Run your hand through your hair. How does it feel? If it feels smooth, silky, and soft, you can skip this article right now. But if your hair feels rough and dry, and looks a little dull, it’s time you do something about it!
And ‘something’ doesn’t mean applying a bit of coconut oil on your head and hoping that your hair magically recovers overnight. No. You’ll need something far more potent.
To really get to the root of the problem, you’ll need to use more effective solutions like essential oils for dry and rough hair.
Essential oils have been used for aeons by people from all walks of life. These potent solutions can be used in a variety of ways to treat various issues, from sinus infections to the common cold.
But today, we’re going to talk about how you can use essential oils to treat dry and rough hair. So here we go.
What essential oils are good for dry and rough hair?
1. Lavender Essential Oil
This sweet-scented, extremely potent essential oil is extracted from a flower whose biological name is Lavandula Angustifolia. It can be found in nearly any organic store. Lavender essential oil is an excellent moisturiser, and when rubbed into the scalp, it helps to promote hair growth. It also acts as a regulator, and helps to regulate sebum production.
This ensures that your hair doesn’t get too oily, while keeping your scalp adequately moisturised.
Lavender essential oil is also a strong antiseptic and contains antibacterial properties that help rid your scalp of irritants and unnecessary bacteria. This helps to keep your scalp clean and hydrated, fostering hair growth.
How To Use lavender essential oil for dry and rough hair:
Add roughly 10 tablespoons of lavender essential oil to a bowl of coconut oil and mix the two liquids. Heat up the solution and gently massage the mix into your scalp using the tips of your fingers.
To make the most of it, keep the oil on your head overnight, and wash it off in the morning. By then all the nutrients in the oil will have been absorbed. On the plus side, lavender essential oil also relieves stress and promotes good sleep!
2. Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile essential oil comes in two varieties, and it is the yellow-coloured one that we use to treat dry hair. So when you’re going out to purchase it, ask for ‘Roman chamomile’.
Chamomile essential oil is an excellent anti inflammatory and soothes any boils or bruises that appear on the scalp. By cooling down the scalp and rejuvenating it, the properties of this oil help to stimulate hair growth. The oil also shields the hair from environmental pollutants when it is used as a conditioner.
How To Use chamomile essential oil for rough hair:
There are two methods of using this highly-effective oil.
Add 2-3 drops of chamomile oil to 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil, preferably jojoba oil. Gently massage a small quantity of this mixture into your scalp and allow it to sit for a few hours. The oil will form a thin, non-sticky coating, so you can even go out after massaging this oil into your head.
Another method of using chamomile oil would be to apply it on your head after a bath. For this, take 10 drops of chamomile oil and drop it into a small cup of water. Once you’re done shampooing your head, rinse your hair with this water-oil mixture. It acts as a conditioner and will rejuvenate your hair follicles.
3. Rosemary Essential Oil
This oil has a woody aroma that’s simply delightful to the senses. Extracted from the herb Rosmarinus officinalis, rosemary essential oil is sure to invigorate your scalp and boost hair growth in days!
This essential oil is packed with antioxidants which help to keep your scalp clean and stimulate blood flow to your follicles. Rosemary also helps to regulate your sebum production and ensures that your scalp is getting what it needs to provide you with healthy hair.
How to use rosemary essential oil for rough hair:
If you like head massages with hot oil, a massage with rosemary oil is sure to make you feel calm and peaceful.
All you need to do is add 10-11 drops of rosemary essential oil to 3 tablespoons of olive oil and heat the mix till you see steam rising out of it. Allow it to cool a little before applying it to your scalp.
Once the concoction is ready, gently massage it into your scalp and allow the oil to seep in. For this, you can cover your your head with a towel dipped in hot water. Leave the oil on for about 30 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.
Be careful not to apply this oil more than once a week, as it is quite potent. Rosemary essential oil will seep into your hair follicles and help clear away the dirt and debris on your scalp. This in turn will promote the growth of thick hair.
4. Cedar Essential Oil
Cedar essential oil has been tested many times on people suffering from hair loss, and time and again it has proven to be an extremely effective deterrent to the onset of balding.
Just like the other essential oils, cedar oil also balances out the secretion of the sebaceous glands, allowing this oil to control how dry or sticky your scalp gets. When warmed up and applied to the head, cedar essential oil helps to promote hair growth my improving blood flow to the scalp.
This essential oil also helps to fight dandruff with the help of its antifungal and antibacterial properties.
How To cedar essential oil for dry hair:
The best way to use cedar oil would be to massage it into your scalp. To do this, add a few drops of cedar oil to a bowl of coconut oil and massage it vigorously into your scalp. This mix of oils will help to alleviate itchiness and dryness, rejuvenating the scalp and promoting hair growth.
Be sure to wash off this oil in roughly 30 minutes.
5. Thyme Essential Oil
This powerful essential oil is extracted from a herb called Thymus vulgaris. It has a strong and spicy smell, and the aroma can be really calming and relaxing. Thyme essential oil is added to many hair care products aimed at preventing hair loss.
Thyme oil is highly effective in fighting dandruff as it contains antibacterial and antifungal properties, helping to remove impurities.
But when you’re using thyme essential oil, you need to be extremely careful with the dosage. This oil is very potent and can harm your scalp if used in excess.
How to use thyme essential oil for dry hair:
When using thyme essential oil for dry hair, it’s best to use it in conjunction with another, soothing essential oil. So before massaging it on your scalp, take 5 drops of lavender essential oil, 2 drops of thyme oil, and 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and mix the three to make a thick mixture.
Apply this concoction on your scalp and leave it on for roughly 15-20 minutes. Rinse the oil off with warm water once you’re done.
These are just 5 of the many essential oils you can use to treat your hair. If you dig up a little more, and really do your research, you’ll find a variety of essential oils that offer myriad benefits to your hair and scalp.
If you have to deal with rough, dry, and damaged hair, don’t despair! Simply purchase a few of these essential oils, and follow the directions. With perseverance, discipline, and a lot of positivity, you’ll be able to enjoy a thick head of hair in no time!