Scalp Care

man with wet hair in shower

We all want to meet the world with a healthy head…

So many people I talk to are fighting their way through the transition between bottled and bar shampoo. Are you one of them?

For some people, the transition is easy, while for others it’s nothing less than arduous. No matter which side of the fence you’re on, or what products you’re currently using, let’s for a moment talk about your largely overlooked scalp.

It’s a busy place up there. The skin on the top of your head, strives to stay clean and fresh with whatever hair products you send its way. It keeps all your hair in order, to stay healthy, moisturized and dandruff-free, but have you ever thought of doing something nice just for your scalp?

How about a head massage?

The ingredients are simple and it only takes a few minutes of well-deserved “me time”:

  • 1 tablespoon of liquid vegetable oil of your choice (rapeseed, sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed)
  • 2-3 drops of essential oil

Blend these together and massage into your scalp with your fingers. Yes, it might get a little goopy, but remember you’re aiming for the scalp; it’s a bonus if your hair gets a revitalizing treatment.

Essential Oils and your Scalp:

Essential oils can be used to cleanse the scalp, strengthen hair, control irritation and dandruff, stimulate hair follicles, improve circulation and even promote hair growth.

Some essential oils improve the condition of the scalp whiles others improve the condition of the hair. This list is only some of the more common oils you may choose to use:

Basil – Helps to reduce oily hair and promotes growth by stimulating circulation

Chamomile – Adds golden highlights and sheen while conditioning hair. It soothes the inflamed scalp and reduces the dry and itchy affects fo psoriasis.

Cedarwood – Your scalps’ best friend: Bringing antiseptic qualities, Cedarwood normalizes dry and oily scalp, stimulates the hair follicles and is a treatment for hair loss and dandruff.

Lavender – Help to reduce itchy and dandruff-prone scalp while balancing the natural oils. It calms hair and promotes hair growth.

Grapefruit, Orange and Lemon – CItrus oils, like in dishwashing, provide a treatment for grease reduction while treating dry scalp and dandruff. Adding a natural shine to hair, these oils stimulate the scalp and hair growth.

Lemongrass – Balancing the pH of the scalp and promoting hair growth, Lemongrass assists in balancing scalp oils and strengthens hair follicles.

Rosemary – Conditioning hair and leaving it smooth and silky, Rosemary strengthens hair at its roots, treats dandruff and promotes hair growth.

Tea Tree – A treatment for the reduction of oils in hair, to heal dry scalp, dandruff and lice, while unclogging hair follicles, Tea Tree returns hair to its natural smooth beauty.

Note: Essential oils should only be used for external hair and scalp care and never be applied directly on to your hair or scalp. Please read particular bottle labels for safety instructions and mix with a carrier oil, vinegar or water.

(Originally published on December 2, 2018.)