The 10 Best Essential Oils For Your Hair & Scalp

Essential oils for hair can do wonders for your tresses such as: treat a dry or itchy scalp, increase hair growth, ease dandruff symptoms and moisturize. Essential oils are plant extracts obtained from aromatic compounds and composed of chemical compounds such as ketones, aldehydes, and ethanol.  

Frequent shampooing and daily exposure to wind and dust can strip hair of its natural oils. This can lead to dry and fragile hair. Applying essential oils to your hair keeps it lustrous and healthy. Here is a list of the best essential oils for your hair and scalp plus easy to follow DIY recipes you can make at home. 

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a vegetable based fat with a high level of saturated fatty acids. It's in solid form at room temperature can easily be liquefied with the slightest change in temperature. Coconut oil is used in many hair treatments due to its ability to penetrate deep into the hair follicle.

This excellent essential oil for hair has the ability to reduce dandruff, moisturize, prevent split ends and increase hair growth. Coconut oil can be utilized as a primary element in shampoos and conditioners. Below is a recipe for a coconut essential oil for hair leave-in conditioning treatment. 

You'll Need

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  •  2 tbsp aloe vera juice or extract
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon glycerin
  • 12 drops lavender oil
  • 8 drops of pure vanilla extract

How To Make It

1. Mix ingredients in a blender

2. Apply to damp hair

3. Let it sit for 20 min and rinse

Almond Oil

Almond oil is one of the lighter nut oils which means it won’t weigh your hair down while giving it a healthy dose of fatty acids, protein, antioxidants and fatty acids.

This essential oil for hair contains high levels of magnesium which increases hair growth and prevents breakage. Almond oil is soothing for a dry or irritated scalp; simply massage it into your hair while you shampoo or use it as a treatment before shampooing.

Below is a recipe for a homemade almond hot oil recipe to treat dry and damaged tresses. 

You'll Need

  • 4 tbsp almond oil
  • 4 drops lavender, mint or rosemary oil

How To Make It

1. Mix together in a heat-safe container with a lid

2. Heat by immersing it in a pot of hot water for 10 min

3. Shake well and apply from root to tips

Cedar Oil

This essential oil for hair is extracted from the solid wood of Cedrus atlantica tree. It's can be used to treat hair loss and dandruff. It's also been proven effective at treating alopecia areata. 

Cedar wood hair oil is particularly effective for treating a dry and flaky scalp since it helps to regulate sebum production.​ Microbial and antiseptic properties makes cedar oil particularly effective against acne. Cedar oil also improves blood flow and circulation which can lead to increased hair growth and health.  

Below is a recipe for a cedar essential oil hair treatment.  ​

You'll Need

  • 2-3 drops of cedar oil
  •  2 tsp coconut oil

How To Make It

1. Mix together and massage into scalp and hair

2. Let mixture penetrate hair for 1-2 hours

3. Rinse and dry hair​

4. If you have oily scalp add 5 drops of cedar oil per spoonful of shampoo​

Castor Essential Oil

​Castor essential oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It can help to clear skin pores and improve blood circulation. This essential oil for hair is easily absorbed into the skin which helps to clear bacteria and irritants.

Beneficial ingredients include ricinoleic acid and omega-6 fatty acids which moisturize hair and scalp and reduce dandruff. This is the best essential oil to use if you want faster hair growth. Castor oil can also be applied to eyebrows and lashes overnight in order to give them a growth boost.

You'll Need

  • 3 tablespoons of castor oil
  • 10 tbsp jojoba or argan oil

How To Make It

1. Combine ingredients in a glass dropper bottle and mix well

2. Apply to your scalp

3. Coat scalp, let it sit for 5 minutes​ and rinse.

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is an antibacterial essential oil for hair that soothes irritation, dryness and itchiness. Extreme stress has been recognized to cause hair thinning. Lavender oil is also known to soothe and reduce stress due to its calming fragrance.

Massaging hair with lavender oil helps to invigorate the scalp which results in healthier hair growth. lt also regulates sebum production while moisturizing the scalp. 

Lavender oil contains microbial properties which makes it excellent for treating acne and dandruff. Below is a recipe for a deep conditioning treatment with lavender oil. 

You'll Need

  • 5-10 drops lavender oil
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tbs raw honey
  • 5-10 drops rosemary oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

How To Make It

1. Put avocado and coconut in a blender

2. Soften the coconut oil by heating it if you're whisking

3. Add eggs and honey and blend

5. Apply from root to tips

6. Let penetrate for 45 minutes and rinse 

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint essential oil for hair has a cooling effect and the ability to improve skin’s blood circulation. It has the ability to rejuvenate hair follicles for increased hair growth. 

It also has strong cleansing properties which are effective for opening up clogged pores and regulating sebum production. ​ Peppermint oil can be added to your regular shampoo or mixed with a carrier oil and massaged into your scalp. ​

Below is a recipe for a peppermint oil conditioning treatment.

You'll Need

  • 5 drops peppermint oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil
  • 2 spoonfuls warm coconut oil

How To Make It

1. Combine ingredients and apply to scalp

2. Leave on hair for 15-20 min

Rinse off and shampoo

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary essential oils can help protect your hair’s natural color, prevent graying and increase hair’s overall thickness. Try adding a few drops to extra virgin essential olive oil with lavender oil for a potent combination.

A study conducted at Meika University in Japan shows that a combination of rosemary, hops and swertia increased hair growth by as much as 22.4% while decreasing hair loss after shampooing. Users also experienced an increase in micro-circulation of the scalp.

Below is a recipe for rosemary mint shampoo.

You'll Need

  •  6 oz aloe vera gel
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 tablespoons baking soda
  • 20 drops rosemary 
  • 10 drops of peppermint oil

How To Make It

1. Combine ingredients 

2. Store the solution in a glass bottle

3. Use in lieu of your regular shampoo.

4. Condition as usual

Argan Oil

Argan is one of our favorite essential oils for hair. Healthy hair needs omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in addition to vitamin E to produce melanin. As you age, your system becomes less efficient at producing enough melanin to keep up the color of your hair. Argan essential oil is an excellent source of fatty acids and vitamin E and can be used on both oily and dry scalps.

Massage the oil directly into the scalp and leave it for a few minutes before washing it off. Argan oil can also be applied to damp hair as a treatment. Comb it thoroughly through your hair and don’t apply too much in order to avoid greasy hair.

You'll Need

  • 100 ml argan oil
  • 4 drops rosemary oil

How To Make It

1. Mix together and massage into damp hair

Sage Oil

Sage oil is an excellent essential oil for hair because it has antibiotic, antiseptic and anti-allergic properties. It's also a source of zinc, magnesium and vitamin B.

Below is a recipe for a nightly scalp treatment with sage oil. 

You'll Need

  • Dried sage leaves
  • 2 cups jojoba oil
  • Sage tincture

How To Make It

1. Put ingredients in a blender and mix well

2. Apply it to scalp nightly

3. Store the remaining mixture in the fridge

Thyme Oil

Thyme essential oil is extracted from the supplement Thymus Vulgaris and works to increase blood circulation of the scalp.

This herb is excellent for minimizing dandruff and flakes due to its antimicrobial properties. This oil is particularly strong and therefore and best when mixed with other essential oils for hair such as lavender. ​

You'll Need

  •  2 drops thyme oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil
  • 2 spoonfuls extra virgin oilive oil

How To Make It

1. Combine all ingredients

2. Massage into scalp and leave for 15-20 minutes

3. rinse​

Which essential oil for hair is your favorite? Let us know in the comments if you tried our essential oils for hair recipes and if so which one. We'd love to hear from you. 


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