Essential Oil Hair Care for Specific Types and Problems

Lists of essential oils for the various hair types (oily, dry, normal) as well as for the treatment of specific hair problems such as dandruff, lice, ringworm, and hair loss, followed by some sample recipes.

Normal Hair

Chamomile
Lavender
Thyme
Ylang Ylang

Dry Hair

Cedarwood
Chamomile
Clary Sage
Lavender
Rosemary

Oily Hair

Bergamot
Cedarwood
Clary Sage
Cypress
Lavender
Lemon
Patchouli
Pine
Rosemary
Tea Tree
Thyme
Ylang Ylang

Dandruff

Bergamot
Cade
Cedarwood (Atlas)
Clary Sage
Eucalyptus
Lemon
Patchouli
Pine
Rosemary
Spike Lavender
Tea Tree
West Indian Bay

Lice

Cinnamon Leaf
Eucalyptus Blue Gum
Geranium
Galbanum
Lavandin
Lavender
Pine
Rosemary
Spike Lavender
Thyme

Ringworm

Geranium
Myrrh
Peppermint
Spike Lavender
Tea Tree

Hair Loss

Cedarwood (Atlas)
Chamomile (German / Roman)
Clary Sage
Grapefruit
Juniper
Patchouli
Rosemary
West Indian Bay
Yarrow
Ylang Ylang

Add four to five drops of a single essential oil or blend of essential oils per ounce of unscented shampoo or conditioner. Choose according to your hair type and condition above.

Recipe for Dry Hair Shampoo or Conditioner

15 oz unscented shampoo or conditioner for dry hair
24 drops lavender essential oil
24 drops chamomile essential oil
12 drops rosemary essential oil

Add essential oils to shampoo or conditioner and mix well by shaking and turning upside down several times.

Recipe for Normal Hair Shampoo or Conditioner

15 oz bottle of unscented shampoo or conditioner for normal hair
24 drops lavender essential oil
18 drops chamomile essential oil
12 drops ylang ylang essential oil
12 drops thyme essential oil

Add oils to unscented shampoo or conditioner and mix well by shaking and turning upside down several times.

Recipe for Oily Hair Shampoo or Conditioner

15 oz bottle of unscented shampoo or conditioner formulated for oily hair
18 drops lemon essential oil
12 drops rosemary essential oil
12 drops bergamot essential oil
12 drops cedarwood essential oil
6 drops ylang ylang essential oil

Add essential oils to shampoo or conditioner and mix well by shaking and turning upside down several times.

Fragrance free products can often be found at health and natural stores, as well as online through places like Amazon.com and Drugstore.com. Brands of these products include:
Earth Science
Magick Botanicals

The use of essential oils is not recommended for the very young or aged, or pregnant/nursing women. It is the belief of this site that essential oils should not be used internally, only externally and topically. A skin test should always be done before using an essential oil, especially important for those more sensitive or vulnerable. Consult a reputable and experienced aromatherapist for guidance. If you are under the care of a physician, it is recommended that you contact them before using essential oils.



 
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