Natural Ways to Deal With Dandruff and Hair Loss
We seldom take the time to think about what our hair goes through. Sure we recognise when it is dry, brittle or oily or when we have got dandruff, but generally most of us are happy to use any type of shampoo as long as our hair looks clean.
Yet our hair goes through a lot…
Triggered by stress, illness, and malnutrition or simpler your genetics, both men and women can suffer from hair loss to the point when it can lead to baldness.
Now I am not saying this to scare you, but it does get you thinking about the amount of time and attention we give to keeping our hair healthy.
With this in mind I have found a great range of essential oils and recipes which can help you to deal with hair loss, massage your scalp, get rid of dandruff and generally improve the health of your hair.
Hair loss Remedies
You can combine any of the following essential oils to your regular shampoo to help you cope with hair loss. Cypress, Lavender, Jojoba and Rosemary in particular are great for reducing hair loss.
Alternatively you can combine 2 drops of any of these essential oils with a carrier oil to create a scalp massage which will nourish your hair follicles.
Recipe for hair loss:
100ml of a mild natural shampoo mixed with 15 drops jojoba oil, 8 drops carrot oil, 7 drops rosemary oil, 7 drops lavender oil and 2 drops tea tree oil.
Recipe for scalp massage lotion:
100ml of 50/50 rosewater and distilled water, 15ml apple cider vinegar, 5 drops rosemary oil, 6 drops jojoba oil, 3 drops carrot oil and 3 drops geranium oil (this needs to be stored in the fridge and can be used in the morning, after washing and on partly drying hair).
Cedarwood, Lavender, Patchouli, Rosemary and Tea Tree oil can all be used to eliminate dandruff by massaging them onto your head or combining them with your shampoo. Note: tea tree oil is better for oily hair and rosemary dry hair.
Alternatively you can create floral water by combining 10 drops of essential oil with a litre of lukewarm warm. Mix these together by shaking, then filter the water through a coffee filter and you can use the resultant as a final rinse after you have had a shower.
Other useful hair recipes
- Final Rinse – this can add an extra shine to your hair after you have washed it. All you need to do is mix 4tsp of water with 2tsp of apple cider vinegar and 3 drops of lemon essential oil, really well and apply to your hair.
- Dry Shampoo– this is particularly useful if you’re out camping or have no water in your bathroom as it allows you to clean your hair without the need for water. Instead it acts to dry the oils which make your hair look greasy so you look more presentable.Simply put 25g of talcum powder into a blender and whilst it is mixing at a slow speed add 4 drops rosemary oil, 4 drops tea tree oil and 4 drops of lavender oils. Once finished you can seal this in a tight container until you need it, then brush 1-2tsp of this dry shampoo onto your scalp and hair with a brush.
- Oil Treatment– colouring, straightening, perming… even your day to day life can eventually leave your hair looking damaged. Applying an oil treatment can help your hair to regain its shape, deal with split ends and make your hair look healthy again.To make melt 10ml of coconut oil over a low flame, then add 10ml of almond oil, 5ml evening primrose oil and 5ml jojoba oil. Mix well. Allow this mixture to cool down, then add 5 drops of rosemary oil and 5 drops of chamomile roman oil.Once ready, dip your fingers into this oily mixture and massage it into your scalp and hair. Treat your whole head, then loosely cover your hair with kitchen plastic wrap or a clean plastic bag and protect with a towel. Leave for 30 minutes, then massage some shampoo into your hair and scalp, then wash out.
Keeping your hair healthy and shiny is easier than you think, so why not give these home remedies a try and see the difference they make.
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