Dry hair is a problem in the winter as heating drys out both our skin and hair. However, here in Arizona, dry “winter” hair is a year round problem! In addition, using hairdryers and flat irons/curling irons can also cause “dry hair” problems. Moving from the traditionally wet climate of the UK, where moisture is never much of a problem, the Arizona climate has certainly “challenged” my hair in more ways than one! Recently, I have been experimenting with a few aromatherapy recipes, to treat my dry hair, that seem to have added the shine back into my hair. I basically take pieces of several aromatherapy recipes that I find in aromatherapy books and reputable sources on the internet to come up with my own variations! There are a lot of very similar recipes out there, so invent your own too, if you have the aromatherapy experience and knowledge! Here’s a couple of aromatherapy recipes that worked for me:
Aromatherapy Deep Conditioning Hot Oil Treatment for Dry Hair
- 1 oz jojoba oil*
- 6 drops sandalwood essential oil*
- 3 drops of Roman chamomile essential oil
- 2 drops of ylang ylang essential oil
*East Indian sandalwood is an endangered species; use an alternative oil, such as Australian sandalwood oil which is grown in reserves as an ecological replacement for traditional East Indian sandalwood (although it is not the same exact chemical make-up, it is similar). Views on Australian sandalwood oil are mixed, so do your research and draw your own conclusions. in addition, don’t confuse East Indian sandalwood with West Indian sandalwood (Amyris).
*Jojoba oil is expensive, so you might want to try an alternative carrier oil for your hair as a substitute; other “hair care” carrier oils include coconut or almond oil.
- Mix all of your ingredients in a glass bowl/cup and heat in the microwave until hot
- Apply the hot oil directly to your hair; this amount of mixture is sufficient for mid-length hair. If you have long hair, you might want to increase your quantities
- Put a shower cap on your hair and leave on for at least 30 minutes; the longer you leave it, the more “deep conditioning” your hair gets
- Wash the oil out of your hair by first applying shampoo before you wet hair; shampoo, wash and dry in the normal way.
Aromatherapy Hair Care Pack With Natural Ingredients
If you would prefer not to use oil in your hair, why not try the following aromatherapy recipe for dry, winter hair. I found this aromatherapy to be a little messy, so be prepared!
- 1 oz raw honey (DO NOT use regular honey that you find on store shelves as it has usually been processed and does not contain the same therapeutic properties as raw honey)
- 1/2 oz sweet almond oil
- 1 egg yolk
- 6 drops of rosemary essential oil
- Beat together the egg yolk, honey and sweet almond oil; add in the rosemary essential oil
- Wet your hair a little bit and then apply the mixture to your hair
- Put a shower cap on your hair and leave on for about 30 minutes
- Wash and dry your hair in the usual way.
Aromatherapy Hair Elixir Recipe
- 4 oz distilled water
- 1/2 oz of aloe vera
- choice of “hair care” essential oils (for example, rosemary, lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang etc); dilute at between 10 and 20%
- Simply mix all of your ingredients in a spray bottle
- Apply to your hair before drying with a hair dryer or before using a flat iron.
I will be putting together a variation of these recipes/blends together for a mini Make-Your-Own Products Kit in 2012, if you are interested in a more in-depth aromatherapy hair care package. In the meantime, experiment with these recipes or take a look at one of our other Make-Your-Own Products Kits in the Sedona Aromatherapie webstore!