Carrier oils and essential oils
Before you try using an oil in your hair, it is important to make sure it is the right kind of oil. Pure essential oils are highly concentrated oils that contain the natural essences of seeds, fruits and plants. Although essential oils have lots of amazing benefits applying them directly to your skin can cause irritation. This is why carrier oils are used, they dilute essential oil so that it is safer to use on your hair and body. Carrier oils carry the essential oil into the skin, when you use essential oils topically make sure you dilute it with a carrier oil first! Use around 3 drops to a tablespoon of carrier oil.
Brittle or dry hair – sandalwood oil
Sandalwood oil is an essential oil that prevents hair dryness by simulating blood circulation in the scalp. Sandalwood oil contains an astringent that is useful for regulating sebum, which is an oily substance made by the sebaceous glands to keep your hair and skin properly moisturised. To target brittle or dry hair try mixing drops of Sandalwood oil with a carrier oil such as Absolute Aromas' Argan Carrier oil.
Greasy hair – rosemary oil
Rosemary oil is an essential oil that has anti-dandruff action, but it is best suited for people with oily hair. It tones down the action of sebum glands and clears up clogged pores that cause acne and itchy scalp. Regular use of rosemary oil ensures healthy, strong, non-greasy hair. Research has also found that a mix of oils, including rosemary oil helped to stimulate hair growth in alopecia patients. To use as a hair oil for greasy hair mix one or two drops with a tablespoon of your favourite carrier oil.
Split ends and frizzy hair – Moroccan argan oil
Argan oil is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids which help to repair split ends, strengthen hair, and reduce scalp dryness. Argan oil is also full of antioxidants that help to prevent damage to hair follicles caused by free radicals. Phenols present in the oil are also beneficial to the follicles, helping to prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth. This oil can be used as a leave-in conditioner that helps to tame frizzy hair without weighing down hair. Absolute Aromas Argan oil is a carrier oil so does not need to be diluted before using.
Hair growth – clary sage
Clary sage is an essential oil well known for its phytoestrogen content. Phytoestrogen is a hormone not created by the human endocrine system but found in plants. This means that phytoestrogen can only be ingested or consumed. Low oestrogen levels have been linked to hair loss; phytoestrogen is particularly useful in preventing or reversing premature balding because it supports our natural oestrogen levels which helps support hair growth. Clary sage promotes a healthy scalp, regulates oil production and controls dandruff. It can be used for both dry and oily scalps, but is extremely useful for dry scalp and hair. To use just mix a few drops with your favourite carrier oil!
Tangled hair – coconut oil
Coconut oil is one of the most versatile oils out there, so it probably comes as no surprise that it can benefit your hair too! Absolute Aromas' Coconut oil is also a carrier oil that can be used on pretty much all hair types; it can help add shine and volume to dull hair and it’s also anti-fungal which makes it a perfect natural anti-dandruff hair treatment.
If you are prone to hair that gets tangled easily coconut oil could be the one for you. Most detangling shampoos and conditioners are packed with harsh chemicals that cause damage in their war against knots – coconut oil, on the other hand, is 100% natural which means it will detangle without causing damage or leaving residue behind.
Damaged hair and scalp – chamomile oil
Chamomile oil is an essential oil known for its relaxing properties; it can also add shine and softness to hair whilst soothing the scalp. It has excellent anti-inflammatory properties and can be rubbed into the scalp to relieve itchiness and damage in the scalp caused from dermatitis, psoriasis or dandruff. It retains moisture and hydrates the scalp to ease irritation. Chamomile oil conditions the hair and protects it from the damage inflicted by extremely cold or hot weather. If you suffer from dull hair chamomile oil can enrich and brighten blonde hair instantly, or it can be added to henna to accentuate natural highlights without the use of chemicals. If you decide to use chamomile oil to help repair damaged hair and scalp make sure you dilute it with a carrier oil first!
Dandruff – almond oil
Almond oil is a carrier oil that can be used as a dandruff remedy because it helps to dissolve dandruff away from the scalp. There are many factors that can cause dandruff such as cold weather, chemical shampoos and having a dry scalp, but almond oil and most of the oils on this list can help to combat dandruff. Almond oil contains essential fatty acids which regulates the oil production from the sebaceous glands and helps to keep our scalps moisturised which can prevent the formation of dry scalp and dandruff.
Fine hair – jojoba oil
Jojoba oil is actually a wax ester rather than an oil although it can be used in the same way as carrier oils. Wax esters are extremely similar to human skin oil. This means that it is a light, non-greasy oil that is perfect for those of us with fine hair because it won’t weigh the hair down. It is the most similar to the sebum produced by the sebaceous glands in your scalp and contains almost all of the important vitamins and minerals required for healthy skin and hair including vitamin E, vitamin B, silicon, zinc, and copper. Jojoba oil is able to moisturise the hair without leaving any residues and can help hair cells to reproduce themselves at a rapid rate.
Picking your oil
Make sure that your chosen oil is natural and chemical-free. It is important to look for oils that are as pure as possible and that don’t contain additional flavourings and perfumes that will dilute the overall benefits. My own favourite oil has got to be Absolute Aromas Essential Argan Oil which is completely organic and vegan friendly. Try mixing different essential oils together with a carrier oil to create a blend that not only smells amazing but is tailored to give you the best possible hair care!