This month I decided to share my recipe for a simple deep conditioning hair treatment. Carrier oils are classic ingredients used to condition the hair. They leave the hair soft, shiny, and manageable. And they are cost effective. Best of all, they are all natural!
2 Tablespoons (1 oz) of carrier oil
6 drops of essential oil (optional)
Add the carrier oil and essential oil to a 1 oz sized bottle or jar. Cap it and shake well. Warm the oil in a very warm to hot water bath (if the bottle or jar is glass, make sure the bottle or jar is at room temperature before placing it in the water bath, so it doesn’t crack). Wet the hair. Apply a small amount of the oil mix. Wrap the hair in a towel and a plastic shower cap, if desired. Leave the oil in for at least 20 minutes to an hour or longer (some people like to leave it on for several hours). Shampoo it out (it may take a couple shampoos).
Shelf life will vary, depending on the carrier oils used. Most carrier oils have a shelf life of at least 6 months, and some are good for a year or longer. Store in a cool, dark, non-humid place, such as a cupboard or a fridge (storing in the fridge will greatly extend shelf life). I do not recommend storing cosmetics in a bathroom, since that greatly reduces shelf life.
How Much Oil To Use:
Use 1/2 teaspoon to 2 teaspoons, depending on hair length. Only use enough to coat the hair; don’t use too much since using excessive amounts will make it hard to wash out.
This recipe makes enough for several treatments. Use the hair oil once or twice a week for best results. Be sure to shake the container well before each use.
Many different carrier oils can be used in this recipe. You can use just one or a mix of your favorite carrier oils. Organic, virgin, unrefined, extra virgin olive oil is a classic hair treatment. I personally love using organic, cold pressed, unrefined coconut oil, which is a traditional hair treatment in some Asian countries and islands. You can use expeller pressed unrefined coconut oil if you can’t find cold pressed, unrefined. Argan oil is a popular hot oil hair treatment too, but it is a little harder to find in local stores (I suggest buying it online) and it is a bit more expensive than olive or coconut oils. All three of these oils are great for oily and dry hair, but try different oils to see which one your hair prefers.
The essential oils are optional in this recipe, but I highly recommend using them because of their scent, and since many essential oils have properties that are great for the hair! For all hair types I recommend using lavender essential oil since it is very balancing. For very oily hair, lemon is a good option. For dry hair, try carrot seed essential oil. Or use your favorite essential oil to scent the hair! Hair retains fragrance very well, so your hair will be lightly scented after using this treatment.
About The Author:
Li Wong is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and perfume company. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. Li has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001. Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception. She is the all natural beauty website’s Eco Living and DIY Natural Beauty Formulating Expert, and the anb’s mall Eco Living writer. http://www.anbportal.com/meet_the_all_natural_beauty_experts.htm
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