recently, incorporating essential oils as part of a holistic approach to hair care.
Here’s what just few drops of certain essential oils can do for your hair;
Potential benefits of essential oils for hair care: stimulate hair growth, get rid of dandruff, nourish your hair, prevent oily hair, & reduce stress. For example, essential oils such as rosemary and cedarwood can be used topically, to help prevent & reverse hair loss.
How to use essential oils for hair care: simply combine your essential oils for hair and a carrier oil of your choice and massage the mixture into your scalp. You can also add essential oils to your everyday shampoo or conditioner.
Here (in reverse-order) are the top-7 essential oil for hair care, according to Dr Josh Axe;
Oil #7. Peppermint essential oil helps to stimulate the scalp, and it can treat dandruff and even lice due to its powerful antiseptic properties. Research shows that peppermint oil promotes hair growth, too. In one study, topical application of peppermint oil for four weeks showed prominent hair growth effects, increasing dermal thickness, follicle number and follicle depth.
Peppermint has a pleasant cooling sensation when applied topically, and it helps calming effects help to reduce skin inflammation. In addition to these peppermint oil uses, it also works to energize your mind, boost your mood and relieve tension or headaches.
In addition to using peppermint oil for hair benefits, some women may have a biotin (vitamin B7) deficiency.This hair treatment for women can help with vitamin B7 levels.
Add 2–3 drops of peppermint to your shampoo or conditioner for a quick wake-me-up during your morning shower.
Oil #6. Lemongrass essential oil has healing properties, and it works as an effective cleanser and deodorizer. It can strengthen your hair follicles and soothe an itchy and irritated scalp. In fact, a 2015 study found that the application of lemongrass oil reduced dandruff significantly after seven days and increased the effect even more after 14 days of topical application.
Bonus benefits of lemongrass oil include its reported ability relieve stress (which is associated with hair loss) & help treat headaches.
You can add 10 drops of lemongrass oil to your bottle of shampoo or conditioner, or you can massage 2–3 drops into your scalp along with your conditioner daily.
Oil #5. Clary Sage essential oil can reduce skin inflammation & regulate the production of oil on the skin. Perhaps most importantly, clary sage can be used to help you relieve stress & restore balance. Three types of hair loss can be associated with high stress levels: telogen effluvium, trichotillomania (hair pulling) and alopecia areata. Because clary sage can be used to help relieve stress & reduce cortisol levels in the body, it works as a natural remedy for stress-induced hair loss.
Clary sage works well with jojoba oil; the two can help to regulate oil production on the skin, helping you to avoid scaly or flaky patches that lead to dandruff. To ease stress, which is associated with hair loss, you can diffuse clary sage oil at home or apply a few drops to your wrists, temples and bottoms of your feet.
As well as using clary sage oil for hair benefits, a magnesium deficiency can cause hair loss in women. This hair treatment for women can help magnesium levels.
Oil #4. Cedarwood essential oil can be used to help stimulate the hair follicles by increasing circulation to the scalp. It can promote hair growth and slow hair loss; it can also treat thinning hair.
Cedarwood can be applied topically to the scalp and hair. It mixes well with gentle oils like lavender and carrier oils like coconut oil. You can also add 2–3 drops of cedarwood oil to your homemade conditioner.
Oil #3. Chamomile essential oil is a great essential oil for hair because it adds shine and softness to your hair while soothing your scalp.
Did you know that chamomile essential oil can be used to lighten your hair naturally? Research suggests that 50 percent of women dye their hair regularly and feel more attractive right after having their hair dyed, but conventional hair products that are used to lighten hair contain dangerous chemicals that can cause numerous health risks. Choosing a natural alternative will ensure that you aren’t being exposed to unhealthy hair dyeing products like formaldehyde and bleach (hydroxide peroxide).
Combine 5 drops of chamomile essential oil with a tablespoon of sea salt and one-third cup of baking soda. Use warm water to create a paste and apply the mixture to your hair. Massage it into your scalp and at the base of your hair, then allow it to sit for about half an hour before rinsing it out. If you want a bolder affect, keep the paste on as you sit in the sun.
Oil #2. Rosemary essential oil is one of the top essential oils for hair thickness and growth. It is used to increase cellular metabolism, which stimulates hair growth and promotes healing. Research even shows that rosemary oil appears to work well as a topical hair loss treatment. When it comes to boosting your hair health, the benefits of rosemary oil also include slowing the graying process and treating dandruff and dry scalp.
To use rosemary oil for your hair, take 3–5 drops and mix it with equal parts olive oil, and then massage the mixture into your scalp for about two minutes. Leave it in your hair for 3 to 4 hours, and then wash your hair as usual.
Oil #1. Lavender essential oil possesses hair growth-promoting effects, according to recent studies, including increasing the number of hair follicles. Lavender oil was also able to deepen the depth of hair follicles and thicken the thermal layer.
Lavender oil has antimicrobial properties, and it can be used to combat bacterial and fungal disorders. Some other lavender oil benefits are its ability to soothe the scalp and heal dry skin and hair. Plus, because emotional stress is a factor that can contribute to thinning hair, lavender oil can be used to create a tranquil and stress-free environment.
Add 2–3 drops of lavender to your shampoo or conditioner during your morning shower.
In addition to using lavender oil for hair benefits, having the right amino acids balance can be helpful for women’s hair care. This hair treatment for women can help restore balance.
Source & attribution: Dr Josh Axe www.draxe.com