Preparing Essential Oils
The best formula for preparing oils is roughly 1/4 to 1/2 cup of carrier oil for every 8 to 10 drops of essential oils. If you want to use more than one carrier oil and/or essential oil, you can divide the recipe into equal parts. For example, if you wanted to make a treatment with rosemary and lavender oil with jojoba and sweet almond oil, you could mix 5 drops of rosemary, 5 drops of lavender oil, 1/4 cup jojoba oil and 1/4 cup sweet almond oil together.
How to Use Essential Oils
To apply your essential oils for natural hair care, create your diluted blend and follow these steps:
1. Dampen the pads of your fingers with the essential oil.
2. Reach into your hair and massage your scalp with your fingers for roughly 5 to 10 minutes. Focus on rubbing your scalp, not on touching your hair.
3. If your hair is dry, you can allow the oils to remain on your scalp as a leave-in. Otherwise, you can rinse well after use.
Giving your scalp a massage with essential oils by following these steps every night can go a long way toward promoting a healthy scalp and gorgeous locks.
Keeping Essential Oils Fresh
Even after they are opened, essential oils can remain fresh for years provided that you store them in a cool, dry location out of direct sunlight. If your essential oils came in clear bottles, you may want to transfer them to amber glass bottles to protect the oils and decrease the risk of their active chemicals breaking down in the light.
Whether you’re only now making the transition to a natural hairstyle or have been showing off the beauty of your natural hair for years, keeping your tresses in the best of health is important to promoting manageable, gorgeous curls, twists and waves. Essential oils make a great addition to a naturalista’s hair care regimen, and they’re often a better choice than conventional store-bought hair care products that can be too harsh for the hair and scalp. Read on to discover how to incorporate essential oils in your regimen to help keep your natural hair looking great.
Dilution Is a Must
Essential oils are beneficial for the hair and scalp because they’re powerful, but the potent active compounds found in concentrated plant extracts can prove to be too much for the skin. That’s why you should never apply an essential oil without first diluting it with a carrier oil. At the same time, you don’t want to lose the benefits of the essential oil by diluting too much.
Which Essential Oils are Best?
A number of essential oils can be beneficial to condition and strengthen natural hair and promote a healthy scalp, including:
– Cedarwood oil
– Lavender oil
– Rosemary oil
– Peppermint oil
– Thyme oil
– Ylang ylang
The best carrier oils to combine with these essential oils include:
– Rose hip
– Sweet almond
Customized Essential Oil Conditioner
This conditioner is great because you can tailor it to your hair care needs. Like the shampoo, the conditioner is best stored in a glass bottle. One batch will make enough for 20 to 30 applications.
Making the Conditioner
What You’ll Need
1 c. water
2 T. apple cider vinegar
10 drops therapeutic grade essential oil
For oily hair use lemon or tea tree oil
For dry hair or dandruff use lavender or sandalwood essential oil
For general daily use, use rosemary or sage essential oil
Bottle of your choosing
Step 1: Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl.
Step 2: Mix well with the wooden spoon. You want the entire mixture to be even in color and smooth.
Step 3: Use a funnel to pour the finished conditioner into the bottle.
Using the Conditioner
Step 1: Shake the bottle well until the conditioner is mixed.
Step 2: Wet your hair well and then ring out excess water.
Step 3: Apply a dime to nickel-sized amount of conditioner to your hand.
Step 4: Work the conditioner through your hair, applying from root to tip.
Step 5: Allow the conditioner to rest for at least 5 minutes.
Step 6: Rinse well.