My Top 5 Favorite Oils For Dry Scalp
*hits the black girl head pat*
Nothing is more annoying than an itchy scalp! You relieve one itch and then here comes another! Its seems as though it's contagious! We search high and low for the magical product and the ingredients are right under our nose. Over the last few years, I have done a lot of research on different oils to help alleviate some of the pains of an itchy, dry scalp. It inspired me to mix my own oils! My clients love it and hopefully you all will enjoy them as well.
When your scalp is compromised, your hair also suffers. I want everyone to experience having a healthy scalp so I want to share 5 of my favorite oils that will help alleviate a dry, itchy, and flaky scalp and hopefully start you on the track of a healthy head of hair.
- Tea Tree Oil (Origin: Australia)
Tea Tree Oil is an antibacterial and antifungal essential oil that helps to heal various scalp issues such as dr scalp and dandruff or the more technical term seborrheic dermatitis. The way tea tree oil works is that it unblocks the sebaceous glands that cause buildup on the scalp which leads to dry scalp and dandruff. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of the oil aids in keeping the scalp clear and healthy and ultimately leading to hair growth. You can add the oil to a carrier oil such as grapeseed or jojoba oil for a nice scalp treatment!
- Neem Oil (Origin: Indian Subcontinent)
Neem oil is sooooo slept on!!! Seriously!! If you have ANY issues with your scalp, you need this oil! Neem oil has some of the most powerful antiviral, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties than most essential oils. Using this oil can help get rid of dandruff and it also helps to alleviate inflammation that is caused by dandruff. Not only is it good for hair but it's wonderful for any other skin ailments. I use it whenever I have a breakout. Now the smell is not the greatest :lol: (lol) so it's best to use it before you shampoo your hair as a pre-shampoo treatment or use it at night.
- Rosemary (Origin: Mediterranean region, North Africa)
Rosemary oil is a great oil for reducing inflammation and redness on the scalp caused by dry scalp and dandruff. The antifungal properties protects the scalp from bacteria and fungi. It also helps with stimulation of the scalp and encourages hair growth.
- Peppermint (Origin: Middle East)
I love using peppermint oil on my scalp! It's like a Vicks Vaporub but for your scalp! Anything ‘cooling’ to my scalp is good in my book! My clients enjoy it as well. Peppermint oil is a natural antiseptic so it helps to boost your scalp's health by clearing unwanted dead skin and bacteria. With the various weather conditions, stress and health concerns we deal with, our scalp constantly has to fight to keep our pH levels regulated. Using peppermint oil will help to restore your scalp to its natural pH level (which is 4.5-5.5). Cool, right? (pun intended lol) This oil is also great for those suffering with an oily scalp. It helps to control overproduction of sebum on the scalp (which is one of the causes of dry scalp and dandruff). A huge bonus to peppermint, of course, is that it helps with hair growth! Get you some peppermint oil!
- Eucalyptus (Origin: Australia)
Eucalyptus oil is very similar to peppermint when it comes to its benefits for the scalp. It’s a natural antiseptic which helps to remove bad bacteria and fungus that causes dry scalp and dandruff. Eucalyptus oil increases blood circulation in the scalp, which aids in hair growth and improving our natural sheen to our hair.
Here are some bonus tips and tricks on how to implement these oils into your hair care regime:
*Use with a carrier oil
ALWAYS dilute essential oils with a carrier oil. My favs are grapeseed, apricot, and baobab oil. You only need a few drops of essential oil.
*Add a few drops
Add a few drops to your favorite shampoo or conditioner for a more invigorating cleanse or deep condition in between your salon visits!
Having healthy hair doesn't have to be difficult, you just need to find what works for you! Let me know via Twitter or tag me in a pic on IG if you tried these amazing oils!
Until next time,