Start your journey toward healthier hair and scalp with an essential oil-based haircare routine. Read on for a comprehensive guide on haircare tips and routines for all types of hair.
Different Types Of Hair
There are many different types of hair—straight, wavy, curly, and kinky. Within these types of hair are other sub-types of hair. Here are the hair types:
Type 1: Straight
Types 1A, 1B, and 1C vary slightly based on thickness, so haircare for the three types hardly differ.
Type 2: Wavy
2A – has thin, light waves
2B – has s-waves that often start mid-length
2C – thicker, courser hair with well-defined curls starting from the roots
Type 3: Curly
3A – big loose spirals
3B – springy curls with a smaller circumference
3C – dense, tight curls with a circumference similar to a pencil
The different types of hair have different characteristics, and therefore, different needs and problems. So, knowing your hair type will steer you toward the right haircare routine.
Your hair, like your skin, needs to be cleaned and moisturized. It’s important to practice the same caution you do with your skin, because harsh products and practices may be damaging your hair.
Shampoo The Right Way
Shampoos with surfactants are not that good for your hair as they can be harsh and strip of your hair’s natural oils. This will leave your hair dry and brittle. A gentle all-natural shampoo is one that will clean your hair gently. However, keep in mind that shampoos are meant to clean your hair so they will still strip your hair of its natural oils to some extent. To balance out this problem, shampoo only the scalp of your hair. Massage the shampoo thoroughly but gently onto your scalp and roots where the dirt/grime settle and form dandruff.
Apply Conditioner After Shampooing
Conditioners were made to replenish the oils stripped off by shampoos. So, don’t skip this part even if you think you don’t need it. Use a conditioner that doesn’t make your hair too oily, such as the Utama Spice Hydrating Conditioner. Furthermore, apply conditioner only on the strands of your hair, leaving out the roots and the scalp. This will prevent your hair from becoming greasy, especially if you tend to have an oily scalp.
Deep Condition Your Hair
Deep conditioning is something you should incorporate into your weekly hair routine. Once a week is all you need. This is a more intense version of conditioners that will restore your hair’s moisture and strengthen it. This is a great way to balance out or repair the damage caused by styling tools and products you may have used during the week.
You can make your very own deep conditioner with essential oils. Here are our suggested deep conditioning recipes:
For stronger hair
5 tbsp of virgin coconut oil
2 tbsp of Tamanu oil
6 drops of Rose Geranium
For Dry Hair
5 tbsp virgin coconut oil
3 tbsp Argan oil
4 drops Lavender
2 drops of Ylang Ylang
For Oily Hair
5 tbsp Argan oil
3 drops Mint
3 drops Lemon
For Treating Dandruff
5 tbsp virgin coconut oil
3 tbsp Argan oil
5 drops Tea tree oil
Note: if you are treating dandruff, concentrate application to your scalp instead of the hair. The tea tree oil will
For Well-defined Curls
6 tbsp virgin coconut oil
3 drops Ylang Ylang
3 drops Rosemary
Using heat with your deep conditioner will allow the conditioner to penetrate deeper. As the heat makes the hair follicles open up, the conditioner is able to penetrate deeper into the hair shaft.
Oil Your Hair Twice A Week
Hair oil is another great way to lock in moisture in your hair and help restore its health and natural sheen. Don’t worry about your hair becoming greasy looking. If you apply just a drop or two of hair oil at night after washing, your hair will absorb the hair oil and look amazing in the days after. Not only do hair oils nourish your hair and scalp, but they also protect your strands from heat damage. Apply hair oil only 2 to 3 times a week.
For Dry Hair:
The Lavender Hair Oil will help lock in moisture and add nourishment to your dry hair.
For Oily Hair:
Our Wellkiss Hair Oil has a combination of essential oils that are great for balancing sebum production.
For Hair Growth:
The Senja Hair Oil not only nourishes and strengthens hair to minimize hair fall, but it also has patchouli essential oil which promotes hair growth.
Alternate With Leave-in Conditioner
A leave-in conditioner helps fight frizz while also adding moisture. This will protect your hair from heat and other pollutants. Leave-in conditioners are great for all hair types as everyone will get some type of benefit from this. This is best used up to once or twice a week, after washing your hair. You may apply this after your hair oil or on days when you don’t apply hair oil.
Here’s a recipe that will not weigh down your hair:
10 tbsp Aloe vera juice
5 drops Lavender
5 drops Patchouli
*You may substitute any other essential oil that targets your specific needs
Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle to mix everything thoroughly.
Hair Care Involves The Whole Body
Naturally, your hair is also affected by what’s going on with the rest of your body. Thus, you should complement a comprehensive hair care routine with healthy habits. Here are habits that affect your hair:
Eat food that strengthen the hair and promote hair growth. For example, eggs, spinach, avocados, and fatty fish.
Manage stress. Stress is a major cause of hair fall—either hair fall or from pulling. You can diffuse Lavender, Frankincense, or Chamomile essential oils to help you manage your stress.
Minimize heat styling tools. Heat damage leaves serious damage in your hair. As much as possible, stick to natural hair styles.