Essential Oils:Hair Care
Adapted from Rosemary Gladstar's Family Herbal, by Rosemary Gladstar.
Have you ever noticed how few people over 50 have shiny, healthy hair hair you'd die for? There aren't very many of them.
Though it may be part of the natural aging process to lose some of your crowning glory, it's not a natural process for it to lose its gleam and glow. This lack of life is almost always due not to aging but to the unhealthy practices of overwashing, blow drying, and using chemical products such as sprays, perms, and gels.
Health, natural hair care is basically a very simple undertaking. Here are some tips of how essential oils can help!
Date: 11/4/2006 9:03:26 AM ( 17 y ) ... viewed 13158 times
Essential Oils for Hair Care More Bath & Shower Solutions
Basil: Oily hair … promotes growth
Chamomile: Fine to normal hair … gives golden highlights
Clary sage: All types of hair … dandruff treatment
Lavender: Normal hair … Scalp treatment for itchiness, dandruff, and even lice!
Lemon: Oily hair … Gives golden highlights; treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands
Myrrh: Dry hair … Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands
Patchouli: Oily hair … Dandruff treatment
Peppermint: Dry hair … Promotes hair growth
Rose: Fine hair … Soothes scalp
Rosemary: Oily hair … Dandruff treatment; promotes hair growth
Tea tree: Oily hair … Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands
Ylang-ylang: Oily hair … Dandruff treatment
More Essential Oils for Your Hair Type
DRY HAIR: lavender, carrot seed, sandalwood, cedar wood
OILY HAIR: lemon, bergamot, juniper, rosemary, thyme, or ylang-ylang
NORMAL: patchouli, juniper, rosemary, lavender, geranium, clary sage
To oil the hair is quite easy. Take a small amount of oil, perhaps 2 drops, or if scraping a solid such as coconut oil, barely a fingernail full....and rub between the palms to warm and melt a bit. There should be a very sheer layer of oil on the palms as a result--barely discernable except for the shine or reflection in the light. Then apply the oil to pre-washed, already fully dry and detangled hair. Apply only from the earlobes on down. Do not apply to scalp hair to leave on for days as this will upset your pH balance of the acid mantle (the scalp skin). Set the palms on either side of the hair length on one side and simply downstroke through the hair. Then repeat on the other side. Those with thick hair or wavy/curly hair need to separate the hair more to get more at the deeper inward layers to get some oil there.
When oiling to leave in, a small amount goes a long way! So be conservative. You can always add more, even a day or so later, you can add more as needed. But it's easy to do too much: if the hair sections a bit or looks a tad greasy-ish, then you put in too much. Hair readily absorbs the oil. It does not rub off on clothing or linens. However, you may find you need to change your pillowcase a little more often nevertheless because of some very fine acne along the hairline (typical for some of us who go an extra day without a hair wash). With a little experimentation, you will find the right number of days to skip to build up oil and create a beautiful healthy shine and increase elasticity of the hair in due time.
In my opinion, there are no down sides to oiling: only benefits. Curly hair people will like it for the weight it imparts showing off the pattern of the curls; increases moisture content; provides a protective layer against damage such as splits and so forth; the weight helps the hair to move as one body (very appealing to the eye); frizz concerns are reduced; brittleness & dryness cease; and the hues of one hair color come forward resulting in a beautiful sheen that catches the light in interesting ways; and finally, the hair becomes supremely soft.
Oiling should be done consistently after each hair wash as a leave in conditioner. It is the consistency that matters most--not doing it once every so often.
This is an interesting link: http://www.prairielandherbs.com/ingredients.htm
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