It’s no secret that we’re fans of essential oils and alternative beauty. When it comes to hair care, it’s no different. Using hair care products filled with chemicals can actually make the problem worse and aggravate your scalp. Treating frizz? Chances are, your “smoothing” shampoo contains ingredients that will actually irritate your hair shaft and cause more frizz. A better, more effective option? Choose ingredients that naturally smooth, de-frizz, and put moisture back into your hair!
Lavender and chamomile essential oils are calming, making them the perfect option for frizzy, out of control hair. They work to soothe the hair shaft, which will in turn smooth and de-frizz your mane. Chamomile can actually lighten your hair, so be sure to use caution if you aren’t looking for highlights.
Similar to frizzy hair remedies, lavender is a great alternative to so-called “moisturizing” hair sprays and serums. Myrrh, although slightly on the pricey side, is another great choice for locking in the moisture and preventing dry hair in the colder, less humid months. Combine the two for a moisturizing power house to keep your ends well hydrated and to prevent splitting.
Working to balance the oil in your hair is your best bet to combatting the excess oil. Oil starts at your scalp and works its way down the hair shaft, and lemon essential oil can help the extra that’s making your mane appear greasy. It helps decrease the oil production directly at the source. Again, lemon can actually lighten your hair and give you highlights, so if you want to keep your dark locks, choose another oil, such as ylang ylang or rosemary. Both will distribute and balance the natural oil on your head.
Scalp Care/Hair Growth:
Hair growth goes hand in hand with overall scalp care simple because your scalp needs to be healthy in order for your hair to grow. If you have a scalp condition, chances are, you hair isn’t growing the way it normally does. Rosemary and cypress essential oils work to stimulate the scalp, getting the blood flowing. Peppermint essential oil is also a stimulant, and causes a cooling sensation (perfect for those hot, humid, summer days!). Tea tree oil fights bacteria, which can actually clog hair follicles. Getting rid of the excess bacteria yeast that has been inhibiting hair growth may help your growth cycle get back to normal.
Apply the essential oils to your hair by making a hair oil and/or a DIY scalp spray. For the hair oil, choose a carrier oil (coconut or olive oil) and add in the essential oils of choice. Apply this to the ends of your hair, making sure not to get too close to the scalp. For a scalp spray, mix water (or rosewater, or herbal tea..) in a small amber spray bottle and separate sections of your hair after a shower, concentrating directly on the scalp. Be sure to mix this thoroughly, as the oil and water will separate.
Happy DIY hair care!
An extra DIY tip from our very own Esthetician, Anna.
Hydration avocado mask (great for all hair types)
1 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoons castor oil
10 drops of Rosemary essential oil
10 drops of Patchouli essential oil
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Generously apply to damp hair, paying special attention to your ends. After making sure it is spread throughout your hair, wrap your hair with a plastic wrap and leave on for a minimum of an hour. Double wash your hair and style as usual.