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Essential Oils for Chemically-treated Hair

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 by 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.

Learn about essential oils, their benefits, types and how they can be used on colored, relaxed and even natural hair. |

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Key benefits of essential oils

Essential oils have two key benefits are great for us gals with chemically-treated hair:
  1. Antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties which can help purify the scalp, treat dandruff and an itchy scalp
  2. Hair growth support by stimulating blood circulation in the scalp when used in scalp massages

Types of essential oils

There are so many essential oils, but there are a handful that are the most beneficial for chemically-treated hair. Some of those essential oils are basil oil, rosemary oil, lavender oil, peppermint oil, sage oil, and tea tree oil. For my relaxed hair, I use tea tree oil by mixing a few drops of it into my tea rinse or shampoo.

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?


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