Luscious hair is every girls dream; is it little wonder the hair-care is now a multi-billion dollar industry? We go to any extent in the pursuit of long, voluminous and healthy tresses. In which more often than not leads to weaving, braiding and the latest craze wigs! But what if I told you that there is a way you could actually grow your natural hair and finally ditch the extensions?
Essential oils are the way to go. Whether you have decided to avoid conventional hair-care products or you are just exploring more natural options, the role of essential oils for healthy hair is important. Using essential oils with their remarkable properties can work wonders on your hair and scalp. Therefore, whether you are looking to thicken your hair, treat dandruff or dry scalp; here is our guide on some essential oils that are necessary for healthy hair.
I think by now we have pretty much established that Coconut oil fixes everything! Rub it on your hair, your skin, your bank account, your relationship e.t.c… Okay maybe not the last two. The point is that this oil should be a necessity in every woman’s bathroom. Using coconut oil can help your hair grow faster, longer and thicker. The vitamins and essential fatty acids found in this oil nourish the scalp and help to remove sebum build-up from hair follicles. Lauric and Capric acid, medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil, have strong anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. They help to thoroughly clean your hair and scalp thus preventing or treating dandruff.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
The same oil that you use for cooking and salad dressing can be used as a deep moisturizing treatment to promote hair growth. Extra-virgin olive oil has been used for centuries as a conditioner. It locks in moisture and prevents dryness of the scalp making your hair soft, smooth and shinny. EVOO is a rich source of vitamin E and other antioxidants. The abundance of antioxidants in this oil leaves your scalp healthier and may reduce the damage done by conventional hair-care products.
Castor oil is your best bet when it comes to treating hair loss issues such as Alopecia. It is suitable for moisturizing hair, promoting hair growth and even preventing hair loss. Castor oil contains Ricinoleic acid; an omega-9 fatty acid that is one of the essential amino acids required by the human body. It can penetrate into the pores of the skin and hair follicles providing nourishment and enabling the hair follicles to restore growth to a normal level. This oil also helps to make the hair richer and darker and prevents split ends.
Extracted from the kernels of the Argan tree; a native of morocco, this oil has been nicknamed ‘liquid gold’ for its benefits. It is one of the most expensive essential oils but ask anyone who uses it and you will hear it’s worth the money. It contains lots of vitamin A and E, antioxidants, Linoleic acid and omega 3 and 9 fatty acids. Vitamin E is especially potent in boosting cell production while promoting healthy hair. This is why there are a lot of hair-care products in the market that contain Argan oil but in diluted forms. Trust me, you are better off getting it as an essential oil for better results.
Peppermint has an invigorating mint smell and studies have shown that it can be used to safely promote hair growth. It has a cooling effect property that is useful for rejuvenating hair follicles and stimulating blood flow to the hair root. It opens up clogged pores helping to control dandruff which is associated with dry skin. This oil can however cause irritation to people who have a reaction to mint-family plants. Therefore, be sure to test it on a small area of your skin first.
NB: You can simply combine your essential oils and use them as your hair food or add them to your everyday water spray, shampoo or conditioner.