Top 5 Essential Oils for Hair

Derived from the bountiful and vast array of flora provided by mother nature, pure essential oils have been used on the hair, body and mind for thousands of years.

When included in your beauty regime, essential oils can have dazzling effects on the hair, from banishing lice to encouraging growth and soothing an itchy scalp.

We’ve pulled together a list of our top 5 essential oils for your hair to help you make the most of the natural powers of pure essential oils and to give you a mane to be proud of. Essential oils are easy to use, and we’ve also included five quick, two ingredient recipes to tame, nourish and pamper your tresses without emptying your wallet.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Also the name of a relatively sub-par U2 song, Cedarwood essential oil makes our list of top 5 oils for hair on account of its ability to help treat dandruff and stave off hair loss.

Cedarwood oil helps to strengthen hair by tightening the hair follicles and fortifying the hair’s natural protective layer, which can be broken down by hair products, rough treatment and harsh environments. This oil also helps to calm an itchy, flaky scalp by toning the skin and balancing oil production. The woody and earthy fragrance can also help to calm the mind.

How to use Cedarwood Essential Oil

Mix 2-3 drops of Cedarwood essential oil to a tablespoon of coconut oil and mix thoroughly. Massage the mixture into the hair and scalp and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing. This deeply nourishing mask with leave you with strong, shiny tresses and should help relieve an itchy scalp.

Cinnamon Essential Oil

If it is long, lustrous locks that you’re hoping to tame and nurture, Cinnamon oil can help you reach your goal. With a spicy fragrance that conjure up images of warm, festive evenings by the fire, Cinnamon essential oil stimulates hair growth while keeping your scalp fresh with its antiseptic properties.

How to use Cinnamon Essential Oil

To help stimulate your hair growth, add just 1 drop of Cinnamon essential oil to around half a tablespoon of shampoo. Make sure the oil is thoroughly mixed into your shampoo, then massage into the scalp in small circles before rinsing thoroughly. It’s not unusual to experience a gentle, slightly tingly feeling when using this oil.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender oil is a great essence to use on a oily, greasy or flaky scalp. The balancing effect of the oil will help to control and balance natural oil production of the hair and scalp, soaking up excess oils but providing moisture where needed. Lavender can also be used to treat head lice in a natural, chemical-free way.

How to use Lavender Essential Oil

For a refreshing hair treatment to restore natural balance, reduce flakes and keep lice at bay, mix together 10 drops of Lavender essential oil with 5mls of extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil and massage into your scalp. Cover your head with a plastic cap and towel for a couple of hours before washing out thoroughly. For a deeper treatment leave the oil on your hair overnight.

Rosemary Essential Oil

When it comes to Rosemary, even Shakespeare knew of its natural, primal power.

“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance, pray you love, remember”.

While we all may need a little help with jogging our memory from time to time, Rosemary is also an incredible oil for refreshing the hair and scalp. A powerfully stimulating oil Rosemary balances oil production and cleanses the hair and scalp, providing strength and lustrous shine to damaged tresses.

How to use Rosemary Essential Oil

For a stimulating and invigorating start to each day, combine Rosemary essential oil to your shampoo as part of your daily regime. Add 1 drop of Rosemary essence to a half tablespoon of shampoo and mix thoroughly before using. Massage the oil infused shampoo into the hair scalp before rinsing out thoroughly with water.

Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang-Ylang is great for restoring hair’s natural shine and strength and it is renowned for thickening hair. The fragrance of Ylang-Ylang is a known confidence booster and aphrodisiac, so you’re bound to look and feel good when using this oil on your mane. Ylang-Ylang essential oil is a great choice for those with thinning, fine or flyaway hair.

How to use Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil

You can use Ylang-Ylang to create a deep hair conditioner. Simply mix together 5 drops of Ylang-Ylang essential oil with a cup of fractionated coconut. Slather the mixture over your hair for 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly, for noticeably thicker hair.

Essential oil safety

Avoid using essential oils during pregnancy or while breastfeeding without consulting your GP. Store all your oils in a cool, dark place and make sure they’re out of reach of children. Do not ingest essential oil. If used in a high dilution, some oils can cause skin irritation. Always try a patch test 24 hours before using oils on your skin.

If you are using essential oils topically, make sure you read our blog on how to dilute essential oils safely.