Essential Oils for Black Hair
Updated: Jun 8, 2019
Black women can carry a lot of baggage when it comes to hair care, especially if you were brought up in an environment that glamorized a different type of hair, a type of hair that had nothing to do with your coily, kinky, curly hair. As the natural hair movement has rolled forward, embracing hair of ALL textures, its become more apparent that every that we need to take charge of the products we use on our hair and way we style it.
Enter essential oils, natures plant juice. Essential oils are the true essence of the plants they are derived from. And when properly extracted, you can enjoy the benefits that range from cleaner, happier, well moisturized hair that is healthy, not just good looking.
What are Essential Oils?
Also known as volatile or ethereal oils, essential oils are the “soul” of plants. These concentrated hydrophobic aromatic and delicate liquids is extracted from the stems, leaves, seeds, flowers, roots and bark of plants by distillation.
Essential oils have been in use for curing ailments since time immemorial owing to their healing properties. They are widely used for beauty and health purposes even today. These oils prevent hair loss, boost hair growth, provide nourishment to the scalp and roots of the hair and have certain anti-bacterial problem. Different essential oils come with different properties, while some can have a calming effect on your senses others can boost hair growth, etc. You can be guaranteed of strong and nourished hair if you start using these oils.
Best Essential Oils for Black Hair
Tea Tree- This antibacterial and anti fungal oil is very powerful and hence only a minimal quantity should be used in dilution with carrier oil, water or other hair products for a non itchy, dandruff-free scalp.
Rosemary- Calming on your senses, rosemary promotes hair health and relieves you from a dry itchy scalp. You can add a few drops of this oil to your regular shampoo or leave in conditioner for best results.
Peppermint- a few drops of the refreshing peppermint oil in a sprintz water bottle is a brilliant way to wake you scalp, supporting new hear growth. you can add it to your shampoo or conditioner will give you a healthy scalp which will support a healthy boost of your hair growth.
Lavender- Lavender oil is the best solution for alleviating stress and promoting tranquility in addition to being a supplement to healthier and dandruff free scalp. Lavender is soothing and healing, itchy and flaky scalps have no chance with the use of this swiss army knife of oils.
Ylang Ylang- Ylang Ylang has a strong aroma and it supports healthy hair growth by helping the scalp retain moisture. This in turn prevents the scalp from dryness and itchiness which in turn into persistent dandruff.
Sandalwood- This essential oil comes with antiseptic properties. Mix this woody aromatic oil with your conditioner to soften and moisturize dry hair.
Bergamot- Stimulate your scalp for healthy hair by using this versatile essential oil. A great blend with other essential oils like jasmine, rosemary and ylang ylang and a great carrier oil like Jamaican black castor oil and you're set.
Chamomile- For lustrous and voluminous shiny hair, use chamomile which acts as a hair conditioner.
Cedarwood- To calm and relieve yourself off a dry, dandruff stricken, itchy scalp, use this soothing oil variant along with rosemary oil and use it as a hair tonic.
All oils are only as good as their distillation process... which is why I only use Young Living Essential Oils. Their seed to seal guarantee gives me assurance that Im buying only the best quality oils.
Before you start using any essential oil, remember that all oils may not be compatible to your skin or health condition and might lead to mild or major irritation. Also, since the oils are highly concentrated, you have to dilute it with another product like conditioner or carrier oil before application. It might be a good idea to consult a dermatologist in case of sudden skin irritations but usually a little carrier oil will fix just about any irritation..