Did you know that introducing essential oils into your hair care routine is believed to have significant benefits? Not only is this a great way to practice selfcare by turning your morning routine into an aromatherapy experience, many essential oils are believed to promote hair and scalp health as well. We at Exsalonce recommend adding any of these natural oils to your favorite hair mask or conditioner or if you’re feeling fancy, create your own essential oil blend before adding 1-2 drops to your hair mask. And of course, share your results with all of us at Exsalonce!
Lavender is one of the most commonly used essential oils in hair care, known for its floral aroma that so many beauty products embody. What you may not have realized, is that lavender provides more than just a pretty scent to your beauty products. This oil promotes healthy skin and scalp. For those who experience occasional dandruff or scalp dryness, especially in the colder months of the year, incorporating lavender oil into your hair routine provides added nourishment.
Peppermint essential oil is a wonderful oil for those who generally have more oily skin conditions because it helps to dry excessive oils. This is why you see peppermint used in shampoos for normal to oily hair. Peppermint also helps to improve circulation in the scalp, which in turn helps to enliven and invigorate the hair follicles.
Cedarwood essential oil can be used for similar benefits as lavender, adding nourishment to the scalp and fighting dandruff. This oil can also assist with balanced oil production on the scalp. Healthier scalp means healthier hair. If you’re not a fan of the floral aroma that comes with lavender, cedarwood’s more subtle, earthy aroma is a great alternative that will leave you feeling grounded.
Exsalonce Tip: For a full scalp rehab, combine 1 part peppermint oil with 1 part cedarwood oil. Start by using Tony Odisho Mint Cleanser ($24) and follow up with Tony Odisho Invigorating Conditioner ($28) plus 1-2 drops of your scalp rehab blend. Repeat weekly throughout winter months.
When it comes to hair care, tea tree essential oil is known to benefit those with more sensitive or irritated scalps or who struggle with dandruff conditions. Tea tree oil is also used to deeply cleanse and carry away impurities, which is especially helpful since our hair accumulates dirt and residues from the products we use, as well as from our environment. You will often find tea tree oil in shampoos that help to create lift and bounce to the hair, provide dandruff control, or fight lice.
Exsalonce Tip: Add 1-2 drops tea tree oil to a clarifying shampoo for your next deep scalp cleanse. We recommend Tony Odisho Clarify Shampoo ($24) to remove mineral deposits and product buildup while maintaining moisture and hydration. This is a color safe shampoo!
Aside from its intoxicating aroma, ylang ylang is often used for stimulating hair growth. It is not ideal for those with a more oily scalp, as ylang ylang is touted as being a great stimulant for sebum and oil production. This characteristic helps to manage dry, brittle hair and to prevent breakage and further thinning.
Another widely popular essential oil for hair care is beloved rosemary. This essential oil can be used for all hair types and skin conditions but is best known for its ability to support hair growth for those experiencing thinning hair. It is also among the most studied oils for hair, and many find the price point of this oil to be accessible.
Exsalonce Tip: For thinning hair, combine Tony Odisho Revitalize Cleanser ($40) with 1-2 drops rosemary essential oil in substitute for your go to shampoo. Repeat this process weekly for 3 months to begin seeing results.
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