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Essential Oil Hair Care: Oily Hair

Essential Oil Hair Care: Oily Hair

Oily or greasy hair is an annoying issue. I’m not sure which is worse, oily or dry hair. But with oily hair, you have an overproduction of the natural oils, sebum. Sometimes this is caused by an overuse of strong shampoo. Sounds weird, doesn’t it! But what happens is the hair is stripped completely of the sebum and so the pores react by producing too much sebum to compensate. Other causes are often genetic, hormonal changes, or bad diet. This is not as common a condition as dry hair is with people today. In fact, you mostly find it in teenagers due to their hormones changing.

So let’s talk about what essential oils to use on oily hair, the next installment in our Essential Oil Hair Care series.

Best oils

oily-hair

  • Essential Oils: Bergamot FCF, Tea Tree, Cedarwood, Lavender, Cypress, Frankincense, Eucalyptus globulus, Juniper Berry, Grapefruit, Lemon, Patchouli, Rosemary, Peppermint, Basil, Lemongrass, Sage, Thyme, Ylang Ylang, Ajowan Seed
  • Carrier oils: Canola, Safflower, Sesame, Almond
  • Tonic bases: Distilled water, 50/50 mix of distilled water and Witch Hazel, Orange Flower water, Cider Vinegar,
  • Herbs: Burdock, Lemongrass, Lemon peel, Sage, Seaweed, Bay Leaf, Calendula, Horsetail, Mint, Nettle, Thyme, Chamomile

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.
  • If 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.
  • Watch your nutrition and exercise routines! You may notice this is pointed out in each of the hair care articles. That is because it is vitally important to provide the inside of your body with the proper fuel to keep yourself as healthy as possible.
  • With oily or greasy hair, gently cleanse your hair daily with a good balancing shampoo.
  • Make sure you use a light conditioner after washing your hair. This is to keep your skin from overproducing the sebum and causing your hair to be even more oily.

 

Oily hairRecipes

Here are some recipes to try out on your hair. 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.

Hair and Scalp Tonic

  • 4 drops Bergamot FCF
  • 3 drops Frankincense
  • 4 drops Grapefruit
  • 4 drops Rosemary
  • 1/3 cup Orange Flower water
  • 1/3 cup Rosewater
  • 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 reduce over-secretion of sebum, and thus the need to shampoo quite so often. (3)

Washing hairOily Hair Conditioning Treatment 1

  • 9 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 9 drops Lime
  • 8 drops Rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons Grapeseed oil

Massage approximately 1 teaspoon of formula into the hair and scalp at one time. It’s best to leave on for several hours to allow oils to penetrate. If you use the formula before bedtime, wrap  a towel around your head to protect your pillowcase  and leave on overnight. In the morning, wash hair twice with a natural shampoo and warm water. Use this formula three times a week until you achieve the desired results. (7)

Oily Hair Conditioning Treatment 2

  • 8 drops Petitgrain bigarade
  • 8 drops Lemon
  • 8 drops Lavender
  • 2 tablespoons Hazelnut oil

Massage approximately 1 teaspoon of formula into the hair and scalp at one time. It’s best to leave on for several hours to allow oils to penetrate. If you use the formula before bedtime, wrap  a towel around your head to protect your pillowcase  and leave on overnight. In the morning, wash hair twice with a natural shampoo and warm water. Use this formula three times a week until you achieve the desired results. (7)

Clay Hair Mask

  • 1/4 cup Natural Clay Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Mineral Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cider Vinegar
  • 3 drops Essential oil(s) of choice

Stir all ingredients together until you have a smooth paste. Apply entire mixture to clean, damp hair and massage into your scalp and hair. Cover hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap and leave in for 10 – 15 minutes, then rinse well with warm water. May need to rinse for several minutes to remove all of the clay. This will help extract toxins and oils from your scalp. (9)

Normal hair close upAnd finally,

Do you have to deal with oily hair? Please share with us in the comment section below what you like to use to treat your hair.

References

  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. Ecobeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends, by Lauren Cox and Janice Cox
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Abryden
Abryden

I love Bergamot but I understand that in the sun it turns bad and that you should not use it on your skin or hair if you will be going outside within the next 48 hours. Just how true is this and how much sun are we talking? Otherwise, what would you recommend to replace it? I am not outside a lot but I do have to go to work and such.

Thanks