6 Ways To Use Essential Oils In Your Hair

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Like your skin, your hair is exposed to environmental that cause damage. You should take care of your hair as much as you take care of your skin. The good news is you can harness the benefits of essential oils to keep your hair healthy and shiny.

Benefits Of Essential Oils For The Hair

Essential oils are very potent liquids that are produced from plants, therefore allowing them to retain the plants’ fragrance and therapeutic benefits. Here are some of the best essential oils for your hair and their respective benefits:

woman putting essential oil blend in her hair

Peppermint – fights dandruff and promotes hair growth

Tea Tree – fights dandruff and kills lice

Rose Geranium – moisturizes the hair, promotes hair growth, fights dandruff

Ylang-Ylang – treats dry scalp, conditions hair

Eucalyptus – kills lice

Lavender – improves scalp health

Himalayan Cedarwood – moisturizes hair, helps prevents hair loss

Rosemary – promotes hair growth

Lemon – kills lice, helps prevent dandruff

You can use essential oils to DIY a hair serum, a hair oil, or any treatment your hair and scalp need. For best results, these essential oils should be mixed with carrier oils that not only facilitate the absorption of essential oils but also contribute to the health of your hair. Here are the benefits of carrier oils:

Coconut oil – moisturizes hair and scalp; prevents frizz and breakage

Argan Oil – moisturizes and conditions, fights fungi, protects from heat damage

Tamanu Oil – promotes hair growth, moisturizes hair, helps damaged hair recover, protects from UV and heat damage

Castor Oil – prevents hair loss, promotes hair growth, moisturizes hair

Jojoba Oil – moisturizes and strengthens hair

6 Ways To Use Essential Oils

Here are the six different ways you can use essential oils for different hair problems or needs.

  1. Dandruff Treatment

The main cause of dandruff is bacteria and fungi from the dirt that builds up on the scalp in addition to dry scalp or another skin condition like psoriasis. This is why essential oils, with their anti-bacterial and anti-microbial abilities, are effective as a treatment for dandruff. There are two ways to treat dandruff using essential oils:

Shampoo Addition

Add a few drops of tea tree oil, peppermint, or lemon essential oil to your shampoo. Then, make sure that you massage the shampoo onto your scalp when you wash your hair.

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You can also try our Tea Tree Shampoo instead.

Hair Mask

Mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil with two to three drops of peppermint, tea tree oil, or ylang-ylang. Massage this gently onto your scalp and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with shampoo.

  1. Hair Loss Serum

Hair loss has different causes. The reason may be hereditary alopecia, alopecia caused by hormonal changes or a medical condition, stress, or damaging hairstyles. Hereditary alopecia is not preventable, but others are preventable through treatments that stimulate hair growth or strengthen the hair. There are a variety of essential oils that help promote hair growth as well as prevent hair loss and breakage.

Serum For Hair Growth

If your hair is falling out with the roots intact, it means that you are experiencing hair loss. In a glass container, preferably an amber glass one, mix the following:

2 tsp Castor oil

2 tsp Tamanu oil

5 drops Rosemary

5 drops Lavender

Serum For Stronger Hair

If the hair that falls off does not include the roots, it means that your hair is breaking, possibly due to brittleness. To combat hair thinning due to breakage, combine the following:

2 tsp Coconut oil

2 tsp Argan oil

2 drops Ylang-ylang

2 drops Cedarwood

Apply a few drops of the hair serum to your hair after every shower. You can also substitute these essential oils with Rose Geranium or Thyme to suit your scent preferences better.

  1. Deep Conditioner

Deep conditioning is essential for maintaining the hair’s overall health and, therefore, natural sheen. Deep conditioning gives the hair the moisture it needs, while also helping with recovery from heat damage.

If you don’t want to buy a deep conditioner that potentially contains harsh chemicals, you can make your own at home. Here are recipes for two main types of hair:

senja hair oil by utama spice

For Straight Hair

1 tsp jojoba oil

1 tsp coconut oil

2 drops Lavender

2 drops Geranium

2 drops Frankincense

2 drops Rosemary

For Curly Hair

1/4 cup honey

3-6 tsp Tamanu oil

2 drops Rosemary

2 drops Lavender

1 drop Ylang-ylang

Apply these deep conditioning treatments from the root to the tip. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse with shampoo.

  1. Hair Oil

Hair oil helps moisturize the hair by replenishing oil that has been stripped by shampoo and other treatments. Hair oil, when done right, restores the hair’s health and makes hair look shinier and healthier. Moreover, this can be applied before heat styling to protect the hair from heat damage. Convinced? You can choose from our hair oils:

Lavender Hair Oil

Senja Hair Oil

Wellkiss Hair Oil

Alternatively, you can make your own hair oil using a carrier of your choice and a combination of your favorite essential oils. Here is a recipe to inspire you:

Daily Hair Oil

3 tsp Argan oil

3 tsp Jojoba oil

3 drops lavender

2 drops geranium

1 drop eucalyptus

  1. Lice Treatment

When you have kids, lice are almost inevitable. When kids get lice, a parent’s first instinct is to buy a lice shampoo. However, you can use the power of nature to eradicate lice in your child’s head before it spreads to the whole family.

5 tbsp coconut oil

3 drops eucalyptus

3 drops tea tree

3 drops rosemary

3 drops lavender

3 drops lemon

Cover the scalp and hair with the lice treatment, then cover with a shower cap. Leave it on overnight, taking care to protect the pillow from leakage. Shampoo and condition the hair the next morning. Comb through with a lice comb. Repeat every other night until the lice are gone or for 2 weeks.

  1. Leave-in Conditioner

Leave-in conditioners make hair a little more manageable, especially on humid days when hair gets frizzy. A leave-in conditioner keeps the hair moisturized throughout the day so it does not become dry and frizzy.

5 tbsp aloe vera juice

2 tbsp Argan oil

2 tbsp Tamanu oil

5 drops Lavender

5 drops Cedarwood

Restore your hair’s health and natural shine with essential oils. Find more inspiration for what you can do with essential oils at our blog. Check out our all-natural products at Utama Spice


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60 thoughts on “6 Ways To Use Essential Oils In Your Hair

  1. Candra Evans says:

    These hair oil recipes look wonderful. I have a lot of tightly coiled textured hair. I’m hoping that the honey based deep conditioner will work for my hair.

  2. Rebeka Deleon says:

    Thanks for this because my hair is damaged and gets oily at the roots as well and dry and frizzy and the ends and I lose so much of my hair and would really like to grow more and make it more healthy the natural way

  3. Laura Harrison says:

    I need both Himalayan Cedarwood and Rosemary as my hair both falls out at the roots and breaks.
    I use tea tree shampoo and conditioner. I like the tingle it gives and it smells so fresh and clean.

  4. Sheila gagnon says:

    Amazing tips. I hadn’t thought of most. Tea tree I’ve used in my scalp but I am looking forward to trying some others. Especially lemon

  5. joshua ridenour says:

    hi my name is josh takeing care of your hair is a good thing becauce its inporten using oils and shampoo keeps dameged i use two in one shampoo and codishineri love it becauce makes my hair silky and smooth.

  6. Julie Barrett says:

    I have hair loss due to alopecia and there aren’t many treatments out there to treat or prevent it, so finding a natural treatment using essential oils is priceless! Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to try these remedies!

  7. Jason Cullum says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard about using essential oils on hair. These tips and uses are extremely helpful. My fiance has major dandruff and her mom would like her hair to grow more so hopefully these will work for them! Thanks!

  8. Lori A. Yarbrough says:

    I’m so glad this information was put out here. Definitely going to try the ginger for the pain and inflammation. However, I’m interested in the Rosacea. I’ve not been able to wear make up for a while. My rosacea out does any make up I have.

  9. Carri says:

    So many people are not aware that shampoos that grow your hair faster and longer (obviously with no sulfates, no parabens or DEA) even exist. We now may enjoy longer hair and enjoy more alternatives. For sure worth checking out.

    If you’re examining alopecia, damaged hair, avoiding hair disorders, fast hair growth, hair and scalp health more often than not, similar rules become relevant.

    As a rule of thumb, you should try to stay away from hair products and treatments that contain chemicals like parabens, DEA and sulfates.

    What is beneficial for your hair is good for your skin also.

    Clearly the content above is spot on for so many reasons. It stays away from the common mistakes and pitfalls so many fall into- using defective alternatives. Thank you!

  10. Kimberley North says:

    A few years ago I switched over to natural hair care products. I’ve noticed a huge difference from the supermarket brands. I think the recipe for head lice is a great idea. You’re right that the first instinct is to go to the Pharmacy and buy one of their products. Unfortunately they can really damage your hair. Will have to try the natural recipe that you’ve got on here next time.

  11. Lauryn R says:

    These are awesome essential oil hair care recipes, thank you for sharing! I had no idea essential oils could be so beneficial for your hair.

  12. Susan Smith says:

    These are great essential oil hair care recipes! I have been using coconut oil for years to add moisturize to my dry hair.

  13. betsy ferguson says:

    I love these ideas – I already add a few drops of rose geranium to my hair oil – just because I love the scent! But I will certainly experiment with some other oils for the benefits they give. Thank you for the informative article!

  14. David M says:

    Passed the lice treatment recipe onto my sister. Her little girls got really sensitive skin so the over the counters tend to lead to horrible eczema. Thanks for the tip!

  15. Margaret Gallagher says:

    So many uses – invaluable for my hair thats become so dry vwith the summer sun – many thanks for the comprehensive review

  16. Margaret Gallagher says:

    Didnt realise EUCALYPTUS could banish /prevent head lice – will be trying on the whole family now the school term is here

  17. Lisa M says:

    Thank you for the valuable information. I will have to keep this page so that I can refer back to it often. I am particularly interested in combating dandruff. Very helpful and informational.

  18. Tristan says:

    People in my area have no clue that fast hair growth amino scalp therapy shampoos (obviously with no sulfates, no parabens and no DEA) are even a thing. Hair styling enthusiasts can now possess longer hair and achieve more possibilities. Undoubtedly worth looking up.

    When you’re talking about hair loss, damaged hair, preventing hair disorders, fast hair growth, hair care more often than not, almost the same thoughts actualize.

    In general, you have to avoid hair treatments and products that contain chemicals such as parabens, DEA or sulfates.

    What’s beneficial for your hair is healthy for your skin also.

    It goes without saying the content above is spot on for multiple reasons. It avoids the usual traps and mistakes too many fall into: getting ineffective alternatives. Thank you so much!

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