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Oils for Your Hair: Top Homemade Recipes

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, essential oils can help cope with scalp infections and stimulate new hair growth.  Make a blend of the following ingredients to be used 1-2 times per day:

Olive oil – 1 tablespoon
Sage oil – 3-4 drops
Peppermint oil – 3-4 drops
Rosemary oil – 3-4 drops

Valerie Ann Worwood in her book “The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy” offers the following homemade hair care products (shampoos, conditioners, rinses) which contain oils. To make a shampoo or conditioner, a base needs to be prepared first.

Lecithin Base

Liquid Lecithin – 2 oz.
Cocoa butter – one quarter of an oz.
Almond oil – 2 oz.
Jojoba oil – 2 teaspoons

Using the bain-marie method, mix all the ingredients and heat gently until they are well blended. Pour the mixture into a jar or any other container.  Use this mixture when making a conditioner for your particular hair type.

Shampoo Base

Spring water – 1 quart
Soap flakes – 4 oz.

Boil the water and add soap flakes, then stir until the soap is fully dissolved.  Bottle the blend and use it when needed. When making a shampoo, beat with a blender.

SHAMPOOS

  • Normal Hair

Blend the following ingredients in a blender:

1)    Stimulating Shampoo

Soap stew – 4 oz.
Eucalyptus lemon – 7 drops
Lemon – 4 drops
Rosemary – 2 drops

2)    Moisturizing Shampoo

Soap stew – 4 oz.
Carrot – 4 drops
Borage – 4 drops
Lemon oil – 2 drops
Geranium – 3 drop

  • Dry Hair

Blend the following ingredients in a blender:

1)    Stimulating Shampoo

Soap stew – 1 cup
Lavender – 2 drops
Parsley – 1 drop
Carrot – 5 drops
Almond oil – 1 teaspoon

2)    Moisturizing Shampoo

Soap stew – 1 cup
Sandalwood – 2 drops
Carrot – 5 drops
Jojoba oil – 5 drops
Peach kernel – 2 teaspoons of oil

  •  Greasy Hair

Blend the following ingredients in a blender:

1)    Stimulating Shampoo

Soap stew – 4 oz.
Basil oil – 1 drop
Cypress oil – 2 drops
Rosemary oil – 3 drops
Lemon oil – 15 drops

2)    Shampoo that will make your hair shine

Soap stew – 4 oz.
Eucalyptus peppermint – 7 drops
Thyme – 6 drops
Rosemary – 4 teaspoons
Lavender oil – 3 drops

  •  Dyed, Permed Hair or Fragile Hair

Mix well and use once a week:

Soapwort shampoo base – 4 oz.
Yarrow – 2 drops
Lavender – 2 drops
 

CONDITIONERS

  • Normal Hair

Using the bain-marie method, mix the ingredients listed below and heat gently until well blended.  Spread over all the hair,  leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse your hair well.

Peach kernel – 2 teaspoons of oil
Almond – 1 tablespoon of oil
Carrot – 3 drops
Geranium oil – 2 drops
Lecithin base – 1 tablespoon

  •  Dry Hair

Using the bain-marie method, mix the ingredients listed below and heat gently until well blended.  While the blend is still warm, spread it on your hair, leave it on for 10 minutes then shampoo and rinse your hair well.

Peach kernel – 1 tablespoon of oil
Sweet almond (cold-pressed) – 1 tablespoon of oil
Evening primrose (or Borage) – 2 drops

Sesame – 1 teaspoon of oil
Lecithin base – 1 teaspoon
Geranium oil – 3 drops
Avocado – 2 drops
Parsley – 4 drops
Carrot – 2 drops

  •  Conditioning for Bleached or Sun-damaged Hair

Using the bain-marie method, mix the ingredients listed below and heat gently until well blended. While the blend is still warm apply it over all your hair, massage it in well and cover your head with a plastic bag or shower cap, leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse your hair well.

Sesame – 1 teaspoon of oil
Lecithin base – 2 tablespoons
Jojoba oil – 1 teaspoon
Carrot – 2 drops
Eucalyptus lemon – 5 drops
Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
Evening primrose – 6 drops

  •  Greasy Hair

Using the bain-marie method, mix the ingredients listed below and heat gently until well blended.  Apply the blend over all your hair, leave it on for 10 minutes, then shampoo and rinse your hair well.

Sunflower – 1 teaspoon of oil
Lavender oil – 3 drops
Green clay– 1 tablespoon
Rosemary (or birch) – 3 drops
Yarrow oil – 2 drops
Vodka – 1 teaspoon
Lecithin base – 1 teaspoon

  •  Dyed or Permed Hair, Fragile Hair

Using the bain-marie method, melt the lecithin and cocoa butter, then add almond oil and other ingredients stirring constantly until the mixture is well blended.  Shampoo your hair first and rinse.  Spread the mixture over all your hair, leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse your hair well. The volume provided here is enough for 2-3 treatments.

Cocoa butter – 1 oz.
Lecithin base – 1 tablespoon
Almond oil – 2 oz.
Borage Seed – 4 drops
Evening primrose – 10 drops
Birch oil – 5 drops
Chamomile Roman – 3 drops 

Rinses

  • Normal Hair

Mix lemon oil with cider vinegar in the following proportion – 3 drops of oil to 2 teaspoons of vinegar. Add the blend to the water of the final rinse.

  • Dry Hair

Mix 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar and 1 drop of sandalwood oil, add the blend to 1 cup of boiled water.  Pour mixture into the bowl of water you’ll be using for the final rinse. Rinse your hair well.

  • Greasy Hair

Mix cider vinegar with thyme oil in the following proportion – 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 3 drops of oil, then add the blend to ½ pint of spring water and pour it into the bowl of water you’ll be using for the final rinse.

Scalp stimulation

  • Normal Hair

Prepare a lotion using the following ingredients and blend together well.  Use this blend to massage into the scalp:

Lavender – 5 drops
Vodka – 1 teaspoon
Rosemary oil – 3 drops

Precautions

ALWAYS perform a skin patch test for allergic reaction prior to using any oil by applying a small amount of the oil you are intending to use to the inside of your wrist and wait for 24 hours to ensure it does not cause any irritation and reddening.  Always start the use of any new oil with the smallest dose.  After using it several times,  the amount you use can be increased gradually.  Essential oils known to have a higher than average allergic reaction are: Basil, Birch, Benzoin, Black Pepper, Bay, Cumin, Cinnamon, Clove, Cassia, Citronella, Lemongrass, Fennel, Fir, Verbena, Oregano, Oak Moss,  Peppermint, Parsley, Pimento Berry, Thyme, Pine (high), and Wintergreen.

Dermatologists specializing in trichology warn their patients who are experiencing hair loss problems against the use of oil masks applied directly to the scalp as oil masks can aggravate the problem.  However, essential oils are safe as long as you know what you are using and follow the indicated precautions.