Essential Oil Hair Care: Alopecia and Fragile Hair

Essential Oil Hair Care: Alopecia and Fragile Hair

There are numerous possible causes for hair loss including illness, drugs, poor nutrition, menopause, harsh chemical treatments, chemotherapy, genetics, emotional shock, testosterone, etc. It is also aggravated by bad nutrition, poor circulation, not enough sleep, and prolonged stress.

What to do

Food!Take care of yourself. There are certain things you have absolute control of. One is your nutrition and sleep. You need to make sure you get a full balance of vitamins in through your food. You need plenty of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. You want foods containing B-complex vitamins, like biotin, folic acid and vitamin B12, as well as vitamin A, copper, and zinc.

You can also work to manage your stress. A certain level of stress is good for you but don’t let it get out of control.

Now it should go without saying that none of these recipes will help if you are losing your hair due to chemotherapy. If that is the case, there will be another article about ways to help nourish and protect your scalp while you go through such a trying time.

There will also be a separate article in the Men’s Corner on dealing specifically with Male Pattern Baldness.

Rosemary and oilBest Oils

Essential Oils: Rosemary, Lavender, Patchouli, Peppermint, Birch Bark, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Sandalwood, Thyme, Basil, Cedarwood, Cypress, Geranium, Ginger Root

Carrier Oils: Almond, Vitamin E, Jojoba, Castor

Tonic bases: Witch hazel, Cider vinegar,

Herbs: Nettle, Peppermint

Points of interest

  • Be sure to consult with a medical professional to make sure you do not have an underlying serious medical condition causing your Alopecia.
  • If there is a serious medical condition that is causing your hair loss, or if it is genetics, there isn’t a whole lot you can do to prevent it. But you can hold it off for a while. Slow it down some. The more healthy you can keep your body, scalp, and hair, the better your chances are.
  • Young girl losing hairIt would be good to consult with a holistic nutritionist, herbalist, or homeopath for constitutional treatment. (3)
  • 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. Do the same with the recipes below.
  • Castor oil is the best base oil to use. Jojoba comes in second. The Castor oil helps strengthen and moisturize your hair so it stays in longer. For many people, they found it helps thicken their hair over time. Mixing the two together and massaging into the scalp will do your hair a lot of good.
  • During the healing period, take a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement containing the full B-complex range of nutrients, and 4×500 mg Evening Primrose oil capsules. (3)
  • Regularly massage head, neck, and shoulders to increase circulation.
  • Man and woman yoga poseYoga, especially the inverted positions, helps to stimulate scalp circulation.
  • Shampooing less than every day is probably a good thing. It allows your scalp to produce sebum, and work to maintain its own equilibrium.
  • To increase the potency of any herbal infusions used in recipes, let the herbs steep in an airtight container for a couple of days before straining and using. (7)
  • Rocky Mountain Oils has a blend called Hair Support that has helped many people slow down their hair loss. You can add it to any of the shampoo blends listed here for essential oil of choice. You can also gently massage 1-2 drops in a bit of Castor oil and Jojoba oil into your scalp.


Here are a few recipes to try.  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.

Make-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. (4)

Jojoba oilPure Shampoo

  • 1 tablespoon dried Rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons dried Sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried Basil
  • 8 ounces Distilled Water
  • 2 ounces Liquid Castille Soap or Glycerin Soap
  • 1 teaspoon Jojoba oil
  • 15-60 drops essential oil of choice (from above)
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil

Boil the water and pour over the dried herbs. Allow to steep for 20 minutes, then allow to cool. Strain out the spent herbs. Mix tea with the rest of the ingredients and shake well. Refrigerate shampoo between uses. Shake well before every use. After 3 weeks, discard.  (7)

Hair Loss Treatment

  • 3 drops Cedarwood
  • 2 drops Clary Sage
  • 2 drops Lemon
  • 3 drops Rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Mix formula together and use in one of the following ways:

  1. Massage blend into hair and scalp; make sure you reach split ends. Wrap head with a towel and relax for one hour. Shampoo and rinse. Be sure to rinse well to remove the olive oil.
  2. Add a few drops of the blend to a mild shampoo and use on a regular basis when you wash your hair.

This treatment is great for over-processed hair that has become brittle and subject to falling out after shampooing or brushing. (1)

Lavender, essential oil bottle and droppersAlopecia Tonic Treatment for Oily Hair

  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Patchouli
  • 5 drops Rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon Cider Vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cup Distilled Water

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)

Hair Conditioning Alopecia Treatment for Normal to Dry Hair

  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Patchouli
  • 2 Vitamin E capsules, contents
  • 1 tablespoon Castor Oil
  • 4 teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Mix all ingredients in a dark colored glass bottle. Break open vitamin E capsules and squeeze out contents. 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)

Aloe_Vera_PlantActivating Hair Tonic

  • 1 cup Spring water
  • 1 cup Aloe Vera juice
  • 10 drops Peppermint
  • 10 drops Rosemary (dark hair) or Roman Chamomile (light hair)

Mix all ingredients together and store in a dark colored glass bottle. Keep sealed. After shampooing and conditioning hair, massage a small amount of tonic into scalp and hair. Leave in. (5)

And finally,

Alopecia isn’t easy to deal with. But it is fairly common. What do you like to treat it with? How do you like these recipes? Please tell us in the comment section at the bottom of the page.

Woman with thin, fragile hair


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  2. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism, by Julia Lawless
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