To keep your crowning glory in the best possible shape you need to look after it with some thought of what it has to endure. We bemoan the fact that our skin wrinkle and our muscles sag with age, yet we seldom think about our hair that simply keep on growing regardless.
Some unfortunate people do however suffer from hair-loss (alopecia) at some stage of their life, and this could be contributed to a variety of problems - from irreversible genetic factors handed down by your ancestors (such as male pattern baldness also called androgenetic alopecia (AGA) which also involves hormones), to less permanent hair loss which could be due to illness, fever, thyroid problems, radiation, poor circulation, malnutrition, stress etc.
Although essential oils cannot claim to help with all ills that may befall your poor hair, some of them have been used for centuries to help in making the most of hair and is reputed to help for thinning hair.
These aromatic botanical essences are used for more than their mere smell, and some have some great therapeutic properties as well with some tricologists also believing in their properties.
Even if you do not believe in the positive way that essential oils could influence your general health, the great smell alone is enough to consider including it in your daily hair care regime.
Commercial products can be in some cases be used and the essential oils mixed in with them - you could for instance add more zing to your shampoo by adding your selected oil.
If you wish to give essential oils a try to help you with your hair loss, then you could look at oils such as
Of the above we would recommend that you consider using Rosemary, since it has been used as a trusted compound in hair care for a long time. It, or any of the above can be added to shampoo or can be blended (2 drops to 15 ml carrier oil) and used as a compound to do a scalp massage.
In the discipline of essential oils and aromatherapy the following are used to help with dandruff:
These oils can be used as a scalp massage (in the dilution described above) or mixed with your shampoo, but if you are having a problem with oily hair rather look at using tea tree oil, and with dry hair rosemary.
You could also make a "floral water" or "hydrosol" of sorts, to use as a final rinse. Take a plastic water bottle and add 10 drops of essential oil to 1 liter of lukewarm water. Cap the bottle and shake well. Now take a coffee filter, and filter the water through it and use the resultant slightly fragranced water as a final rinse.
If you have never used a specific essential oil, it may be a wise precaution to do a skin patch test beforehand to ascertain if you have any allergic reaction to it.
For more information on individual essential oils, please visit our index of essential oils and when selecting an essential oil t.
Should you have a health condition that require medical attention, kindly consult your licensed medical practitioner.