Is it safe to use essential oils in your hair?
What are the health benefits or consequences?
We’ll answer those questions and more in today’s guide.
You’ll also get a special list of our favorite essential oils to use on your locks (14 of them!) and a few DIY recipes to help you get started on your own terms.
But before we head over to the fun stuff, let’s answer the most important questions first.
Should You Put Essential Oils in Your Hair? Is It Really Safe?
As explained in this guide, using commercial shampoos and conditioners that are filled with chemicals combined with recurrent washes and environmental pollutants can take away the natural oils in your hair and on your scalp.
This can lead to an itchy and dry scalp as well as brittle hair that doesn't seem to grow and always appears frizzy no matter the weather.
As luck would have it, you may be able to battle these issues with some help from the best essential oils for hair.
It's important that you follow these guidelines:
Do not apply essential oils directly to your scalp without dilution. Due to the potency of oils, when you apply them topically, you must first mix them with carrier oils to help dilute their strength.
Avoid sun exposure after using certain oils. Some oils are phototoxic such as grapefruit and bitter orange. What this means is that when they’re exposed to sunlight, they can also cause a negative reaction on your skin. (Not all citrus oils are phototoxic, though — more on this later.)
Keep essential oils and essential oil blends away from your eyes. If you accidentally get oil in your eye(s), a quick rinse with cold water should be your first step. And if the situation doesn’t improve, visit your doctor to be safe.
At the end of this guide, we’ll show you how to use essential oils for hair safely so you can avoid this situation.
One of the first things to do is to choose the right oils to use.
13 Essential Oils for Beautiful, Healthy Hair
If you take anything from this article, let it be that the quality of the essential oils you use matters.
Especially considering you’ll be using these oils on your skin and/or breathing them in. It's worth it to find high-quality essential oils that have been sourced ethically. Essential oils shouldn’t contain any fake ingredients or cheap chemical fillers.
Your next step is to choose one or more of the following oils that have been shown to add shine to your hair and help it appear uber healthy:
#2: Lavender may also be able to help improve your hair health.
One study found that lavender, when mixed with thyme, rosemary, and cedarwood, was more effective at helping patients with alopecia. Alopecia is a condition that causes hair loss on the scalp, than carrier-oil-only treatments like coconut oil.
Researchers from another study discovered lavender was able to help mice grow thicker, fuller hair follicles.
#3: Tea tree is an essential oil that is packed with benefits.
Not only can it help with dry, itchy skin, it can also fight against dandruff thanks to its antifungal properties.
Research demonstrates that tea tree oil helped alopecia patients reduce hair loss, boost hair growth, and minimize the appearance of thinning hair.
(At the end of this guide, we’ll show you a DIY tea tree oil shampoo recipe that may help combat a dry, itchy scalp if you’re suffering from one.)
#5: Rosemary works wonders when mixed with lavender, thyme, and cedarwood. It also pairs well with swertia and hops, as Francesc Casado Galcera discovered.
In his research, he learned that rosemary:
- Increased hair growth by 22.4%
- Sped up hair growth
- Reduced hair loss
Rosemary may also be nourishing for split ends and works well for both dry and oily hair.
#6: Cedarwood may also promote circulation to your scalp, which can increase hair follicle growth.
#7: Clary sage shares similar properties to rosemary and may help balance oily hair and reduce dandruff.
#8: Patchouli is another oil to reach for if you’re trying to combat dandruff and a dry, itchy scalp.
#9: Eucalyptus may help increase circulation and also fight off bacteria and fungal infections, which can stimulate hair growth and promote a healthy scalp.
#10: Clove shares the stimulating property of eucalyptus and boasts an antiseptic quality, which might help keep your scalp in great condition.
#11: Geranium has been thought to strengthen hair follicles so they’re less brittle and dry.
#14: Lime has a tangy, uplifting aroma and contains a bunch of antioxidants, which makes it perfect for improving hair health.
You’ve learned about the best essential oils to use for beautiful hair, now you’re probably wondering how to use them.
If so, keep reading...
How to Use Essential Oils in Your Hair
Here are some of the best ways to use the oils listed in today’s guide:
#1: Add a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner. You can even leave your conditioner in your hair a bit longer, similar to a hair mask.
#2: Create your own shampoo. This DIY recipe combines tea tree oil and rosemary with honey, coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar to create a well-rounded blend that may help cut down on dryness while also helping to improve your hair’s overall health.
This one specifically uses rosemary with lavender and aloe vera to create a creamy, conditioning shampoo:
#3: Whip up your own hair pomade. By melting a few ingredients together, you’ll have a pomade that improves your hair health while also keeping it styled just the way you like.
You can find two DIY recipes for hair pomades using essential oils on this page.
Start Using Essential Oils for Improved Hair Health Now
Keep in mind, whenever you’re using essential oils in your hair, a little goes a long way and you won’t need much to see the awesome benefits we discussed today.
With continued, daily use, you may be the proud owner of a shiny, beautiful, healthy head of hair in no time!