Keeping a healthy scalp is essential for promoting healthy hair growth. A lot of naturals suffer from various ailments, like dry or irritated scalp and excessive shedding and thinning. All of this can stunt your hair growth, causing your natural hair journey to come to a screeching halt.
Depending on your lifestyle, diet and hairstyles of choice, your hair and scalp is put through a lot of stress. Treating your locks to essential oil treatments can be great for your hair and scalp. But remember, simply adding to your regimen isn’t the answer — you also have to eliminate the problem.
Finding the source of your hair and scalp issues
There are a number of culprits that can be the cause of your hair growth issues. For starters, if you’re still using synthetic shampoos, conditioners, gels and leave-ins, then your path to being natural has been tainted and is showing through your irritations and hair fall.
It’s very important to know what ingredients are in your products, especially those that are labeled natural. A lot of them contain harsh chemicals that can cause damage to your hair and scalp, including propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, oleyl betaine and mineral oils* (like petroleum products which clog pores).
What you’re eating and drinking also plays a role in the health of your hair. You have to take accountability for your dieting habits, especially if you’re consuming things like large amounts of caffeine, sugar, processed and non-organic foods. So make sure to switch to a healthier diet. Smoking can also give your hair poor health.
During the warmer months, you may be tempted to swim in chlorinated pools. This can dry out your hair and cause shedding and scalp irritations. Also, the tap water you bathe and wash your hair with is likely contaminated with chlorine, fluoride, rust water, VOCs and so on. Get a shower filter* that eliminates majority of these toxins and take a rain check on the swimming pool.
How you style your hair is very important when you’re trying to retain length. Wearing it out all of the time, washing it too often (detangling wet hair constantly can cause unnecessary hair loss) and using heating tools like blow dryers* and flat irons*, can all limit your hair growth. Try wearing more protective styles and washing your hair less.
Essential oils* for hair and scalp
Now that you have a plan for counteracting the source of the problem, now it’s time to revive your hair and scalp with essential oils*. Here is a list of the best ones for overall healthy hair and scalp:
Lavender: Helps to soothe and nourish your scalp, offering inflammation relief and treatment for flaky, dry scalp. If you suffer from hair loss, this will help, and at the same time, it will make your hair softer and shinier.
Rosemary: Likely, you’ve seen this essential oil in a variety of natural hair products already. It’s excellent for hair growth, graying and thinning. It also has antioxidants that help to protect your hair and scalp from damaging free radicals. It also fortifies your hair, making it stronger. Ideal for anyone who has scalp irritation, itchiness or dandruff.
Chamomile: Those who have excessively dry scalps, dandruff, eczema or even scalp acne can benefit from this essential oil.It also helps to improve the softness and luster of your locks.
Ylang Ylang: This oil helps to balance the normal production of sebum, which is much-needed for healthy scalp and hair. It nourishes your hair follicles and stimulates blood flow to your scalp, which in turn promotes hair growth.