We've been eager to discover new and natural essential oils to add to our hair care routine this Summer, so we decided to put together a list of some of our favorite oils that can improve lackluster locks, and many other ailments that our hair can fall into during excessive heat waves. Many of these oils originated in Malaysia, Philippines, Central and South America and China, but can now be found in stores worldwide.
In the past century, the world of beauty and cosmetics has started to seriously tap into the benefits of natural oils that also happen to have their own wonderful fragrances. Companies like Chanel have even utilized some of these oils for their famous perfume line. Now it's time to get in on what's going on, and how to brew and blend your own natural hair care treatment for naturally shinier and healthier hair without any of those not-so-cute ingredients. Feel free to return to this list whenever you need inspiration.
20 Just Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is an oil extracted from the seeds found on the Jojoba tree. Jojoba oil is a light carrier oil and can be used on the skin, scalp, and hair without leaving behind any grease or negative side effects. You can use Jojoba oil to treat dandruff, dryness, and in order to increase hair growth.
This incredible oil helps the hair's cells reproduce themselves at a much faster and healthier pace than its natural routine and habit.
Just add 2-3 drops to your shampoo or conditioner to enjoy the natural effects of this light oil.
19 Cedarwood For Dryness
Already in the name, Cedarwood essential oil, we can tell we're going to love it. Cedarwood oil is extracted from the wood of a those beautiful, aromatic, cedar trees. This essential oil has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent, and insecticidal properties. Cedarwood can be used to promote strong and healthy hair growth, can relieve dry scalp, fight fungal infections and many more benefits for the skin and body. If you are dealing with a dry and itchy scalp this summer, try mixing 3-4 drops of Cedarwood oil into melted coconut oil and massage into the scalp for 30 minutes and then wash out. Coconut oil is a heavy oil so make sure when you rinse you get all of it out. If you can't manage to rinse it out in the first wash, at least you'll be moisturizing your hair for longer, right?
18 Luscious Lavender
Lavender oil is everywhere these days, and it's pretty clear why. This beautiful flower smells good everywhere, from your underarms, your pillow, your body, to your scalp. Lavender oil is also a calming, antidepressant oil.
It should come as no surprise that this essential oil not only soothes the mind but the scalp and hair as well.
By brewing together an essential Lavender oil mix, you can alleviate dry scalp, promote hair growth, improve blood circulation to the roots, and balance sebum production in the scalp. Mix together 8 drops of lavender oil with jojoba oil, massage the soothing oils into your scalp, let rest for 20 minutes and then rinse.
17 Carrier Coconut Oil
Did you know if you were trapped on a desert island you could survive on coconuts alone? Coconuts are infused with loads of natural goodies from their water to their meaty flesh, coconut is all good all around. Coconut oil is relatively heavy and is not recommended for those who have relatively thin hair. Use coconut oil in small amounts and apply to frizzy or dry hair, and ends, when needed. Try to control yourself and don't go crazy with this oil otherwise, you may go crazy trying to remove the grease out of your hair. Apply this magic oil in small doses and see how it works with your hair type.
16 Sandalwood Supreme
Using Sandalwood on your locks is ideal for lackluster hair and stimulates healthy hair growth. Use sandalwood as a scalp conditioner if you are experiencing dry hair or dry scalp.
Plus, while you're massaging sandalwood into your head, keep in mind that this woody scent boosts memory, way to take it all in.
Shampoo your hair, then mix 6 drops of Sandalwood essential oil with 1 tbsp honey and a half a cup of orange juice, run through your hair, then rinse off with warm water after a few minutes, for shiny aromatic hair.
15 The Delights Of Geranium
While you may have never heard of this essential goodie, Geranium oil is a wonderful tool of nature to help naturally cure dull and limp hair. Geranium oil is native to South Africa but is mostly distributed out of Egypt and Russia nowadays. Besides for all of its benefits, for women specifically, especially when it comes to PMS, this sweet-scented oil will repair dry and damaged hair, strengthen hair follicles, and add a shiny bounce to your once was dull hair. Mix 8 drops Geranium oil with a half a cup of warm coconut oil, wrap your hair in a warm towel for 30 minutes and then rinse your hair until you're certain you've washed out the oil from your hair.
14 Vitamin E Oil
If you've got yourself caught in dry tangled up hair every time you come out of the shower, and you're just about ready to chop off all your knotty locks, you may want to take a breath, and try this formula.
Try adding a few drops of vitamin E essential oil to your shampoo to detangle stubborn knotty hair.
You may notice less hair falling out when you comb your hair through after the shower. Adding vitamin E oil to your shampoo will also enrich and nourish your scalp for a healthy nutritious scalp. Vitamin E oil will also add luster and shine to your locks. Go for it.
13 Calming Chamomile Oil
If you've grown bored with your regular hair care routine and start to realize your hair is equally boring, try adding chamomile oil to boost your regiment.
While many of us may have been using lemon or chamomile to naturally lighten our hair as teenagers, now you can start using this sweet smelling oil to boost up your hair's vibrancy.
All it takes is a few drops evenly palmed through your hair after you've washed and lightly towel dried your hair. The best part is, the oil is all natural and damage free, so you can trust what your hair and scalp are absorbing into your body.
12 Patchouli Oil
Patchouli oil is an earthy aroma oil which grows wiser, like wine, with age. This oil has fungicide, antiseptic and antiseptic properties. If you're worried about your scalp, which is affecting the condition of your hair, then try mixing together 2 drops of 100% pure patchouli oil, 1 tsp baking soda, and with a palmful of your natural shampoo. Massage the mixture into scalp and rinse. You can also try mixing 2-3 drops with Grapeseed oil, massaging directly onto scalp and rinsing out 20 minutes later. Both treatments are great for a dry and itchy scalp.
11 Ahh Peppermint
In 2014, Keimyung University in Korea studied the effects of peppermint oil for hair growth. They found that peppermint oil increased hair growth, hair thickness, number of follicles and depth of the follicles present. So, how exactly do you get to reap the benefits of peppermint oil?
Mix together a few drops of peppermint oil with jojoba oil, or coconut oil if your hair can handle the weight, apply the mixture to your scalp and let sit for 30 minutes before washing your hair.
You can also add a few drops of peppermint oil to your shampoo or conditioner for thicker, mintier, hair.
10 Love For Lemon
On the cheaper side of the essential oil spectrum is 100% pure Lemon oil. The citric acid found in lemon oil can unclog congested hair follicles and treat oily hair by absorbing any excess oil. Add 5 drops of lemon oil to a carrier oil like jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, or coconut oil and thoroughly mix together. Apply the mixture to your scalp and hair and leave in for 20-30 minutes. Then efficiently wash the oil mixture from your hair with warm water three or four times a week, or as needed for zesty and shiny hair.
9 Rejuvenating Rosemary Oil
Rosemary, as you may have known, was used in ancient times as a headband in weddings as a love charm, looks like we're off to a good start. Rosemary oil will soften and condition hair, amp up hair thickness, speeds up hair growth, and prevents premature graying or hair loss.
Rosemary oil can help treat damaged hair follicles to encourage new and healthy hair growth.
If you're interested in utilizing rosemary oil benefits, mix 3-4 drops of rosemary oil with a carrier oil, like jojoba oil, gently massage into scalp and let rest for 20-30 minutes. When the time is up shampoo and rinse your hair as you normally would.
8 Juniper Oil
Juniper oil has high and wide benefits for the skin, body, mind, and hair. It is most notorious for its anti-inflammatory effects on the body, which is why it is so commonly used on the skin to fight acne and other skin ailments. Juniper oil balances out the body's natural secretions of oil, which is useful for those who have excessively oily skin or hair. Juniper oil is so strong they warn pregnant woman against its usage. Juniper oil should never be used alone, as, with most essential oils, it is extremely concentrated and strong. The best way to use Juniper oil is by diluting it with a carrier oil.
7 Godly Cypress
Like Cedarwood, this essential oil comes from a tree and not a flower or herb. Cypress oil comes from a Cypress tree which is an evergreen and is often used to fight off anxiety, to remove toxins from the body, and aid in respiratory difficulties.
If you're attracted to this woody oil, you can use the same formula for either your skin or your hair for a deep clean and care treatment.
Add 3 drops of Cypress essential oil to your shampoo, conditioner, or natural face wash to get a hold of its antimicrobial properties. You can also add a few drops to your bath to clear the pathways in your lungs and aid in respiratory difficulties.
6 Clary Sage Oil
Clary sage oil is an essential oil extracted from the flowers and leaves of the Clary sage plant. Just in case you are looking for some added bonuses while you massaged this oil into your scalp, Clary sage is an antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, deodorant, and sedative oil. If that list didn't perk your interest, Clary sage essential oil can be used to add more shine to your hair can strengthen hair strands, roots, and follicles, balances hormones that provoke hair loss, naturally conditions hair, and of course, adds a fantastic aroma to your hair. Yes, please.
5 Cleansing Palo Santo
If you aren't already burning Palo Santo all around your house, you should begin now.
Besides its ability to clear the air in your home and bedroom, the oil has so many more amazing benefits. The Palo Santo tree is native to Central and South American countries and is considered sacred by many. In many tribes, the smoke of the already fallen Palo Santo was used to ward off evil spirits.
Palo Santo carries many anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used on irritated skin and scalp.
This oil will not only soothe your irritated skin, but its unique smell will calm your mind and soul.
4 Eucalyptus Blue
Eucalyptus oil is distilled and extracted from the dry leaves of the eucalyptus tree. This woody sweet scent can be used as an expectorant, insecticidal, antispasmodic, anti-infectious, and as an anti-inflammatory. Now you can guess how and why this is great for your skin and hair. Eucalyptus oil stimulates and cleans hair follicles for strong hair growth. If you're interested in treating yourself to a hot oil treatment, try heating up 1.5oz of olive oil with 1 tsp of Eucalyptus oil and massage into scalp, when the mixture is at the right temperature, and let sit for 30-45 minutes. When the time is up shampoo and condition as usual.
3 Thyme Oil
This spicy smelling oil is frequently used for hair care treatment because of how beneficial it is to the scalp and hair.
Thyme oil is known to increase blood flow to the scalp and brings the hair follicle back to life.
You can use this oil with lavender oil to aid and soothe the scalp from any fungal disorders or irritations. If you're ready to get your brew working, mix together 2 drops of thyme oil, 5 drops of lavender oil, with 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, or jojoba oil, massage into the scalp in round circular motions and rinse after 20 minutes. If you use olive oil, make sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid oily hair.
2 Ylang Ylang
Ylang Ylang oil comes from The Cananga Odonata Tree native to Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia. You may know this beautiful aromatic flower from Chanel no.5 maybe? This essential oil is distilled from the lovely yellow flowers and used to treat acne, hair loss, anxiety, stress, as an antidepressant, and many other uncomfortable disorders. If you are stressed over thinning hair, first of all, stop stressing, it will only make your hair fall out faster, and second of all, treat yourself to a bottle of Ylang Ylang. This powerful essential oil has been used for centuries to treat exactly that, hair loss, and can be used as a natural conditioner.
1 Sacred Frankincense
Though you may have never heard of Sacred Frankincense essential oil, in the ancient days, this oil was well praised and highly valuable.
This curious oil rejuvenates the skin and scalp to promote new and shiny hair growth.
If you're interested in changing up your hair care treatment get yourself a dark glass jar, brew together 1/2 cup of Grapeseed oil, 10 drops of Sacred Frankincense, 20 drops of rosemary essential oil, 20 drops of Cedarwood essential oil, and 10 drops Progesssence Plus. Shake this thing up really well, and apply a small drop two times daily to the scalp for luscious lock results.