If you are always looking for new ways to help keep your hair and scalp healthy and beautiful without breaking your budget, then you will love my tips on how to work oils into your everyday hair beauty routine. You can use oils to your advantage to keep your already healthy hair and scalp in the best condition possible or use them to tackle those tough problems, such as hair loss and scalp conditions. Read on to learn which oils are best for tackling specific hair and scalp problems and how to use the healing powers of oils every single day in your beauty routine without a lot of fuss.
Oily Scalp but Dry Hair Ends? Try a Pre-shampoo Oil
If you have a normal to oily scalp, but the ends of your hair are dry, then you may shampoo daily to cleanse dirt and oil off your scalp, yet know that those daily shampoos are sucking the moisture out of your already dry hair ends and even causing them to break off.
An easy solution to this problem is to coat the ends of your hair in a natural oil before you shampoo and condition as usual. The oil will protect the ends of your hair from the shampoos cleaning agents, even if you don’t have time to let it really soak in before you shampoo.
Which natural oil should you use for this treatment? Since the oil mainly forms a protective barrier and won’t have too much time to penetrate deeply, you can choose any moisturizing oil. Good options include coconut oil, avocado oil, or even olive oil right from your kitchen cabinet.
Skip the Silicone Anti-frizz Serums and Opt for Natural Argan Oil Instead
If you coat your hair with an anti-frizz hair serum and/or heat protectant spray after shampooing and conditioning, then switching to natural argan oil can greatly improve the health of your hair.
The silicone in those serums and sprays just coats your hair shaft to make your hair look smoother and shinier temporarily. This coating is not removed easily with shampoo, so it just keeps building up and wreaking havoc on your hair.
Natural argan oil will make your hair look smoother and shinier while battling frizz just as well as the silicone-filled products. Argan oil is also filled with antioxidants that protect your hair the sun’s harsh rays and acts as a heat protectant.
A little argan oil goes a long way, so add a few drops to your palms and work them through your hair when it is damp. Then, when your hair is dry, don’t be afraid to add a few more drops if your hair needs a little more shine.
Massage a Little Oil into Your Scalp Before Bed to Increase Hair Growth
Whether you are battling a health condition that causes hair loss or you just want your hair to grow faster to finally have that long hair you have always wanted, then massaging oil into your scalp before bed can help make your hair grow faster.
Rosemary oil is a great option for increasing hair growth because it increases circulation in your scalp. This leads to your scalp receiving more nutrients from your blood. As an added bonus, rosemary oil is also believed to help keep hair from turning gray!
Use a Nighttime Scalp Oil Blend to Battle Dandruff and Dermatitis
If you battle typical dandruff or a more severe scalp condition related to dandruff called seborrheic dermatitis, then you can instead choose an oil blend to apply to your scalp before bed that helps eliminate these problems naturally.
Tea tree oil is the best essential oil to use to combat dandruff due to its natural anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. A specific type of fungus called Malassezia yeast causes many types of dandruff, and tea tree oil can kill this yeast.
However, you must mix tea tree oil with a carrier oil before applying it to your scalp, because it is much too powerful to use alone. For your first treatment, start with just 2 drops of tea tree oil mixed into about one-quarter cup of castor oil or jojoba oil.
Mix the oil blend in a squeeze bottle with a pointed tip (you can find these at beauty supply stores; they are typically used to apply hair color). Then, use the tip to saturate just the roots of your hair before bed.
In the morning, shampoo and condition as usual. It may take several nights of treatment before you see results, especially if you have seborrheic dermatitis.
If you want to battle dandruff and increase hair growth at the same time, then just use rosemary oil as your carrier oil instead of castor or jojoba oil.
Coat Your Hair in Coconut Oil Before Bed to Combat Dryness
If you have very dry hair, especially if it is color-treated, then you likely already know that keeping your hair full of moisture is very tough. You may even think it would be impossible to get the healthy shine back into your hair that it had before it was highlighted or bleached.
However, if you haven’t tried covering your hair with coconut oil every night before bed yet, then you may be shocked at how much moisture it restores to your hair once you try it.
Why coconut oil? It is one of the few oils able to penetrate deep into your hair shaft where your hair needs moisture the most. Many other oils simply coat your hair or only penetrate a little.
It may sound like coating your hair in oil before bed would lead to a huge mess, but you don’t have to wake up to a messy pillowcase when you follow these instructions:
- Warm a little coconut oil between your palms to liquefy it, and then work for your hands through your dry hair.
- Add more little by little, just until your strands are fully covered.
- Comb through your hair to help the oil evenly coat each and every strand.
- Put your hair into a loose bun and secure with just a bobby pin or two.
- Wrap a scarf around your head, being sure to fully cover your hair, and pin it into place with a safety pin or two.
After you wake up the next day, you may be surprised at how much less oily your hair feels due to much of the oil having absorbed right into your strands to restore their moisture! Shampoo and condition as usual.
Try adding natural oils into your everyday hair beauty routine to boost the health of your hair and scalp easily, naturally, and affordable!
Author Sally Wong
I have been a manual therapist for 15 years, and I love sharing advice about natural ways to manage health problems. I learned a lot about natural medicine from my Grandma who lives in China. I am especially passionate about the healing powers of oils, and I love sharing what I know about oils to help others. On my website you can read more about how to integrate essential oils into your daily hair routine and life, to stay healthy and beautiful.