Essential Oils For Dry Hair
What are the problems of dry hair? It often looks dull, it can tangle easily, and split at the ends are common problems. Essential oils that can stimulate the sebaceous glands in the scalp are perfect for this type of hair.
Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) belongs to the family of 200 species called Geraniaceae, but geranium essential oil is extracted only from a very few varieties, in particular Pelargonium. Geranium flower is very beautiful and its aroma resemblance rose.
Oil, that is extracted from flowers, stalks and leaves, has a greenish color and minty aroma. Oil benefits for human organism are various; its hemostatic ability helps with bleeding, (especially menstrual) and cuts. On the other hand, geranium oil can treat sore throat, and relief from stress and nervous tension. This oil is natural tonic; it is also astringent, antiseptic, analgesic and insect repellant.
When used on hair, it will help calm the hair follicles. It can also control the production of sebum; therefore, one can use it for oily hair as well. You can use it with other oils (rosemary, jasmine, lavender, Clary sage, and cedar wood), or with shampoo and conditioner. For shampoo, add 40 drops to an 8-ounce bottle and enjoy the long lasting scent of geranium oil.
Sandalwood Essential Oil
The oil is obtained from the chips and biller cuts from the sandalwood tree (Santalum album). It is widely used in the cosmetic industry. On the other hand, sandalwood oil is used in Ayurvedic medicine for treating mental and somatic disorders. This oil is very expensive, and since the sandalwood trees are endangered species, it is hard to get one.
Sandalwood oil has wonderful properties: antiseptic, diuretic, antispasmodic, carminative, and sedative. It is a great tonic and it can combat tension, and anxiety. It was used for urinary tract infections. On the other hand, it is great for skin – it can fight skin aging, acne, and eczema. It is especially good for dry, sensitive, and inflamed skin – it can revitalize dehydrated skin.
Those who have dry hair surely know the benefits of sandalwood essential oil. Due to its astringent, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties, it is perfect for dry scalp. This oil can soothe dry and irritated scalp by simply adding a few drops of it to the rinsing water. Sandalwood oil blends well with lavender, rose, ylang-ylang, bergamot, and geranium oils.
Jojoba Essential Oil
Jojoba oil is not actually oil; it is in fact a form of liquid wax that is produced in the seeds of the Jojoba plant (Simmondsia chinensis). Unrefined jojoba oil appears as a clear golden liquid, while the refined jojoba oil is colorless and odorless. Jojoba oil is one of the most popular oils in the world, mostly because it is the most common carrier oil, while, on the other hand, its molecular structure is very similar to that found in sebum.
Jojoba is great for hair for many reasons; due to the similarity to sebum, it is naturally safe to apply to any type of hair or skin; it is good for hair growth, and it acts as a moisturizer. The liquid contains vitamin E, A and D, and powerful antioxidants. In general, jojoba oil promotes new hair and helps strengthen the existing hair. For easy treatment, mix a few drops of jojoba oil with shampoo or conditioner.
Essential Oils For Oily Hair
The main problem of the oily hair is the greasy look. This look is caused by the production of the sebum by the sebaceous glands. For this type of hair, essential oils that can stop the sebum are the best choice. Many oils can restore the glands back to normal. Let us see what essential oils are the most popular for oily hair.
Peppermint Essential Oil
This mint plant is rich with vitamins (vitamin A, C, and B2) and basic minerals we need. To achieve long and beautiful hair, peppermint essential oil is definitely the first choice. This oil, which is extracted from the leaves and stems of the plant, can provide required nourishment for the hair. Peppermint oil enhances the hair growth due to its ability to encourage circulation. This oil can also help remove excess sebum from the scalp – it acts as an astringent, and normalizes the scalp oil production. Peppermint oil gives the hair beautiful shine, gloss and cooling and refreshing sensation.
Caution – Peppermint oil is very strong and it is usually used with other essential oil (carrier oils) to reduce irritation. Common carriers are almond, jojoba and grape seed essential oils. One must not use peppermint oil directly on the hair or scalp if the oils is not diluted. One drop of oil on the bare skin can cause skin irritation and tingling, therefore peppermint oil is also used in the form of capsules. Do not use peppermint oil if pregnant.
Cypress Essential Oil
Since ancient times, cypress essential oil has been used for its numerous benefits; ancient civilizations used it for purification and as incense. On the other hand, ancient doctors used it for digestive, urinary, circulatory tract and for skin problems. People use it today for the same reasons, especially for respiratory and nervous system and skin care.
Oil is distilled from the leaves of a tall evergreen tree Cupressus sempervirens. It has fresh, evergreen, woody aroma with balsamic undertone that reminiscence of pine needles, and due to it, it can offer remarkable calming sensation. The basic quality of the oil is its ability to stimulate blood flow, capillary strength, and circulation. For a normal hair growth, it is essential to have good circulation to the follicles. It is good for dandruff and for regulation of the oil production in the scalp. Use it with other carrier oils.
Treat your hair carefully, and keep in mind that natural essential oils are the best for healthy and shiny hair, the hair we all desire.
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