Essential Oil Hair Care: Normal Hair

Essential Oil Hair Care: Normal Hair

Normal hair is what we all want. It’s hair that has the perfect blend of oil and dry. It is shiny, healthy, and has plenty of body and bounce to it. That is what everyone is working to achieve. If you are so blessed, I am so happy for you! If you have worked hard to achieve that result, we have here some essential oil recipes to help you maintain it.

African American woman, straight hairThis is another article in our Essential Oil Hair Care series. For more, you can  look at the one on dandruff, as well as dry and damaged hair. There is also an article in the Natural Men’s Care series on treating dandruff. Take a look at each and have some fun.

And take a look through the books references at the bottom of the article. There are a whole slew of suggestions and recipes in them for taking care of your hair.

Best Oils

  • Essential oils: Rosemary, Roman Chamomile, Lemon, Neroli, Geranium, Lavender, Red Mandarin, Petitgrain Bigarade, Rose, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Thyme
  • Carrier Oils: Jojoba, Peachnut, Sunflower Seed, Almond
  • Tonic Bases: Distilled water, Rosewater or a 50/50 mixture of Orange Flower water and distilled water, Cider Vinegar,
  • Herbs: Chamomile, Lavender, Rose, Rosemary

Points of interest

  • The easiest way to make your shampoo of choice is to get an unscented, pH balancing bottle of shampoo and add the essential oil(s) of choice to it. Add 6 drops per 1/4 cup shampoo. The easiest way to mix the ingredients is to empty out the bottle into a bowl, add the oil(s), and vigorously mix with a wire whisk to blend everything together. Use a funnel to get the shampoo back in the bottle.
  • Good hairIf you mix together a shampoo like above, make just 1/4 cup first and try it out to make sure you like it. That also makes it easier for you to make different blends.
  • Hair rinses are great ways to make your hair shine. You pour the mixture into your hair after shampooing and comb it through. No need to shampoo it out. A good cleansing one is 1 teaspoon Baking Soda in 1 cup of Water. Another shine enhancing rinse is 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar in 1 cup Water. (15)
  • Liquid castile soap is a great way to make your own shampoo. The basics are to add 1 cup liquid soap, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 tablespoon of carrier oil of choice, and 1o drops of essential oils. You don’t need a lot of shampoo with this recipe.
  • Be careful with hair dryers, flat irons, curling irons, etc. The higher the heat, the more damage it can cause.
  • This will be said in every article because it is incredibly important. Get proper nutrition in! Watch your stress! Get enough sleep! That should be good enough. You’re likely  doing it already so keep it up!


Here are some fun recipes to help you get started. Enjoy!

Be sure to try these recipes on a small portion of your scalp first to make sure your skin can handle it before using it all over your scalp.

Gorgeous normal hairMake-It-Yourself Herbal Shampoo

  • 8 ounces Distilled Water
  • 1 ounce Herbs of choice
  • 3 ounces Liquid Castile Soap
  • 1/4 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 25 drops of Essential oils of choice (From above)

Bring water to a boil. Add the herbs, cover, and let simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes. Strain and cool. Slowly add the castile soap to tea, then mix in the jojoba and essential oils. Store in a shampoo container. Shake well before every use.

Goldie Locks Infusion

For golden highlights

  • 2 parts Calendula flower
  • 1 part Chamomile flower
  • 1 part Comfrey leaf
Dark of the Night Infusion

For dark highlights

  • 2 parts Garden Sage leaf
  • 1 part Black Walnut Hull, chopped
  • 1 part Comfrey leaf (8)

Washing hairBasic Shampoo

  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Liquid Soap
  • 1/2 teaspoon Carrier oil of choice
  • 15 – 20 drops Essential oil of choice

Gently stir all of the ingredients together, being careful not to beat the mixture as this will cause it to foam up. Pour the shampoo into a clean squeeze bottle or container of choice. To use, shampoo as you usually would, then rinse well with cool water. (15)

Normal Hair Scalp Oil

  • 3 drops Geranium
  • 5 drops Neroli
  • 8 drops Levender
  • 1/4 cup Peachnut oil

Mix all ingredients in a dark colored glass bottle. Shake well to mix together. Start with wet hair to make it easier to shampoo out. Massage 1/2 teaspoon into your scalp and hair paying special attention to ends. Cover head with a towel and leave for up to an hour before shampooing. Use weekly as a conditioning treatment. (3)

Normal Hair Scalp Tonic

  • 3 drops Geranium
  • 4 drops Red Mandarin
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Petitgrain Bigarade
  • 2/3 cup Orange Flower water
  • 2 teaspoons Cider Vinegar

Mix all ingredients together in a dark colored glass bottle and keep sealed tightly. Shake well before every use. Pour a little tonic into the palm of your hand and massage into the scalp and through the hair. Regular use (several times a week) will help improve the condition of your hair as well as making it smell good.  (3)

Generic Peppermint OilRefreshing Mint Hair Rinse

  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 drops Peppermint or Spearmint oil

Mix all ingredients together. To use, shampoo and condition hair as usual, then apply the entire mixture to your hair. Massage it into your scalp and work through your hair. Dry your hair as you normally would, without rinsing it out. (15)

Honey Hair Pack

  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 3 drops Sandalwood oil

Stir all together until well mixed. To use, apply entire mixture to your dry hair and massage into hair and scalp. Cover hair with a towel or shower cap and leave on for 20 – 30 minutes, then wash and condition hair as usual. Use molasses for dark hair, honey for light hair. (15)

And finally,

What is your favorite recipe above? Which one are you going to try first? Please tell us what you think in the comment section at the bottom of the page.

African American woman gorgeous hair


  1. Seasons of Aromatherapy, by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  2. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism, by Julia Lawless
  3. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy, by Chrissie Wildwood
  4. Natural Home Spa, by Sian Rees
  5. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, by Valerie Ann Worwood
  6. The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils, by Gill Farrer-Halls
  7. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy, by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  8. Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family, by Rosemary Gladstar
  9. Natural Beauty at Home: More than 250 Easy-to-Use Recipes for Body, Bath, and Hair, by Janice Cox
  10. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
  11. Do It Gorgeously: How To Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products, by Sophie Uliano
  12. Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published, by Patricia Davis
  13. Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family, by Rosemary Gladstar
  14. Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self, by Stephanie Tourles
  15. Ecobeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends, by Lauren Cox and Janice Cox

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Can you say more about the Infusion for highlights?  Do you mean to mix them with the homemade shampoo?  Or just put on hair alone?