Throughout history, both men and women have taken great care to maintain healthy, shining hair. If you have concerns about the condition or appearance of your hair or know others who do, take a few moments to read this post for tips and encouragement. Be sure to comment back if you have tried or are planning to try any of the suggestions you find here.
WHAT IS HAIR?
Along with skin and nails, hair forms an important part of the integumentary system, the body’s first line of defense against external threats. Hair in different lengths, textures and thicknesses covers most of the human body. Hair serves a number of purposes in humans, including: insulation, protection, friction buffer, and redirection of water and sweat from the body. Human hair is made up mostly of keratin, a super strong protein also found in animal feathers, hoofs, claws and human fingernails. Hair also contains melanin – a pigment that gives hair its color – and trace amounts of vitamins, zinc and other metals. A hair follicle anchors each hair into the skin. The hair bulb forms the base of the hair follicle. In the hair bulb, living cells divide and grow to build the hair shaft. The follicle is the only living part of the hair; the rest of the hair shaft is dead. That is why the hair on your head becomes dull and brittle if you don’t nourish it and do all you can to keep the follicles and bulbs healthy. If the follicle and bulb die, the entire hair falls out.
The hair on your head is anchored in your scalp. It stands to reason that you want to keep the skin of your scalp nourished and healthy so that it can act as good “soil” to allow the bulbs grow healthy hair shafts. Any treatment protocol you undertake and any products you use should take into account the effect they will have on the scalp, the hair shafts, and the hair follicles.
COMMON CONDITIONS AND ESSENTIAL OILS THAT HELP
Dandruff – cedarwood, cypress, lavender, lemon eucalyptus, patchouli, petitgrain, rosemary, tangerine, tea tree, thyme, wintergreen, and essential oil blends Cheer, Elevation, and Purify
Dirty – lemon, lime, and blends Citrus Bliss and Purify
Dry – copaiba, geranium, lavender, patchouli, rosemary, sandalwood, spikenard, wintergreen, and blends Breathe, Clary Calm, Elevation, and Zendocrine
Dull – lemongrass, lime (has mild bleaching action), rosemary, tea tree, and blends Breathe and TerraShield
Fragile/Brittle – clary sage, cedarwood, geranium, lavender, Roman chamomile, rosemary, sandalwood, thyme, wintergreen, and blends Breathe and DDR Prime
Greasy/Oily – arborvitae, basil, cedarwood, citronella, cypress, grapefruit juniper berry (scalp), lemon, peppermint, petitgrain, rosemary, tea tree, thyme, and blends Breathe and Elevation
Growth (poor) – cedarwood, clary sage, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, rosemary, thyme, ylang ylang, and blends Citrus Bliss, Elevation, and Motivate
Lice – arborvitae, cedarwood, cinnamon, citronella, clove, eucalyptus, geranium, oregano, rosemary, tea tree, thyme, and blends TerraShield and Zendocrine
Loss – arborvitae, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, myrrh, Roman chamomile, rosemary, thyme, wintergreen, yarrow, ylang ylang, and blend DDR Prime
Scalp flakiness/itch – cedarwood, geranium, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood, wintergreen, and blends Forgive and Zendocrine
Split ends – cedarwood, clary sage, lavender, rosemary, ylang ylang, and blend Zendocrine
DIY HAIR TREATMENT RECIPES
Below are just a few simple recipes. There are many, many more online, and you are free to make up your own with oils that you may want to apply to support specific physical and emotional issues.
I usually add 1-2 drops each of cedarwood, clary sage, rosemary, and geranium to my clean hair after every wash, massage them into my scalp, and leave them in. I also massage a few drops of doTERRA Root to Tip Serum into my scalp and through my hair once a week and leave it in overnight before using doTERRA shampoo and conditioner. I only wash my hair once every 2-3 days to maximize the presence of natural oils on my scalp and hair and I refrain from blow drying it as much as possible.
Recently, a friend suggested that I look into the oil from the Indian gooseberry that grows on amalaka trees in India. This amla oil has been used for millenia in Ayurvedic medicine to stop or reduce hair loss, to prevent premature graying, and to strengthen hair shafts. I am planning to do some experimenting with it and would love to hear from any of you who have tried or are using it.
Note: for children and those in frail health or elderly, I would suggest using lavender for its gentleness and inviting aroma.
Combine 3 drops wintergreen with 1 teaspoon jojoba oil and apply to scalp before washing hair. Let the mixture sit on the scalp for a few minutes to soak in before washing it out. Root to Tip Serum is an excellent premade and aromatic alternative that can be applied minutes to hours to before washing OR that can be applied on clean scalp/hair and left in (Tip: leave in only with thick, full-bodied hair).
Greasy Hair Resolve:
Grapefruit oils rids the scalp of impurities and residual styling products without drying out the hair. It also promotes hair growth and helps rejuvenate hair:
1 teaspoon natural shampoo
1 drop of grapefruit essential oil
Combine shampoo and grapefruit oil and massage gently into scalp with fingertips. Rinse well.
Add 2 drops of grapefruit essential oil to 8ml (just under 1 tablespoon) of jojoba oil and stir to blend. Massage the liquid into your scalp using a circular motion with your fingertips. Leave on for 30 minutes and then wash your hair with a gentle shampoo.
Hair Loss Help:
Use 5 drops each of cedarwood, cypress, lavender, and rosemary essential oils; add to 2 ounces of a natural shampoo and use when shampooing.
Blend 2 drops of each oil listed above with 2 tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil. Massage into scalp, cover with a shower cap, and lit for a few hours or overnight. Shampoo and condition.
More intense blend: Combine 8 drops rosemary, 10 drops lavender, 10 drops sandalwood, 20 drops cedarwood, and 10 drops tea tree essential oil with 3 ounces of natural shampoo. Work oils into scalp several times a week and let sit for 20 minutes prior to completing the shampooing process.
Tip: Estrogen helps hair to grow faster and stay on the head longer. If estrogen levels fall, hair loss can quickly result. Clary sage is a great support in this regard.
Natural Beard Oil:
Combine fractionated coconut oil or other preferred pure carrier oil with copaiba and peppermint essential oils and use as usual. Rosemary, lemon, lavender, thyme, and cypress are also great adds.
Go to this site for a wonderful assortment of DIY beard oil recipes:
In addition to heredity, factors that promote hair loss include poor circulation, acute illness, surgery, radiation exposure, skin disease, sudden weight loss, high fever, iron deficiency, diabetes, drugs such as those used in chemotherapy, stress, poor diet, and vitamin deficiencies. The health of the integumentary system – and, therefore, of the scalp and hair – can be compromised by an unhealthy gut. If you are applying pure, high quality essential and carrier oils and are still not seeing the results you expect, you may need to step back and examine your diet and toxic load (the amount and types of toxins in your environment and inside your body). You may also want to consider regular, mild detoxing by adding 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil to your water throughout the day and regular cleanses throughout the year. When the blend Zendocrine is mentioned in the lists above, it is because Zedocrine is highly effective in cleansing the filtering organs. When your body is not able to eliminate toxins through regular channels, the body then tries to eliminate through the integumentary system. We are all familiar with skin blemishes and odor, but these are not the only signs of digestive problems and gut microbiome imbalance/dysfunction.
Other causes for hair loss and poor quality include hypothyroidism and taking high amounts of vitamin A. It is normal to lose about 50 to 100 hairs per day. If you are losing significantly more than that or if your hair is dry and brittle, some supplements that may be helpful include essential fatty acids, vitamin B complex (B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6, and biotin and inositol, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, coenzyme Q10, DMG, kelp, copper, L-cysteine and l-methionine, and silica (horsetail). doTERRA’s Lifelong Vitality supplement Microplex VMz includes most of these in well balanced amounts.
You can stimulate your hair health by eating foods high in biotin such as brewer’s yeast, brown rice, bulgur, green peas, lentils, oats, soybeans, sunflowers seeds, and walnuts (depending on your blood type). You can lie down on a slant board for 15 minutes a day to allow your blood to flow to your head and should definitely massage your scalp every day. Try alternating among a variety of all-natural and pH-balanced hair care products. and treat your hair gently, especially when wet.
If you’d like more information on this important topic, message me and we’ll schedule a call. Beauty is definitely NOT only skin deep!
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