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Hair Types and Essential Oils for Healthy Hair

Long and healthy hair

Let’s face it, hair care is essential to our daily lives, so it only seems natural to include essential oils into this routine. Plant Therapy Essential Oils are high quality, with absolutely no additives or fillers, which make them ideal for hair care use. The best way to maintain beautiful, luscious locks is by using all natural products to keep our hair at it’s best. That is where essential oils come into play.

Although there are a variety of different hair types, we will only cover some of the most common ones in this post. Hopefully, you can take some of the ideas here and apply it to your hair care routine. Healthy hair is only an essential oil away.

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Dry/Damaged Hair

Dry/damaged hair is very common; we use high-heat tools, color our hair, pull our hair up in tight elastics, and the list goes on. Our hair, in general, goes through a lot, and it is always a great idea to take some time to show it some TLC. Fractionated Coconut Oil is hair’s best friend and lucky for you, Plant Therapy has plenty. You can use Coconut Oil for a deep conditioning treatment, a daily detangler, and as a natural thermal protectant. For the daily detangler just apply a light amount of Coconut Oil to wet hair from root to tip and brush through the tangles with a brush or comb. No need to wash out, just dry and style as usual. This method works for the natural thermal protectant too. The great thing with Coconut Oil is it will nourish your hair all day long.

For a Deep Conditioning Coconut Oil Hair Mask try this DIY recipe:

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Mix Shea Butter and Virgin Coconut Oil(I use a fork since they are both so soft)
  2. Add and mix all carrier oils and essential oil (I used my mixer for this).
  3. Store in a cool dark place.
  4. Makes approximately 3 applications.
To use:

Apply mask generously to your hair, let sit for 10-30 minutes and wash with an all natural shampoo.

Oily Scalp

An oily scalp is caused by overactive sebaceous glands, which produce excessive amounts of sebum. It might seem counterproductive to add more oils to an oily scalp, but essential oils are a concentrated, volatile, aromatic liquid that is obtained from the fruits, seeds, flowers, bark, stems, roots, leaves or other parts of a plant. Their makeup and properties are exactly what your oily scalp needs to be more balanced.

6 Essential Oils that help with an oily scalp are Lavender, Rosemary 1,8-Cineole, Lemon, Cedarwood Atlas, Chamomile (all types), and Eucalyptus Globulus. These different oils can be used to combat flaky scalps, balance out the natural oils of the scalp, and soothe and nourish the scalp. Add these oils to your favorite shampoo or try one of these No Poo recipes that will help limit the number of chemicals you use on your hair and combat an oily scalp.

Recipe 1

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Dissolve baking soda into water.
  2. Add other ingredients, shaking well to combine.
  3. Use in place of your regular shampoo and condition as needed.

*If you choose not to use a preservative you will need to store it in the fridge.  Optiphen plus is a preservative which reduces the instance of bacterial growth in water-based products. We recommend that a preservative be used in any water-based products that you make at home. This is a great choice since it contains no parabens, no formaldehyde, and are not formaldehyde contributors.

Recipe 2

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a container.
  2. Shake well to combine and before each use.
  3. Use in place of your regular shampoo and condition as needed.

*If you choose not to use a preservative you will need to store it in the fridge.  Optiphen plus is a preservative which reduces the instance of bacterial growth in water-based products. We recommend that a preservative be used in any water-based products that you make at home. This is a great choice since it contains no parabens, no formaldehyde, and are not formaldehyde contributors.

Keep in mind that when changing hair care routine, you’ll need to give your hair time to adjust to the new product. Traditional shampoos strip the natural oils from your head. When you switch to a more natural cleansing process your body may seem to over produce oils on the scalp. However, in reality, the body is simply trying to replace what was once being washed away daily. You can combat the greasiness by washing every day at first, then reducing to two or three times a week. Your hair will eventually look and feel great!

This recipe can be used for more than an oily scalp. Switch up the essential oils to combat thinning hair, for a normal cleaning shampoo, or to cater to men. Here are some essential oils to try to switch it up:

Thin and Thick Hair

With thin hair, you have to be careful about which oils you choose because you do not want to weigh your hair down or leave it looking greasy. Rosemary 1,8-Cineole is a great option for thin hair. It can help support a healthy scalp and promote luscious-looking locks. Add it to your favorite shampoo or conditioner and use as directed.

Another great option is Lemongrass. Lemongrass has a refreshing and uplifting aroma that is not only a great addition to shampoo, but it is also an effective cleanser that can strengthen your hair follicles. To use Lemongrass add 5 drops to an ounce of your shampoo or condition, or use 2-3 drops in a tablespoon of Jojoba Carrier Oil and massage into the scalp daily and then rinse after 1-3 minutes.

Although Coconut Oil is still a great option for thick hair, Organic Argan Oil is your best bet when it comes to this hair type. Organic Argan is a thicker carrier oil, which thick hair can handle. You can use it in a hair mask or on wet hair before drying and styling. Argan Oil is conditioning and rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids that are ideal for keeping your thick hair nourished and looking fabulous.

Adding essential oils to your hair care routine is a safe, natural way to enhance your luscious locks.

We’ve looked into a few hair types and have given you some suggestions on how to enhance your hair care routines with essential oils and carrier oils. These are great options because they are chemical free, which your hair will thank you for. Have you used any essential oils or carrier oils for your hair? Which ones did you like? Comment below, we would love to hear from you!


40 thoughts on “Hair Types and Essential Oils for Healthy Hair”

  • My hair is falling due to my post pregnancy what EO are good for making the hair stronger and helps growing my hair back???

    1. Rosemary is one of the best essential oils to help with hair growth. You can learn more here, plus find a DIY scalp rub!

    1. You can find a couple DIYs and all the oils that are great for thinning hair here. A great place to start is by adding Rosemary to your shampoo or conditioner at a 1% dilution.

  • Hi there! For the oily scalp, if I add these directly to the shampoo, do I use all 6 or any of the 6? How many drops should I use? Thanks for your help!

    1. While you can use all 6, it would be better to stick to a combination of 2-3. I use Lavender, Rosemary, and Cedarwood in my unscented shampoo and it makes such a difference. You can always try switching up the combinations of oils to see if you find something that works better for you. But if you use all 6 at once, you’ll have a harder time figuring out what’s helping. You’ll want to stick to about a 1% dilution or about 9 drops per ounce of unscented shampoo.

  • Hi, I’m using argan oil, I blended it with the conditioner that I’m using everyday, so far it helped me to bring back my hair into it’s normal health. I was wondering if this essential oil is also good for the kids too? Any suggestion? Thank you in advance for the feedback. This article and another I found has brought my attention to using argan oil, this is what I’m talking about let me know if you have any feedback.

    1. Argan oil is a great carrier oil for added moisture and all our carrier oils are safe for the whole family. If you ever decided to add essential oils, you’d have to pay attention to whether they are KidSafe or not (just look for the KidSafe logo on the label). For example, Cedarwood is KidSafe but Rosemary is not. Hope that helps!

  • I just purchased the Rosemary oil in this post and I cant wait to use it for hair and skin care. I know I can add it shampoo but I have to research how I can use it for my skin and other uses. I like to do any and everything I can with my oils. Any suggestions

  • I was looking for a DIY shampoo and learned so much more with this blog. QUESTION about recipe #2 (shampoo for oily scalp) – Does this recipe require a preservative even though it does not have any water? If so, what preservative does PT recommend? Thank you in advance for the help! Also, what an excellent tip/trick to use FCO as a detangler and leave-in conditioner. I look forward to trying this. Will it work well for all types of hair, i.e. not just dry hair?

  • I have thin hair and I have Rosemary and Lemongrass EO. Great I’m going to add it to my shampoo. Thanks!

  • This exactly what I was looking for. I have thin hair and damaged by coloring every month. I wash my hair every day and put a lot of cosmetics but wanted to use eos as well for additional help. This will be go to

  • I realize everyone may use a different amount of shampoo in each application based on hair thickness/length, but I was wondering how many applications I should be getting approximately for recipe 1 for oily hair—- it uses 10drops EO and I want to be sure I’m not using too much of the recipe at a time….. or too many EOs. Hi

    1. It’s hard to give a definitive answer on this because you’re right that everyone uses different amounts of product for different types of hair. However, I wouldn’t be worried at all about using too much. Recipe 1 calls for a max of 10 drops in 1 tbsp of carrier (the Aloe), which makes it about 2% — a low and safe dilution! If you are concerned, consider starting off using only 5 total drops, and see how that works for you 🙂 And please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of aromatherapists at [email protected] if you would like more information!

  • I appreciate these herbal remedy suggestions for hair care. I bet the addition of lavender to any of these would make it smell amazing as it is one of my favorite scents. What you said about lavender helping with an oily scalp is also really great. I should be looking for a shampoo and condition with that in it.

  • Ive been using Aragon oil with a drop of lavender in my over treated damaged hair (had a perm and a color). However, after reading this I think I’m going to try coconut oil instead. It just keeps the hair tame, and is helping make It healthier. Tha I you for the suggestion.

  • I have lots of curly, long, thick hair. It can handle a lot of product (gel, etc) without looking weighed down, but coconut oil seems to make it look weighed down/greasy and also actually dry it out, no matter how much or how little I use. I normally focus on the ends, maybe some of the shaft, not scalp. I keep hearing how great coconut oil is; what am I doing wrong?

    1. Jeannette, you may find Fractionated Coconut Oil just isn’t right for your hair; although a lot of people may have success with it, it sounds like your hair is having none of that! My hair treats coconut oil the same way, so I understand. You are not using it wrong but may benefit more from a different carrier oil. I recommend trying Argan for your hair and see if that works better for you. If that is still not what you’re looking for, reach out to our aromatherapists at [email protected]. Remember that we also have a great return policy, so there is very little risk for trying out a new carrier oil — even if it doesn’t work out too well for you 🙂

  • These sound wonderful.. are these recipes safe for kids? my 12 year old son has really bad oily hair and with that pimples form on his forehead. can I use any of these, or is there a blog for children with these problems? thankyou.

  • How many drops of Rosemary would you suggest adding to your shampoo to help with thin hair? Would it be 5 drops per ounce of shampoo like with the Lemongrass?

    1. That is correct Katharyne! We advise using a higher dilution for face/head area (between .5% and 1% maximum). 5 drops/oz of shampoo would give you the .5%

  • I am going to be making this hair mask for dry damaged hair! I’m excited to get some supplies during your customer appreciation month! Thanks so much plant therapy!

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