Colder weather is on its way and with it comes dry hair and skin. I can always tell when the weather changes because my hair gets frizzier and frizzier, brittle, and unwieldy as SoCal temperatures drop and the air gets turns bone-dry.
Aside from planning formulas for winter resistant skin, I begin to use coconut oil hair masks on a nearly daily basis along with a few extra tricks I’ve found that keep my hair moisturized and protected.
Essential Oils for Dry Hair
For me, dry hair isn’t caused by not having enough oils. In fact, I have enough oils to share with quite a few people I’m sure! My dry hair is a result of water leaching away moisture leaving it damaged, tangled, split, and overall quite difficult to deal with.
Thankfully, along with using a dry shampoo recipe every now and then, there are a few great essential oils for dry hair that work amazingly well when mixed into nourishing carrier oil and worked through the length and ends of your hair. They’re protective against further damage and give your hair a vibrant and glossy sheen.
My Favorite Essential Oils for Dry Hair Care and Prevention
• Carrot Seed – not only is carrot seed oil great for protecting out skin from drying out and aging, it’s also great for dry hair! Use it to seal in moisture and increase your hairs elasticity.
• Chamomile – This EO is wonderful for softening dry brittle hair, adding shine, and alleviating a dry, itchy, inflamed scalp.
• Cedarwood – helps moisturize a dry scalp, increase blood flow, and lubricates the hair.
• Clary Sage – conditions and adds shine to hair.
• Geranium – restores follicle health and balances oil production.
• Lavender – Adds shine, relieves dandruff, and restores moisture to the hair which prevents frizz, flaking, and itching.
• Myrrh – an especially excellent EO for restoring balance, moisture, and strength to hair.
• Parsley – this EO softens dry brittle feeling hair making it silkier and shinier.
• Rose – calms frizz and restores moisture to damaged hair.
• Rosemary – restores your hair’s vibrancy, color, and resistance.
• Sandalwood – one of the best EOs for adding moisture back to the hair.
• Yarrow – strengthens hair and increases its resistance to dry weather.
How to Use Essential Oils for Dry Hair
Choose a nourishing carrier oil like fractionated coconut, sesame, evening primrose, sweet almond, or avocado oil as a base for your dry hair treatment.
Add 25 drops of essential oil to 2TB of carrier oil in a 1oz dropper bottle.
My favorite formula is:
• 10 drops lavender essential oil
• 10 drops sandalwood essential oil
• 5 drops geranium essential oil
• 2TB fractionated coconut oil (this type of coconut oil stays liquid in a dropper bottle for easy use)
Before I work out every morning, I apply 1-2 dropperfuls of dry hair oil to the length and ends of my hair.
If you have a dry scalp, make sure to massage your scalp as well and work the oil throughout your hair evenly. Concentrate on the ends. Next, put your hair up in a protective hairstyle and let the oil soak into your hair for at least 30 minutes. I try to leave it on for an hour, but it depends on how long my workout is for that day. You can also leave this on overnight.
Wash your hair as you normally would and voila! Your hair will feel softer and more moisturized. I tend to use this treatment almost daily during the dry and cold winter months to prevent split ends, frizz, and dry damaged hair.
What have been your favorite essential oils to use for dry frizzy hair?
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My hair is colored and very damaged or should I say frazzle My hair is so dry and frizzy no matter what I use as a deep conditioner or shampoo. I can,t afford salon prices,i,ve been buying products from target.Please help me fix my issues with my hair. I,m sixty seven years old.
I know you said that you’ve tried a lot of hair products, but have you tried the hair mask by Shea Moisture? It’s sold at Target and I LOVE it!! When I use it, I squeeze out as much water from my hair as possible after shampooing, then I work a quarter size amount into my ends and the mid-length of my hair for a good 20-30 seconds. I then pin it up and finish doing all my other shower things before rinsing it out with warm-cool water. Leaves my hair very moisturized and less frizzy 🙂 It’s even better when used two showers in a row!