Check out the Facebook Live video I did the other day for a quick, DIY hair and scalp moisturizer for Winter. You will need to click on the read more tab to actually hear the video.
Scroll down the page for step-by-step instructions. Or just watch the video.
Btw, I’ve totally been using this as a body oil too. It’s perfect!!
So if you’re like me, it can be challenging to keep your hair moisturized and full of natural sheen during the colder months.
I live on the East Coast, where the dry winter air and extreme temps can wreak havoc on natural hair. I tend to keep my ends trimmed and tucked away in protective styles during the colder months, which also means I sometimes forget to add daily moisture to my hair when it needs it most.
So just as I was about to head out to my local beauty supply to drop $40 on hair oils, pomades, and moisturizers, I looked at my essential oils. Right there among my oils were all the herbs and scents I look for in my store-bought brands: Peppermint, Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon, and Frankincense.
Surely I could put together some kind of DIY hair oil that will moisturize my tresses without 1. buying additional products and 2. all of the hard-to-pronounce chemicals added to the “natural oils” sitting on store shelves.
Step One: Which essential oils to use?
With a wood, evergreen-like scent with hints of mint, Rosemary is an ideal essential oil for hair and scalp treatments because it’s known to support hair growth and stimulate scalp circulation. It’s therapeutic properties are used for calming itchiness, redness, and scalp flaking.
And Peppermint oil is great for hair oils because of its refreshing, minty scent. It’s also well known to combat scalp dryness and help restore natural scalp conditions. I use the Young Living brand of essential oils because I find them to be more pure and potent than your average oils. A little goes a long way.
Clary Sage and Cedarwood oils would also be great alternatives, as both are known for supporting hair and scalp growth and circulation.
Step Two: Which Carrier Oil to Use?
I used Jojoba Oil because it most closely resembles your own natural sebum—the natural oil your skin, body, and scalp produces. You could also use coconut oil, almond oil, or olive oil.
A carrier, or base oil is needed when using essential oils because they are potent and needed to be diluted in order to avoid scalp and skin irritation. Carrier oils are plant-based oils that have a neutral smell.
And that’s pretty much it. I also am a proponent of LESS IS MORE, so I don’t believe that mixing more oils or ingredients will necessarily have a greater effect. Some Vitamin E oil may have been ideal to add but I didn’t have any.
Note: Use a glass jar, instead of a plastic container, to avoid leaching of chemicals from the plastic into the oils. Remember these oils are potent and most plastic containers are not BPA-free.
A glass jar with a dropper
A medicine dropper
Directions: Using the medicine dropper, add 4 teaspoons of jojoba or another carrier oil to the glass jar. Then add about 6 drops of peppermint oil and 5 drops of Rosemary oil. Remember, these oils are potent so you don’t want to go overboard.
And that’s it. Massage the oils right into your scalp and along the length of your hair. Or turn it into a hot oil treatment by adding the oils to wet hair after you shampoo. Massage the oils through the hair and scalp and put on a plastic cap. Sit under a dryer for 20 to 30 minutes or wrap a hot towel around your head for the same amount of time. Rinse out and apply your regular leave-in conditioner as usual.
Quick and easy. That’s my jam!
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