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Natural Hair Care With Essential Oils
Commercial Hair Care Products Contain Toxins
I don't think most people are aware that the majority of the shampoos, conditioners and other hair products on the market today, contain synthetic materials and harsh chemicals.
These products contribute to many of the problems that we have with our hair and scalp. Because these chemicals are absorbed into our scalp, they can cause other health issues as well.
Essential Oils can help with oily hair, split dry hair and dandruff. Some Essential Oils can even help with hair loss. You can have longer, stronger, fuller hair with dedicated use of Essential Oils.
It doesn’t matter how much you pay for hair products, most of them will have some or all of the same ingredients. Whether your hair is dry or oily, these products only make matters worse, instead of addressing the problem, they simply mask it, making your hair issues worse in the long run. If you research the ingredients in your hair products you will find many disturbing facts.
Common Ingredients in Most Hair Care Products
I have listed some common ingredients found in most hair care products.
- Mineral Oil – the molecules in mineral oil are too big to be absorbed by the skin. Mineral oil doesn’t moisturize your skin or hair, it simply coats it like a barrier. But in doing so it doesn’t allow any moisture in and it also does not allow the skin to breathe properly. Mineral oil is a petroleum product that clogs your pores and hair follicles. This oil belongs in your car not on your body.
- Propylene Glycol – this common hair care ingredient is also found in antifreeze, engine coolants, paint, adhesives, varnish, enamel and many other toxic products. These products warn users to avoid contact with skin, due to the fact that Propylene Glycol is a hazardous skin irritant and can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage. It has been shown to inhibit cell growth and cause dry skin and rashes.
- Parabens – may be listed on your hair care products as butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, ethylparaben or E216. Parabens are used as preservatives and can have a xenoestrogen affect on your body, causing you to become estrogen dominant, which can cause many health issues and has been linked to various cancers.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate - a surfactant, detergent, emulsifier and foaming agent used in shampoo and other hair products. Research studies have linked Sodium Lauryl Sulfate to skin and eye irritation, organ toxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, cellular changes, developmental and reproductive toxicity and some cancers. Surfactants cause skin inflammation, damage hair follicles and diminish hair growth.
- Oleyl Betaine - is a synthetic that reduces static in your hair, while causing dandruff, dry hair and scalp. It can be toxic when it is absorbed in the scalp.
Essential Oils Can Help Your Hair
Unlike most hair products, essential oils not only cleanse but also penetrate the scalp, helping to nourish the follicles, reduce inflammation and stimulate hair growth. Essential oils can also inhibit hair loss by preventing the hormone that produces DHT, which is known to cause hair loss.
Whether your hair is dry, oily or somewhere in between, it can benefit from essential oils. If your dealing with chronic dandruff, you may find a solution here. Many essential oils have anti inflammatory properties which will help stimulate the scalp by reducing the inflammation of the hair follicles. Most essential oils also have antibacterial and antifungal properties, that will treat many of the issues we have with our hair and scalp.
As Always I Recommend ONLY 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.
Only about 2% of essential oils are truly Therapeutic Grade. You will not see the positive results mentioned in this article, if you buy grocery store aromatherapy essential oils. So please research the oils you plan to buy.
Carrier oils are usually cold-pressed vegetable oils derived from the fatty proteins of the plant. Carrier oils help dilute and carry the essential oils to your skin or hair, making them spread more evenly.
Carrier oils do not have much scent, if any. I have listed some of the better carrier oils and their benefits for hair care. I like Jojoba the best for hair care, but you should experiment and see which one works best for your hair.
- Jojoba Oil - is a good choice for hair care, due to the fact that it has a similar molecular structure to sebum, the scalps natural oil. Jojoba oil is able to penetrate the hair follicle and strengthen from inside. It's antibacterial properties can treat dry scalp and dandruff. It is very hydrating, adds thickness and can help repair your hairs damaged cuticle.
- Argan Oil - has anti-inflammatory properties. Helps with dry scalp and hair.
- Avocado Oil - lightweight and full of protein and nutrients. Quickly absorbed. Good for processed, fine or straight hair.
- Sweet Almond Oil - is a good all purpose carrier oil. It is frequently used in massage therapy. It soothes and hydrates your scalp. When mixed with an essential oil it can help hair growth and prevent hair loss.
Essential Oils For Dandruff
For problems with dandruff, add a few drops of one or more of the following essential oils with a carrier oil and mix in with your regular shampoo. Leave on your hair for 5-10 minutes to allow the oils to soak into the scalp.
- Tea Tree Oil - has antibacterial properties to help keep your scalp bacteria and fungal free. Tea Tree Oil is used in many products for dandruff. It unclogs the sebaceous glands helping the scalps natural oils flow more freely.
- Chamomile Oil -as an anti-inflammatory, it helps soothe the scalp. Works well on dandruff.
- Lavender Oil - conditions hair and controls dry scalp and dandruff.
- Rosemary Oil - a fragrant oil that stimulates the hair follicles and soothes flaky, itchy scalp.
- Myrrh Oil - helps dry scalp and dandruff by stimulating the sebaceous glands.
Oils For Normal Hair
For normal hair, mix a few drops of the following essential oils with a carrier oil such as jojoba, almond or borage. Add this mixture to your shampoo. Leave it on your head for 5-10 minutes, to allow the oils to penetrate the scalp.
- Cedarwood - contain the highest amount of sesquiterpenes which oxygenate at the cellular level, allowing the release of toxins and helping promote circulation.
- Clary Sage - Stimulates the scalp and promotes hair growth
- Geranium - Strengthens hair
- Lavender - Lavender is beneficial for all hair types. Can help with dandruff, itching, breakage and helps with hair growth. Has been widely used to treat Alopecia.
- Rosemary - Is a very fragrant oil. Helps treat dandruff and itchy scalp. Stimulates hair follicles and increases circulation which allows hair to grow longer and stronger.
Essential Oils For Dry Hair
For dry hair you will want essential oils that stimulate the sebaceous glands in your scalp, allowing them to produce more oil. Mix a few drops of the following oils with a carrier oil such as almond, jojoba, borage or avocado. Massage into your scalp and leave on for up to 20 minutes. Or you can add the mixture to you shampoo and leave on for 5-10 minutes.
- Geranium - Strengthens hair while stimulating the sebaceous glands to balance the production of natural oils.
- Lavender - deep conditions while helping to balance the production of your scalps natural oils. At the same time adding shine and controlling dandruff.
- Lemon - beneficial for dry hair. Helps regulate the sebaceous glands to balance the production of natural oils and adds shine.
- Rosemary - very fragrant. Great for dry scalp and dandruff. Regulates the sebaceous glands. Stimulates hair follicles, helping grow longer, stronger hair.
- Sandalwood - helps with dry scalp and split ends. Helps to regulate the sebaceous glands.
Essential Oils For Oily Hair
Oily hair is caused by overproduction of sebum (the scalps natural oil) by the sebaceous glands. The essential oils listed below can help stimulate the blood flow to the scalp and restore the sebaceous glands to normal, while unclogging the hair follicles and allowing the proper amount of sebum to be produced.
- Cypress - regulates the sebaceous gland
- Lavender - moisturizes the scalp while balancing the production of natural oil in the scalp.
- Lemon - very beneficial for oily hair. Helps to regulate an over productive sebaceous gland, that produces the natural oil in your scalp.
- Peppermint - balances the scalps production of natural oils, while stimulating the hair follicles to promote hair growth.
- Rosemary - helps regulate the sebaceous gland, so that it doesn't over produce the scalps natural oil.
I found a new shampoo and conditioner from Herbal Essences, that I really like. It is called Herbal Essences Naked and it is Paraben, Sulfate and Dye Free. It comes in 3 formulas.
Just put a drop of whichever essential oil you decide to try, into the shampoo or conditioner, or both, to help your scalp and hair.