Your hair, they say, is your crowning glory, especially for women. Yet, many of us have had our share of hair and scalp problems. Probably, the most common is the presence of that dull, white flaky stuff on the scalp. Dandruff is flaky dead skin cells, and can be very itchy when left untreated. However, dandruff is a very treatable condition, either with the use of hair care products or with certain essential oils.
What is Dandruff?
Dandruff is a skin disorder caused by various factors, although scientific studies say that it is an overproduction of dead skin. Other causes of dandruff may be lack of vitamins particularly for the hair, the kind of shampoo you use (due to its harsh chemical content), and even stress can cause it. Winter air and dry weather can also trigger dandruff.
Most of you may be having problems on how to treat dandruff. You must have used dandruff-free shampoos as the quickest remedy, only to experience worsening of the condition.
Have you tried using a natural remedy instead like essential oil?
The use of essential oils as a dandruff treatment is a natural remedy and in fact, very effective. In this article, you will learn the various essential oils and how they can fight dandruff, plus how these oils can do wonders to your hair.
Essential Oils: Nature's Dandruff Remedy
Turning to essential oils in treating your scalp condition can help clean the scalp and remove dandruff, strengthen your hair and trigger growth of hair follicles, and even promote healthy hair growth. Here are some of the most effective essential oils you can apply:
Chamomile oil is best used for fine to normal hair. It helps soothe an inflamed scalp due to excessive itching. It treats psoriasis, a condition that causes some areas on your scalp to become red and scaly. Chamomile as a natural botanical essence also brings back your hair’s shine and golden highlights.
Tea Tree oil:
If you have an oily hair type, tea tree oil is best to apply as it targets dry, flaky scalp. As a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal natural botanical essence, it is a good treatment for dandruff, lice and dry scalp since it kills the fungus that is responsible for dandruff. It also stimulates hair follicles and promotes hair growth.
You cannot go wrong in choosing lavender oil to treat dandruff problem. Lavender oil can be used to just about any hair type and it best relieves itchiness caused by dandruff. As a soothing botanical essence, it helps soothe the scalp and relaxes the hair. Moreover, it helps balance natural scalp oils and smells great on your hair, too.
Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Lemon & Citrus Oils:
These essential oils stimulate the scalp and balance the scalps natural oil production. Eucalyptus is proven to be anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal, battling scalp dryness and fungus growth.
Cinnamon and Thyme Oils:
Thyme being a natural botanical essence is a good antiseptic and promotes blood flow. Both cinnamon and thyme oils revitalize the scalp to aid with hair loss.
Application of Essential Oils + Recipe
When using these essential oils to remedy dandruff, they should not be applied directly to the hair. Normally, the oil is mixed with a carrier oil, or it can also be diluted in floral water or vinegar. I recommend Jojoba oil or Hemp seed oil. You can read our article: The Ultimate Guide to Overnight Oil Treatments for your Hair to learn more about our recommended oils.
Prepare your mixture:
To prepare your hair conditioner oil, mix about one tablespoon of carrier oil with 5 or drops of your preferred essential oil. Wet the hair with warm water and apply your essential oil mixture. Let the conditioner oil sit for 15-30 minutes before rinsing it thoroughly.
You can also apply the essential oil through a scalp massage by taking a few drops of your oil mixture on your fingertips and then gently massaging your scalp for a few minutes. For heavy scalp issues, try preparing a blend of 2 drops of cedarwood, 2 drops of lavender, 2 drops of rosemary, and 2 drops of tea tree oil to a half ounce of carrier oil.
If you want to have great scented hair along with treating dandruff, choose essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus and apply the same mixture preparation to your brush or comb, letting your hair absorb the scent as the oil conditions your hair.
There are certain shampoo products that contain essential oils but these chemical-based products may not be as effective as the natural preparation of therapeutic grade essential oils. Natural remedies are best considering that some chemical based products can hurt the skin over time .
We recommend all our essential oils from Rocky Mountain Oils.
If you are experiencing dandruff problems right now, never allow the condition to be left unattended. While you can hide those flakes underneath your hair, you are allowing a skin disorder to deteriorate your hair growth. Getting rid of your dandruff through essential oil dandruff treatment is a sure sign of proper hair care.
To a Bright and Beautiful you,