Often people ask me about making their own hair treatments with oils. They've either already purchased some and are saying to themselves, "Now what?" Or they want to buy some but want to make sure they'll have plenty of opportunity to use them. Beyond using oils for your face and body, they also work wonders on your hair. Instead of buying a deep treatment product, easily create your own using just a basic base oil. Or you can take the base oil and add an essential oil or two for extra healing properties or simply to boost the aromatheraputic experience.
My favorite base oils for hair are Avocado, Macadamia Nut, Almond and Camellia Seed oils, all made organically by Primavera. All four of these oils help restore health, shine and hydration to dry hair due to their high content of vitamins and fatty acids. Pour a little bit into the palms of your hands and apply to dry, unwashed hair. If you're worried about adding oil to your scalp, apply just to the ends. But you'll benefit greatly from applying it to your entire head and scalp. After all, the scalp is one of the most forgotten parts of your body (and it needs hydration too). Then leave on as desired-whether it's 10 minutes or two hours-and wash your hair using your normal shampoo. To help the nutrients from the oils penetrate the hair even more deeply you can wrap your head in a warm wet towel.
Once you've mastered the basic base oil, get a little more creative by adding organic essential oils to your moisturizing base oil. Just remember never use an essential oil directly on your hair or scalp. It needs to be diluted with a base oil. A basic, tried-and-true recipe is to add 15-20 drops of essential oil(s) to every 100ml of the base oil. You can drop in any essential oil or blend of essential oils you desire to add an aroma to your hair oil. Have fun experimenting different combinations of scents. Citrus oils, such as Lemon, along with Peppermint and Rosemary will help uplift your mood. Other oils such as Chamomile and Lavender provide natural relaxing properties. Your homemade hair treatment can be applied a few times a month or once a week, depending on your hair (and how hectic your schedule is!).