Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Essential Oils

Trying Essential Oils on my Natural Hair

5 essential oils I'll use on my natural hair

During my last length check, I talked about the thinning of my hair. Am I certain that my hair is thinning? I'm about 75% sure it's thinned out over the last couple of months. Since I feel this way, I've decided to do something about it! I've been thinking about using essential oils for a while and I figure now is a better time than ever. I'm sure you're wondering what an essential oil is, right?! Let's talk about it.

What are Essential Oils?

Well, the simple definition is: an oil that comes from a plant, that smells like the plant it comes from. Looking at this definition, I'm sure you're wondering why essential oils are such a big deal. Essential oils can be used for many things and have been praised for their therapeutic and health related benefits. Actually, essential oils aren't really oils at all. They're highly concentrated plant components from different parts of the plants they come from. Most essential oil benefits come from their "anti" properties; antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory. These oils are a natural medicine/remedy/solution/etc. without the harmful side effects! Having said all that, let's talk about the oils I've chosen and how I plan to use them!

Avocado Oil

Using avocado oil as an essential oil on my natural hairAvocado oil is the carrier oil I've chosen. A carrier oil is what you use to dilute essential oils. Essential oils have very high concentrations, so they're extremely strong oils and should never be applied directly to your skin (with a few exceptions). Whatever your need is, you usually only need to use a few drops of essential oil mixed with water or a carrier oil.

Benefits of Avocado Oil

Avocado is apparently the "king" of hair fruits. It has a ton of vitamins, which are great for your hair, to include vitamins A, B, D, & E, protein, potassium, folic acids, and many other great things that are good for your body! It's a good moisturizing oil for dry hair and is easily absorbed into the hair, so it won't just sit on top of your scalp.

Peppermint Oil

Using peppermint oil as an essential oil on my natural hairThe main reason I chose peppermint oil is because it will stimulate blood flow to the root of the hair which is good for hair growth potential. I think my hair is thinning out, so why not get some root stimulation going on?! This oil also opens the scalp to receive the nutrients it needs. I plan on adding peppermint oil to my shampoo and co-wash to invigorate my my scalp and hair follicles while I'm cleaning my hair. Since I'm only using this oil on wash day, it'll only see my scalp about once every 2 weeks.

Tea Tree Oil

Using tea tree oil as an essential oil on my natural hairLike avocado oil, tea tree oil is a good moisturizing oil. It's helpful for dry scalp, which I feel I have occasional issues with. It keeps the scalp clear of bacteria by encouraging the flow of the scalps own moisturizing oils while cleaning away dead skin cells. It unlocks the sebaceous glands, which secrete a lubricating oil (sebum) into the hair follicles lubricating the scalp and hair. It's cleansing and purifying and can help with hair growth. I'm still trying to figure out how I'll use this in my hair care regimen.

Lavender Oil

Using lavender oil as an essential oil on my natural hairLavender oil is said to help with dandruff and itching. I've talked about the issues I've had with itchy scalp before and while I think half of it is bad nerves, it won't hurt to try something to combat it. Lavender oil is supposed to be helpful with hair regrowth and is recommended for daily use. Daily use should invigorate the scalp and encourage healthier and thicker hair growth. I plan on mixing this with the avocado oil and massaging this in 1-3 times per week. We'll see how well this soaks into my scalp and how easy a weekly massage will be.

Rosemary Oil

Using rosemary oil as an essential oil on my natural hairLike many of the oils already listed, rosemary oil nourishes dry scalps to help with itching! It stimulates hair follicles for longer but mostly stronger hair. It's even been said to reduce hair graying. I don't care much about that, but I am interested in helping my hair be as healthy and thick as it can be! This will probably be another oil that I mix with my shampoo and co-wash.

I still have to do more research about how often and how much of these oils are recommended for healthy usage before adding them to my hair regimen. Also, since I have so many oils that will probably last me a very long time, I'm interested in the other uses of these oils as remedies, cleaners, soothers, etc.. I may find more than one useful way to incorporate these oils into my life!

How are you using essential oils?

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