9 Best Essential Oil For Hair

The world of beauty is transitioning and booming in such a way that can transform the way your skin and hair looks. Your hair, like your skin, endures a great deal and is frequently neglected. Are you someone who has always dreamed of long, beautiful tresses? Hair might be tricky to manage but massaging them frequently with some high-quality essential oil has proven to be extremely magical. Essential oils have superpower to treat hair, skin and even your moooooood! They give strength, gloss, and general health to your hair. These oils have been used since ancient times due to their efficacy and low risk of side effects. Let’s dive deep into more about the benefits of essential oils for hair.

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What are Essential Oils (EO)?

According to NIH, EO are concentrated plant extracts that retain the natural smell and flavour of their source and are obtained through mechanical pressing, distillation, or evaporation. Each essential oil has a distinct chemical composition and aromatic properties that can be beneficial to the body.

How to Use Essential Oils for hair?

The first thing to remember is that Essential Oils should NOT be applied directly to the skin or scalp because they can cause irritation.

  • Always do a patch test before using it for the first time.
  • Read label instructions well.
  • Mix a few drops of EO in the carrier oil (olive oil, coconut oil) well and massage well in the circular motion on the scalp as well as apply it to the strands.
  • Leave it for 15-20 minutes before washing as usual.
Essential oils for your hair:
1. LAVENDER:
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This is a gentle oil that can be used on sensitive skin and the scalp. Lavender essential oil is known for its soothing, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. This improves overall scalp health, accelerates hair growth by generating new cells, and reduces hair loss. Additionally, it improves blood circulation and makes the strands look healthier. Lavender’s soothing aroma also aids in stress relief and relaxation. It is a kind of Stress-Booster!

2. Tea tree:
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Tea tree oil has antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties that aid in hair follicle cleaning. To be more specific, it aids in the unclogging of follicles and the prevention of chemical or dead skin build-up. Overall, this promotes hair growth, reduces hair loss, and keeps lice at bay.

3. Cedarwood:
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This oil works by balancing the oil glands in the scalp, which promotes hair growth and reduces hair loss. Cedarwood EO also has antibacterial and antifungal properties which helps in keeping dandruff at bay. Moreover, it facilitates good scalp health, thickens hair and strengthens hair too. Studies also show that cedarwood extracts help to reduce hair loss in people with alopecia areata.

4. Peppermint:
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We all associate peppermint with coolness and freshness. Isn’t that right? This EO when applied to the scalp has a cooling and tingling effect which increases the blood circulation and thus promotes hair growth. A study also found that it aids in the growth of follicle depth and follicles. Furthermore, this oil alleviates dryness, itching, and other scalp issues. This oil can also be mixed into shampoo.

5. Rosemary:
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If you’re looking for an oil that can help with both hair thickening and growth, rosemary oil is the way to go! This Essential Oil boosts cellular generation, making your hair thicker, stronger, and healthier. It has added benefits of improving blood circulation, reducing hair breakage, promoting better scalp, delaying premature greying of hair and hair regrowth. Well, that’s a lot!

6. Ylang-ylang:

This hard to pronounce Essential Oil is ideal for those having dry scalp. Ylang-Ylang EO stimulates the sebum production in the scalp and improves dry hair texture while reducing hair breakage. It has an amazing aroma and is a powerful aphrodisiac.

7. Clary sage:

This oil contains a similar compound that makes lavender oil. Therefore, it is also responsible for improving hair growth. It makes the hair frizz free. Clary sage oil can also help people who are experiencing premature baldness. It fights scalp infections and regulates sebum production. You can also combine this oil with your favourite conditioner.

8. Lemongrass:

This is a go to EO if you frequently face dandruff issues. Lemongrass Essential Oil is anti-dandruff and hair-follicle-strengthening. This is due to its astringent properties, which aid in keeping hair clean and clear. It also heals and soothes irritated and itchy scalp.

9. Thyme:
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This essential oil is potent, nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich, and flavonoid-rich. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that help keep the scalp healthy. Moreover, like cedarwood oil, this oil aids in the treatment of alopecia areata by preventing hair loss.


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Top 6 dry and itchy scalp remedies at home!

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Do you ever notice yourself scratching your head continuously irrespective of the time of the year? Or did you ever notice something falling like a snow fall on your favorite sweatshirt?  I would be lying if I said that is not frustrating. This pesky situation is something that we all would rather avoid. Itchy scalp remedies at home work best if you are consistent with them.

Itchy and dry scalps have a wide range of causes. There is a small difference between dandruff and dry scalp. Even though they might have the same symptoms of flaky skin, one is due to excess oil production and the latter is because of dryness.

Shedding of the top layer of the skin is often unnoticed. Usually, cells shed one at a time but inflammation thus, shed clumps of cells which are visible to us in the form of flakes. Seborrheic Dermatitis is a skin condition which causes dandruff, redness, scaly, scratching and inflammatory scalp. In infants, this condition is called Cradle crap.

Symptoms of itchy and dry scalp:

Itchy and dry scalp may be a little scratchy at times. Few symptoms mentioned below can accompany itchy and dry scalp-

  • Dry skin
  • Redness
  • Patches
  • Irritated scalp
  • Sores scalps
  • Greasy skin
  • Dandruff
  • Itching
  • Yellow or white scales
Causes of itchy and dry scalp:

The potential causes of itchy and dry scalps are mentioned below. It can be either the cause or a combination. Few medical conditions can also be one of the reasons. 

  • Malassezia – Dandruff causing Yeast overgrowth
  • Allergies
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Dry air
  • Age
  • Genetics or hormone
  • Too much washing and use of extreme hot waters
  • Hair care Products
  • Weather Changes
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Head lice
  • Scalp psoriasis
Dry and itchy scalp remedies at home:

Sometimes even the simplest habit of drinking enough water or washing your hair on time works as a remedy. Here are a few simple and non-messy remedies that you can definitely try at home.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV):

Antimicrobial properties of ACV help in eliminating the bacteria and fungus, the main cause of this scalp condition. Moreover, it also exfoliates and treats the scalp. Reduction in inflammation is an added benefit.

Mix 1:2 parts of ACV: water. Apply directly to the scalp. Rest it for 5 mins. Wash normally.

Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil is one of the safest itchy scalp remedies at home. It is antifungal, antibacterial and an effective moisturizer too.

Heat coconut oil. Cool it a bit and apply directly to the scalp. Massage well. Leave overnight and wash normally.

Mashed bananas:

Bananas improve hair health and reduce the dry scalp symptoms by moisturizing and clearing up the bacterias.

Mash the bananas and mix well with coconut oil (You can use other oils also). Apply to the roots of the hair and scalp. Leave it for around 15 mins and wash well.

Essential oils:

Essential oils have a great potential in treating a lot of hair and skin problems. It is one of the greatest tips for hair care. They have antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and antibiotic properties too. Tea tree oil, peppermint oil, avocado, jojoba and lemongrass oil are a few to mention.

You can mix a few drops of any of these oils with a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil. Massage it on your scalp. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and wash thoroughly. DO NOT USE CONCENTRATED ESSENTIAL OILS.

Egg and yoghurt:

Yoghurt exfoliates and soothes the scalp while eggs nourish and protects it. People with allergies need to be aware before application.

Beat the egg properly. To it add plain yoghurt and mix well. Apply to hair and scalp. Massage well. Leave for 10-25 minutes. Rinse with cold water.

Aloe Vera:

Aloe vera is an all-rounder. It reduces skin inflammation, scaliness, itching, irritation and moisturizes the skin too.

Apply fresh Aloe Vera gel to the scalp. Rub a little. Rest for a good 20 minutes and wash off normally as you would.

Foods to reduce itchy and dry scalp:

Internal health reflects in your skin and hair. A lot of foods may affect your scalp health. Talking about the tips for hair care, It is always better to avoid high sugar foods, alcohol and smoking. Sharing a few foods, if consumed along with proper cleaning of hair, may help in reducing itchy and dry scalp.

Foods rich Omega-3 fatty acids:

Fatty fish such as salmon, flaxseeds, soybean, canola, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts are rich sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. They help in keeping the skin healthy, glossy and hydrated. Along with this, they also reduce the inflammation of the skin.

Gut healthy foods:

Probiotic foods play an important role not only in maintaining the scalp health but overall health too. Consumption of Greek yoghurt helps in increasing the blood flow as it contains pantothenic acid.

Citrus Fruits:

Itchy scalp remedies at home must include vitamin C. Fruits such as amla, lemon, orange, mandarin are rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants that help to strengthen hair follicles, reduce oxidative stress, dandruff and other fungal infections. It promotes scalp circulation and stimulates healthy hair growth, both in terms of length and volume.

Iron rich foods:

Iron helps to circulate oxygen to our body & our tissues. Hence, the lack of it may compromise hair health and also causes other problems like fatigue, shortness of breath and dry & damaged skin. High protein rich foods include tofu, beans, legumes, dark leafy greens, poultry, fish, nuts and seeds.

Antioxidants:

Antioxidants such as green tea or vitamin E helps in reducing the oxidative stress on the scalp. It is anti-inflammatory, traps moistures and repairs the scalp.

Vitamin A rich foods:

Vitamin A rich foods include carrot, sweet potato, eggs and dairy products. Apart from being good for eye food it helps alleviate dull, itchy and dry scalp. Moreover, it also helps in sebum oil production of the scalp which helps in treating dry and itchy scalp. 

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