What are essential oils?While they are called oils, they aren't really oils. Why aren't they oils? Because they lack a key characteristic that oils have - fatty acids. Essential oils are instead highly concentrated plant constituents that are made from steam or water distillation of various parts of plants. (E.g. seeds, leaves, stems, roots, bark, etc.)
Additionally essential oils have a small molecular size which makes them highly concentrated and easily absorbed which can quickly cause irritation. As a result it is best to dilute essential oils with a carrier oil, such as a penetrating or non-penetrating oil, before using them on your chemically-treated hair.
Key benefits of essential oilsEssential oils have two key benefits are great for us gals with chemically-treated hair:
- Antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties which can help purify the scalp, treat dandruff and an itchy scalp
- Hair growth support by stimulating blood circulation in the scalp when used in scalp massages
Types of essential oilsThere are so many essential oils, but there are a handful that are the most beneficial for chemically-treated hair. Some those essential oils are basil, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, sage and tea tree. For my relaxed hair I use tea tree oil by mixing a few drops of it into my tea rinse.
Essential oils are typically sold in small bottles, but that can be deceiving because they are highly concentrated so a little bit goes a long way. You can find essential oils in natural food stores and also on Amazon.
To help essentials keep their potency they should be stored in dark glass bottles and kept out of direct sunlight.
Which essential oil have used for your hair?