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Essential oils for hair

All About Hair: Essential Oils and Herbs for Hair

Essential oils for hairAll About Hair: Essential Oils and Herbs for Hair

Did you know you can use essential oils for hair? Adding essential oils and herbs to your hair care is a great way to enhance the natural beauty and health of your hair and scalp. In this blog post we will be highlighting some of the best essential oils and herbs for your hair type and scalp condition.  Not sure about your hair type? Check out our previous blog post here for more information on hair type and scalp conditions.

Essential Oils for Hair

Essential oils help to balance natural skin oils, cleanse and refresh hair and scalp. They work like a tonic and promote shiny hair.

For Most Hair Types:

  • Bergamot
  • Calendula
  • Lavender
  • Sweet Orange
  • Tea Tree

For Dry Hair Types:

  • Clary Sage
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Patchouli
  • Rose Geranium

For Oily Hair Types:

  • Bergamot
  • Clary Sage
  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Rose Geranium
  • Tea Tree

For Dandruff:

  • Basil
  • Patchouli
  • Rose Geranium
  • Tea Tree
  • Ylang Ylang

For Hair Loss:

  • Bergamot
  • Calendula
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Ylang Ylang

Irritated & Itchy Scalp:

  • Calendula
  • Chamomile (Cape, German, Morrocan, & Roman Types)

An easy way to use essential oils on your hair is to add 1-2 drops of the oil on your hair brush prior to brushing your hair. Your hair will smell nice and the essential oil will promote smooth and shiny hair.

Herbs for Hair

Herbs are another great way to enhance the health and beauty of your hair and scalp. You can use fresh or dry herbs. An easy way is to make a hair rinse by first making an herbal water/tea or infusion with your herb of choice. Here are some great herbs and their properties:

Calendula: Highly nourishing, soothing and softening. Adds shine and highlight to hair and soothes irritated scalp.Use fresh or dried flowers.

Chamomile: Anti-inflammatory and promotes regeneration of skin cells and softening of the scalp. Lightens hair and soothes irritated scalp. Use fresh or dried flowers.

Lavender: Cleansing and astringent properties. Helps with dandruff and to strengthen the hair. Use dried or fresh flowers.

Lemon Balm: Soothes the scalp. Use dried or fresh herb.

Peppermint: Refreshing and revitalizing properties. Use dried or fresh leaf.

Rosemary: Purifies, cleanses and stimulates. Darkens the hair, stimulates circulation and revitalizes- promotes hair growth. Use dried or fresh leaf and flower.

Thyme: Great antiseptic. Good for dandruff. Use dried or fresh leaf and flower.

To make an herbal water/tea simply add fresh or dried herbs to boiling water. Cover and steep for 2-15 minutes depending on the herb. Strain out herbs and once cooled can use as a hair rinse. For an infusion the herbs will be steeped for a longer period of time for 2-8 hours prior to straining out the herbs.

Are you interested in learning more about essential oils and herbs for hair care? Check out our ebooks below:

Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Body, Hair, and Skin

How to Make 47 Herbal Extracts with Herbs, Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables

For those interested in more serious hair care product making, check out our Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course. Enrollment for our spring mentored course is happening now!

Beauty Without Cruelty Part 1

Beauty Without Cruelty Part 1

This is part 1 of our 3 part series on Beauty Without Cruelty.

Hundreds of thousands of dogs, cats, rabbits, primates, mice and other animals are poisoned, blinded and killed every year for product tests for cosmetics, personal-care products, household cleaning products, etc. These product tests are not required by law, often produce inaccurate results and even if a product has blinded an animal it can still be marketed to us. Join us in not supporting companies that test on animals.

To give you an idea of how main-stream animal testing is, check out the major brands below that still test on animals.

Below is a small portion of the list of popular companies that DO test on animals

  • Acuvue
  • Almay
  • Arm & Hammer
  • Aveeno
  • Avon Products, Inc.
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Bumble and Bumble
  • Calgon
  • Christina Aguilera Perfumes
  • Clairol
  • Clean & Clear
  • Clearasil
  • Clinique
  • Clorox
  • Coach
  • Crest
  • Dial Corporation
  • Donna Karan
  • Downy
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • Estee Lauder
  • Febreze
  • Garnier
  • Gillette Co.
  • Glade
  • Green Works (Clorox)
  • Gucci Fragrances
  • Head & Shoulders
  • Herbal Essences
  • Ivory
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Jurlique Pure Skin Care
  • K.Y.
  • Kiehl’s
  • L’Occitane
  • La Mer
  • Lancome
  • Listerine
  • Lubriderm
  • M.A.C. Cosmetics
  • Mary Kay
  • Max Factor
  • Maybelline
  • Michael Kors
  • Missoni
  • Nair
  • Natural Instincts
  • Neutrogena
  • Olay
  • Old Spice
  • Pampers
  • Pantene
  • Pledge
  • Ponds
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Rembrandt
  • Revlon
  • Rogaine
  • Scope
  • Scrubbing Bubbles
  • Secret
  • Shout
  • Suave
  • Swiffer
  • Tide
  • Tom Ford
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Vaseline
  • Walgreens
  • Windex

Yes, this is just a small portion, there are many more, click here to view list.

Below is a portion of the list of companies that DON’T test on animals

  • 100% Pure
  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Alba Botanica
  • Andalou Naturals
  • Antho
  • Aveda
  • Ayana Organics
  • Bare Escentuals
  • Blue Moon Candles
  • Bob’s Red Mill
  • Burt’s Bees
  • Carol’s Daughter
  • Crystal Body Deodorant
  • Dermalogica
  • Dr. Hauschka Skin Care
  • E.L.F. Cosmetics
  • Ecco Bella Botanicals
  • Henna Color Lab
  • Hugo Natural Products
  • jane iredale
  • Jason Natural Cosmetics
  • John Masters Organics
  • Kiss My Face
  • Kora Organics
  • Lime Crime Cosmetics
  • LUSH Cosmetics
  • Mixed Chicks
  • Murad, Inc.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Inc.
  • Physicians Formula
  • Sean John
  • Seventh Generation
  • Smashbox Cosmetics
  • Tarte Cosmetics
  • The Body Shop
  • Trader Joe’s Company
  • Urban Decay
  • Whole Foods Market, 365
  • Zuzu Cosmetics

Click here to view the full list of the companies that do not support testing on animals. Even better- the companies on the list with a V next to the company name indicates they do not use any animal by-products in their products. Just because the company does not test on animals does not mean they do not contain parts of animals in their products.

To learn the 101 on animal testing click here.

Continue Reading Series

Read Beauty Without Cruelty Part 2 – How You Can Make a Difference as a Consumer or Business HERE

Read Beauty Without Cruelty Part 3 – Hidden Animal Ingredients to Look Out For HERE