If essential oils can be used on your skin then they can be used on your hair too.
By now you know I dislike any kind of synthetic fragrance so you can imagine how much I really dislike most shampoos and conditioners. Hair styling products often have strong scent as well but those products are harder to replace with natural ingredients.
My advice is to find a natural unscented shampoo (they do exist) and add some essential oils. You could add essential oils to the whole bottle if you feel confident you have a lovely blend, or pick new oils each time you shampoo. Even though that sounds a bit harder it’s like aromatic dressing – making a new nourishing body oil blend each day. It allows for spontaneity and creativity, and each day you’ll feel emotionally and physically different from the day before. As essential oils have individual purposes, you will be treating yourself for the day, according to your needs.
You’ll just need a little dish to squeeze some shampoo into, then add oils.
I’m going to estimate you’ll need 2 tablespoons of shampoo (but of course this will differ depending on the length and thickness of your hair). This equates to about 40 mls of shampoo so we will add 15 drops. If you are sensitive to essential oils reduce the amount to 10 drops or less. This ratio is lower than what I recommend for body oils for 2 reasons –
1. It’s close to your eyes and nose
2. You will wash it down the sink anyway
For more info on body oil ratios see this article.
You will be washing your hair AND having an aromatherapy treatment at the same time! YAY!
I don’t necessarily agree with using different oils for different coloured hair, and as always, some oils are better than others for this purpose.
Try these combo’s
1. “Lovin Myself”
For all hair types
Lavender 5 drops
Rosewood 5 drops
Orange 5 drops
2. “Just Stepped Out of A Salon”
For hair that’s a little oily
Spearmint 6 drops
Lemon 6 drops
Cedarwood Virginian 3 drops
The same ratios apply as for shampoo but at least by leaving the conditioner on your hair for a while will allow more benefits to soak in. Find an unscented conditioner and blend away.
For drier hair types
Peru Balsam 6 drops
Mandarin 6 drops
Patchouli 3 drops
For all hair types
Geranium 4 drops
Marjoram 4 drops
Bergamot 7 drops
They are the basics, so I think I may have to do a Part 2, to include hair conditioning treatments with oils and natural hair masks using natural ingredients from the cupboard.