Here are 5 ways I use carrier and essentials oils in my hair care regimen. 

These methods are beneficial for both chemical and non-chemically treated hair. They can also be modified according to what is best for your hair type. 

The oils mentioned in this post are composed of various vitamins, nutrients, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Always purchase top grade organic.

  1. OIL SOLUTION FOR DRY HAIR | DEEP CONDITIONING

Dry hair leads to hair breakage. Deep conditioning the hair adds needed moisture to dry tresses. Most moisturizing deep conditioners are sufficient for relieving dry hair, but for maximum hydration I add 3 tablespoons of olive or coconut oils to the product. 

After shampooing, I apply a generous amount of the deep conditioner/oil mix and leave it on for one hour. The next step is to rinse and style. 

The results are soft, moisturized hair. For an intense moisture treatment I leave the oil in overnight and shampoo in the morning. Deep conditioning only on occasion will not give you consistent results. I deep condition with oils once or twice per week.

2. OIL SOLUTION FOR STIMULATING HAIR GROWTH | SCALP MASSAGE

If one of your hair goal is longer hair, scalp massages might be for you. Massaging the scalp stimulates blood flow which enhances hair growth. Massaging with oils that promote hair growth further encourages a faster growth rate. Some claim that some oils like castor oil can actually regrow and thicken the hair. The following essential and carrier oils have aided in my hair growth…

ALMOND, COCONUT, CASTOR, PEPPERMINT, TEA TREE,LAVENDER

Since essential oils like tea tree and lavender are potent, it’s best to add a few drops to a carrier oil before applying to scalp. I distribute oil onto my fingertips, place my fingertips on my scalp and proceed to gently massage. You can opt to massage your scalp and style as desired, or massage before you shampoo. 

3. OIL SOLUTION TO PREVENT SPLIT ENDS | SEALING ENDS

We experience split ends and breakage because of dry, weak hair. Since the ends are the oldest part of the hair strand, they need extra care. Carrier oils are wonderful for protecting ends from damage. Oils “seal” moisture into your hair preventing dryness and fortifies its strength. 

I start by applying a moisture product to my hair because oils are not moisturizers. There is nothing that moisturizes hair better than water. My common practice is to apply oil to the ends of my hair after washing.  My hair is wet and oils helps to lock in moisture as my hair dries.

A second option (on dry hair) is to use a moisturizer. Simply apply a hair moisturizer to your ends and follow up with an oil of your choice. Depending on hair thickness, apply a dime to nickel size amount of oil to the ends of your hair. 

I favor lighter oils for sealing like jojoba, almond, or sunflower… although I am not opposed to castor oil

4. OIL SOLUTION FOR DAMAGED HAIR | HOT OIL TREATMENTS

Hot oil treatments are weekly staples in my regimen. Coconut oil is my favorite for restoring my hair when it is damaged. Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft and prevents protein loss. 

A proper protein and moisture balance is critical for strong healthy hair.Heat a few ounces of coconut oil or a blend of oils. I pour my oils into a plastic applicator bottle and allow the bottle to sit in a cup of hot water for around five minutes. Test the oil to make sure it is not too hot for your scalp. 

The heat of the oils help open up the follicle and the oil is absorbed more easily. This allows the oils to better fortify the hair leaving it smooth and strong. My favorite oils for repairing damaged hair are coconut, avocado, sunflower and hemp seed oil.

5. OIL SOLUTION FOR DRY SCALP | ESSENTIAL OILS

For many years I used over the counter medicated shampoos to relieve my dry scalp. Some worked, but most of them did not. There are several essential oils known for healing dry scalp. I haven’t tried them all but here’s a run down of essentials oils that I have used for a few years now. 

Tea tree, lavender and rosemary have been my miracle balms for dry, itchy scalp. There are a variety of methods to apply essential oils to your scalp. You can add a few drops to your shampoo, deep conditioner or hot oil treatment. 

When using a new oil, always do a patch test first to test for allergic reactions. It’s been over a year now since I’ve used a shampoo formulated for dry and itchy scalp. Since essential oils are potent in small dosages, they are more cost-effective in the long run. 

Best of all, they are natural! 

Do you have an oil solution you’d like to share? Leave a comment below!

~Candra Evans