Essential oils are extracted from plants and are highly concentrated oils, with small molecules for easy and quick absorption.
It is always preferable to use natural plant and essential oils instead of synthetic oils as there are a myriad of benefits that essential oils provide.
Essential oils can even be used by both men and women and for all hair types, not just natural hair.
Always dilute your essentials by adding a few drops to a carrier oil like sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, castor oil or coconut oil before use.
An approximate guide to diluting essential oils is 10 drops of essential oil per 100ml of base oil
Not all essential oils are suitable for use by pregnant or nursing women, so be careful and do a little Google research before using a particular essential if you are pregnant or nursing.
Top 5 essential oils for natural hair care include:
Tea Tree Oil –
is an essential oil that is very beneficial for problems such as dandruff, itchy scalp, cradle cap, scalp infections and even lice.
Thyme Oil –
is an essential oil with antiseptic properties. It invigorates the scalp and stimulates blood flow. Thyme essential oil can also be used for the following conditions: dandruff, thinning hair, scalp infections and hair loss.
Lavender Oil –
this essential oil is a great scalp treatment for the following conditions: dandruff, dry itchy scalp, hair loss, dry hair, breakage and scalp infections.
Rosemary Oil –
is not just an essential oil that helps with dandruff; it is ia useful for promoting hair growth, promoting shine, curbing premature greying of the hair and even helping to thicken the hair.
Sage Oil –
is a fantastic hair and scalp treatment. It is particularly useful for rejuvenating damaged hair, stimulating hair growth, increase the natural shine and glossiness of the hair, and helps to maintain the rich, dark colour of the hair.
Basil Oil –
this essential oil is good for hair growth and dry hair. It also enhances the lustre of dry and dull looking hair and strengthens the hair follicles.
Remember, you can use 2 or more essential oils at a time. However, be sure to dilute the essential oils, as recommended above, before applying to your scalp or hair.
Written by Paige Hamilton
Paige Hamilton spent her early life in Nigeria before returning to settle in the UK. She is a writer and editor at her blog ChicWithKinks.Com and also owner of her natural hair & beauty product line, TLC Naturals found at TLCNaturalsOnline.Com, which specializes in quick acting hair growth products